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Landmark Berkshire County Resort Sold For $18M

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A landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe has been sold for $18 million to a company that owns a number of regional campsites.CampGroup LLC and L.D. Builders under the corporate umbrella 55 Cranwell LLC bought the 380-acre Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort in Lenox. The Burack family has owned the resort since 1993. The purchase includes the 105-room resort, two restaurants, a spa and the 18-hole golf course. Staying on as general manager, Carl Pratt says adding 40 guest rooms is under discussion.

“It’s really exciting,” Pratt said. “There’s great opportunity and a lot of synergy between kids coming to the Berkshires or New England and adults.”

The estate was founded in 1853 by the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, who left it to his sister, who wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin." She sold it in 1869.

The resort currently employs 120 people full-time, and 180 part-timers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.