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
A relaxing New England stay surrounded by nature at a 19th-century mansion in the Berkshires
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.