Most Wanted: Wanderlust

Gotham, November 2001

As November turns ever more brisk and thoughts of cozy escapes fill your daydreams, a trip to the plush Wheatleigh in Lenox, Massachusetts, is in order…. Expect the privileged and beguiling world of Edith Wharton with the luxury of serenely modern refinements. The only way to fully grasp Wheatleigh’s distinct charms is to experience it firsthand…. Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown, the New York-based architecture and designer team, recently transformed the aging dame into a stylishly confident boomer with understated means…. Nothing’s overdone; there’s no chunky furniture and no clutter. It’s comfortable luxury at its best…. For guests who prefer the extraordinary, there is the former aviary, which has been transformed into a two-story villa complete with a grand circular staircase, Ionic columns, and a separate wet room for bathing. The bathrooms are veritable masterpieces, boasting Czech & Speake appliances, narrow tubs that literally cocoon soaking bodies, [and] blown-glass light fixtures…

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