Cranwell Resort's main building is a 100-year-old,Tudor-style mansion at the top of a hill, with bucolic scenery all around. In winter, there's ice skating and a cross-country Ski Center - happily, Sloane's Tavern, with cocktails, steaks, and children's fare, is right next door.
The Great Hall is full of wood paneling, cushy English sofas & wall-tapestries from France. Guestrooms are in the Mansion or in more recent buildings on the property: the newest, Olmsted Manor and Founders are linked to the Spa by a heated, glass-enclosed walkway.
Mansion style, ultra-modern spa
Summertime brings outdoor entertainment: acts like the Capitol Steps perform July through early September.
Wyndhurst Restaurant and The Music Room share a menu ranging from the inventive - pheasant spring rolls - to the traditional, with Berkshire-grown ingredients wherever possible. The wine list is recognized by Wine Spectator.
Sloane's Tavern has a casual, pub feel, and the Spa Café serves a light lunch menu - spa chocolate cake! - in a pretty, modern room, with lush carpeting and walls adorned with the works of local artists.
The Spa at Cranwell is a world unto itself, and has top-of-the-line treatments Decléor and Carita. Look for a 60-foot indoor pool, body & beauty treatments, and fitness classes from Gentle Yoga to Boot Camp.