Pretty as a Picture

Pretty as a Picture

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton’s talents reached far beyond the written word. When she purchased a 113-acre property in the town of Lenox, she drew upon her interests in architecture, interior decorating, and landscape design to create a beautiful and gracious estate she christened The Mount. The main residence was based on Belton House, a stately seventeenth-century English country manor located in Lincolnshire.

Pretty as a Picture

Even under its snowy veneer, the garden’s formal contours are pleasing to the eye, with stone walls, alcoves and porticos, and a walkway lined with pleached linden trees.

Text Karen Callaway
Photography John O’Hagan

To learn more about the Berkshires, see “Pretty as a Picture” in the January/February 2019 issue, available on newsstands and at


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