The Berkshires, New England
The Wheatleigh has been a favorite country weekend retreat for New Yorkers and Bostonians seeking luxury and pampering in a beautiful setting. The nearby town of Lenox, Massachusetts is a quaint New England village renowned as a center for the arts.
At a Glance
One of North America's finest boutique country-house hotels
A great base from which to explore the Berkshires, renowned as a center for the Arts
Exceptional food and personalized service
Within two and a half hour's drive of New York and Boston
Beautiful palazzo-style architecture, stylish interiors and a glorious setting
A lovely way to spend the day is to ask the hotel to pack you a picnic and take a couple of kayaks out on the lake where you can find a shady spot for an al-fresco lunch.Scott Dunn team
The Berkshires of Massachusetts are the US equivalent of the Cotswolds: bursting with quintessential New England villages with their white steepled churches, antique shops, village greens, clapboard houses and picket fences. It's not hard to see why they attract New Yorkers and Bostonians for weekend mini-breaks and are awash with beautiful second homes.
Situated just outside the village of Lenox is The Wheatleigh, a classic luxury country house retreat. The Wheatleigh has a glamorous history: it was originally built as a summer cottage at the end of the 18th Century by a wealthy New York businessman as a wedding present for his daughter. The 'cottage' is actually a beautiful mansion designed in the style of a 16th Century Florentine Palazzo with a 380 acre estate attached and whose parkland was designed by the same landscape architect as Central Park. Throughout the “Gilded Age” Wheatleigh was the site of many grand parties.
Today the stately palazzo has been sensationally restored to be one of the finest small hotels in North America. Many of the original design features remain such as the stained-glass window by Tiffany and beautiful staircase. These sit alongside commissioned artworks, antiques and custom-made contemporary furniture and a backdrop of soothing neutral colors with hints of aubergine, cocoa and teal which creates a timeless elegance. Towering windows frame the incredible views of the lawns leading down to a lake with mountains behind.
The 19 guest rooms and suites are designed with relaxation and comfort in mind - some have towering vaulted ceilings, others enormous fireplaces and the Aviary where Leonard Bernstein plus his piano stayed and played has a spiral staircase connecting its two levels. Sound systems are by Bang & Olufsen and there are iPads for guests use.
The Wheatleigh is renowned for its food which is innovative and beautifully presented, either in the handsome library or the light-filled dining room.
Guests can spend their time exploring the grounds, swimming in the outdoor pool, on the tennis court and there are bikes and kayaks on the lake. The hotel has a special arrangement with the Stockbridge Golf Club and there are other courses in the region to play. Lenox and the Berkshires are rich in culture - Tanglewood which is the summer residence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra can be reached on foot. There is also a Shakespeare festival in Lenox and the Jacob's Pillow dance festival in Beckett and for art lovers, the Normal Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, the Mass MOCA in North Adams.
The Wheatleigh has several different room types to suit different preferences. The Small Room has a double bed and is in the form of a ship's cabin. Superior Rooms are still quite small but very comfortable with all the expected amenities. Deluxe Rooms are spacious with lovely park and courtyard views. The Junior Suites have marvelous high ceilings, comfortable sitting areas and king beds. The Terrace Suite is positioned on the ground floor with mountain views from its spacious terrace. The Aviary is a two-storey suite with a private terrace.
|The Terrace Suite|
The Wheatleigh is mostly a grown up hotel and is therefore not particularly recommended for children. However, children are still welcome to come and stay and there are cots available for those that require them and a babysitting service upon request.
The restaurant at The Wheatleigh is five diamond award winner. Chef Jeffrey Thompson creates innovative seasonal dishes using fine ingredients. There is an extensive wine list to complement your dinner. The Library serves simpler dishes in a more casual atmosphere.
The hotel also has a fitness center, beautiful grounds with lots of outdoor seating areas for you to take in the views, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and kayaks on the lake.
Wheatleigh is ideally located to explore the surrounding area. Just a short walk away is the summer home of the Boston Symphony where you can enjoy concerts from June to September. After an short drive, you can find yourself at other performing arts venues where you can enjoy seasonal productions.
The hotel is also in close proximity to many museums, galleries, shops and picturesque local towns. In winter, you can take advantage of the nearby ski stations and in Fall, a stroll or hike through the colorful foliage is not to be missed.
Location & Directions
The Berkshires, New England
The Wheatleigh is surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills and lush forests of the Southern Berkshires and within easy driving of the quintessential New England village of Lenox, Massachusetts.
When to go
Fall is The Berkshires most glorious season, though spring and summer are pleasant as well. These times bring in healthy-sized crowds due to favourable weather and special events. Weather usually remains warm throughout September, while cooler temperatures in October bring out the colorful foliage. Winter lasts too long for most people's tastes, stretching from December to April. During this period, visitors can expect temperatures below freezing and plenty of snow.