Awards & Press
AWARDS
Best Inn Americas
Selected by Conde Nast Johansens(a division of the Condé Nast Group)
THE MOST EXCELLENT INN OF THE AMERICAS FOR THREE YEARS.
This prestigious Award for Excellence is presented annually to premier worldwide properties that represent the finest standards and value in luxury accommodations, and the Excellence Award Winners represent the very best of the best. Votes for the winners are taken from hotel guests, readers of the Conde Nast Johansens Guide, and the Conde Nast Inspection Team. The Baker House 1650 is one of only two B&Bs in the Hamptons listed as recommended by Conde Nast Johansens."
Best of the Best
BEST OF THE BEST by Dan's Papers every year since 2006
Award for Excellence
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE from Architectural Digest (March 2009)
Best Overnight Accommodations
BEST OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens (Best of Season)
Best Inn Show
BEST INN SHOW, Hamptons Magazine (The Hamptons List)
Best Places to Stay
BEST PLACES TO STAY, Gotham Magazine
Inn of the Month
INN OF THE MONTH
"...the most luxurious accommodations in town... the rooms are so deeply comfortable that you secretly hope for bad weather as an excuse to stay in"
BestWeekends Travel Awards
BEST INN Magnificent structure, spectacular gardens, beautiful rooms. Feels like the English countryside. Truly unique experience.
REVIEWS
The Fabulous Baker House
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Tory Burch`s East Hampton City Guide | Sleep
This hotel has serious history - it was once a meeting place for town halls and religious services in the 17th Century. Now, the Baker House guest rooms feature incredible details, from original handcut wood beams to William Morris wallpaper. The backyard is equally as charming - have lunch under the wisteriacovered pergola or relax by the private pool.
HOME, SUITE HOME
The Baker House 1650 suits all tastes in East Hampton
Markedly absent from the luxurious enclave of the Hamptons, Five-Star luxury hotels are at long last on the rise, there is now a trio of Hamptons properties where history and money have coupled to create hotels at a Relais & Chateaux level.
History and money are familiar bedfellows in Hamptons residential real estate: Even an imperfect piece of the past costs a pretty present penny. It's a different story on the hotel side, where the twain hardly ever bed down. Classic luxury accommodations in historic buildings are rare on the East End, which is why the Hamptons has been saddled with that hyphenated adjective

GARDEN OASIS
The Baker House 1650 suits all tastes in East Hampton.

 

And finally, here's the past as heritage. Baker House is a 1650 home that in 1911 was transformed into an Elizabethan-style manor by that era's Charles Gwathmey, Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe, the architect who did Grey Gardens among numerous other mansions, many in the gambrel style. Here, though, he went off on an inspired tangent, ransacking the Elizabethan playbook brilliantly: molded plaster ceiling paneling in the living room, coffered wood paneling in the lobby sitting room, tall eaves faced with strapwork (a decorative version of half-timbering), and those small-paned windows that give Elizabethan-style facades their inimitable rhythm.

I stayed in Maidstone, one of the top suites and a sonata of green. I've stayed in scores of luxury hotels around the world, but have rarely been so taken with a room. It's not the largest or the most luxurious room that I've ever had, but it wraps you in a cashmere throw of the past-reproduction William Morris wallpaper of twirling tendrils, three-over-five small paned windows that look across to Mulford Farm, embracing armchairs, and a window seat long enough to stretch out on, which my companion promptly did, purring the afternoon away here with a book.

The garden feels like the English countryside: 200-year-old wisteria vines agony-twisted up to the crossbeams of an arbor, and cypress trees formed an honor guard down the far side of the property. Loungers were strewn about in front of the small pool, which has been beautifully worked into the landscape. Over the hedge, there's an expanse of lawn with mature trees-hoop-skirted evergreens and obese rhododendrons ready to bloom-leading to the Carriage House, a two-suite compound with its own pool, much larger than the one behind the main house. (Baker House stands out among Hamptons luxury inns for having a pool at all, as it does for the small gem of a spa in the basement, which has its own pool, sauna, and jacuzzi.)

The room to get in the Carriage House is the Loft Suite, an open-plan garret of white, taupe, and beige with a big sleigh bed, a shower for two, and a deck flanked by gables. It's $1,500 a night in season, and as you suspected, in season it's always booked. However, I'd be quite happy waking up to see the hand-hewn wooden beams of The Hedges, one of the smallest rooms in the original part of the house. Past perfect. 181 Main St., East Hampton, 324-4081; bakerhouse1650.com H

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Conde Nast Traveller | Unforgettable Stays
Regarded the most exclusive bed and breakfast in the Hamptons, The Baker House 1650 has large, beautifully furnished bedrooms with wood-burning fireplaces and state-of-the-art amenities. The blissfully inviting Baker Spa and recently renovated Baker Carriage House make it a purely indulgent retreat.
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Modern Luxury : Beach | Good House Keeping
With an international pedigree, The Baker House 1650 owner Antonella Bertello-Rosen has created a global bed-and-breakfast right in East Hampton.

Modern Luxury : Beach | Good House Keeping

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Modern Luxury : Manhattan | The Beach Report
The Baker House 1650 stands as the most exclusive bed and breakfast accommodation in the Hamptons, unsurpassed in its sumptuous, yet casual luxury and is open year round. Whether for a vacation, a romantic getaway, or a beautiful wedding in the Hamptons, The Baker house 1650 is the ideal destination for the most discerning travelers - simply, the best B&B in the Hamptons.

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Hamptons Hotel Bedrooms | Baker House 1650 Huntting Room
Modern rustic meets Arts and Crafts with a carpet by Gavin Morton, old beams, William Morris Honeysuckle wallpaper, roughly painted boards with flatscreen TV over woodburning fireplace.
Curbed.com: The Hamptons 18 essential Hotels
The Baker House 1650, Unique, Lovely
Nowhere else on the East End will you find a hotel that looks like this. The public rooms and guest rooms are beautifully decorated in William Morris floral wallpapers and fabrics. Originally an eighteenth century house, the building was remodeled the house in the English Arts and Crafts style. Each guest room is different, and the spacious public rooms are inviting places to gather. The hotel is right on East Hampton's Main Street, walk able to shops and restaurants.

Welcome to the first-ever edition of Curbed Hamptons 'Hotel 18 map', your answer to the question, "Where should I stay in the Hamptons ?" We selected the 18 hotels, with your input, that we feel are most important to the Hamptons. Some are expensive, some are more moderate, but all have character. When you stay in these hotels, you know you are someplace special.

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Curbed.com: Hamptons hotel you wont ever want to leave
The Baker House 1650, Unique, Lovely
Nowhere else on the East End will you find a hotel that looks like this. The public rooms and guest rooms are beautifully decorated in William Morris floral wallpapers and fabrics. Originally an eighteenth century house, the building was remodeled the house in the English Arts and Crafts style. Each guest room is different, and the spacious public rooms are inviting places to gather. The hotel is right on East Hampton's Main Street, walkable to shops and restaurants.

Welcome to the first-ever edition of Curbed Hamptons 'Hotel 18 map', your answer to the question, "Where should I stay in the Hamptons ?" We selected the 18 hotels, with your input, that we feel are most important to the Hamptons. Some are expensive, some are more moderate, but all have character. When you stay in these hotels, you know you are someplace special.

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Curbed.com: The most beautiful hotel
The Baker House 1650, Unique, Lovely
Nowhere else on the East End will you find a hotel that looks like this. The public rooms and guest rooms are beautifully decorated in William Morris floral wallpapers and fabrics. Originally an eighteenth century house, the building was remodeled the house in the English Arts and Crafts style. Each guest room is different, and the spacious public rooms are inviting places to gather. The hotel is right on East Hampton's Main Street, walkable to shops and restaurants.

Welcome to the first-ever edition of Curbed Hamptons 'Hotel 18 map', your answer to the question, "Where should I stay in the Hamptons ?" We selected the 18 hotels, with your input, that we feel are most important to the Hamptons. Some are expensive, some are more moderate, but all have character. When you stay in these hotels, you know you are someplace special.

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Curbed.com: The most beautiful Hamptons hotel
The Baker House 1650, Unique, Lovely
Nowhere else on the East End will you find a hotel that looks like this. The public rooms and guest rooms are beautifully decorated in William Morris floral wallpapers and fabrics. Originally an eighteenth century house, the building was remodeled the house in the English Arts and Crafts style. Each guest room is different, and the spacious public rooms are inviting places to gather. The hotel is right on East Hampton's Main Street, walkable to shops and restaurants.

Welcome to the first-ever edition of Curbed Hamptons 'Hotel 18 map', your answer to the question, "Where should I stay in the Hamptons ?" We selected the 18 hotels, with your input, that we feel are most important to the Hamptons. Some are expensive, some are more moderate, but all have character. When you stay in these hotels, you know you are someplace special.

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CONDE NAST JOHANSENS | RECOMMENDED HOTELS, INNS & SPAS 2012
Exuding elegance and charm, The Baker House 1650 is an exclusive hideaway ideal for a romantic weekend getaway.
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ANDREW HARPER | BEST INNS
Several grand public rooms distinguish this venerable Elizabethan-style property [7 rooms] from others on the East End. The decor is a glorious and harmonious mix of idioms, colors, textures and styles. A sunny breakfast room looks out onto a secluded garden that contains a small infinity-edge pool, next to which is a pergola draped with a splendid 200-year-old wisteria.
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TOWN & COUNTRY | HANGING OUT HAMPTONS
At the head of the class is the Baker House 1650, which has just seven rooms and the most immaculate interior and grounds, including 200-year-old wisteria vines.

TOWN & COUNTRY

At the far eastern end of Long Island, a forty-mile stretch of bucolic beach towns beckons with an unexpected mix of rustic charm and glossy high style. Though it was cultivated for decades as an insular retreat for New Yorkers, the Hamptons has emerged of late as one of the most inviting locations for travelers worldwide.

Above all else, the natural beauty of this part of the world is hard to match. The Hamptons may indeed appear to be something straight from a Hollywood sound-stage, yet to those who migrate here cyclically with the tidal pull of summer, this is the most authentic of American retreats.

EAST HAMPTON The lively village of East Hampton encompasses a compelling mix of sequestered residential enclaves and formidable public thoroughfares for shopping and dining. Vying for your attention here is Ralph Lauren, with no fewer than four outposts, as well as Gucci, Tory Burch, Catherine Malandrino, Tiffany, Coach, ElieTahari and J. Crew. Beaches range from the private shores of the Maidstone Club and the Georgica Association tot he public Main Beach, where you're just as likely to have a bona fide 

In the 19th century, East Hampton was one of the first towns in the area to open accommodations for travelers, and it still plays host to the most impressive lineup of inns, all of them beautifully aged and restored, on the same idyllic stretch of Main Street near Town Pond. At the head of the class is the Baker House 1650, which has just seven rooms and the most immaculate interior and grounds, including 200-year-old wisteria vines.

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Travel & Leisure | Insider's Guide to The Hamptons 2012
The Classics - Just down the street behind an ivy-covered facade is the Baker House 1650, with seven Arts and Crafts-style rooms and two lovely outdoor pools...
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GREAT INNS | BED & BREAKFASTS AND GUESTHOUSES
One of the oldest continuously occupied structures in the U.S., the charming Baker House 1650 in East Hampton is among the finest luxury inns in the U.S.
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Hamptons Magazine | inns in bloom
Beautiful Gardens enhance guest's visits to a pair of east end getaways. The Baker House 1650 in East Hampton, revived by owners Bob Rosen and Antonella Bertello, is equally charming...
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Hamptons Magazine | the inn crowd
As a top vacation spot, the Hamptons offers some of the Best in Luxury Lodging
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Thats Life
Recomiendo ir a los Hamptons y pasar la noche en el Baker House en East Hampton, lujoso y discreto, con arboles centenarios y floreadas glicinas a dos...
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1000 Places To See Before You Die
Just down the street sits the Baker House 1650, a glorious English manor house converted to one of the country's finest luxury inns with seven sumptuous rooms, an English garden, and the most coveted guest amenity of all-beach parking permits.
NOTA BENE | THE HAMPTONS
...further along Main Street, this charming 7-bedroom country-house has a pretty garden and pool, as well as an indoor pool and spa facilities. On balance this is our preferred choice in East Hampton.
Hampton Dogs Book | Smile Makers at The Baker House 1650
Sophie and Phoebe. Occupation: Smile Makers at The Baker House 1650, Favorite Hamptons Hangout: Georgica Beach and Indian Wells Beach, Favorite Activity: Fetching Tennis Balls at the Beach, Body Surfing & Chasing Deer, Favorite Food: Baguettes, Bacon and Milkbones, Human Partners: Antonella Bertello & Bob Rosen.
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HAMPTONS COTTAGES & GARGENS | GUESTS RUNNETH OVER
The Baker House 1650 in East Hampton comes as close to estate living as the real thing.
Special Occasion | This is my favorite place to stay in the Hamptons

Baker House 1650
The Hamptons

SPECIAL OCCASION


This is my favorite place to stay in the Hamptons. As one guest remarked on my last visit, the Baker House reminded them of an elegant farmhouse in which they had stayed in Provence. 

Designed in 1910 from a 1648 farmhouse, this architectural marvel is a stunning property and unlike anything you have experienced before. Beautifully decorated in period antiques and comfortable furniture, the public rooms include a wood paneled reading room with a fireplace and a living room, also with a massive fireplace, with 3 separate sitting areas. One overlooks the rear gardens, one is in front of the fireplace and one surrounds an antique piano, a John Broadwood& Sons, from London. There are cushioned window seats throughout the cottage and in many of the rooms. 

The low, beamed ceiling breakfast room with French doors to the patio also has a bar and a couch and chair fronting a wood stove. Guests gather there at cocktail hour and help themselves to an honor bar. Have what you like and write it down on a pad. Liquor, beer, wine champagne and soft drinks and snacks are avaiable 24 hours a day. 

In 2001 a wonderful spa was added on the lower level. The music filled oasis is a soothing and tranquil respite from the drinking and dining pleasures of your weekend. The slate floor, brick walled facility has a steam room, sauna, exercise equipment and a swim-in-place lap pool. Thick terry robes are provided and massages can be arranged by management. 

There are only 5 bedrooms and with the exception of Room #15, which has twin beds, any one will do fine. My two favorites, however, are Room #12, a huge room overlooking the village green, with a king sized bed, love seat and ottoman, fireplace and Jacuzzi tub and Room #14, also overlooking the green, with dark walls, beamed ceilings, a queen bed, fireplace and claw footed tub. Other amenities include television, a sound machine, down comforters, big thick towels and Gilchrist &Soames toiletries. 

Coffee, juice, cereal and homemade muffins, fresh from the oven and newspapers are available at 7:30am in the breakfast room or on the patio. A full breakfast is served at 8:30am.

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THE ROBB REPORT | BAKER HOUSE 1650
Regarded by critics and guests alike as the most exclusive and luxurious small hotel in the Hamptons...

The Baker House 1650, East Hampton, NY Regarded by critics and guests alike as the most exclusive and luxurious small hotel in the Hamptons, The Baker House 1650 has a distinctive European fell with ivy-covered walls and beautiful formal English gardens. Less expected are state-of-the-art amenities such as flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet, two swimming pools (one indoors and one infinity-edge outdoors), and The Baker Spa, providing unparalleled luxury. 

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ROSS SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT 2012 - 2013 - THE BAKER HOUSE 1650 SPONSORSHIP
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ROSS SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT 2011 - 2012: THE BAKER HOUSE 1650 SPONSORSHIP
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EXPLORER GUIDES | A GREAT DESTINATION
A Great Destination. This East Hampton Main Street mansion has been transformed into a very elegant bed & breakfast. The architecture and decor are in the arts and crafts style, and the fabrics and wallpapers were imported from England. Each of the seven guest rooms is generously proportioned and has elegant tiled baths (several with jacuzzis) and fireplaces. There's a lovely courtyard in the back that overlooks expansive formal garden with an infinity pool, and there's an in-house spa.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL | BLURB
...the place to stay if you want to feel as if you have not only a house in the Hamptons, but your own estate.

Not really a cottage and certainly not poor, this could be the place to stay if you want to feel as if you have not only a house in the Hamptons, but your own estate. Tucked discreetly behind a stucco wall diagonally across from East Hampton's town pond it was opened a few yews ago by the former owners of the nearby Maidstone Arms. The house was designed in 1910 by Arts and Crafts architect Joseph Greenleaf Thorp and incorporated an older 1648 farmhouse. Now it looks like an elegant but comfy country manor with all the amenities of a luxury hotel. Though it has only five rooms, there is a new subterranean spa, only for guests, with one of those swim-in-place resistance lap pools and private massage rooms.

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DAN'S PAPERS | HISTORIC BAKER HOUSE 1650
...The Baker House 1650 is a small luxury hotel, accommodating a long list of discriminating guests from around the world.
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HAMPTONS | THE INN CROWD
Oversize rooms, lush English gardens and wood-burning fireplaces make this Tudor house across from the pond one of the most luxurious options around.
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VOX | REST ASSURED
The Baker House 1650, located on Main Street, offers some of the most luxurious accommodations on the East End. It has five individually decorated rooms with spectacular views overlooking either the English gardens toward the rear of the property or the Village Green in front.

Rest Assured at
East Hampton B&Bs

By Kathryn G. Menu

The Baker House 1650, located on Main Street, offers some of the most luxurious accommodations on the East End. It has five individually decorated rooms with spectacular views overlooking either the English gardens toward the rear of the property or the Village Green in front. 

Originally built in 1648, the Baker House was re-created by Gary and Rita Reiswig who renovated the building in 1996. East Hampton and Manhattan residents Antonella and Bob Rosen took the reins last year, and have sculpted the Reiswigs' successful venture into a retreat that features some of the finest accommodations on the East End. 

Country-inspired decor coupled with wood burning fireplaces and flat screen TVs may leave summer guests longing for winter. The generously sized bathrooms, many with spa tubs, feature L'Occitane bath products and robes by Mascioni, further emphasizing that the establishment pays attention to every detail. 

Breakfast at the Baker House 1650 is equally extraordinary, emphasizing local, organic products and featuring homemade fare like lemon pancakes and apple tartetatin. Guests can enjoy these culinary treats in the English garden, nearly and acre of flowers, evergreens, herbs, a lush lawn and climbing vines including a 200-year-old wisteria. The garden's centerpiece is an infinity pool, surrounded by teak lounge chairs. 

The spa, completed in 2000, offers guests unusual luxuries for a B&B like a lap pool, and massage, facial and purification treatments. For beach-going guests, the Baker House 1650 provides the much in demand but short in supply parking permits to all the village beaches, as well as towels, beach chairs and umbrellas. 

Within walking distance to Main Beach and the village shopping district, and with manager Kathy McCormack and assistant manager Heather McCormack fulfilling most every whim, the Baker House 1650 is a B&B for those looking for a vacation in the lap of luxury.

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EAST HAMPTON HISTORIC PRESERVATION
While East Hampton's summer colony developed along Ocean Avenue, some visitors followed Thomas Moran's lead and created summer cottages on Main Street. The grandest of these is the J. Harper Poor House...
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OK! Magazine
The inn renowned for its five luxe rooms and glorious pool has opened up its newly renovated carriage house.
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GOTHAM | ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
...a world-class escape ... Delicious!

By Jason Oliver Nixon

Peruvian tour de force Antonella Bertello-Rosen and her husband, Bob, stunningly revamped the former J.Harper Poor Cottage in East Hampton in 2005, transforming the 1648 Tudor-style building into a world-class escape with five ultraluxe guest rooms. Sure, the location is perfection, just minutes from East Hampton shopping and dining, but once you check in, we predict you may choose never to venture farther afield—on our last visit, we honestly never shed our bathrobes.

 

Step inside and enter a world of extreme comfort and impeccable taste thanks to arts-and-crafts sensibilities tempered with rich textures and overstuffed furnishings. Our favorite room is the Maidstone, outfitted with William Morris wallpaper and housing a heavenly sleigh bed, wood-burning fireplace, decadent spa tub, and bay windows overlooking historic Mulford Farm and Main Street. We're also mad for the Gardiner Suite, which opens onto the inn's amazing garden with its 200-year-old wisteria vine, pergola, and intimate swimming pool.

 

Head downstairs and sip a glass of wine at the honor-system bar (drink as you please and keep track yourself), read a book in the library, or visit the beautifully designed basement with its lap pool, sauna, steam shower, and treatment room where guests might partake of numerous massages, facials, and body polishes. Delicious!

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Green Pal Japan
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DAN'S PAPERS | HEAVENLY & HISTORIC
The magnificently refurbished Baker House 1650 (formerly the J. Harper Poor Cottage) in East Hampton has been recognized as one of the finest luxury inns in the United States. It was named...

 The magnificently refurbished Baker House 1650 (formerly the J.Harper Poor Cottage) in East Hampton has been recognized as one of the finest luxury inns in the United States. It was named "Inn of the Month" by Travel and Leisure magazine, and Town and Country said the cottage "offers the kind of plush accommodations that you'd expect to find in an area famous for its residential real estate." Time Out New York said "the most distinctive B&B on the East End is so mind-bogglingly gorgeous that it's hard to believe anyone is actually allowed to sleep here."

HISTORY
The Baker House, one of the oldest continuously occupied structures in the United States, dates back to the earliest settlers of the Village of East Hampton. The house, first constructed in 1648 by a sea captain, Daniel Howe, was sold to Thomas Baker in 1650. Thomas Baker, one of the Town's original founders, turned the house into Baker's Tavern. The early structure served many other functions in the newly settled area, including town meeting hall, community center, and as the first location of religious services.
Joseph Greenleaf Thorp, a prominent turn-of-the-century architect with ties to the English Arts and Crafts Movement, was employed to dramatically expand the house in the Elizabethan style that was his signature, coinciding with a period of Anglophilia, which prompted an attempt to change the Town name back to its original Maidstone. The renovation concluded in 1917, when the shingled house was wrapped in stucco, completing the transformation of an American Colonial house with hand-hewn beams into an expansive English manor of many rooms and refinements.
THE GUESTROOMS
Each bedroom is beautifully decorated, with individually controlled central air conditioning and heat, Bartech minibar, in-room security safe, televisions with full cable services and DVD, top-of-the-line Bose radios and CD players, multiple telephone lines, and wireless Internet access. Most of the rooms have wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpools and flat screen televisions. Bathrooms are lavish, with amenities by L'Occitane and bathrobes by Mascioni.
BREAKFAST, ETC.
Each morning begins with a sumptuous breakfast served in the garden-side breakfast room, in the garden itself during spring, summer and fall, or before a wood burning fire in winter, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. You can also opt for continental breakfast in your own room, delivered with your choice of morning paper. Local organic produce and farm products are used wherever possible. There are outside tables for eating, reading, or lounging, and drinks are served from a well-stocked bar including a selection of wines by the glass, bottle, and half-bottle.
SPECIAL EVENTS
The Baker House is available for special events including weddings, private parties, and photo shoots. Many memorable weddings have been held in the house and gardens, starting with the wedding of J. Harper Poor's daughter, Mildred, in 1915, for which a private train from Pennsylvania Station was arranged to bring some of the most distinguished families of the time to East Hampton for the occasion. The original wedding invitation and newspaper announcement of the event still hang in the lobby of The Baker House and the bride's preserved Gift Book makes fascinating reading.
THE BAKER SPA
The last thing one would expect in a historic 1648 house is a state-of-the-art spa facility, but that is what one finds on descending the paneled staircase leading to the lower level. An endless pool, spa tub, sauna, steam shower, and change room comprise the spa and although it is modern in every aspect, builder/designer David Tosher and design consultant Gary Jay Paul have created a room that seems to always have been there. The opportunity for guests to reserve the spa privately for treatments and purification provides unparalleled luxury for an inn of this size.
THE GARDENS & POOL
Planted in evergreens, flowering perennials and blooming shrubs, the informal gardens cover nearly a full acre. Its paths wind past border plantings that include herbs whose scents echo those of the aromatic oils used in the spa. The sweeping lawn and beautiful English gardens have been featured in many books and magazines. Outdoor terraces, a 200-year-old wisteria, and vine-covered garden walls transport the guests to a manor house in France of the English countryside. A new outdoor infinity-edge pool has been added for guests with teak chaises for sunning. In the summer, guests receive coveted East Hampton Village beach parking passes, as well as beach towels, umbrellas and chairs.
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TOWN & COUNTRY | HAUTE HAMPTONS
Each suite has its special pleasures...

HAUTE HAMPTONS

By John Cantrell

At last, visitors to the Hamptons don't have to rent a $30,000-per-month beach house or else risk settling for less -- much less -- at some "cheap" (but still overpriced) motel. The J. Harper Poor Cottage in East Hampton offers the kind of plush overnight accommodations that you'd expect to find in an area famous for its residential real estate; the five-room inn is poor in name only. Set in an Arts and Crafts-style mansion on Main Street, it offers views of East Hampton's picture perfect town pond and green from the front, while back windows give onto a formal garden and a pergola crowned by a wisteria vine two centuries old. Inside, owners Gary and Rita Reiswig and designer Gary Jay Paul echo both the house's architecture and its landscaping using an abundance of color and comfort, of art and craft. The twining greenery of the Great Room's William Morris-upholstered armchairs boldly plays against a blue-and-white tiled fireplace. There's a grand piano, plus ample books and reading lamps, but the mood is more comfy than stuffy. Upstairs the pale-green theme reaches full bloom on the walls of the guest suites, where Morris' botanical fabrics create the ideal backdrop for a gentle getaway. Each suite has its special pleasures--exposed beams and primitive-style antique wall paneling, a king-size bed close by a fireplace, a simple claw-foot tub--so you'll be as comfortable here as you are in your own spread on Lily Pond Lane.... There is a three-night minimum during July and August if your stay includes a Saturday night.

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TIME OUT NEW YORK | THE J.HARPER POOR COTTAGE
The most distinctive B&B on the East End is so mind-bogglingly gorgeous that it's hard to believe anyone is actually allowed to sleep here.

THE J. HARPER POOR COTTAGE

[Now The Baker House 1650]

The most distinctive B&B on the East End is so mind-bogglingly gorgeous that it's hard to believe anyone is actually allowed to sleep here. The living room is papered with golden lilies; the formal gardens in back are surrounded by 200-year-old wisteria; and the beamed ceilings and paneled doors in some rooms are remnants of the structures that occupied this site in the 16th and 17th centuries. All of these elements have been beautifully incorporated into the decor of the current building, a large, Arts-and-Crafts-style manor.

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Distinction
...the most luxurious place in the Hamptons.

THE J. HARPER POOR COTTAGE

[Now The Baker House 1650]

The elegance of an English country cottage is captured in both the grand mansion and the manicured gardens at East Hampton's J. Harper Poor Cottage. The apple green decor is accented with arts- and-crafts-style William Morris fabrics and wallpaper, an imposing blue-and-white tiled fireplace in the spacious living room, and exposed rough-hewn beams from the original house, built around 1720.

Yet despite surroundings that instantly carry guests back to a calmer, more romantic era, owners Gary and Rita Reiswig offer the same impeccable service of a well-run hotel as well as all the modem amenities. The five bedrooms not only have fireplaces in all but one; each includes phones, television with cable and VCRs, and brand new bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs.

The delightful garden is more than the ideal place for lingering over the full breakfast that's served buffet-style; periodically the Reiswigs open it to the public as an outdoor sculpture gallery. This fall's exhibit of marble nudes runs into early October. Once the owners of East Hampton's Maidstone Arms, the Reiswigs acquired the Poor Cottage two years ago, wanting to turn it into "the most luxurious place in the Hamptons." Maintaining the house's original details -- like the carved wooden door-lintel angel in front and the antique birdbath in the garden in back -- have helped them accomplish their goal.

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DAILY NEWS | HAVENS IN THE HAMPTONS
...a paradise of peaceful ease... it's the ultimate place for a grownup's retreat

Havens in the Hamptons Hit these spas by the sea before the summer crowds

In the Hamptons, exfoliation, aromatherapy, and seaview pedicures are the favored rites of spring. If you can sneak away for the weekend before the post-Memorial Day madness, here are some tips to help you celebrate winter's end with a beachside renewal of body and spirit.

EAST HAMPTON: THE J. HARPER POOR COTTAGE

Guardian spirits carved above the door at the J. Harper Poor Cottage welcome you into a paradise of peaceful ease. Dating back to an astonishing 1648, "The Cottage," later restyled as an arts and craft mansion, wears its history with grace. Spring-inspired William Morris fabrics, an ancient wisteria trellis festooning the garden, and in-room wood-burning fireplaces whisper a sense of elegance and ease.

The Cottage is the only inn in East Hampton where you can enjoy spa facilities without leaving the premises. After breakfast, descend the stairs to the stone-tiled spa room, where a serene indoor pool invites you to take a dip. The fitness-focused will find exercise equipment, but the best thing about the spa is that it can be rented out for a private massage for individuals or couples. As relaxing music soothes your ears, you'll be rubbed by the practiced hands of an expert like Alexis Philip, who teaches at Manhattan's Swedish Institute.

When it's time to tear yourself away, East Hampton offers plenty of shopping and antiquing opportunities. A good dinner bet is Bamboo Restaurant and Sushi Lounge, offering fresh and imaginative pan-Asian dishes that won't compromise your low-carb diet. Hit these spas by the sea before the summer crowds

In the Hamptons, exfoliation, aromatherapy, and seaview pedicures are the favored rites of spring. If you can sneak away for the weekend before the post-Memorial Day madness, here are some tips to help you celebrate winter's end with a beachside renewal of body and spirit.

EAST HAMPTON: THE J. HARPER POOR COTTAGE

[Now the Baker House 1650]

Guardian spirits carved above the door at the J. Harper Poor Cottage welcome you into a paradise of peaceful ease. Dating back to an astonishing 1648, "The Cottage," later restyled as an arts and craft mansion, wears its history with grace. Spring-inspired William Morris fabrics, an ancient wisteria trellis festooning the garden, and in-room wood-burning fireplaces whisper a sense of elegance and ease.

The Cottage is the only inn in East Hampton where you can enjoy spa facilities without leaving the premises. After breakfast, descend the stairs to the stone-tiled spa room, where a serene indoor pool invites you to take a dip. The fitness-focused will find exercise equipment, but the best thing about the spa is that it can be rented out for a private massage for individuals or couples. As relaxing music soothes your ears, you'll be rubbed by the practiced hands of an expert like Alexis Philip, who teaches at Manhattan's Swedish Institute.

When it's time to tear yourself away, East Hampton offers plenty of shopping and antiquing opportunities. A good dinner bet is Bamboo Restaurant and Sushi Lounge, offering fresh and imaginative pan-Asian dishes that won't compromise your low-carb diet.

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Old House Interiors
If it feels more like a home than a hotel, its because that sentiment came first...

It may seem affected to call a house of this size a cottage, but that's the feeling evoked by its tasteful, restrained restoration. Owners and architects past and present seem to have worked in collusion with a singular vision. Suiting the house perfectly is the English country decorating scheme -- easy furniture, a soft palette, and William Morris-designed papers and fabrics. The J. Harper Poor Cottage in East Hampton, New York, is the house Gary and Rita Reiswig had wanted to own for years. ...They got the Poor Cottage in 1996, planning renovations that would allow them to enjoy the house, create a separate owners' suite, and open five bedrooms as a luxury hostelry. If it feels more like a home than a hotel, it's because that sentiment came first...

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...some of the most luxurious rooms on the East End. The inviting, oversized bathrooms are comparable with the finest hotels of Europe.

JODI'S FAVORITES

The following are places that I often recommend to friends looking for luxury accommodations, family spots, bargains and quintessential Hamptons getaways.

The J. Harper Poor Cottage
181 Main Street, East Hampton

Walking into the J. Harper Poor Cottage you feel as if you've walked into an Old English manor. A perfectly manicured terrace and elegant sitting room welcome you into this beautifully decorated, pristine hotel which has some of the most luxurious rooms on the East End. The inviting, oversized bathrooms are comparable with the finest hotels of Europe. Be prepared to spend some time in your room. But call well in advance - they're often booked by those in the know before the summer season even begins.

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DEPARTURES MAGAZINE
...easily the most luxe hotel in the area.

This five room inn, an early-20th-century expansion of a 17th-century farmhouse, is easily the most luxe hotel in the area. The rooms are large and filled with a mix of antiques and comfy chairs... And a rarity for a hotel this size: There's a small spa that can be retained for private use, with massages or swimming in the miniature pool whose current mimics the waves of the ocean.

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The spacious, airy public spaces are ever-so-genteel. You truly feel as if you're in an English country manor.

The Mid-Atlantic's Best Bed & Breakfasts

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J. Harper Poor Cottage
181 Main St., East Hampton, NY 11937,
tel. [631]/324-4081

Gary and Rita Reiswig have created the definitive East Hampton retreat, where you will be coddled as you should be in the Hamptons. More mansion than cottage, this inn dates back to the 1600s and has been expanded and renovated several times. It sits right on Main Street across from the village green.

In 1910 then-owner James Harper Poor hired architect Joseph Greenleaf Thorp to make renovations, mostly in the style of the English arts-and-crafts school. When the Reiswigs bought the property in July 1996, they hired architect Eric Woodward and interior designer Gary Paul to revive the very tired house. Today, exquisite William Morris papers cover the walls, and plush, overstuffed furniture graces the sitting rooms, which are filled with fresh flowers and a good collection of books. The spacious, airy public spaces are ever-so-genteel. You truly feel as if you're in an English country manor.

As you head upstairs, notice the portrait of Mrs. Poor hanging in the stairwell - it's on loan from her grandchildren. (The late Mrs. Poor was married in the house in 1915.) The guest rooms are stunning, with high-quality fabrics, serene colors, and tasteful furnishings. Each is stocked with terry robes and Caswell Massey products. Feather duvets and ceiling fans add to the ambience.

Formal English gardens grace the back of the property, and a 200-year-old white wisteria vine climbs the side of the house. If you decide to leave the shelter of the gardens, beach towels and beach parking passes are available. Large, extravagant breakfasts include an entrée, which might be pancakes, waffles, or eggs, plus a buffet of fresh fruit, juices, cakes, and muffins.

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IN AND AROUND NEW YORK | ROMANTIC RETREATS
The J. Harper Poor Cottage is quite a romantic B & B, and a

Romantic Retreats

J. Harper Poor Cottage
181 Main St., East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-4081
5 rooms $$$

The J. Harper Poor Cottage is quite a romantic B & B, and a "cottage" only in the British or Newport use of the word. It's more like an Elizabethan manse on Main.

Located on Main Street, facing the Village Green and other clapboard Colonials of historic note, the stately English manor house developed into the manse it is today from humble beginnings as saltbox tavern, with hand-hewn beams (saved!) and paneled walls (saved!) from the mid 17th century.

J. Harper Poor bought the house in 1900 and, in time, redid it, outside and in, in the Arts and Crafts style so fashionable in that era: mullioned windows, a Colonial-style staircase that reveals the formal English gardens in the back, and an embellished concrete wall that shields the lower floor from the street.

Sidney and Miriam Perle, also owners of the 1770 House, purchased this house in 1984 and used it as a bed and breakfast for a number of years. It was then called the Philip Taylor House. Recently, Rita and Gary Reiswig, former owners of the Maidstone Arms, purchased and renovated the imposing structure and dedicated themselves to creating the perfect home away from home. They opened the B & B during the summer of 1996.

You enter through an arched gateway into a beguiling formal English garden. Walk beyond the 200-year-old wisteria vines to the entry, and stand under a trellis-patterned wallpaper on the entry ceiling. The wallpapers and fabrics, predominantly William Morris designs, enhance the décor by giving it color and life.

"Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful," was the motto of the Arts and Crafts decorative period, and it prevails as the operative decorating style here.

Beyond the entry there's a lovely foyer and a large, gracious living room with a grand piano. Four enormous armchairs sit in front of the tiled fireplace. There's also a library and a private dining room.

The breakfast room is a large solarium: French doors bring in the light in winter, and open to the outdoors in summer. There are small, round tables in each corner, a comfy couch facing the fireplace, and a table where coffee or wine and assorted goodies await. Natural wood floorboards and paneling, oriental carpets and tiles on an ornamental fireplace, considered shockingly simple by Victorian tastes, add to the spectacular space.

Havens of tranquility await upstairs in four fabulous bedrooms. Each has special contours and comforts, such as working fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, but these are only part of the appeal. The size of the rooms, the little panes of glass on the windows, and the verdant views make it even more inviting. There are special decorative touches; white painted windows and fireplaces, checked seat covers on long window seats, stripes here and there, and wonderful patterns on drapes and chairs. Textures abound, such as shiny lacquer, woven wicker and soft velvets. The comforts are impressive: Frette robes in the closets, three phones, and little amenities such as a gift bag of toiletries.

One particularly appealing room, #14 (rooms are numbered according to the telephone extensions) in the 18th-century part of the house, has a queen-size upholstered bed that matches the trim on the white linen drapes, hand-hewn beams, a huge fireplace, gray-green paneled doors hung on wrought iron hinges, a claw-foot tub (not to worry, there's also a modern shower), and a fainting couch.

The spacious corner room, #12, has aing-size bed that is a washed oak replica of Cotswold Regent Arts and Crafts design, a fireplace and a view of a magnificent church, St. Luke's.

Here's my memory of an overnight here. I arrive, exhausted after a 14-hour flight and two-hour drive from the airport. I walk into room #11 two hours before a dinner reservation. The bed is crisp and clean. White on white beds, all Ralph Lauren, complete to the down comforters. Casual enough for a beachy visit. Warm enough for the most sophisticated. Approachable enough for me to put my feet up, spend a few minutes watching the fire (I lit it myself with two matches!), and click the remote (the televisions are sequestered into charming white lacquer corner cabinets) to see what's happened in the world while I was en route.

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Hidden away behind a stucco wall lies one of the secret treasures of East Hampton.

The J. Harper Poor Cottage
181 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937
[631] 324-4081

Hidden away behind a stucco wall lies one of the secret treasures of East Hampton. This lovely mansion, a medley of rich woods, multiple fireplaces, and William Morris-inspired furniture and decor, was transformed into the Hampton's finest B&B in 1996. Experienced innkeepers/owners Gary and Rita Reiswig owned the Maidstone Arms for many years, but their latest venture tops anything else in the Hamptons.

The "cottage," said to incorporate the oldest continually occupied structure in East Hampton, has a distinctly Arts and Crafts design due to a renovation that took place in 1910. It boasts Elizabethan gables, mullioned windows, and a soft buff stucco exterior made especially charming by the guardian angels that oversee the front door.

There's a large entry hall with comfortable seating areas and a library filled with interesting books. In the breakfast room, the low beamed ceilings are from the house's earliest era. A woodstove offers warmth and a cozy country ambience. In the living room, the molded patterned plaster ceiling and massive tiled fireplace are examples of designs inspired by William Morris, as are the patterned fabrics on the chairs and sofas and the frieze atop the wall. Mullioned windows on both sides create a light and bright space for reading, conversation, or playing the piano.

The guest rooms are spacious and sophisticated. One room combines floral and plaid fabrics in yellow and green with pine furniture. The bath is lavish in its use of patterned tile, and there's an elegant whirlpool tub as well as a glassed-in shower. Another room has paneled walls, a fireplace (with a cache of wood ready to be put to use), an iron bed, and beamed ceilings. A private balcony overlooks Main Street, and there is a tiled bath (all the tilework was expertly laid by Gary's son). Every room has not only a TV and VCR but at least two telephones with dataports. The two largest rooms each have three telephones.

Guests enter the B&B, not through the front door, but through a lovely carved wooden door in the solid stucco wall behind the B&B, which hides an acre of courtyards and gardens. A purple wisteria is a cascade of blooms in May, and the courtyard offers both secluded and open spaces. A sunken partnerre garden is lush and tranquil. Beyond the garden, there's plenty of parking space, a scarce commodity in East Hampton.

A full breakfast is prepared every morning. It is served in either the breakfast room or in the courtyard, depending on the weather. Guests start with freshly baked breads, juices, and fruits. Entrees will include perhaps a salmon and scallion frittata or cinnamon-swirl French toast. In addition, there will be a fruit salad or a fruit dish such as apples with custard.

Away from the crowds, and yet close enough to encourage a walk to town, the B&B is near the John Drew Theatre and Guild Hall. Art exhibits, classes, and exhibitions take place throughout the year here, as well as lectures, theatrical productions, and concerts. The B&B is also within walking distance of the beach.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES | HAMPTONS BEFORE CROWD
...the Baker House 1650, formerly the J. Harper Poor Cottage, reopened with new owners and new decor in 2005; an outdoor pool followed and a recently purchased two-room carriage house will open this spring, bringing the inn's total number of rooms to seven.

The Hamptons Before the Crowds Early visitors will find a range of new or updated inns and B&Bs at off-season prices.

FOR many years, anyone who didn't rent or own a house in the Hamptons had two main lodging options in the East End: a rundown motel or a B&B that was most likely showing its age. In any case, guests often paid a fortune for less than luxurious accommodations.But in recent seasons, the quality and range of options have been getting much better, as new owners renovate tired properties for guests accustomed to Frette linens, in-room Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV's.

Since this is the Hamptons, room rates for the busy summer season have not yet dropped along with the economy—and it's unclear if they will. So to sample the good life at more affordable prices, savvy weekenders can take advantage of deals this winter and spring, when the nightly rates dip into the $150-to-$350 range before they doubling after Memorial Day.

Off-season visitors not only save money, but they have less competition for restaurant reservations and parking spots—and far less traffic to contend with on Route 27, notorious for its summer backups.

In East Hampton, inns dating back more than a century are getting makeovers that preserve working fireplaces, traditional woodwork and beams, but add modern touches like whirlpool tubs and iPod docking stations....

...the Baker House 1650, formerly the J. Harper Poor Cottage, reopened with new owners and new decor in 2005; an outdoor pool followed and a recently purchased two-room carriage house will open this spring, bringing the inn's total number of rooms to seven. Nightly rates, which climb as high as $950 in high season, start at $395 on weekends through March 25.

Antonella Bertello Rosen said the house was "tired" when she and her husband bought it, so they redecorated with an eye toward giving each room an individual yet traditional style, adding modern must-haves like Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.

Ms. Rosen said one variable that affected hoteliers in the Hamptons—especially those in historic buildings—was the need to balance development plans with local regulations and preservation efforts.

"I cannot paint the house unless I have approval that the color is in keeping with the historic nature of the village," she said, adding that she has had no problem with those charged with maintaining the character of the Hamptons. "They're very good, very respectable people."

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The Baker House 1650 is the ideal destination for the most discerning travelers— simply, the best B&B in the Hamptons.
181 Main Street East Hampton, NY 11937
Latitude: 40.967619 Longitude: -72.172702
Phone: 631.324.4081