A Berkshire estate brimming with elegance
Gilded Age charm abounds at this Tudor-style mansion in the Berkshire Mountains. Blantyre’s rooms maintain a decidedly British country style, with floral fabric, overstuffed furniture, and in some, fireplaces.

Activities include croquet, tennis, swimming and the cultural festivals of Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow. Dining at Blantyre is a special occasion and takes place in a regal wood-paneled dining room filled with flowers. Explore the hotel’s manicured grounds, which include a notable arbor with a massive, historic maple tree, where you might enjoy one of the chef’s gourmet picnics.

Set on 220 sprawling acres, Blantyre isn’t a typical Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, and that’s one of the reasons we love being there. Its history and deep family roots are what make the Massachusetts hotel such a special place. Maybe it’s the family history that’s present in every room of the estate. Or maybe it’s that, even in today’s chaotic and complicated world, Blantyre makes you feel as if you’ve checked into a simpler time.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Blantyre is located in Lenox, Massachusetts, a quaint town in the center of the Berkshire Hills. The Berkshires, once referred to as the “Inland Newport,” have been a destination for seasonal getaways from surrounding cities for more than 100 years.
  • When you’re staying at an estate that dates back to the 1800s, you can expect to be surrounded with antiques, paintings and furniture that represent that time period of Blantyre’s history.
  • The Main House is an English-style home with a main hall, kitchen, spiral staircase and wrap-around porch that’s perfect for entertaining, which was an almost daily ritual in the Roaring 20s.
  • The Gatsby-esque mood still lingers throughout the luxury hotel, with a formal nightly dinner service, cocktails in the salon and a piano player tickling the ivories in the Music Room.
Things to Know
  • Blantyre has a heated outdoor pool located directly outside the Retreat Spa. The pool is open from May through October, but depending on the finicky New England weather, it could close early or open late.
  • For a more therapeutic soak, the hotel’s spa area has a hot tub in a wood-paneled room with a wall of windows that offer views of the pool.
  • Your breakfast—which includes picks like whole-wheat pancakes with lemon-poppy-seed butter, maple syrup and berry compote—is included in your room rate.
  • Take time to really explore your room—there are the hidden treasures just lying around. You’ll find everything from Irish antique mirrors to hidden black-and-white photographs and finely etched wood carvings.
The Rooms
  • When you stay at Blantyre, it’s like spending the night in a country manor. Each room is designed differently to embody a specific piece of the luxury hotel’s rich past.
  • Rooms are divided between the Main House, Carriage House, and cottages. Most of the cottages have fireplaces, living room and seating areas, full kitchens and master bedrooms with private baths.
  • Your room will most likely have a four-post king-sized bed (some rooms in the Carriage House have a queen-sized bed), a sitting area and separate bathroom and dressing area.
  • The rooms are elegantly decorated with extensive draperies and romantic floral fabrics and wall coverings. Some of them are loft-like spaces, which offer a separate area from the main room.
The Restaurants
  • You’ll only find one kitchen on the property. It’s technically a restaurant but it still has the feel of a kitchen turning out delicious meals in a formal dining setting.
  • While you can dine in the Main House’s breakfront room, the formal dining room or in the guest rooms, the kitchen is a sight in itself, featuring antique cabinets with fine china that dates back centuries and crystal that transcends time.
  • The breakfront room is a floral-filled sitting area with tables, sofas and chairs, perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee or lunch while overlooking the croquet fields.
  • Blantyre’s main dining room is one of the more formal spots at the hotel; reservations are required for dinner, and gentlemen must wear a jacket and tie.
  • At the nightly dinner, you’re seated at a white-tablecloth-clad table with candlelight and crystal. Two private dining rooms sit just outside the main one and are perfect for large parties or group dinners.
Getting There
16 Blantyre Road, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240
BDL (1 h 10 min-1 h 20 min)   ALB  
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