To The Manor Born

By Rona Berg / January 15, 2014

In the early 20th century, Lenox, MA, was home to many grand country estates. At Blantyre, one of the grandest, built in 1903, you would almost think you were visiting an English country manor. The owner, Ann Fitzpatrick Brown, a gracious host with a magnificent eye for detail, creates a mood that hearkens back to a more genteel era.

A leisurely lunch, in the quirky atrium overlooking the rolling grounds, features delicious homemade bread, gorgeous salads and the best home-cured salmon we have had outside Scotland. Afterward, a nap in the double hammock is a must. Cocktails in the drawing room precede a candlelit dinner featuring locally sourced food served in a formal dining room. In between, you can fill your afternoon with hikes, golf, cross-country skiing and, of course, a visit to the lovely two-room spa.

The Potting Shed Spa features a full spa menu, steam, sauna, fitness equipment, an outdoor pool and lots of little nooks and crannies perfect for curling up with a good book. We spent as much time as we could in the spa hot tub (pictured), where a crackling fire keeps things cozy.

When modern life begins to overwhelm, Blantyre is the perfect antidote: a trip back in time, where you’ll find the gentility of the Gilded Age utterly intact.

—Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Longtime journalist, author and current editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine, and she has contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. She co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty (Workman Publishing), and is a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television and at conferences around the globe.
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