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Naumkeag, Stockbridge

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Naumkeag is the former country estate of noted New York City lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate located at 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The estate's centerpiece is a 44-room, Shingle Style country house designed principally by Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White, and constructed in 1886 and 1887.The estate is noted for its large gardens, which were designed in the mid-20th century by noted landscape designer Fletcher Steele in conjunction with Choate's daughter Mabel. A National Historic Landmark District, Naumkeag is now owned by The Trustees of Reservations, who operate it as a nonprofit museum.DescriptionNaumkeag was designed by noted architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White in 1885 as the summer estate for Joseph Hodges Choate (1832–1917), a prominent New York City attorney and American ambassador to England from 1899 to 1905, and then his daughter Mabel. The house is built in the Shingle Style with a wood-shingled exterior featuring brick and stone towers, prominent gables and large porch, and interiors with fine woodwork. It contains the Choate family's furniture, Chinese porcelain, and artwork collected from America, Europe, and the Far East.
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  • Guided tours are available on the hour at peak season, and as you wait there are shaded tables with beverages available and extraordinary gardens to explore. The house is a museum with excellent guide...  more »
  • Our first visit here was a real eye opener. This house feels "lived in" and not like the mansions in Newport. The gardens have unexpected twists and surprises and are well loved and maintained. The gu...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit except for the fact that two rooms of the tour had sheets covering the furniture and china display in the library and parlor. We were told it was part of the Halloween haunting ev...  more »
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  • It's beautiful. Definitely do the inside your so you can see the inside. The staff is all very nice and informative. There was ample parking but I would recommend a smaller car if you have a choice. There are some tight roads.
  • Absolutely beautiful. The house although nice is nothing fabulous. The gardens are gorgeous. Go.
  • What a beautiful "summer cottage". The grounds are beautiful and the house is very elegant. If you are visiting the Berkshires, stop in for a visit. Just note when they are open as the hours vary during different times of the year.
  • Lovely home and gardens. Spectacular views.
  • Wonderful tour, the most friendly staff, beautiful views. Eccentric styles & not to my taste, but love the rich tales of the family's history told.
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