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“Absolutely exquisite.”
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Blantyre
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Lenox
Certificate of Excellence
NYC
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Absolutely exquisite.”
Reviewed 8 June 2011

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!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newark, New Jersey
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

Let me preface my comments by saying the previous reviews are spot-on. The service and accomodations are over-the-top, and any other place we stay in the future will have us comparing to the Blantyre. We're hoping to go back in the Fall. (Dismiss the review from last year from the guy who trashed the Blantyre. I think we may have even been in that room with the small TV, and I'm betting that they're the type of guests that will complain no matter what.)

But before you make your reservation, here are a few things we learned while on property.

True or False, "The Blantyre requires a two night minimum for a weekend, and three night minimum for holiday weekends" per their website.

Answer: False - we called over the phone to negotiate and they were fine waiving the minumum. When we went down to breakfast on a Saturday morning we were the only ones there.

True or False - "The Blantyre is an entirely smoke-free property."

Answer: False - we should have known better; this place is too Eurocentric for that kind of policy. Twice we took our drinks and/or dessert out to the patio and were chased off by smoking parties both times. The staff picked up on the awkwardness of the situation, but would not dare confront a guest with a cigarette, especially outdoors. So we had to leave.

True or False - "Blantyre welcomes children over twelve years of age."

Answer: False - If you have the bucks, they'll work something out. We did not bring our kids, but the truth is everything is negotiable here, especially off-season. If you have well-behaved older kids - not babies - maybe ask if you can be off the main house in a more private area.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2011

We chose Blantyre for a weekend getaway (from Boston) and to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary privately before a family celebration next week. Hadn't been there before but liked the positive reviews here so we booked a two-day stay. It exceeded my expectations and that's not easy. The service is warm and welcoming; they do a great job of anticipating your needs and making you feel special. The food is outstanding (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service); consistently delicious. The Blue Room was lovely, spacious, quite comfortable, and offered many amenities; getting a good night's sleep was easy. The whole estate (several buildings) is beautiful, high-quality, and well-maintained. The main house is "old world", ornate, and gorgeous. Every night before dinner, they offer cocktails and canapes in the drawing room. Also, they have an extensive wine list and great sommelier. A spa building on the grounds offers extra relaxation with a beautiful outdoor pool and inviting indoor whirlpool area.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bronx, New York
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2011

This Virtuoso Gem is a truly hidden magical castle, where every guest is like Royalty and every wish has already been thought of and only awaits your request to be granted. The whole place will take you back in time while keeping you current with Kiehl's ammenities, Air Conditioning, and Spa treatments. The Food and Wine are an experience of their own! And Dinner is available to outside guests as well as in-house. Traveling from afar? Use a Virtuoso Travel Agent to book this enchanted trip. Or drive in from a nearby city for a pampered get-away. Wherever you're coming from, you need to be arriving HERE.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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mdjdtravel
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2011

From the reservations to the dining to the room, our stay was truly magical. We discovered a secret, stay mid-week in the middle of the winter as the hotel is comparatively empty. As a result, we were upgraded to a beautiful room with a fireplace. Our stay started with the champagne in a bucket next to roaring fire.

Dinner was remarkable. We entered a huge room with a fireplace which had a single table decorated with flowers; the setting was straight out of an English novel. We were surrounded with the staff who seamlessly whisked the dishes away and poured the champagne.

The staff is among the best we have ever encountered on our travels, charming and helpful.

In short, the stay from beginning to end was wonderful.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 8 February 2011

Last minute reservation,on my way to Boston coming from NYC,after readind some many very comments,i decided to stop by,WHAT a place,from the first contact i had with Christine,and the warm welcome from Ann the owner,i was already home!BRAVO Blantyre and all the team,my stay between the spa,the skating rink and the food!!mmm,wish i had some one with me to share .I will be back in few months promised,see you all again,and a special thank you to Ann,loved my cook book .

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 31 December 2010

My wife and I spent one night just before Christmas at Blantyre and we must say the experience was totally enjoyable. This is definitely at the top end of what most could afford, but we were catered to from the moment we pulled up the driveway. This is where we would like to come back to to relax. We're not that big on Lenox, but Blantyre is great! My fear is that they will raise their rates to a level that would preclude us from returning.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Blantyre
Address: 16 Blantyre Rd, Lenox, MA 01240-2776
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Lenox
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lenox
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Blantyre 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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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