New Book Celebrates American Hotel Gardens
A new book entitled “The Art of the Garden” by Relais & Chateaux North America celebrates hotel gardens in the US. We take a look at some of the most impressive grounds that complement some unique Relais & Chateaux properties across North America.
Glenmere Mansion, Chester, New York
Located in the picturesque Hudson Valley, this mansion was one of the finest country estates in the US, now converted into a luxury hotel. Glenmere has all the trappings of a British stately home or European palace. This elegant home has a brushed pink facade, and sits in grounds that are at times wild and rambling and at others manicured and formal. Backing onto a lake, the house is fronted by a landscaped driveway and patio which features sculpted hedgerows, immaculately planted flower beds. The contrast between the rural feel that characterises the wider grounds and the landscape architecture of the designed garden create a considered setting with a grander cultivated environment.
The Charlotte Inn, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
This quaint inn in the popular holiday destination of Martha’s Vineyard channels the English country garden in its grounds. The grounds are contained within high walls that are covered in pretty ivy, around which benches are dotted beside fountains and stone sculptures, allowing guests to meander the cobbled walkways and idle awhile among the pretty foliage. Lawns are edged by sculpted hedges and colourful flowers, creating an atmosphere of British idyll and serenity
Old Edwards Inn & Spa, North Carolina
Nestled on a plateau among the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, the Old Edwards Inn benefits from a picturesque setting that has influenced the beautiful grounds in which it is situated. While the hotel is intrinsic to the Highlands community, it is also reminiscent of a European Alpine lodge or ski resort. The hotel ground also reflect the Inn’s farm to table ethos in the restaurant, which is fed from a vegetable garden that contrasts with the manicured golf course and the forested peaks which surround the hotel.
Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California
This resort in California’s Napa Valley wine region channels its Mediterranean counterparts in its landscaping, but gives it is quintessentially Californian twist. Olive trees flank linear fountains that frame views over the rolling hills of the valley beyond. Sculpted topiary contrasts with the forested hills in the background, and water features are dotted around the property, bringing the sound of water into this dry landscape.
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