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“Historic house and grounds”
Review of Naumkeag

Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Stockbridge
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Owner description: Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire Cottage.
Lenox, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Historic house and grounds”
Reviewed 13 February 2012

Should not be missed. This place is exceptional inside and out [gardens].

3 Thank Johnberk
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Magical day, superlative staff, in an extraordinary location”
Reviewed 29 August 2011

Went with husband and sons to Naumkeag planning on a simple picnic on their lovely grounds. Penny at Admissions encouraged us to take the House Tour. Our tour guide, Rebecca, made it very worth our while - with her scholarly and a bit dishy background on all the famous people who had been part of Naumkeag's development. The gardener took time out to answer my questions about preparations made to secure the famous "Blue Stairs" prior to Hurricane Irene. Thank you to the staff for being so generous.
You made our day so special.

Visited August 2011
5 Thank sandy30
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Glen Rock, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
192 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“It Like They Just Left”
Reviewed 8 August 2011

The building has the original furnishings. The grounds are like they just left for the day. It is nice visiting a piece of history.

Visited August 2011
1 Thank TtravelerJohn
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
234 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Quiet mansion overlooking the valley”
Reviewed 3 August 2011

This is run by the Trustees of the Reservations. We were members and were able to get in free. After you finish your guided tour of the house, you are given players that guide you on an audio tour of the gardens. No cameras are allowed inside the house. This is a worthwhile stop especially for members.

Visited July 2011
Thank Joseph D
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Highland Park, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
562 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“A must see if visiting Stockbridge, MA!”
Reviewed 21 July 2011

My husband and I had been to Stockbridge in the past and already seen the Rockwell museum and were looking for something else to see. We stumbled upon Namkeag and what a find it is.

For $15.00 per person we got two tours! The garden tour and the house tour. Worth every penny.

We started with the garden tour. The garden tour is nice because you can go at your own pace. It comes with an audio guide, so you have plenty of information about the gardens but are able to stop and admire the gardens and design as long as you like. The gardens are a project of Mabel Choate that took 30 years to complete. The one flaw that I can find with the site is that the gardens are in need of some upkeep. I can understand though since they are so extensive and would need a huge team of gardeners to keep in its original condition. The architecture of them is so stunning you can easily forgive it.

Our house tour started before we had finished the garden tour but this was no problem because we could just go back and pick up where we left off.

The house tour was very interesting and our tour guide very knowledgeable. You learned how life was back then and about the Choate family. Certainly an insight into a way of life far different from the majority. Very cool that the furnishings are original to the home and not replicas or pieces "of the day."

Visited July 2011
2 Thank Hpmicks
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