If you love hanging out in beautiful surroundings, you’ll enjoy a visit to The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts. Once the home of author Edith Wharton, the mansion and grounds are now open to the public for tours.
Edith Wharton lived from 1862 to 1937, and has secured her place in literary history as one of America’s finest writers. A chronicler of society life, Wharton was an independent woman who had a wide variety of interests, including architecture, gardens, and interior design. She utilized all of these in creating her home here in the Berkshires.
The Mount was built in 1902 by Edith and her husband Teddy and sold in 1911. It was owned by several families and the Foxhollow School for Girls before it became the home for Shakespeare & Company. The property is now owned by Edith Wharton Restoration, who oversaw massive renovations of the home and gardens.
The mansion was modeled after a 17th Century English country house, with a large terrace that was Italian influenced, and interiors that showed both French and Italian influences, all testaments to Wharton’s vast travels. The gardens were also lavishly designed as a series of outdoor “rooms” with places to walk and sit. Visitors will find that much of the original designs remain intact today.
Guests at The Mount can enjoy guided house tours, garden tours, backstairs tours that show where servants worked, and ghost tours. The Mount opens for the season on May 12, 2018; the Terrace Café opens May 27.
2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA
Open May 12 through October, 2018
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors 65+, $18; students with ID, $13; 18 and under, $free; military with ID, $10
After a lovely day of touring, enjoy a restful night back at the Inn where our beautiful garden offers an ideal place for relaxing. Call us to book a stay soon!