Located in The Berkshires, a countryside playground just two hours from Boston in the mountains of West Massachusetts, Blantyre is one of New England’s most iconic resorts and estates. A total of 23 guest rooms and cottages are set amidst 110 acres of woodland. It is one of the remaining gilded age mansions in the USA, dating back to the turn of the century.
This April, the hotel’s new owner Linda S. Law, a long-time Silicon Valley real estate developer and investor, will relaunch Blantyre with Ocean House Management Collection following a multi-million pound refurbishment as the sister hotel to the acclaimed Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Blantyre is a fabulous choice for discerning international travellers, adding a new dimension to the traditional New England route.
Steeped in history, few places in America combine culture and country living as well as The Berkshires. Well known for its world-class music,outdoor activities, farm-to-table food scene and thriving art galleries, The Berkshires has long been popular with the rich and famous, offering the perfect getaway for city dwellers looking to escape Boston and New York. In recent years, this region has become a year-round hotspot thanks to its bursts of vibrant and colourful foliage in the fall to snow-capped mountains in the winter. Perfectly located to explore the area’s famous rural villages, Blantyre is close to many of The Berkshires’ top attractions including the Rockwell Museum, the Clark Museum and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Interiors and Design
Blantyre’s complete renovation will see its 23 rooms, suites and four cottages redesigned as well as all public spaces, in a refined and elegant style. Interiors will reflect old world glamour with chic and contemporary touches to bring out the best of the estates’ historic architecture and charming, natural setting. Thoughtfully selected colours will be complimented by timeless fabric prints infusing shades of blues and greys with vibrant greens and lavender. With its fresh, contemporary style, Blantyre will embrace a touch of modern conveniences, while at the same time maintaining its warm and distinguished atmosphere.
Food and Wine
Dining will continue to be at the heart of Blantyre with the opening of two new restaurants. The Blantyre Bistro will serve classic dishes made from locally sourced ingredients in a lively French bistro setting. The restaurant’s striking architecture and original wood carvings will be accentuated by monotone shades of blues and greys, rich velvet, plush pillows and a modern seating area. The Conservatory at Blantyre will offer a fine dining experience and outdoor terrace overlooking the hotel’s immaculately tiered lawns. The Relais & Châteaux estate is also home to one of New England’s most expansive private wine cellars featuring 10,000 bottles and a new private tasting room.
Spa and Wellness
The hotel’s transformation will include the opening of a new spa providing a tranquil retreat where guests can relax. Home to four treatment rooms, expert therapists will be on hand to deliver soul enriching and body pampering treatments at the Retreat at Blantyre. New spa facilities will include a sauna and Eucalyptus steam room, relaxation lounge with Vitality Bar, state-of-the-art fitness centre and meditation garden.
For guests who want to take advantage of Blantyre’s picturesque grounds, country pursuits will include tennis, hiking, croquet, an outdoor swimming pool and seasonal activities such as snow shoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing and horse drawn carriage rides.
Ocean House Management Collection
Blantyre will re-open as part of the Ocean House Management Collection, comprising of three privately-owned properties in Watch Hill, Rhode Island in the heart of New England and on one of the most pristine stretches of coastline on the East Coast. The collection began with the redevelopment of Ocean House in 2010 and the group grew after that to the three that is today following a $180 million investment by private ownership. The introduction of Blantyre will see the group’s first expansion into the Berkshires as it continues to lead the field in hospitality in New England.
Rates at Blantyre start from US$525
For more information, please visit www.Blantyre.com