A pinnacle of the Gilded Age, this superb and luxurious Lenox ‘cottage’ is a gem! A sparkling example of the American Queen Anne Style at its finest, this 1883 original has been restored and reinvented, polished and preserved, for those who demand nothing less than elegance, comfort, and perfect beauty when returning to the place they call home.
Even the briefest of encounters with this magnificent Berkshire estate reveals the grace and effortless sophistication of a gentler age. A mere stroll from historic Lenox, dramatically set high above stately Cliffwood Street with far-reaching mountain views, family and friends alike are greeted by the welcoming, columned shade of the traditional porte-cochère. The soaring entry hall is clad in elegantly restored original oak paneling, with hand-colored Venetian plaster walls, trompe l’oeil treatments, and custom gilded reliefs set aglow by the stately fireplace at its heart. The grand staircase leads invitingly upward; but before ascending, let’s take in the spacious, sunsplashed and inviting first floor! Newly-installed quarter-hewn oak flooring found throughout the home, along with hand-laid marble tile in every bathroom and the sisal-covered floor in the Library, confirms that not even the smallest detail has escaped the careful and thorough restoration of this Gilded Age masterpiece. The Living Room, dappled in sunlight in all seasons, is adorned by its own fireplace, hand-tinted plaster ceiling, and two large bay windows framing bucolic southwesterly views. Wide French doors open onto the broad wraparound porch, and take in the green sweep of perfectly-manicured lawn.
The luminous Dining Room features panelled walls and painted canvas wallpaper by noted muralist Clifton Jaeger, a fireplace, and tall, generous windows. An adjoining Butler’s Pantry has floor-to-ceiling cabinets, a soapstone counter, built-in KitchenAid half refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, and an elegant powder room.
The chef’s kitchen stands ready to meet every need, from the most intimate family dinner to the grandest of entertainments: same westerly views across the mountains from the kitchen sink with custom cabinets, generous soapstone counters, a spacious island, Viking 6-burner range with griddle and large and small ovens, Bosch dishwasher, built-in KitchenAid refrigerator, fireplace with Tuscan grill, and custom wood banquette by Peter Murkett. Dutch doors lead to the back lawn and patio, and there’s even a 7’x4’ walk-in pantry with its own custom built – ins, microwave and wine rack.
The restful Library enjoys wall-to-wall sisal floors, a cozy fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and a full entertainment center. Pocket doors lead to the stately English Greenhouse / Solarium — a stunning space, complete with warm brick floors, an oversized custom-built soapstone gardener’s sink, and a cedar hot tub. Retractable shades for the soaring glass ceiling and climate-controlled vent windows keep the Solarium comfortable in every season. French doors open directly onto the inviting back lawn and its stone-walled gardens.
Back inside, the majestic original oak panelled staircase leads to the sun-filled second floor and four ensuite bedroom/bathrooms with two adjoining sitting rooms. The expansive two-bedroom, two-bath “his and hers” master suite includes a restful sitting room with fireplace,
upholstered toile walls, and superb hand-hewn hardwood floors. While both bedrooms enjoy their individual fireplaces, “hers” also features a generous 9’x 6’ walk-in closet with built-in high security jewelry safe, and sparkling westerly views of the lovely Berkshire hills; “his” features a private turreted sitting terrace overlooking the expansive front lawns and western view over the mountains. Favored guests might find themselves in one of the two spacious second floor ‘VIP’ bedrooms with en-suite bath. The third floor features three additional bedrooms and two full baths tailor-made for the younger set, with lots of natural light, spectacular views, and fanciful spaces sure to amuse and delight!
The expansive estate also offers three additional, fully-appointed structures: a privately situated 2,500 sq. ft., two-bedroom, two-bath Guest/Caretaker’s House on its own acre of land, with outdoor hot tub and deck; a three-bay, two-floor Carriage House-style Garage Barn, featuring large upstairs studio/workshop space and office; and a Guest Cottage/Office retreat with a full living room, bedroom & bath.
Private and elegant, gracious and inviting, this treasure of the Gilded Age is nothing less than an American masterpiece. It gives us great pleasure to invite you to one of the Berkshires’ most remarkable homes.
- Caretaker's cottage
- Exterior Amenities Landscaped; Outbuilding; Privacy
- Interior Amenities Alarm System; Bay/Bow Window; Fireplace (s); Inlaw/Guest Qtrs; Interior Balcony; Steam Shower; Walk In Closet(s)
- Year Built 1883
- Taxes $27,263
- Heat/Cool Furnace
- Fuel Electric; Oil; Propane
- Hot Water Oil
- Electric Other
- Water Public
- Sewer Public
- Rooms 31
- Bedrooms 8
- Full Baths 6
- Half Baths 2
- Garage Detached; Oversized
- Basement Full
- Floor Ceramic; Wood
- Style Historic
- Construction Wood Frame
- Exterior Color White
- Exterior Wood
- Square Ft living 8,500
- Roof Asphalt/Fiberglass
- Homeowners' Association Fee $0
- Acres 4.60
- Zoning Residential