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
We returned from a wonderful spa Easter weekend anniversary stay at the Mayflower. This was our first visit. The accommodations were beautiful-- gorgeous spacious balcony room with fire place and spa bathroom. Wonderfully comfortable bed and sheets, excellent housekeeping. The service throughout the hotel was A+ be it the spa, hotel or restaurant and we have very high standards. We ate lunch in the spa and dinner in the dining room both were truly outstanding. We particularly enjoyed the avocado toast at the spa and the fois gras, octopus, artic chair and chicken ballotine in the dinning room. The hotel common areas are stunning and we played scrabble by the fireplace in one of the living rooms while they served an afternoon team that was lovely. The spa was extraordinary, we particularly enjoyed the private pilates class we took as well as the Thai massage and Hammam couples experience. The indoor pool, whirlpool and quiet room in the spa are divine. The staff always goes the extra mile and the management is highly attentive to guests to make your experience extra special with thoughtful care. We will definitely return. It is such an easy drive from Manhattan and there is so much to do outside the hotel in Washington, Litchfield and Bantam, be it cultural events, antiquing, kayaking or hiking -- that is if you ever leave the property, which is so hard to do as it is so comfy and beautiful. Our particular thanks to their wonderful General Manager Mr. Linsley and his excellent team especially Ms. Grickis. We have stayed at all of the East Coast Relais and Chateaux properties and met some wonderful staff at various properties but the Mayflower attracts the best of the best, especially the uniquely marvelous Abdo Ballester who is one of the most delightful and unique people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting so make sure you do not miss him in the gift shop! See you dear Abdo at Summer Solstice Arts Association celebration in June where we hear the Mayflower chef makes a mean Cubano! Thank you Mayflower Team for exceeding our high expectations.
Our entire family came fore the weekend to celebrate a birthday..
Everything was A+ from start to end. I usually don't fill this form out, but the hotel was so exceptional,that I wanted to let them know how happy we were!
The Mayflower Inn’s attention to detail is impeccable. The Staff is attentive, knowledgeable and goes out of their way to make your stay an experience. Beautiful property, well maintained .Restaurant and Tap Room Menus have a nice variety and well prepared choices. The Spa is serene and relaxing, offers many choices of services.
My wife and I have wanted to go here for a long time and finally were able to swing it for our 2 year wedding anniversary. The property is absolutely stunning and the spa could be one of the nicest spas on the east coast. The staff was so friendly esp Connor who gave us a full tour of the property and was such a nice guy. Also, Scott was our server in the morning for breakfast and was very professional and friendly. The property has two main towers of rooms and we stayed at the one closer to the spa which I liked because that's where we spent the majority of our time. The hotel also gave us a big upgrade to a balcony room with a fireplace. If you can swing it I would try and go midweek vs the weekend as the rates are more affordable and the property wasn't as crowded. Overall we loved our stay and would definitely come back.
My husband and I Have been fortunate to stay in many wonderful hotels including Mandarin oriental, four seasons, ritz, one and only, etc. mayflower was a small quick getaway from New York for my husbands 40th birthday I addition to other festivities. The service was one of the best we have ever experienced. We stayed in the Allerton and our room was spacious, beautiful, quiet, clean warm and wonderful. Our spa services were amazing. The grounds were lovely and the food delicious. We will absolutely be back yearly. It was so wonderful