Seven Hills Inn

40 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240
Innkeeper(s): Robin & Denis Wong
 
  • Summary

    Lost Luxuries through Wooded Countryside

    Set on 27 acres of lush lawns and stunning gardens, this gilded age mansion invites you to enjoy the romantic luxuries of a time long since past. Enter a world furnished with antiques, hand carved fireplaces, leaded glass windows and eclectic art. The Seven Hills Inn blends the romance of the past with all the comforts of the present and has garnered a reputation for unmatched concierge service.

    The inn is comprised of three neighboring properties; The Manor House, the Carriage House and the Terrace Country Motel. All guests staying in any of the 43 rooms are welcome to enjoy all the public rooms in the Manor House, the outdoor patio overlooking the beautiful Berkshire countryside, the secluded pool with its serene and stunning grounds and the scrumptious and plentiful breakfast buffet offered each morning.

    Located in Lenox, the inn is just minutes away from all leading Berkshire attractions. Our estate is situated next door to Edith Wharton’s, “The Mount” and down the road from the award winning Shakespeare and Co. Theatre. Our guests are delighted that Tanglewood, (summer home of the Boston Symphony), Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Theatre Company, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Williamstown Theatre, Clark Art Museum and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art are just a short distance away. Not only are the Berkshires a cultural hub but provide miles of country lanes for biking and hiking, world class golf courses, fishing and kayaking in neighboring lakes or zip lining with the kids on nearby mountains.

    The Seven Hills Inn can be a romantic getaway for two, a welcoming place for families to gather, an exquisite backdrop for destination weddings or a positive environment for corporate retreats.

     

     

  • Introduction

    Seven Hills Inn Lenox, MassachusettsEscape to the country, stroll down wooded lanes, bask in the sun, lounge at the pool, watch leaves turn magnificent colors, indulge in ice cream sundaes at the local creamery, picnic on Tanglewood's lawn, tour Edith Wharton's Estate, right next door, gaze at star-crossed lovers at Shakespeare & Company, just down the road, wonder at dancers floating in air at Jacob's Pillow or spend a day with your feet up doing absolutely nothing. Whatever the season, whatever the reason, we welcome you to the Berkshires and the Seven Hills Inn in beautiful Lenox, Massachussets.

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    Have a hearty breakfast to start the day off right.

    Stroll through the twenty-seven acres of our verdant grounds.

    Enjoy Laurel Lake located "just around the corner."

    Pamper yourself. Spa treatments and massages are available locally. We will help you with the arrangements.

    Swim in the clear waters of our private pool.

     

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    Read that Edith Wharton novel you've been putting off for years -- then walk next door to The Mount, Edith Wharton's renovated home and gardens.

    Do absolutely nothing. Go on, put your feet up. You're a guest of Seven Hills Inn.

    Seven Hills Inn is located in the quaint and celebrated town of Lenox, Massachusetts, nestled in the Berkshire Mountains. Lenox is an equal distance from Boston and New York City.

  • Your Seven Hills Wedding

    WeddingsFrom the time you book your date to the moment you drive off for your honeymoon, "just married" painted on your rear window, the staff of Seven Hills Inn become your attendents in waiting, determined to make your wedding dreams come true.

    Did you imagine a candle-filled room with classical music from the eighteenth century? We know where to find the clavichord. Want to entertain your party with a pre-wedding flotilla down the Housatonic River? Our staff will find the canoes. Did you have in mind a Western-style barbecue but your future in-laws are vegetarians? We know the perfect chef to cater to your family's every whim.

    WeddingsTreat your wedding guests to a weekend filled with the picturesque surroundings and cultural magnificence that is the Berkshires.

    The inn's large common halls can accommodate 175 guests. exquisite light filled, leaded glass windows overlook the extensive private gardens, making each hall an exquisite backdrop for your wedding photographs.

    Our 27 acres of manicured lawns, aromatic gardens and scenic forests can provide an option for an outdoor ceremony. as well as a tented affair where up to 300 guests can celebrate your happiness while the wonder of a Berkshire sunset adds yet another breathtaking element to your perfect day.

    ReceptionsThe inn's forty-three rooms provide sleeping quarters to keep your friends and family safe and close by as your own country house weekend unfolds.

    If you desire, our staff will assist you in selecting every element of your day, from florists to photographers, musicians to make-up artists. We know the perfect chef to create your custom menu.

    The mansion is also the ideal setting for other special times that surround your wedding such as bridal teas, showers, rehearsal dinners and family reunions.

    We welcome your interest in the Seven Hills Inn and look forward to turning your dreams into a reality. Please contact us to discuss the details of your celebration, arrange for a private tour of our property or request a wedding packet.

    Robin Gerson Wong
    Special Events Coordinator
    413-637-0060
    robingersonwong@yahoo.com

  • History

    HistoryThe original structure of what is now called Seven Hills Inn was once a small farmhouse built in the mid-1700s by early Massachusetts colonists.

    In 1885 the Robert Chapin family vastly enlarged the dwelling and named the new estate "Norwood." It was one of the first grand "Berkshire Cottages." In 1904 another Berkshire cottage was built next door by a rising novelist, the royalties of her first best-seller used to support the construction. The novel was called "House of Mirth," and Norwood's new neighbor was Edith Wharton.

    In 1911 Bostonian Emily Meredith Read Spencer, a blue-blooded descendant of the famed Puritan William Bradford agreed to move to the Berkshires at the behest of her husband, a descendant of one of the founders of Stockbridge. Emily Spencer wanted to build her own estate but feared, at the "ripe age" of forty, she wouldn't live long enough to see its completion. Instead, she chose Norwood and undertook extensive renovations. Importing staircases from England, fireplaces from France and columns from Italy, Emily Spencer doubled the mansion's size and renamed it "Shipton Court." In addition to the architectural details of her legacy, Emily Spencer's initials are still proudly in evidence above the door to the inn's entrance.

    For forty years Shipton Court and the Spencers were a vital part of Berkshire grand society. In his book, THE LAST RESORTS, Cleveland Amory wrote of the eccentric Mrs. Spencer and her beloved piglet, Rosie, who ran free in the parlor amidst the invited guests, one of whom was Isadora Duncan.

    In 1951 New Yorkers Larry and Sophie Howitt bought Shipton Court, renamed it Seven Hills and converted the grand mansion into an inn in order to cater to the musicians and music-lovers of Sophie's beloved Tanglewood. By the Sixties renovations were completed and frequent guests included Leonard Bernstein, Beverly Sills, Seiji Ozawa, and Dave Brubeck.

    The current owners, Robin Gerson Wong and Denis Wong purchased the in five years ago.  They have redecorated and remodeled the inn with an eye towards maintaining the original details of this Gilded Age mansion.  They have accomplished this while bringing in all the comforts of modern hospitality.

  • Creative Meeting Spaces:

    Meeting SpaceWhether you are planning a sales meeting, educational seminar or executive retreat, the experienced Seven Hills Inn staff is committed to assuring the success of your event. 

    Our exceptional meeting rooms are enhanced with antique furnishings and breathtaking views.  With approximately six thousand square feet of meeting rooms connected in a convenient open floor plan, the inn offers the utmost flexibility for a wide variety of gatherings and breakout sessions.

    Most standard presentation and office equipment are readily available.  Serenity, privacy, professionalism and the legendary Seven Hills hospitality all assure that your event will be a memorable experience.

    SeminarsWhether your function’s needs are a simple breakfast and coffee break, a special luncheon or memorable dinner, the Seven Hills staff will work with you and our caterers to provide a delicious menu to suit your needs.

    For more info, quotes and additional services, please contact:

    Robin Gerson Wong
    413-637-0060
    robingersonwong@yahoo.com

    Ask about customizing your retreat!  Our event coordinators can connect you with everything the Berkshires have to offer.  Whether you’re looking for relaxation, culture, history or adventure we can make sure that your group has the perfect experience.

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  • Happenings in the Berkshires

    Berkshire Botanical Gardens

    The Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG) offers visitors a peaceful refuge of natural beauty and stunning display gardens. Their fall Harvest Festival is the largest and longest-running event of its kind in the country. Not to be missed!

    Berkshire Museum

    A museum for the whole family, with interesting regular exhibits.

    Chesterwood

    Hidden treasures, discover American sculptures at Chesterwood, the 1920's summer home, studio and garden of sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), who designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

    Clark Art Institute

    The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has one of the most impressive permanent collections in the nation. The very finest examples of fine art from the 13th century through Impressionism. Their Impressionist collection, and their collection of great American painters from Winslow Homer to John Singer Sargent, are among the finest anywhere.

    Hancock Shaker Village

    Hancock Shaker Village is an historic site in western Massachusetts, interpreting the lives of the Shakers who lived there from 1783 to 1960. Extraordinary farm and barn architecture, especially the round stone barn.

    Edith Wharton -The Mount

    Seven leading designers pay homage to Edith Wharton and demonstrate the timelessness of her design theories by decorating newly restored rooms at her country home, The Mount. Right next door to Seven Hills!

    Naumkeag

    The rooms contain the Choate family's outstanding collection of Chinese export porcelain, antique furniture, elegant rugs and tapestries. The gardens, designed in part by landscape architect Fletcher Steele, rank among the loveliest in America.

    Norman Rockwell Museum

    You are invited to take a closer look at a selection of popular Rockwell paintings. Enjoy the stories they tell -- and discover how Rockwell's use of composition and technique bring the picture's characters, plots, and settings to life in these "vivid and affectionate portraits of our country."

    Shakespeare & Company

    One of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in North America!

    Tanglewood

    At Tanglewood, the splendor of nature is surpassed only by the magnificence of the music. Featuring the BSO performing with world-class conductors, acclaimed soloists, and renowned musicians in a vibrant mix of musical styles and forms all summer long.

    Tannery Pond

    World Renowned Musicians perform Chamber Music in the tannery of Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village.

    Barrington Stage Company

    BSC produces some of the most innovative, high-quality regional theater anywhere. Miss the 2004 season at your cultural peril.

    Berkshire Theatre Festival

    The third oldest theatre in the nation, the Berkshire Theatre Festival has a strong foothold in its venerable past, and a flirtatious little toe testing the waters of the future.

    Club Helsinki

    Club Helsinki is a year-round home to both the best Jazz, Blues, and Funk musicians in the Berkshires and to some of the finest musicians from around the world. The hottest watering hole in the Berkshires. Always happening.

    Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

    Visit the home of American Abstract Artists and see an exquisite collection of American and European cubists art.

    Jacob's Pillow

    An intimate and powerful dance experience like no other. Jacob's Pillow astounds audiences every year, bringing top-notch dance troops from every corner of the earth to this tiny corner.

    Mass MoCA

    If conventional museums are boxes, MASS MoCA is an open platform -- a welcoming place that encourages dynamic interchange between making and presenting art, between the visual and performing arts, and between our extraordinary historic factory campus and the patrons, workers and tenants who again inhabit it. Mass MoCA contains one of the largest single galleries in the country, enabling them to show works on a scale unmatched.

    The Triplex Cinema

    The Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington is more than an ordinary first-run movie theater; committed to showing a quality selection of films. And a hip local teen hangout.

    Williamstown Theatre Festival

    Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival is a summer-long celebration of theater that brings together a vast and impressive array of top-name actors and offers audiences varied cultural experiences.

    Kripalu Institute

    Kripalu is the largest center for yoga and holistic health in the U.S., serving people of all backgrounds for more than 20 years.

    The Healing Place

    The Healing Place offers a wide variety of health and beauty services. These include massage, facials, Yoga, movement therapy, body treatments, aromatherapy treatments, acupressure, shiatsu and reflexology

    Kennedy Park

    Open year round and maintained by the Town of Lenox, these 180 acres feature 7 trails with excellent signage and varying degrees of difficulty. Some of the best views in Berkshire county.

    Tyringham Cobble

    A two-mile loop trail runs to the summit of Cobble Hill, 400 feet above the valley floor. Several rock outcrops offer sweeping views of Tyringham Valley with Hop Brook and the village below.

    Monument Mountain

    The mountain is 1,735 feet at its peak, overlooking the hills and valleys of southern Berkshire County. Three miles of trails lead through the canopied forest of white pine and oaks with tulip trees, maples, chestnut saplings and mountain laurel. Rock outcrops hide small caves and several streams wind through the forest. Especially beautiful in the fall

    Pleasant Valley

    Pleasant Valley in Lenox encompasses 1,500 acres of forest, brooks, beaver ponds, meadows, and slopes of beautiful Lenox Mountain. The sanctuary's vast landscape also features a hemlock gorge, a limestone cobble, a hummingbird garden, seven miles of scenic trails, and a May-to-October trailside museum.

  • Directions

    From New York City

    1. Take I-87 north to exit 21A, take the Berkshire spur on the NY Thruway (I-90) east
    2. This becomes the Mass Pike (I-90), take exit 2 off the Mass Pike (Lee exit)
    3. Follow route 20 west toward Lenox/Pittsfield
    4. After about 3.5 miles take a left onto Plunkett Street; we are located at number 40, one mile down on the left

    Or

    1. Take the Taconic State Parkway north to I-90 east
    2. This becomes the Mass Pike (I-90), take exit 2 off the Mass Pike (Lee exit)
    3. Follow route 20 west toward Lenox/Pittsfield
    4. After about 3.5 miles take a left onto Plunkett Street; we are located at number 40, one mile down on the left

    From Albany

    1. Take I-90 east to exit 2, take route 20 west toward Lenox/Pittsfield
    2. After about 3.5 miles take a left onto Plunkett Street; we are located at number 40, one mile down on the left

    From Boston

    1. Take the Mass Pike (I-90) west to exit 2 (Lee exit); take route 20 west towards Lenox/Pittsfield
    2. After about 3.5 miles take a left onto Plunkett Street; we are located at number 40, one mile down on the left

    From Connecticut (Bradley Int'l Airport)

    1. Take I-91 north to the Mass Pike (I-90); follow the Mass Pike west to exit 2 (Lee exit)
    2. Take route 20 west towards Lenox/Pittsfield
    3. After about 3.5 miles take a left onto Plunkett Street; we are located at number 40, one mile down on the left

    From Pittsfield, Northern Berkshire County, Vermont

    1. Take route 7 south to Pittsfield; in Pittsfield route 20 joins route 7
    2. Follow route 7/20 south to where routes 7 and 20 split (route 7 bears to the right towards Stockbridge/Gt. Barrington and Route 20 will continue toward Lee)
    3. Follow route 7 south toward Stockbride/Gt. Barrington (you will bear right)
    4. One mile down to your first traffic light, turn left onto Plunkett Street
    5. The Seven Hills Inn is at number 40, on the right about a quarter of a mile down

    From Great Barrington or Stockbridge

    1. Take route 7 north
    2. Approximately two miles after entering Lenox you will come to a traffic light
    3. At the light turn right onto Plunkett Street; the Seven Hills Inn is on the right at number 40, about a quarter of a mile down

    From Lee

    1. Take route 20 west toward Lenox/Pittsfield
    2. Approximately one mile after entering Lenox you will take a left onto Plunkett Street
    3. We are located at number 40, one mile down on the left