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Hampton Terrace Earns TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence" Again

  
  
  

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor is the #1 website in the world for accommodation reviews.

Only the top 10% of reviewed hotels, inns and b&bs earn a "Certificate of Excellence."

Hampton Terrace has earned this award every year of TripAdvisor's existence.  We have to thank our wonderful guests, many of whom are enthusiastic enough about their experience to write a review.   To date, more than 650 couples have reviewed us, with more than 600 of them giving us a 5 out of 5 score:  "Excellent."

It is possible to do a TripAdvisor search for Lenox hospitality properties, as well as Berkshire properties.   In both cases, Hampton Terrace ranks #1.

A very important point, from our perspective:   This is a survey of "guest satisfaction" in various categories, such as location, rooms, service, value, etc.   Susan and I go the extra mile to make sure our guests receive the best possible experience here.

We don't pretend that Hampton Terrace is the "best" hospitality property in the Berkshires.  With Canyon Ranch, Wheatleigh, Blantyre, Cranwell, Red Lion, and more than 100 other resorts, hotels, inns and b&bs, we KNOW that there are many terrific places - in every price range.

But once again, we want to thank our guests for recognizing our efforts to please them with the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

Why Does Hampton Terrace in Lenox Have A Pool?

  
  
  

Hampton Terrace Pool

There are 28 inns in Lenox.   Four have pools.   Beyond Lenox, there are 120 inns and b&bs in the Berkshires.   An even lower percentage have pools.

So why does Hampton Terrace have a heated 20 x 40 pool with natural rock waterfall?

Actually, there are NOT a lot of good reasons.   We open the pool on Memorial Day Weekend and close it at the end of September.   During that four month period, only July and August offer consistently warm days and marginally warm evenings.   June and September evenings are very cool and breezy - making it questionable whether we should keep the water heated 30 degrees above the air temperature.

No wonder most innkeepers pass on the option of adding a pool.

HOWEVER... we are so glad we did it.  Not only does the sound of water falling in our backyard offer an ambiance that is unmatched for our nine rooms which front the pool, but we are told time and time again that our pool is one of the reasons 70% of our summer guests are repeat.

Early morning... exercise for some of our guests.   Throughout the day...people quietly reading books or newspapers.   Early evening... couples enjoying a glass of wine and quiet conversation with new friends.   After the sun goes down.... 85 degree water and a lighting system that very slowly changes the water color from blue to green to red.   And the sound of the waterfall...

And since we are an adult-only property (occasional teenagers), our guests do not have to deal with the constant "Marco Polo" chants of hotel and resort pools.   Our pool stays open 24/7, as we are all adults....so why not?

We went out of our way, when designing our pool, to try to make it a natural addition to our yard.   No concrete pool deck:  brick pavers.   A natural, grotto shape.  The waterfall was made from large boulders, unearthed during construction.  More grass in the pool area than pavers.

AS OF TODAY.....OUR POOL IS OPEN!   We are prepared for a full Memorial Day Weekend and beyond.   Come enjoy Hampton Terrace's HEATED pool and let us show you why so many of our guests consider us their home away from home.

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare & Company's 2014 Schedule and Casting Finalized

  
  
  

Shakespeare & Company

A short stroll from Hampton Terrace is Shakespeare & Company, one of the world's longest-running and most prestigious Shakespeare presenters.   Founded by Royal Shakespeare veteran Tina Packer more than 36 years ago, the company has been presenting simultaneous performances on their multiple stages for years.

Many of the founding actors/administration are still around and involved, including Tina herself.  The company has remained vibrant by mixing things up every year.   They don't limit themselves to Shakespeare, and even when they do a play by the Bard, they frequently change the setting and time period - a testiment to the timelessness of Shakespeare's themes.  Beyond that, expect dramas, comedies, Edith Wharton shorts, even live radio broadcasts like "War of the Worlds" or "It's a Wonderful Life." 

Local theater blogger extraordinaire Larry Murray published a very clear listing of this summer's performances and times on his "Berkshire On Stage and Screen" this morning.

Click the link to also learn about ticket purchase options.

And speaking of casting, notable summer leads include Johnny Lee Davenport, Malcolm Ingram, Nigel Gore, Josh Aaron McCabe - all of whom have stayed at Hampton Terrace recently.

Edith Wharton's "The Mount" is Now Open in Lenox

  
  
  

The Mount

Many small towns have a significant mansion.   Lenox has about 5,000 residents, but it has 80+ significant mansions - all called "Berkshire Cottages."  The term "cottage" is tongue-in-cheek as many of these homes have dozens of bedrooms.   Hampton Terrace is one of the smaller ones - and we have 14 original bedrooms.   The owners of these estates established and hosted the Lenox social season, which was a two-week period in early September.

These mansions were built mainly between 1880 and 1920, and some of the names are recognizable:   Morgan, Carnegie, Westinghouse, Vanderbilt, Tappan, Proctor, Sloane...

Significantly, one of the homes was built by Edith Jones Wharton, and its construction did not go unnoticed - mainly because as the home was being built, Edith was writing a book about it.   Called "The Decoration of Houses," Wharton was setting herself up to be the Martha Stewart of her day, establishing a template for those Gilded Age industrialists whose new-found wealth had to be put on display.

Edith Wharton famously divorced her American husband (of the Philadelphia Whartons) and moved to Europe, after living just 12 years in her showplace.   She never returned, but her legacy in the home lives on.   Renovations began in 1997 and after tens of millions invested, the place is a showcase once more.  Her original library collection, which moved with her to London, remained intact and has been returned to her library shelves.

Obviously, the greatest thing about leaving a chronical about the construction of your home, is that you give renovators a guide to putting it back together.  Additionally the house was well photographed back in the day.   So the renovation is as authentic as you will find in a restored historic home, and the gardens contain the same plants in the same places as the original.

The Mount is open daily from early May through October each year.   The tour of the home and gardens can be self-guided, but there are also group tours several times per day.

Hampton Terrace is located within a 2 minute drive, and many of our guests head to The Mount as part of their Lenox "must see" tour.    They also have a cafe on their back porch, a gift shop, and constant programming.

Lenox Motorcar Classic - June 13, 2014

  
  
  

Lenox Motorcar Classic

Not that Lenox needs additional reasons for people to visit....what with Ventfort Hall, Shakespeare & Company, The Mount, and numerous restaurants, shops and galleries.

Same thing with Hampton Terrace.   Our pool is now open, and the yard is quickly developing into its splendid mid-summer form.   New roofing throughout.   Refinished oak hardwood floors in all of our common areas.   New HD TVs, fresh paint in many rooms....

So how about a leisurely stroll down Main Street and enjoy MANY dozens of classic cars.  Friday, June 13th from 6 pm until 9.

Then check into your romantic room at Hampton Terrace, featuring a fireplace and Jacuzzi.   Let us help you plan your weekend with our restaurant and activity recommendations.

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