We just spent a magnificent weekend at Blantyre, our third trip in the past five years. Each time we visit, the experience somehow manages to surpass our already high expectations. The staff, including Luc, Christelle and Mimi, are extremely attentive and gracious, without being overbearing. Upon entering our room, we were greeted with beautiful fresh flowers, fruit and cheese, and chilled champagne. Our room was elegant, luxurious and well-appointed, reflecting the old world charm and sophistication which defines the entire property. The room had plentiful books and bookshelves, while the TV was cleverly hidden inside an antique piece of furniture. When we retired for the evening and asked for movies/DVDs to be delivered to our room, they arrived with a bag of delicious, freshly popped popcorn.
We opted for breakfast in our room (included in the rate), which was abundant, delicious and prepared exactly as we had requested. The house is filled with delightful areas in which to sit, read and enjoy tea or a cocktail, depending on your mood. There is almost always a crackling fire in at least one of the many fireplaces in the main house, and the staff is on hand to fulfill any request.
For the Saturday afternoon complimentary wine tasting (which occurs over the fall/winter season), we shared two bottles of fabulous red wines with a small number of other guests, including a 2001 Ornellaia Masseto which is offered on the wine list for $1600. Dinner began with cocktails and canapes in the music room, accompanied by Blantyre's terrifically talented pianist. We then moved to the dining room, which transported us to early 20th century England with its beautiful, dark wood paneled walls and decorative plaster ceiling. After a multi-course meal with perfect wine pairings (thanks to Luc Chavalier, the sommelier who was previously the maitre d'hotel at Lutece in New York City), we moved back into the music room for coffee, petits fours and a game of checkers.
When we inquired about nearby hiking, we were presented with a presorted list of 15 options from which to choose, varying in level of technical difficulty, elevation and walking distance. The staff provided relevant maps, a snack, and a wide selection of hiking boots.
In short, every aspect of Blantyre reflects the highest level of service and elegance. It is the perfect setting for a relaxing and pampering getaway, and we cannot wait to return soon.
- 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