We decided on Blantyre for a long weekend to celebrate our 5th anniversary. We could not have chosen a better spot for our getaway!
The house and grounds, staff, service, food, and location are amazing. We've stayed in many top hotels both in the U.S. and in Europe and Blantyre truly is the best of the best--service is comparable and even exceeds the highest European standards. The staff members are attentive and friendly yet unobtrusive. Nothing is too much trouble. The dining service is impeccable.
We booked a room in the Carriage House and before we arrived I was concerned that we might feel disappointed not to be in the grand main house. I need not have worried!! The Carriage House is wonderfully appointed and comfortable and has the added benefit of being attached to the lovely Potting Shed Spa--which includes a gorgeous pool, sauna and steam-room and a heavenly hot tub in a sunny atrium. It was wonderful to pad downstairs for a quick dip in the hot tub before retiring to bed. And sitting by the deliciously warm pool during the day was spectacular--the water was the perfect temperature for early June. Abundant bottled water, lemonade and iced tea, munchies and even Dove bars are all at guests' disposal at the Potting Shed.
Our room was terrific--called the Hillside Suite, it sits on the second floor and boasts a sitting room, a little balcony and two separate bathrooms (quite a luxury!). There are books, magazines and movies galore. The bed is very comfy, with nice fluffy pillows and a thick duvet. Lighting in the bathrooms is very good and the hotel provides nice Kiel's bath and body products. Upon arrival there is a yummy plate of cheese, crackers, fruit, cookies and some of the chef's splendid caramel candies.
The Carriage House is a quick, invigorating walk to the main house (the staff will drive guests back and forth in a golf cart if so desired). We had dinner on site all three nights of our stay and each time the meal was fabulous.
Our first night happened to be one of the hotel's special Wine Dinner events, which we chose to participate in and are so glad we did! It was a real pleasure having a chance to chat with other guests and the visiting wine makers, and to meet Ann Fitzpatrick Brown, the gracious owner of Blantyre. Ann was the perfect hostess, making sure to introduce everyone to one another. The Wine Dinner itself was fabulous, with guests seated at a beautifully appointed communal table in the original wood-paneled dining room--lots of crystal, porcelain and Limoges, linen lace, sterling and twinkling candles.
Our dinners on the other two nights were equally grand and elegant. The food at Blantyre rivals that at any top dining establishment, either here in the U.S. or abroad. My husband is a major foodie and he was in heaven. Breakfasts are equally wonderful--fresh, tasty, and plentiful enough that we never felt the need for lunch (though we did indulge in a succulent lobster salad sandwich served poolside one afternoon).
We (and I in particular) were struck by the tremendous attention to detail apparent everywhere at Blantyre. Everything at the hotel, like the impeccable tableware used for cocktails and at mealtimes (gorgeous cut crystal glasses, vintage gilded chargers, Sheffield silver and sterling holloware and utensils, embroidered linen napkins, etc,), shows an elegance I truly have never seen at any other hotel. Perfectly placed decorative objects abound in the immaculate yet inviting public rooms--from magnificent Tiffany lamps to museum-quality fine art and furniture. The beautiful decor adds to the serene ambiance of the place. Thoughtful touches like providing stamped postcards, blankets on the front porch for a windy day and a great variety of reading material make guests feel pampered and special.
We loved Blantyre so much we are already planning another trip, hopefully sometime in the fall. We so appreciated the wonderful care provided by Ann and her staff (Christina, Joan, Pascale, to name just a few). We look forward to our next visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blantyre Relais & Châteaux is a romantic country house hotel. Set amidst 117 acres of lush lawns and woodlands in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. A Tudor style house built in 1902 is resplendent with period furnishings and sumptuous fabrics. A relaxing retreat with a professional,caring and friendly staff. Award winning food, wine list and spa. A getaway for all seasons...summer music festivals, splendid fall leaves, winter wonderland with ice skating, snowshoeing and 105'Christmas tree all on property. Blantyre is equidistant between NYC and Boston. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blantyre Hotel Lenox
- Blantyre Lenox