Welcome to Wheatleigh

The Wheatleigh guest experiences exceptional service and enjoys distinctive amenities that meet the individual needs of every traveler.

Our facilities and in-house offerings provide you with every convenience you may need for business, pleasure, and everything in-between – from WiFi throughout the hotel to the personalized service from our staff. In order to make your time with us as comfortable as possible, the following information is provided for you. We wish you a very pleasant stay and hope that you will let us know if there is any way in which we can improve your visit.

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The Wheatleigh Legend

Wheatleigh was built in 1893 by Henry H. Cook as a wedding present for his daughter, Georgie, who married Carlos de Heredia, a Spanish Count. Cook was a New York financier, banker, director of railroads and real estate tycoon. He was a descendant of Captain Thomas Cook, founder of Portsmouth, R.I., and the son of Constant Cook, who helped build the Erie Railroad. It is said that Cook built Wheatleigh as a “summer cottage” for his daughter because she had brought a title into the family.

Wheatleigh was designed by the prominent Boston architectural firm of Peabody and Stearns based on a 16th century Florentine palazzo. Many of the materials and over 150 artisans were brought from Italy to accomplish the intricate carvings both interior and exterior. Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed Central Park in New York, was responsible for creating “Wheatleigh Park” on the land surrounding the palazzo.

For many years the largest portion of the 380 acres Wheatleigh estate was used as a working farm. The Count and Countess resided in their “summer cottage” – along with forty in help for only six weeks a year. Their permanent residence was on Fifth Avenue in New York City. During the “Gilded Age” Wheatleigh was the site of many grand parties and musical events.

Wheatleigh is open year-round. We invite inquiries about private functions, weddings and meetings.

24 Hour Concierge Service

Our customized concierge service will assist you from delivering your morning newspaper, dinner reservations, floral arrangements, golf tee times, to local area information, tickets for musical performances, extra blankets and drinks in your room, a wakeup call and also fast and effective valet service. If there is anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable, please do not hesitate to call Guest Services by dialing “0”.  We are here 24 hours a day at your service.