The Summer White House

This week Henry Hagenah of Cohen+White Associates presents a captivating Berkshire "cottage," originally built by a cousin of the writer Edith Wharton.

This Berkshire ”Cottage,” now a premier Bed and Breakfast Inn in the heart of Lenox, is just a casual stroll to Shakespeare and Company, Tanglewood Music Festival and all of the town’s fine cultural and culinary venues. This historic property has 10 bedrooms, 10 baths, a commercial kitchen, full liquor license (in a commercial zone) and is available at this price fully furnished with much original artwork, priceless antiques and a Yamaha grand piano. Originally built by John Schermerhorn, a cousin of Edith Wharton, the home has been lovingly maintained and improved by the present owners. Tremendous potential for a single family residence, restaurant, conference center….or continue its legacy as an iconic Berkshire Inn!

What’s the most compelling thing about this property?

This is an original Berkshire “Cottage,” right in the center of Lenox and it is in amazingly good condition.  The house has been renovated impeccably.  Original details and the charm of an earlier time infuse every room.

For whom is this house perfect?

This house is wonderful for the buyer who is looking for a turn-key business in a small Berkshire town that has been a top destination since the 19th century and where every season is in season.  Or the buyer looking for a family compound with bedrooms en suite for all in a vibrant Village with something for everyone in the family to do.

What’s the fun thing to do within five miles of this house?

Within steps of the front door, you can enjoy world-class music, theater, restaurants, galleries and boutiques, and a short walk takes you to hiking trails and town parks.

If this house could talk, what secret would it tell about its history?

The John Schermerhorn who originally built this majestic Victorian was a cousin of the American novelist and Berkshire resident, Edith Wharton. Ms. Wharton, the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in Literature (1921) had her own Berkshire cottage, the Mount in Stockbridge. She came from the top of New York society, a member of the Jones family, as in “keeping up with the Joneses.”  One can just imagine the kinds of parties and social gatherings that the two cousins must have held in this house or the other.  Did Ms. Wharton bring Henry James over for tea?


Interested? Contact Henry Hagenah

Cohen+White Associates

Office: O: 413-269-4089

Mobile: C: 413-243-1519


47 Church Street

Lenox, Mass.