On the Berkshires Bucket List: Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum

Right across the street from Hampton Terrace Inn, Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum is a beloved local landmark and an absolute must-see! Immerse yourself in Gilded Age history and culture at this timeless mansion and step into the past. Cross this one off your bucket list, and explore what else the area has to offer when you stay at Hampton Terrace!

Ventfort Hall in the dayDiscover the Beauty of the Gilded Age

A time of both beauty and excess, The Gilded Age was named so by the great Mark Twain and defined an era of American History. Explore this distinct time with a tour of Ventfort Hall, only a three-minute walk from the Inn! Built in 1893, the Jacobean Revival mansion was considered one of the most beautiful places in Lenox and saw many a lavish Gilded Age party in its time. Over the years it changed hands many times, being used as a summer hotel, a student dormitory, and even a religious community center!

Old picture of Ventfort Hall

In the mid-1980’s it was set to be demolished but a local preservation group, the Ventfort Hall Association, was formed in 1994 to help stop its destruction. After many donations and loans, the VHA purchased the property in 1997 and has since dedicated its time restoring the mansion to its original glory.

Visit This Favorite Local Gem

Ventfort Hall in the snow

For tours, Ventfort Hall hours are Thursday through Tuesday 11:00am – 4:00pm. Self-guided tours are available for reservation by phone at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm. In addition to tours, the property also holds special events.

a yoga mat on a floor

If you happen to be staying with us on a weekend or a Tuesday, then we highly recommend attending the yoga classes! Held in the great hall and taught by an experienced yoga practitioner, it is a great way to experience something new in a unique space. Please check the Ventfort Hall calendar for more upcoming events and activities you won’t want to miss!

Friends Enjoying a Driving TourExplore the Gilded Age

Explore the Gilded Age from the comfort of your vehicle with our Gilded Age Homes Driving Tour! Over two dozen estates and mansions are on the route and provide a stunning look at the architecture and design of the wealthy upper class during the late 1800s. For those that would like to request more info, please fill out your contact information before check-in and we will be glad to set everything up for you.

Ventfort Hall dining hallRelax in a Romantic & Cozy Room

With a distinct design aesthetic inspired by the best of the Gilded Age, Hampton Terrace Inn is the perfect place to stay for immersing yourself in the culture of the time! We are centrally located and nearby lots of great activities in greater Lenox, and we highly recommended exploring and seeing everything it has to offer.

Hampton Terrace room

Relax in spacious and comfortable rooms with beautiful decor and Queen and King beds. Sip wine by the fireplace or soak your cares away in a hot tub in one of our King Suite Cottages. However you decide to spend your stay, we hope that you enjoy the fascinating history of the area and the many things to do in the Berkshires.

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