Hampton Terrace Inn
What We Love
- A historic Gilded Age retreat in the beautiful Berkshires, with breakfast includedThe history of this 1897 mansion, once owned by several of America’s wealthiest families
- The impressive ranking among Lenox hotels on TripAdvisor
- The individually appointed accommodations of this gracious bed-and-breakfast
What To Know
- This Berkshires retreat was once the summer resort of the Gilded Age’s most famous figures, including Carnegie, Astor, Vanderbilt and Morgan
- Guestrooms are individually decorated (but most have canopy beds and floral prints)
- Top sites — like Edith Wharton’s estate — are just 10 minutes away
Head back to nature and back in time in Lenox, Massachusetts. The retreat in the Berkshires was once the summer resort of the Gilded Age’s most famous figures – Carnegie, Astor, Vanderbilt and Morgan are four – and boasts a bucolic atmosphere, with plenty of rolling hills and tree-lined streets. You’ll experience both sides of this charming New England destination at Hampton Terrace Inn, an elegant, period-inspired mansion, whose history dates back to 1897 and which provides a lovely outdoor area with Adirondack chairs and a seasonal heated pool.
The property also serves a delectable, Southern-inspired daily breakfast in its sumptuously appointed dining room, perhaps featuring chocolate French toast or blueberry pancakes, and offers complimentary cognac and liqueurs. If you like, you may also play a few octaves on the grand piano, a 1929 Steinway. But it’s the specific location within Lenox that really makes this inn worthy of its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and top ranking on that site, as you’re right in the heart of the region’s best. Continue learning about the past at Edith Wharton’s The Mount, or go for a nature walk at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary; both are within a 10-minute drive.
Rooms are individually decorated in period styles, with details such as lovely artworks, floral curtains and canopy beds. They’re distributed between the Main Inn, the Carriage House or the King suite, with varying amenities based on location, but all are complete with air conditioning, private baths, HDTVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Within the category you choose, your specific room will be assigned by the hotel.The Spencer, Maud S., Pocahontas, Sunol, Peerless and Rarus rooms have a fireplace and queen bed; the Bel Air room features a king bed and the Walker mini-suite features two doubles, with neither of these holding a fireplace.If you would like to guarantee both a king bed and a fireplace, select the Bonner, Struthers or Dexter room.
We highly recommend a trip to the Mount, Edith Wharton’s stunning estate, which is within a five-minute drive. Also consider heading to the local wildlife refuge or into the other Berkshires towns, to experience the marvelous natural scenery; summer hiking and kayaking and winter skiing and snowshoeing are popular pastimes. You’re in a major arts destination, too; catching a show at dance capital Jacob’s Pillow (open seasonally) or nearby chamber-music venue Tanglewood, plus visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum, are fabulous ways to pass a few lazier hours.
How to Get There
We stay here every summer. The rooms are lovely and there are many to choose from. The breakfasts are delicious, with a wide variety. The innkeeper, Stan, is welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. We love the pool in the back with the little waterfall over the rocks. One of our favorite things to do is cuddle up in the shade near the pool with a good book. Also, perfect location for walking into town. No need to find a parking space. Perfect, restful vacation!
We stayed in a suite just one Sunday night, and wish it was longer! The suite was spacious, clean, quiet, and comfortable, with a gorgeous four-poster king bed (we slept beautifully), sitting area, kitchenette with mini-fridge, and a deep two-person whirlpool tub. There was a coffeemaker in the room, with a Keurig, ice and bottled water available in the carriage house right next door. We enjoyed having coffee on our little porch before heading up to the main house for a delicious breakfast & conversation with the other guests. The heated pool was just outside our door and was so refreshing, clean and peaceful. The Inn is just two blocks or so from all of the great shops & restaurants in Lenox. This is an historic gem at prices very reasonable for Lenox (we found other inn prices in town to be beyond-outrageous), especially for such a lovely property with great amenities, location, and gracious hosts.
My wife and I traveled from Toronto to Tanglewood for the sold out Yo Yo Ma concert on August 11th. We purchased the tickets in February and immediately got on the phone to secure a hotel room. The owner told us to book restaurants early because all of them sell out before big concerts. Great advice which we followed to the letter.
We got lucky and got the last room at the Hampton Terrace for the weekend. When we arrived the owner, Stan, welcomed us and showed us around. We got a very nice, clean, comfortable, quiet room in the carriage house. There is a pool which is kept at 85F and is very clean.
The Inn services breakfast between 8:30a and 10a. Each day is different and each day was delicious!
The Inn is 5 minutes from the centre of town and lots of restaurants. It is also about a 40 minute walk to Tanglewood (downhill).
This is really a place for adults
We will go back.