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Blantyre
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Lenox
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Today, I had lunch at Blantyre. It was wonderful in every way - the food, the atmosphere, and above all, the service. Pascal was the perfect host. Our experience was as pleasurable as it was because he was so accommodating and gracious. I will definitely be coming back!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

My husband surprised me with a trip to the Berkshires this weekend for my birthday. He booked our stay at the Blantyre, and from the moment we drove up the long driveway and entered the house, I knew we were in for an unforgettable experience! The house is absolutely gorgeous and we were lucky enough to be upgraded to the Corner Room. The room was amazing--very spacious, beautifully decorated with a HUGE bathroom that featured not one, but two rain showers (never seen that before!). The staff was super friendly and helpful--we went for a hike up Monument Mountain and they gave us a backpack with snacks, water and sunblock. Our last night there, we wanted to do some star-gazing with our telescope, so they set up chairs and a table out on the vast back lawn for us once it got dark. Breakfast is included in the stay and was very delicious. We had treatments at the spa (the Potting Shed) which were fantastic and spent some time relaxing in the hot tub afterwards and getting some sun by the outdoor pool. This place is truly incredible!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

This place is a big comfortable house with staff that makes sure you stay comfortable. We stayed in a room in the main house (the blue room), which probably added to the charm of the stay, since we could simply walk downstairs for drinks or food. The Tudor entry hall had fires burning at both ends all day long. In the evening, a truly exceptional pianist plays a stream of classical and modern pieces on a magnificent, well-tuned Steinway, while you sit around the fireplace there and sip cocktails, select dinner, and wine. Then you are invited into the grand dining room, where a great dinner is brought out with relaxed and friendly service. After that, back to the music room for more music, drinks and coffee.

Since we were there in the winter, we did not get to enjoy the grounds that much, though we were able to trek through the woods on snowshoes and also enjoy a sleigh ride. The tennis courts were flooded for skating, but it was a hair too warm for that - and of course too cold for tennis, which we would have enjoyed. There is a spa and exercise room, which some other guests enjoyed, but we are not into that, so cannot report. The house is filled with books -- both picture books to leaf through and a wide variety of reading material. We returned for another visit so I was able to finish a book I did not get through the first time.

One of the things that made our visit enjoyable was the staff, who were friendly and relaxed, always available and not too intrusive. Luc and Crystel, the two sommeliers, were most helpful. The wine list is impressive, and as is often the case these days, has a lot of famous wines at prices that, quite frankly, reflect their limited supply as much as their intrinsic quality. On the other hand, on the plus side the wine list also has a good number of quite reasonably priced wines that appear to have been carefully selected. The wines by the glass were notably fine. For guests like us who were staying over a number of days and did not want to go through a whole bottle every meal, it was also nice to have the option of an unusually good selection of half bottles of wine.

The food itself was very good. The chef is French and his approach is mainly French, although very much up to date. Soups at lunch were velvety. Dressings were light and delicate. Salads were properly chopped up. Portions were thoughtfully sized, so that you felt full but not overstuffed. Flavors were definite and pronounced, but focused on the intrinsic taste of the raw materials. My one criticism there is that, like most restaurants, vegetable portions were small.

Actions speak more loudly than words: ignore the review and simply note that we returned almost immediately for another visit.

Room Tip: I would opt for a room in the main house, and also for one of the larger rooms.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Even in the cold weather, with many attractions closed, Blantyre is worth a visit. Indeed, it may be better, as one does not feel guilty about preferring to stay on the property. What a beautiful property it is, with vistas of the hills, trails to walk (or in this case snow shoe or cross country ski), tennis courts frozen over for skating. The mansion is grand but warm and welcoming. The accommodations distinctive and delightful. My husband and I plan to stay in every one be it in the main house, the carriage house or one of the cottages. The owner Ann Brown cares about every detail and so does her staff. The restaurant serves delicious classical French food. Only a curmudgeon could find fault.

Room Tip: There really aren't any poor rooms. Obviously, though, the more one pays, the better the room...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Blantyre provides a magical experience that makes you feel like you are home at this beautiful property. The attention to detail is amazing, service spectacular and grounds are impeccable. The winter wonderland they have created is amazing. Between sleigh rides, ice skating and the beautiful property for snowshoeing, it is a wonderful escape in the Berkshires.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We stayed in January and had a lovely time. The Blantyre was relaxing, peacful, quiet, and offered a very romantic setting. The service is welcoming and we really enjoyed speaking with Luc and Barbara. You can tell working at the Blantyre is not their job, but their passion. We enjoyed just sitting in the spa and reading magazines together, and we had a lovely dinner. They went above and beyond to accomodate our need for a light bite, but offered a wonderful experience for us. A very special place!

Room Tip: I would prefer to be in the main house, as it truly feels like you are a guest in someone's beau...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

The Blantyre is a hotel that we love to come back to. It is the most charming and special hotel in the Berkshires by far and is probably my favorite small hotel in the world. The interiors and rooms are fantastic. The decoration is very well done. The staff is very friendly. It is easy to forget where you are when you stay there.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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: £412 - £1,565 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Blantyre 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blantyre Relais & Chateaux is a romantic country house hotel. Set amidst 110 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 and snowshoeing on property. Blantyre is equidistant between NYC and Boston. ... more   less 
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