Need to know
23, including eight suites.
11am, but flexible if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 12pm (or whenever you arrive if the room’s ready).
Double rooms from $495.00, excluding tax at 11.7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of 18% per room per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast and champagne, cheese and fruit on arrival.
Blantyre has chilly weather covered: snuggle up in the Warming Hut to play pool, watch TV or settle into an armchair. There’s also a hot chocolate menu, and the option of cheese fondue, which can be served any time anywhere in the grounds.
At the hotel
Tennis courts, ice-skating, snow-shoeing, billiards room, cross-country skiing, 220-acre grounds, spa, gym, CD/DVD/book library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, bottled water and Kiehl’s products.
Our favourite rooms
For full old-world exposure, make sure you book one of the eight rooms in the main house. We especially like the Crimson Suite’s palatial four-poster, dressing room with a vanity table lined with antique silver accessories, wood-burning fireplace, huge bath tub and spacious terrace. Second place goes to the Laurel Suite, which has parquet floors, a palette of pinks, creams and yellows, and overlooks the gardens at the back of the house.
There’s a heated pool outside by the Carriage House and spa.
Don’t forget your finery for evening meals; leave your snow boots behind – the hotel has some you can borrow.
The Potting Shed spa has a greenhouse with a hot tub, wood-burning fireplace, steam room and sauna – as well as a list of tempting treatments.
All ages are welcome. Cots and extra beds are US$100 a night. Hotel staff can babysit for US$25 an hour and there's a tennis court to play on. The Ice House Cottage, Dorr Suite and Hillside Suite will best suit families.
Blantyre uses natural gas, recycles most things and sends its staff on errands around the property in electric cars.