New England Inn: The Bel Air Room, Hampton Terrace, Lenox inn

Posted on January 17, 2009 by Stan Rosen

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After more than 60 years operating as an inn, Hampton Terrace’s guest rooms finally have names.   It is not that they needed names…Main House 4 was pretty descriptive…but we decided that this was an opportunity to help tell the history of the property in a colorful way.

Marion Rathbone Oliver "Bel Air" Room (1873-1896)

Bel Air

Captain Robert Shaw Oliver of Albany, and his wife Marion, constructed their home on this site in 1873 (replaced in 1896 by the Struthers’ "Wynnstay"). This room overlooks the site of the former "Bel Air" mansion, the home where Mrs. Oliver grew up. Unfortunately, Bel Air was destroyed by fire a century later. She was the niece of the Haggertys, the original owners of Ventfort Hall, which was moved across the street and renamed Bel Air when the Morgans constructed the current Ventfort Hall. Marion was also the daughter of William Rathbone, who constructed the first Wyndhurst mansion, now Cranwell Resort.

Rich, deep and red. This dramatic room is a King, featuring a down comforter and vintage throw pillows. Television/VCR. There is also a CD player with romantic classical CDs. In the bathroom, you will find our largest antique claw-foot tub with shower. Air conditioning, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and bath amenity collection.

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Stan Rosen
Stan Rosen
Stan and Susan Rosen have owned Hampton Terrace since 1999. He is the ultimate first-person authority on all aspects relating to the inn.read more