Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York

OVERVIEW of Glenmere Mansion

Perched on a hilltop with sweeping lawns and stunning views of Glenmere Lake, the 1911 pink hued Tuscan style Glenmere Mansion is surrounded by spectacular formal gardens and graceful terraces.

Inside the villa surrounds a central, flower filled cortile that is romantically set for dining in the warmer weather. Much of the original architecture has been preserved including marble-columned porticoes and sweeping staircases. The public rooms are exquisitely decorated with beautiful furniture, luxury fabrics (Loro Piana draperies) and stunning artwork from one of the owner’s private collection. The dark walled library is the perfect place to curl up with a book next to the fireplace. The expansive living room anchored by two fireplaces with views out over the terrace is ideal for pre and post dinner cocktails. Noted interior designed Scott Snyder has masterfully blended the old with the new to capture the glories of the past with today’s edgier, more contemporary look.

THE ROOMS at Glenmere Mansion

Glenmere has 18 rooms including 5 premium suites, all differently configured and designed. Snyder has taken the historical elements of the property and blended them with one-of-a-kind furnishings, amazing beds, and wonderful antiques. Many rooms have working fireplaces, and some offer balconies with views of Glenmere’s grounds and gardens. There’s a state-of-the-art Bluetooth-compatible AV system, with a large flat-screen TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, and high-speed Internet access.

Our Junior Suite, room number 5, was decorated in soothing shades of cream and beige. It had wonderful French doors that looked out onto the grounds. The linens are Casa del Bianca, custom-designed in Italy and the Cararra marble baths have heated floors, large soaking tub, a shower that converted to a steam room and La Bottega toiletries with a custom scent created by noted Italian perfumer Laura Tonatto. There was a love seat and coffee table at the bottom of the bed and two club chairs facing each other next to the fireplace. When the lights went down at night, a soft blue light under the bed gave just enough light to see your way around in the dark…very cool. If ever there was a room you didn’t want to leave, this is it.

DINING at Glenmere Mansion

The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Gunnar Thompson whose credits include Taittinger “2012 Grand Chef of the Year” for Relais & Chateaux worldwide, Executive Chef for the renowned Erna’s Elderberry House, where he held a Mobil/Forbes 5-Star and AAA 5-Diamond recognition. Before coming to Glenmere he was Executive Chef at Primland Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Guests can enjoy breakfast, brunch and dinner in the Supper Room or outside on the Terrace. Lunch is served in the Cortile or the Frog’s End Tavern.

Dinner in the Supper Room or out on the Terrace is a magical experience. Tables are set with luxury linens, sparkling glassware, beautiful china and flickering candles help set the mood. Gorgeous, custom made, hand painted eglomise panels depicting the hills of Tuscany surround a room anchored with a massive fireplace. Leather banquettes line the walls facing French doors that open onto the Terrace.

THE SERVICE at Glenmere Mansion

The service touches are what elevate a property over all others and Glenmere has mastered the concept. Arrival through entry gates leads to the drive up the hill which brought us to a courtyard centered with a fountain. Our car was instantly met by the butler and we were assured that it and our bags would be taken care of as we were ushered to reception. Check-in was efficient and swift and we were offered a Bellini before being escorted to our room.

After dinner we returned to our room to find a fire in our fireplace, two glasses of port and a bowl of chocolate truffles. In the morning, a tray with a French press pot of coffee sat outside our door. On departure, we were handed a bag filled with bottled water, cookies and note cards.

There are so many levels of service that one experiences when traveling from frankly, none, to the formal, almost practiced type at some top level hotels. Here, the feeling is that you are a guest in someone’s home and your hosts are uncommonly considerate and have anticipated those things that will make your visit special.

RATES at Glenmere Mansion

$550-$850 for deluxe and superior rooms, $1,250 junior suites, other suites, $1,600-$3,500.

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