The Mayflower Grace
This 58-acre luxury resort, surrounded by nature, boasts elegant, locally influenced dining and feels like a private estate, yet it’s only a few minutes drive from Washington’s centre, where arts and quaint shops await. The pool on the hill is one of many delightful spots to relax.
- Linda Laban, Travel writer
Washington is located in the rural Litchfield Hills region in western Connecticut, 85 miles north of New York City. Every July, the Litchfield Jazz Festival takes place at venues around town and world-renowned modern dance company Pilobolus holds its Five Senses Festival. Year round, visit the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, an abandoned gas station turned art gallery.
Style & character
The three-storey shingled inn, in a Federal meets Dutch Colonial style, was originally a boy’s prep school. Its grand hall has a wide wood staircase leading to landings displaying artifacts and artwork. To the right and left of the hall are The Parlour and The Library, both charming spots with fireplaces and intriguing old books and games.
Service & facilities
A walk up the gentle hill through the delightful gardens, past the mini boxwood American Poets Maze, leads to the outdoor pool, where loungers await and drinks, lunch, and snacks are served. Past the tennis court and small putting green, the expansive spa and fitness centre includes a bromine cleaned indoor pool and elegant hot tub. The enormous relaxation room overlooks the outdoor greenery and, like the whole facility, is decked out in a clean, calm ivory color scheme. Classes, equipment and a full range of treatments turns a stay into a health retreat. For outdoor relaxing, the wicker porch overlooks the grounds, which lead to nature trails. Gracious service is delivered with a confident smile; turndown includes freshly made truffles.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
- Tennis court
There are 30 rooms and suites spread throughout the main inn and three cottages. On the main inn’s second floor, Room 24 is typically spacious, with a four-poster bed, a fireplace and a round tea table flanked by two upholstered armchairs. The large bathroom pairs a similar shade of green patterned wallpaper with ivory marble tile. The double vanity, walk-in shower, and separate tub are stocked with invigorating eucalyptus laced, natural Red Flower toiletries. Surrounding the magnificent bed, white woodwork frames soft, deep yellow walls and sand-coloured carpet, and the yellow floral floor-to-ceiling drapes match the bed’s canopy. Best of all, French doors lead to a large deck, where white wicker chairs are poised to take in the magnificent view.
Food & drink
The main dining room is pretty, formal and overlooks the manicured Shakespeare Garden and mighty nature beyond. Try seared scallops in a delicate lemongrass and ginger broth or pan-seared Arctic char on a bed of tender braised courgettes and cauliflower, just-wilted spinach and buttery soft mashed potatoes, finished with a lemony beurre blanc and a dab of sustainable hackleback caviar. For breakfast, eggs from a neighboring farm that dates to the 1700s can be enjoyed in the dining room or on the verandah, which, given the morning birdsong, is a delight. The Taproom bar, where locals often gather, is a convivial spot for drinks.
Value for money
Double rooms from $449 (£372) in low season; and from $889 (£737) in high. Breakfast from $14 (£12). Wi-Fi is included in the nightly resort fee of $43 (£36).
Access for guests with disabilities?
The main building is accessible and one cottage room is fully ADA-compliant.
Futons are available at $50 (£42) per night.