LENOX, MASSACHUSETTS PROPERTY EST. 1894 “From here I see the very hills of heaven,” wrote Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, of the idyllic area that is now Cranwell, which he owned in 1853. The property eventually passed to wealthy furniture manufacturer John Sloane, who built its elegant Tudor mansion in 1894; in 1926, the Stiles and Van Kleek-designed golf course was added. A later owner and the resort’s namesake, Edward Cranwell donated the house to the Jesuits for use as a school for boys. In 1993, it became a full-service property, and today, it is an award-winning resort, which exudes its original 19th-century grandeur. The lavishly decorated Great Hall features dark wood paneling and French tapestries, and the guestrooms are tastefully furnished in Arts and Crafts décor. Renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame designed the original grounds of the 380-acre estate, which offer views of the southern Berkshires. CONVERTED RESORT CLASSIC SERVICE TRADITIONAL DÉCOR TUDOR REVIVAL AMENITIES 105 elegant guestrooms and suites. Full-service spa, including men’s and ladies’ lounges with fireplaces, whirlpool, steam room and sauna; fitness center, pools, 18-hole historic golf course, golf instruction, driving range, bicycle rentals, tennis courts, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. Downhill skiing, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, cultural attractions, and antique shops nearby. DINING The Wine Spectator award-winning restaurants, Wyndhurst and Music Room in the Gilded Age Mansion, offer fine dining by candlelight, an extensive wine list, full country buffet breakfasts, and mountain views. Sloane’s Restaurant and Bar features casual pub fare and outdoor summer dining overlooking the golf course. The Spa Café serves luncheons daily. LOCATION In the heart of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, 45 miles from Albany, 90 miles from Hartford, 135 miles from Boston, and 145 miles from New York City. Near Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic site; Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony; Hancock Shaker Village, The Mount, Norman Rockwell Museum and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Albany Int’l Airport: 45 miles, 50 minutes. 55 Lee Road Lenox, MA 01240 T 413.637.1364
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