A New York financier, banker, director of railroads and real estate tycoon. Henry Cook was a descendant of Captain Cook, founder of Portsmouth, R.I., and the son of Constant Cook, who helped build the Erie Railroad.
Hotel: 22 private acres; former summer palace of Henry Cook’s daughter, Countess de Heredia.
"Perhaps the grandest Country Inn in America."
In 1893, when Henry Cook’s daughter fell in love with the handsome Count deHeredia who asked her hand in marriage, her father decided to build a palace suitable for his daughter’s royal happiness. An army of masons and carpenters came from Italy and erected a Florentine-inspired sixteenth century palazzo. Here, romance is ever present. Set atop a knoll overlooking mountains and lake, the exquisite grounds were landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York Central Park.
17 guest rooms, the original bedrooms of the Count and Countess, and the aviary were converted into a two-story suite, made famous by Leonard Bernstein. Each guest room is unique, and individually decorated with well-chosen English and French antiques, combined with contemporary comfort and design; some include a fireplace and mountain view. The Palazzo is adorned with stately columns, graceful arches, carved mantels, magnificent Tiffany windows, sweeping staircase, and huge floral arrangements. Lavish window treatments open onto stone balconies and terraces.
Secluded pool and tennis court. Dining is the American interpretation of the classic French kitchen with emphasis on the finest and freshest ingredients procured locally, and from around the world. Elegant artful servings on china and crystal. Near theaters, museums, art galleries, fine antique shops, and much more. Children over 12 welcome.
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