Built in 1912, Gateways Inn has become an established landmark in historic downtown Lenox, Massachusetts. With its rich history steeped in Gilded Age grandeur, the property has served the Lenox community in several dynamic ways, currently as a leading Berkshires inn and restaurant. In 2020, Gateways Inn was purchased by Mill Town, an impact investment group with a particular focus on improving the quality of experiences in the Berkshires for residents and visitors alike. Within the first year, we initiated an extensive design refresh of all guest spaces with an eye for brightening the aesthetic of the historic house and on-site guest house. Additional investments have been made to modernize operations and improve guest experiences through updated infrastructure, process, and amenities. Next, our Mill Town team took on a re-envisioning of the on-site restaurant with the addition of Executive Chef, Jeremy Berlin and several key leaders in hospitality. Through investment best practices and philanthropic motivation, we are excited to open our doors to both guests and local neighbors for world-class experiences here at this special home in the Berkshires.
Harley Procter, of Procter & Gamble, built the Gateways Inn, originally named Orleton, in 1912. Mr. Procter had purchased the land from the Lenox Club at the cost of one dollar. Like many mansions or “cottages” of the era, the Orleton estate was built in grand style, and for the sole purpose of vacationing and entertaining. It is said that Mr. Procter wanted the mansion to be rectangular and white, as was his company’s famous product: the Ivory Soap Bar and was based on the designs of McKim, Mead and White, the renowned New York architects.
Post-Victorian in style, the design is highlighted with neoclassical elements including the white clapboard exterior, the roof top balustrade, corner pilasters and Doric cornice. The main entrance, flanked by Tiffany-style windows, opens into a beautiful hallway and a spectacular freestanding stairway and second floor balcony.
The Procter’s owned the Orleton for just a short time, selling the estate in 1919. After that time the home went through several changes being used as an office, a girl’s finishing school, a dance school, and a private members club, until it was purchased in 1937 by Ms. Lulu Wands and transformed into an inn, naming the property The Gateways.
A WARM WELCOME AND SUPER SERVICE!
“I arrived for a two night stay with unexpected back spasms. They were so understanding and helpful. The room was warm and comfortable; it was like being at home. Thanks for a great stay and making sure I was well taken care of!”
“Unbelievable experience! We were upgraded as a surprise due to a cancellation. My S/O and I enjoyed a stay in the Desdemona (formally Procter) Room and it was amazing. The live music, breakfast, and great whiskey selection combined for an unforgettable yet peaceful vacation. The hosts/owners were hospitable and friendly and had the best conversations with us. I can’t recommend enough!”
“OUTSTANDING……..The proprietor’s were active all evening and enjoyably personal. Every last detail was just perfect. The decor is quaint and spotless. The service top notch.”
“Wonderful ambiance, excellent service, and fresh delicious food made for an outstanding
GREAT COZY SPOT
FOR LIVE MUSIC!
“We checked out the inn this evening and were so delighted with the great music. Jazz standards played by Rob Kelly and Joanne (didn’t catch the last name). Great music and wonderful and friendly service! A nice place to catch live music on the weekends in Lenox and glad to have them offering music throughout the winter too!”