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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.

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View of the Gateways Inn from outside during the Winter.
The owners stand outside with the man's arm wrapped around the woman.

The Innkeepers

Eiran Gazit has the perfect combination of business acumen and social graces to be the host of this luxurious Lenox Inn. Born in Israel, bred in England, married to an American and widely traveled – his international charm is readily apparent upon entering the Inn. His many years as an entrepreneur and business consultant within the tourist destination industry assure the smooth running of the operations of our Lenox B&B whether for a romantic getaway, elopement, destination wedding or an evening of live music and fun.

No newcomer to hospitality and event organizing, Eiran managed the Cornell Inn down the road in Lenox after it was abandoned, and later was appointed Business Manager for the deluxe Winthrop Estate in Lenox, branding it as the premier destination-wedding venue in the area.

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