- Style Refined Florentine palazzo
- Setting Bucolic Berkshires hilltop
A bit of Tuscany in Berkshire Hills, Massachusetts, Wheatleigh hotel, perched on a beautiful green hill, is a late 19th-century mansion done in the grand style of an Italian palazzo. Inside, it’s all high ceilings and ornate mouldings along with every luxurious comfort you can think of – immaculately manicured grounds, a massive collection of contemporary art, antique furnishings (including Tiffany stained glass) and fine French dining. And, as expected, the service is warm and highly professional.
Need to know
- Rooms 19.
- Rates Double rooms from $715.00, excluding tax at 6.25 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of 9.7% per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include service but not breakfast.
- Facilities In-room spa treatments, shiatsu massage room, gym, tennis court, DVD/CD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Bang & Olufsen flatscreen TV and DVD player, Bose CD sound system, Emernegildo Zegna toiletries. Junior Suites have open fireplaces.
- Poolside The Wheatleigh’s heated outdoor pool is an enticing circle of blue set in a tree-lined clearing. Staff are on hand to bring you drinks and snacks.
- Check–out Midday.
Children Baby cots are available free and sitters are US$25 an hour, but the Wheatleigh is largely a grown-up retreat.
- Also There’s a two-night minimum stay on weekends and a three-night minimum in July, August and on public holidays. You may bring along pets on request.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Aviary’s the grandest pad (and, yes, it used to be a birdhouse), with two floors joined by a circular staircase encased in glass and a private terrace – where you can have take private meals – overlooking the lush green grounds. At the other end of the scale (and the budget), the adorably chic Small Room, (voted one of the world’s most luxurious), which has an air of a ship’s cabin about it.
- Packing tips A jumper’s a sensible option in the evenings – the Berkshires can be chilly, even in summer. Heidi Klein swimwear is de rigueur for a dip in the pool.
- Also The hotel’s location in the Berkshire hills means that rural diversions such as golf, horse riding, biking, fishing, hot-air ballooning and, in winter, skiing can all be arranged via the Wheatleigh’s concierge.
Food and drink at Wheatleigh
- Hotel restaurant Lavishly decorated with antique mirrors, crystal-dripping candelabra and a marble fireplace, the Dining Room offers a contemporary takes on classic French dishes. The Library, lined with china cabinets, has a more informal atmosphere.
- Dress code Up to the nines for the Dining Room (you can stop around the sevens in the Library).
- Top table Beside the window in the Dining room, so you can look out onto the lawns.
- Last orders Dinner’s served between 5.30pm and 9pm, lunch between noon and 2pm.
- Room service Sandwiches, salads and soups are available 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar Lined with wooden cabinets (displaying fine china rather than the expected books) the Library has a full bar service, though you can enjoy a drink anywhere in the hotel – bagsy a balcony table in summer.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details