Blantyre, a Tudor-style mansion in the Berkshire Mountains, looks like a cross between a Norman Rockwell painting and a scene from The Great Gatsby at Christmastime. As night falls, the estate takes on a near-Gothic look. This makes Blantyre seem even more magical under the snow and icicles that cling to its towers and turrets.
Along the outside of the Main House, understated wreaths and lights wrap around columns and line the entrance. Inside the main hall sits a Christmas tree that’s delicately decorated with ornaments, lights and garland. There are presents under the tree (we’re not sure who they’re for; but if you’re on your best behavior, you might be lucky enough to unwrap one) and beautiful displays of poinsettias and other warm-weather flowers, like deep-purple and dark-red roses. You’ll notice even more holiday lights strung to perfection throughout the luxury hotel, and various trees on the property are adorned with lights. Head to the skating rink (a frozen-over tennis court) at night, and you’ll be transported to a winter wonderland. Illuminated with candles and decked out with garland and twinkling lights, the outdoor ice rink is one of the simple, but most elegant, treasures at Blantyre. There is a small house and an open fire near the rink to warm up and roast marshmallows. Throughout the holiday season, you’re likely to see white horses pulling a sleigh through the snow-covered lawns. It looks like it’s straight out of a Christmas storybook.
Photos courtesy of Blantyre