The Mayflower Grace
What We Love
- A classic country inn with homey rooms and amenities such as Wellington rain boots and snowshoes
- A signature white orchid on arrival
- Housemade granola in the minibars and the relaxation room
- Outdoor spaces like the Shakespeare Gardens and the spa labyrinth, great for meditation
- The restaurant’s warm chocolate cake with soft ganache and banana ice cream
What To Know
- Best for couples
- Children 12 and under are not permitted. Children 13 to 16 are not permitted in the Spa House
- The outdoor pool and tennis court are closed from Columbus Day to Memorial Day
- You’ll need a car to get around; valet parking is free
- Pets aren’t allowed
- WiFi is free
At the Mayflower Grace, an English countryside–style manor set on 58 acres, you almost expect to see Martha Stewart pacing the grounds, garden shears in hand. The grass is freshly cut, the hedges trimmed and the flowers pruned, creating a manicured garden carved out of the wooded landscape.
Bed and Bath
That same meticulousness continues in the 30 guestrooms, from the Regency stripe or Empire petit fleur wallpaper to the curated 18th- and 19th-century art. Four-poster beds are topped with plump oversize pillows and Frette linens. The amenities are first-class: clean-air gas fireplaces, large bathrooms with Red Flower products, minibars stocked with Godiva chocolate bars and organic Eden trail mix.
The spa is the cornerstone of the property. From the thorough treatments list, the Deep Blue Lavender Embrace (a body scrub and massage with lavender, peppermint, rosemary, ginger grass and fir) and the Oxygen Facial (a hydrating and plumping treatment that promises red carpet results) are good options, as is the splurge-worthy Midnight Honey Body Buzz with Massage, in which whole grains and organic oils soothe and buffer skin. Along with an indoor swimming pool and a beautifully tiled hammam, there’s a white-on-white Spa House, where guests can curl up with a cup of Tea Forte on feather-stuffed lounge chairs and look out at a copse of oak trees from floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can also indulge in the locally-sourced fare at Muse by Jonathan Cartwright. Try the spa-inspired menu items like the fennel seed dusted halibut.
In the Area
After sampling the heavenly breakfast at the Mayflower, another great option is the Pantry, about a mile away. Come for lunches of Sicilian seafood stew and ginger-carrot salad, but be sure to stay for dessert: Fruit torte, caramel-crusted brownies and chocolate whiskey cake are always in the bakery case. In the fall, spring and summer, take advantage of the grounds’ putting green and tennis courts. In a hurry? Some of the spa’s more affordable treatments include the 30-minute foot facial (aromatherapy with warm compresses and exfoliation) and the 30-minute scalp facial with botanical oils. Take one of the spa’s free fitness classes, which include Pilates and yoga. Classes are suitable for beginners and more advanced folks. The inn can arrange guided hikes, bike tours or even archery lessons if you’re interested. Be sure to head over to Lake Waramaug State Park (particularly beautiful during fall foliage) or take a tour of Hopkins Vineyard, which just won a gold medal from the American Wine Society.
How to Get There
Excellence on every level.... beautifully decorated with the most inviting and cozy sitting rooms and parlors on the first floor. The wood panelled library is so inviting.... beautiful books surround you in this intimate library with a blazing fire going at the hearth; can you imagine anything better?!!!
The dining room is lovely and our favorite, the Tap Room is just perfection. Food is terrific- beautiful presentation, delicious and best quality. Bar is great fun too.
The Manager, Monica, is the most gracious and charming young lady EVER ! This is a Chateau and Relais rated country inn.
Almost forgot to mention the gorgeous gardens and specimen trees and the superb spa facilities. Mayflower Inn is perfection. Highest recommendation
We recently enjoyed the Grace Mayflower Inn and Spa and wanted to share our little piece of heaven with you. This is the most amazing spa environment that I have ever seen and the attention to detail this spa has paid to enrich their guests is beyond question the finest experience I have ever enjoyed.
We had lunch delivered to us at the Spa and the service and food was excellent. On the tour of the spa - you will witness the most high technical exercise equipment that has ever been built and the pool and hot tubs are first class.
The Spa is managed by Lise Sargent who is extremely helpful and she was able to assist our group with a totally amazing experience. This place was like going to heaven - the spa waiting area has the most exquisite chaise lounge chairs I have ever sat on and the chenille blankets will make you feel like a baby.
Mayflower has seen its prime. The property is tired. It's family run atmosphere has been replaced with a subpar substitution by Grace and as such its once vibrant stellar grand dame status is long gone. The spa hot tub was filthy and should be shut down. Dining room was below average. I hope they improve their cleanliness throughout the property. Will not recommend until something changes.
The Mayflower Inn is extraordinary. The service is exemplary, the site is breathtaking, and the food is exquisite. During our April weekend getaway we were awed from the moment we entered the property. A sense of tranquility descends as you approach the hotel. Polished professionals attend to your every whim. The attention to detail is astounding. The spa is beyond luxurious. One could go on about the Frette sheets, the gorgeous decor, the magnificent vistas but those should be experienced firsthand. Yes it is, as some have noted expensive. You live once. Make sure that at some point you go to the Mayflower. It is restorative and will certainly rekindle an awareness of how truly beautiful the world can be.
I spend a night at the hotel for my birthday and I was not disappointed. The property is amazing. The outdoor pool is lovely, the spa was unforgettable, my room was absolutely beautiful, the food was fantastic and each and every person I dealt with was beyond reproach. I highly recommend a visit, although I will say that it it should probably be for a "special occasion", as it's pricey, but worth every penny.