Elegant gardens and endless velvety green lawns lead the way to rich décor in this enchanting Tudor-style mansion, setting the stage for the ultimate luxury experience. The Blantyre Estate, reminiscent of the bold mountains and lush landscapes of Scotland and tucked into the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, provides the loveliest of scenery for guests to enjoy.
Return to a bygone era, where superior service, heavenly cuisine, and exquisite décor envelop your every sense. The romantic European ambience of the Blantyre Estate’s luxury country house hotel is an experience you will not soon forget. When Robert Paterson acquired the 220-acre property in the late 1890s, he had a vision to build nothing less than a castle—complete with towers, turrets, and gargoyles—modeled after his mother’s ancestral home in Blantyre, Scotland. Construction began in 1901, oftentimes with more than three hundred people working to complete the structure. Unfortunately, decades of economic setbacks and ownership transitions took their toll. By the 1970s, the property had been abandoned. But in 1980, Ann Fitzpatrick Brown became the eighth owner and set about restoring the estate to its premier splendor. Today, the Blantyre radiates a serene nineteenth-century aura with a stunning collection of vintage antique furnishings and rich textiles.
Daily elegant European rituals welcome guests, making them feel relaxed and at home. Guests are invited to relax and refresh on the covered terrace overlooking the flower gardens.
Filled with antique treasures and prized heirlooms featuring an array of intricate floral patterns, the Blantyre’s Main House, twelve-room Carriage House, and four private cottages entice visitors to leisurely enjoy the romantic ambience of nineteenth-century England. Victorian-inspired wallpaper covers the walls of the luxurious Crimson Suite bathroom. The elaborate floral design is carried throughout the house in the empire sofa pillows displayed in the Music Room.
The Music Room is a comfortable gathering place furnished with overstuffed chairs, lush damasks, silks, and Oriental rugs. Guests can enjoy tea served in fine china or indulge in a glass of wine before dinner while relaxing in front of the stately fireplace. Each night, the Blantyre’s Main House becomes the setting for a delightful formal dining experience, complete with fresh flowers, sterling silver, and crystal. Fine linens and china, such as this nineteenth-century Spode dinner plate, provide finishing touches to the dinner table. A pianist entertains guests as they sip champagne and sample the chef ’s famous canapés.
Text Valerie Kramer Davis
Photography Kate Sears
“The Blantrye Estate: A Regal Retreat” can be found on page 62 in the March/April 2009 issue of Victoria.