In fact, my husband and I enjoy this country house hotel in the beautiful Berkshires so much we consider it our five season destination for Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Mud Season (the affectionate term for Mid-March to early May.)
It’s our second time already this year staying at the exquisite country house hotel, first ringing in the New Year with the lavish black-tie celebration and most recently for their new, indulgent four night Mud Package of spa, cooking classes and gourmet cuisine.
The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts is highly famous as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ideally located only 2 hours from Boston and 2 ½ hours from New York, you can arrive at this destination with the greatest of travel ease.
Blantyre is our place to slow down, reconnect and “just be.”
Hand-selected books at Blantyre
I shut off my busy Blackberry. I shun my restless and overheated laptop.
I spend hours reading any of the 3,000 of the carefully hand-selected picture and poetry books or finishing the Leonardo da Vinci puzzle down by the intimate and luxurious Potting Shed Spa.
We marvel at nightly pianist playing endlessly without sheets of music on the antique Steinway in the Music Room. We awe at the endless array of antique Tiffany lamps, Baccarat crystal sconces, and beautiful artwork. We gasp at the delectable plates of gourmet cuisine served on the most exquisite antique china and select Tiffany & Co flatware.
Canapes in the Music Room
Although each season is special at Blantyre, we are truly fond of winter where Blantyre becomes a magical wonderland of snow-shoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, cross-country skiing and our favorite activity of them all: ice skating. Blantyre’s very own skating rink is actually their 3 har-tru tennis courts flooded and frozen into the most romantic and glowing setting with music warming the cold air.
Blantyre’s very own skating rink
We always feel giddy as the Snow Concierge fits us with skates and happily greets us on the ice with Valhrona Hot Chocolate with banana bread and house made marshmallows.
We indulge in a Snow BBQ under the full moon with its Hearty Chicken Stew with Rosemary Biscuits and warming Mulled Wine Fruit Soup by the bonfire. The Christmas tree lights up in the backdrop, each year boasting higher than any tree in Rockefeller Center.
- Dining at Blantyre
Grand Chef Christopher Brooks and his team dispel the image of snooty gourmet chefs, and his cuisine rivals that of the world’s finest culinary masters.
Sommelier Luc Chevalier, with his 22 years as the maitre d’ at Lutece & Wine Director Christelle Cotar, are as refined as the wines in the cellar they oversee. Blantyre’s cellars house over 19,000 bottles of wine from around the world earning Blantyre the coveted Grand Award Wine Spectator 2009.
All the magic that surrounds Blantyre is the result of the ever-gracious owner Ann Fitzpatrick Brown who lovingly restored Blantyre to its former elegance as an award-winning country house hotel. Her impeccable attention to detail easily graces Blantyre with a Forbes Five Star rating year after year.
Blantyre was the first Relais & Châteaux hotel in North America along with the Point in New York, and recently voted #1 Small Hotel in the U.S.; #66 in the World in Condé Nast Traveler‘s Readers’ Choice Awards 2009; and Conde Nast Johansens’ award as Most Excellent Country House Hotel.
You come to Blantyre to experience the life and impeccable service of a bygone era.
So, until summer, Blantyre… We will be dreaming of relaxing in hammocks and the wonderfully prepared gourmet picnic baskets before heading to an afternoon at Tanglewood, a visit Edith Wharton’s The Mount or the Norman Rockwell Museum.
At Blantyre, romance is alive and well!
Princess Grace sat in this exact chair for an engagement photo!