The last remaining Great Estate of private residency in Lenox MA, Berkshires.
Ethelwynde is located in the breathtaking Berkshire Mountains and set on over 31 spellbinding acres. This 11,700+ square feet, 26 room, stately English manor house was built in 1929 and designed by architect James Cameron Greenleaf. The generously proportioned rooms include a 23’ x 34’ living room, library paneled in Purpleheart wood from the Amazon forest, banquet sized dining room and 3-exposure conservatory. The grand staircase leads to 7 bedroom suites most with private baths and views of the mountains. There are 6 additional bedrooms, gym, playroom, and more. The 1,800 square feet midcentury guest house has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and is on a private 1.3 acre parcel with separate drive.
The estate overlooks the Yokun Ridge and Catskill Mountains long lawns lead to walking and hiking trails, a pin oak allee, specimen trees, a pear tree orchard and English gardens.
Nestled in the bucolic Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Lenox is a quintessentially New England town that both preserves its rich historic heritage and embraces new cultural influences.
The town came to be in the mid-1700s, when Jonathan and Sarah Hinsdale moved from Hartford, Connecticut and settled here and opened a general store and inn. Farms, lumber and textile mills, and iron mining were some of the early industries to thrive. Lenox was incorporated in 1767, and it served as the Berkshire County seat until that designation was transferred to neighboring Pittsfield in 1868. Washington, Lee, Stockbridge, and Richmond are also bordering towns.
Much of the historic architecture from America’s Colonial period remains today, including the town’s 1806-era Meeting House. Today, known as the Church on the Hill, the building is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Lenox has a close-knit population of an estimated 5,000. For centuries, the community has also been home to families who vacation and enjoy second homes here. During the Gilded Age, wealthy families from Boston and New York City enlisted renowned architects like Richard Upjohn, Stanford White, and Charles F. McKim to build grand estates to be used as summer homes. Many of those “Berkshire Cottages” still stand regally and remain privately owned.
Lenox has also been the chosen home for influential residents, including authors Catharine Sedgwick, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Edith Wharton, who penned two of her famous works here – Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth. The idyllic location also provided the settings for 1990s films Before and After and The Cider House Rules.
Though decidedly rural and quaint, Lenox is conveniently located just 2.5 hours from Boston and New York City, and an hour from airports in Albany, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut.
The vibrant visual and performing arts scene is renowned worldwide. Known as a “mecca of dance,” Jacob’s Pillow is a 220-acre National Historic Landmark with several stages for dance productions across genres. Tanglewood , the Boston Symphony’s “summer home,” packs its seasonal calendar with music and other visual-arts performances. The Barrington Stage Company and Colonial Theater in nearby Pittsfield showcase musicals, dramatic plays, and original productions. The Great Barrington Public Theater produces new works by local talent. Lenox is also the home to Shakespeare & Company , one of the largest Bard-focused year-round festivals in the nation.
Within the town of Lenox, there are a host of galleries to showcase works from international and local artists and crafts artisans. The WordxWord Festival, Williamstown Film and Williamstown Theater festivals, Aston Magna Music Festival, and the Berkshire International Film Festival are among the area’s many seasonal arts and music events.
Lenox’s natural landscape is memorable, with access to the Appalachian Trail, pristine conservation land, wildlife sanctuaries, mountain lakes, and numerous parks to explore. A year-round calendar of recreational activities – swimming, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, boating, downhill and cross-country skiing, and more – enable an active lifestyle.
Lenox has also become a destination spot for wellness and fitness with Canyon Ranch and soon to open Miraval leading the way
Exquisite period architecture
Generously proportioned rooms
Faux bois panelling dining room and Conservatory
Period hardware, bronze casement windows
Close to downtown, cultural venues, dining and shopping
Master Suite with Dressing Room/ Luxurious Bath
4 Family Bedrooms with en suite baths
2 Family Bedrooms with shared bath
Six additional bedrooms