The Berkshires Sights

The Mount

  • 2 Plunkett St. Map It
  • Lenox
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice
  • The Mount, Edith Wharton Home, Lenox, Berkshires, Massachusetts

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Published 07/18/2016

Fodor's Review

This 1902 mansion with myriad classical influences was the summer home of novelist Edith Wharton. The 42-room house and 3 acres of formal gardens were designed by Wharton, who is considered by many to have set the standard for 20th-century interior decoration. In designing the Mount, she followed the principles set forth in her book The Decoration of Houses (1897), creating a calm and well-ordered home. To date, nearly $15 million has been spent on an ongoing project that most recently restored the third-floor bedroom suite. Summer is a fine time to enjoy the informal café and occasional free concerts on the terrace. Guided tours take place during regular hours, the private "ghost tour" after hours.

Sight Information

Address:

2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Massachusetts, 01240, USA

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Phone:

413-551–5111; 888-637–1902

Sight Details:

  • $18
  • Grounds daily sunrise–sunset. House: May–Oct., daily 10–5

Published 07/18/2016

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