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 $435.00, 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.
Over 12s only here. 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; extra beds cost US$100 a night.
Blantyre uses natural gas, recycles most things and sends its staff on errands around the property in electric cars.