Fodor's Expert Review Cranwell Resort, Spa, and Golf Club

55 Lee Rd., Lenox, MA 02140, USA See on Map

A Gilded Age mansion is the gem of this the resort which includes an 18-hole golf course, massive spa, three restaurants and a pub. All rooms are slightly unique but are neatly furnished with modern classics as well as period antiques. Be sure to have a drink on the terrace with expansive views of October mountain.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The resort is under construction as it expands to accommodate more guests. Currently, rooms in the mansion and the views from the garden terrace are unaffected.


Rooms are available in the Mansion and the other four historic buildings, with 105 rooms in total. While all are updated and mix modern elements with the historic setting, there are four classes of rooms that vary in size: classic king or queen, junior suite, two-room suites, and the cottages which offer a kitchenette, living room, and patio.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no elevators in the Mansion. Those that require ground-level facilities should call to make arrangements in one of the accessible buildings.


Muted tones and modern fixtures are found in bathrooms across the resort. Sizes vary greatly depending on room and building.


The Great Hall, with dark paneling and European tapestries, evokes visions of Downton Abbey--though the atmosphere and staff are much more relaxed than British aristocrats.


An indoor lap pool is open year-round, while the outdoor, heated pool is open seasonally.


The 35,000 sq. foot spa is one largest in the Northeast and offers more than 50 services. Book ahead during the busy summer season.


The resort offers an on-site fitness center and classes including Zumba, cardio, yoga, and cycling.


Take in a more formal dinner in the Wyndhurst room, enjoy breakfast in the Music room overlooking the mountains (adjacent to the lobby), or enjoy a light lunch at the spa while undergoing a treatment.


Sloane's offers up casual pub fare as well as a beer and wine list. In the summer, sip beverages on the patio with views of the mountain and golf course.


Getting Around

Use a car to navigate the many museums, outdoor activities, and historic sites scattered around the Berkshires.


For a night out, make the short drive to Lenox. An upscale atmosphere at Prime Italian Steakhouse (7-minute drive) where pasta favorites, filet mignon, and ribeyes dominate the menu. For French bistro classics, head to Zinc (6-minute drive) for lunch or dinner in a refined, yet relaxed atmosphere. Make a reservation at Nudel (7-minute drive) where you'll indulge in a seasonal menu of modern American fare from small plates to artfully crafted entrees, many of which are organic. In neighboring Lee, 51 Park Restaurant & Tavern (8-minute drive) is a casual date-night favorite (or family night out) with a modern American menu in a relaxed atmosphere.


Alta wine bar and restaurant (6-minute drive) is perfect for a post-Tanglewood cocktail or bottle of wine. Find locals and summer theatergoers at Firefly Gastropub (6-minute drive) imbibing in a large selection of beers (including local craft brews), wine menu and noshing on tapas-style snacks.


The neatly manicured gardens and view of mountains is the icing on the cake for a retreat-like stay in the Berkshires.




Phones: 413-637–1364;800-272–6935

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