It’s not often that the owners and interior designers of a hotel are the same people, but when it does happen, one imagines the creative process and logistics of the ensuing renovations are considerably less challenging.
In the case of the Brentwood, the result is a charming overhaul of a former motor lodge located a three-hour drive from Manhattan on the grounds of the Saratoga Race Course. Obscure fact: the legendary horse Seabiscuit was discovered here on one of America’s oldest and most storied race tracks.
The New York-based Studio Tack has stayed entirely sympathetic to the bucolic setting of tall grasses and birch stands enclosed within a white horses’ fence. The 12 rooms are lined in an L-shaped row of white board and batten, and each is turned towards views of the historic track. Inside, reclaimed white oak floors, Carrera marble, antique mirrors and cast iron tables inspired by the Belle Epoque.
The distinctive fin de siècle mood is reinforced by handsome beds made entirely by hand in nearby Bolton Landing, hand-dyed French linen blankets by Brooklyn’s Sharktooth, antique wooden chairs and brass rain showers.
There aren’t many facilities to speak of, but that’s not such a drawback given the Brentwood’s proximity to restaurants, boutiques, natural springs and hiking trails.