The Mayflower Grace is a soothing spa retreat and stylishly decorated 19th-century country house hotel amid 58 acres of manicured gardens in Connecticut. Just 90 miles away from Manhattan, The Mayflower Grace will have even the most uptight urbanites feel relaxed and refreshed in a New York minute.
Spread between four charming buildings – Mayflower House, Speedwell Cottage, Standish Cottage and Allerton Cottage – there are just 30 rooms and suites at The Mayflower Grace, all offering luxurious furnishings and catering to every creature of comfort. The accommodations, each unique with varying color schemes, fabrics, and patterns, are all fairly traditional. Many are renovated, or refreshed, while the rest will undergo updates and freshening of the space bit by bit. It feels a bit like staying at Grandma’s house, if you’re grandma had very plush accommodations. That said, it’s still lovely and cozy and the accommodations do not disappoint. One thing that will remain throughout is the traditional décor.
One of the most remarkable features of the hotel is undoubtedly The Mayflower Spa, a haven of serenity. The stunning spa offers a series of a la carte treatments throughout the week and a variety of restorative wellness packages to boot. The moment you walk into the 20,000-square-foot Spa House, all your worries are washed away. The all-white, tranquil design feels more like a residence than a hotel facility, truly making the experience that much warmer and even-more inviting – it instantly feels like a home-away-from-home. The grand relaxation room, with floor-to-ceiling windows, is a place where you could honestly spend all day lounging in. At The Mayflower Spa, guests are invited to immerse themselves in a personalized program built with the assistance of a personal wellness advisor who will tend to your individual intentions. There’s an amazing array of heavenly treatments, from massages to body scrubs and rejuvenating facials, with all-natural products that are as effective as they are safe. The Spa House is also home to four fully equipped exercise studios, offering a range of classes from Yoga to Pilates, Dance and even Aquatics.
THE FACILITIES & DINING
The main building houses the lobby, a restaurant and bar/tavern, as well as two separate library and lounge areas. Both areas are cozy with fireplaces, couches and even board games. It’s the perfect spot to relax, read the paper and cozy up to a cup of coffee. The property also features an indoor and outdoor pool, a tennis court, a five-hole putting green, and a fitness centre. The indoor pool is located in the spa and uses bromine instead of chlorine (which your skin and hair will thank you later for!). The heated outdoor pool is only open from May through October, where lunch or lite bites can also be enjoyed.
The food on property is not to miss (this is a Relais & Chateaux property, after all). The main dining room overlooks the Shakespeare garden while serving both lunch and dinner. It features seasonal menus of upscale American cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. For a more casual dining outlet, the Tap Room is located just around the corner. They service delicious and handcrafted cocktails and the food does not disappoint. They play live music on Saturday nights and is the perfect spot for a more cozy, casual gathering.
THE SURROUNDING AREA: ACTIVITIES & RESTAURANTS
The Mayflower Grace is very close to the cute town of Washington Depot, but not far from Kent, which offers amazing Art Galleries, shops, and restaurants.
Visit Connecticut’s oldest art house movie theatre, the Bantam Cinema, founded in 1927 and featuring mostly independent films.
The Litchfield Hills and its environs are sometimes referred to as “America’s Antique Capital”; where you can find just what you want in the antique shops only a short drive away from The Mayflower Grace. Located in the western part of the state in scenic Litchfield County, Woodbury is known as the 'Antiques Capital of Connecticut.' This reputation became established more than 50 years ago when antiques dealers began setting up shop in the historic homes on and around Main Street. Woodbury soon became a popular destination for collectors and for the curious, where you'll find many great treasures. There are also some great places to eat.
The rolling countryside surrounding the hotel is diverse and dramatic. The hikes will bring you to the Macricostas Preserve where you can enjoy wonderful views of Lake Waramaug and have a delicious picnic chosen by you from a number of seasonal options.
For the cyclist that wants to break away, there are many great places to ride. Ride through Steep Rock, on the shores of Lake Waramaug or in the White Memorial Park in Litchfield.
The Mayflower Grace is conveniently located near two public golf courses. Stonybrook Golf Course is a challenging and scenic 9-hole course fifteen minutes away in Litchfield. Fairview Farms Golf Club is an excellent 18-hole course twenty minutes away in Harwinton.
Downhill enthusiasts should try the 23 slopes of nearby Mohawk Mountain. Lessons for both experts and beginners are available. Additionally, nearby Woodbury Ski Area has excellent tubing,and cross-country skiing. Other available activities include hiking, fishing, canoeing, car races, countryside car tours and horseback riding, which our concierge will be more than happy to arrange for you.
Handmade fresh Japanese dishes using the finest ingredients, bringing Asian gastronomy to the area.
Good News Café
Join owners Chef Carole Peck and Bernard Jarrier for seasonally inspired organic dishes in a fine dining experience.
Seasonal cooking with food gathered from the surrounding area to serve the community in a casual atmosphere.
Head Chef Antonio Caldareri uses fresh ingredients to bring the flavours of Northern and Southern Italy to Connecticut.
The Hopkins Inn
The Hopkins Inn restaurant is renowned for its contemporary Austrian cuisine, reflecting the heritage of the owners. When the weather is fine, guests may dine outside and in the cooler months, a roaring fire provides a warm and intimate atmosphere.
Enjoy seasonally inspired menus, with locally sourced ingredients, whilst enjoying live music or simply the sound of the Shepaug River passing nearby.
THE PERFECT PLACE FOR... Adults & Young Couples
BENEFITS OF BOOKING WITH ITKE:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
$100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability