historic elegant Private
At the turn of the last century, America's prominent families created great retreats in Newport, Bar Harbor, and The Berkshires. These mansions and estates were designed so that families could leave the chaos of the city and come together in gorgeous settings. The Carnegies, the Vanderbilts, the Morgans, the Winthrops and others came to the Berkshires and created a flourishing community. In the mid-1980s, eight of the most prominent and beautiful estates were designated by Lenox as its "Great Estates." Seven of them are now beloved institutions that are enjoyed by hundreds, if not thousands, of guests each week. They include Canyon Ranch, the Relais and Chateaux hotel Blantyre, the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood Festival, Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, Belvoir Terrace Performing Arts Camp, Springlawn Hotel and The Lenox Club.
One of them, Ethelwynde, has been restored to its original use as a single family home and is now a private retreat on more than forty acres with its own bridle trails, towering old Beech trees and some edible landscape. More recent updates include wifi, air conditioning, outdoor BBQ and fire pit, and Gardner mattresses in elegantly appointed bedrooms.
The mansion rests on a hill overlooking a great lawn and Yokun Ridge. This Berkshire "cottage" contains seven tastefully renovated bedrooms, each with a unique feel, as well as great spaces for family to gather: a conservatory with gorgeous views for meals, a music room for family group socializing, a classic wood-paneled library for fireside chats, and a game room for ping pong, etc.