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
For my girlfriend's birthday I wanted to take her to an outstanding inn for a weekend. The Mayflower, while pricy, didn't disappoint.Everything about the inn was superb,. from the ambiance to the food to the service. The Spa was as good as any I have been to--and I was impressed by the building designed for it. As a fine art dealer I am very conscious of interior design--and the design of the Spa was spectacular. This inn is one you will always remember.
I had a lovely night at the Mayflower, including a spectacular experience at the Spa. While there was an unfortunate maintenance issue that disrupted my sleep, this was handled beautifully by the front desk.
The inn is gorgeous, as is the property, and the spa is magnificent. Will return to this lovely inn and all of thoughtful folks working there.
As a Christmas gift this year, I was given two nights here with a spa day included by my amazing husband. We had an excellent weekend. The restaurant was fabulous and was so amenable to accommodating their menu options to my food allergies. The spa is amazing and so beautiful-- I cannot say enough about the wonderful massage, the terrific lunch, the pool, the saunas and the staff. Bravo!
This is our second visit to Mayflower and we really wanted to love it. It’s a wonderful hotel with the most relaxing spa I’ve ever been too and our first visit was flawless.
On our second visit, everything started on a strong note with a suite upgrade and sparkling wine. We had a great day at the spa and when we returned to our room there were 2 big issues. The suite in the speedwell cottage was beautiful but the mattress was lopsided and needs to be replaced - my husband woke up with back pain
Secondly the bathrooms are freezing. There was no heat (on a frigid 5 degree night) and I cringed every time we had to use it. There is a “heat light” dial but it heats up a small concentrated area in front of the shower. It was so cold in the bathroom (particularly the floors) that we decided to shower in the spa instead.
Hopefully these are easy fixes for an otherwise wonderful hotel
My wife and I decided to take a few days midweek away from the kids; we were looking for a spa escape within driving distance of Boston. Not wanting to break the bank on Twin Farms, we were drawn to the Mayflower Inn with the many positive reviews as well as a great deal on Secret Escapes.
We had booked a suite and--most likely because the Inn was very quiet midweek in January--we were put in one of the Grace Suites. A stunning room in every way, with classically tasteful decor, a very comfortable bed, separate living and dining space as well as a powder room in addition to the very large master bath.
Even without such a great room, the Inn offers many places to sit and relax by the fire, read, or just enjoy a drink.
The service was superb in every respect, from the housekeepers to the valet folks to the folks in the Spa. Old school service like this is a dying art and what a delight to experience it at the Mayflower.
The Spa is a remarkable space, with multiple rooms for exercise classes, a breathtaking relaxation room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a pond and the forested ridge behind it. There is an indoor pool which is heated to 92 degrees, as well as a whirlpool, steam, sauna, etc.
The only shortcoming--really reaching here--is that the exercise equipment in the Spa workout room as well as in the fitness room in the main building, is older stuff. It's mostly well maintained but certainly not state-of-the-art and wasn't up to the standards of the rest of the Spa or the property in general.
We had a great dinner in the main dining room as well as a great breakfast. Again, service was superior.
Highly recommend this place and we will most certainly be back.