Nestled in the heart of the Berkshires among a forest of tall evergreens and flanked by mountains is Wheatleigh, a 19-room Italian-revival resort steeped in history, architecture and atmosphere. The short drive from the street to the hotel’s horseshoe-shaped driveway is just enough to make you forget you’re in New England (it’s just two and a half hours from Boston and New York). Wheatleigh, originally a house purchased by New York business and real estate tycoon Henry Cook in 1893, is a palazzo-inspired palace. More than 150 artisans came from Italy to create the intricate carvings you’ll see adorning the exterior and interior of the hotel. Landscape pioneer Frederick Law Olmsted, who did New York’s Central Park, designed the 22-acre park surrounding the palazzo. Inside Wheatleigh, each room is architecturally different, but they all feature the same high-tech amenities and modern-day luxuries, like Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems, free Wi-Fi and Bose Bluetooth speakers. Set on 22 acres, Wheatleigh offers plenty of activities — including hiking, kayaking, tennis and swimming — and is just a short walk from Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
If you’re planning a large event (wedding, family reunion or holiday), rent out the luxury hotel or simply reserve its wine cellar for smaller and more intimate gatherings. There’s no spa on site, but Wheatleigh will arrange for therapists to accommodate traditional in-room treatments, like massages and reflexology. Otherwise, enjoy a game of badminton on the lawn, kayak in the lake during the summer or just enjoy the sunset from your room with canapés and cordials. Don’t miss the opportunity to try seasonal, locally sourced cuisine in The Dining Room, though you’ll want to sip champagne in the Great Room before your multicourse dinner.