388 Ventures, Life House reopen historic Massachusetts hotels

Following renovations, three boutique properties in downtown Lenox, Mass., are reopening together as The Lenox Collection, a collection of inns connected by history and contextual design.

New York-based firm 388 Ventures acquired the properties in 2021 and brought on independent hotel management company Life House to lead design and branding, as well as oversee all hotel and food-and-beverage operations, leveraging its tech-enabled management platform.

The Collection

The Whitlock—formerly The Church Street Inn—was built in 1771 by John Whitlock, a local farmer who turned his two-room farmhouse into an inn for stagecoach travelers. The property’s design is inspired by the building’s origins as a farmhouse. Its 66-seat bar and restaurant, Ophelia’s, serves dishes with herbs and garnishes from local purveyors.

Located in the historic center of town, The Constance—formerly the Rookwood Inn—was built in 1825 as The Williams Tavern. In the 1880s it was purchased by Frederick Constance Peters, a businessman from England, who turned the property into ancillary lodging for owners of Lenox’s Gilded Age estates. The inn has been completely reimagined with an extensive renovation.

On the north side of town is The Dewey—formerly the Birchwood Inn—originally built by Israel Dewey, a founding member of Lenox’s Continental Congress Committee when the town was incorporated in 1767.