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
My daughter & I stayed here while visiting boarding schools in the area.
It could not have been more perfect, comfortable or lovely. The inn is beautiful and very cozy.
The setting was gorgeous. We only wish we could have stayed longer.
We spent one night at the Mayflower Inn and Spa and absolutely loved it. Though we did not have time to use the spa, we were given a nice tour and it is truly a world-class facility. Our meals were excellent, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The grounds are well-kept and beautiful, with gardens and a nice woodland walking trail. The huge 4-poster bed in our room was luxurious and comfortable, and the soaking tub in the large bathroom a welcome treat at the end of a long day. Our only comments are that the room we were staying in could use a little updating - older carpet, tv and artwork - and that it would be nice to have coffee making facilities in the rooms. The meals are expensive, but everything we had was interesting and delicious. We will definitely be back, hopefully sooner rather than later, and for more than just one night so that we can enjoy the spa.
The property, spa and food was all magnificent. I look forward to returning and sharing this gem with those close to me. The bed, bathroom and space was decadent and inviting.The staff was hospitable and accommodating.