Lenox, MA, March 26, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Blantyre, Relais & Châteaux and Mobil 5-Star property nestled on 117 acres in the Berkshire Hills equidistant between Boston and New York has received the prestigious 2008 award of “Most Excellent Country House Hotel” from Condé Nast Johansens, the international luxury travel resource. Blantyre was one of only 25 award recipients which included Hotel Bel-Air (California) and the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (Arizona.)
The winners of the prestigious awards were chosen from 326 premier properties throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Recommended properties undergo a rigorous annual inspection process to ensure exceptional quality and service is maintained consistently year after year.
“We are thrilled to be honored as a leader in the luxury travel industry,” exclaimed proprietress Ann Fitzpatrick Brown. “Thank you, Condé Nast Johansens! This award is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our extraordinary staff!”
Blantyre provides a glimpse into a bygone era of old world elegance with 24 guest accommodations, varying in size and location around the estate. In addition, the property features the intimate Potting Shed Spa featuring a wide selection of rejuvenating and relaxing treatments and massages for every wish.
“When our guests drive through the front gates, we hope they are swept away to a world where they are totally indulged,” said Fitzpatrick Brown. “Although there are plenty of activities, we are always striving to perfect the glorious fine art of relaxing.”
In the winter, Blantyre turns into a Winter Wonderland complete with snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, sleigh-riding, ice skating on the flooded tennis courts, with a snow concierge to bring guests hot chocolate wherever they may be.
“The ice skating rink is particularly magical in the evening,” continued Fitzpatrick Brown, “with glowing lights strung along the surrounding fence and beautiful music swirling throughout the air. It is truly romantic. We were honored in 2007, when Forbes.com named Blantyre one of the 10 Most Romantic Hotels In the World with the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas, The Plaza Athenée in Paris, and the Amanjiwo in Indonesia.”
During the warmer months, guests at Blantyre can enjoy an array of activities, including tennis on one of four Har-Tru courts, croquet, swimming in the outdoor pool, and walking. Also, the area is abuzz with cultural activities—from concerts at Tanglewood to plays at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In the late evening—following an evening out—guests return to gentle music and a candlelit Music Room with a luscious dessert buffet.
Originally built by Robert Paterson as a summer cottage in 1902, the house—no longer private—is owned by Ann Fitzpatrick Brown. Fitzpatrick Brown was gifted Blantyre from her parents, Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick, founders of the highly successful mail order and retail company, Country Curtains®. The Fitzpatrick family lovingly and meticulously restored the house in 1980 to its original grandeur. Today, Proprietress Fitzpatrick Brown oversees every detail. For more information, please visit www.blantyre.com.
About Condé Nast Johansens
Condé Nast Johansens is owned by Condé Nast Publications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advance Publications and Condé Nast International, which publishes 72 magazines around the world, including Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, House & Garden, Architectural Digest, The New Yorker, GQ, Tatler, Vanity Fair, Brides, Glamour and Wired.