Selected by Conde Nast Johansens(a division of the Condé Nast Group) THE MOST EXCELLENT INN OF THE AMERICAS FOR FOUR 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 by Dan's Papers every year since 2006
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE from Architectural Digest (March 2009)
BEST OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens (Best of Season)
BEST INN SHOW, Hamptons Magazine (The Hamptons List)
BEST PLACES TO STAY, Gotham Magazine
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"
BEST INN Magnificent structure, spectacular gardens, beautiful rooms. Feels like the English countryside. Truly unique experience.
THE BAKER HOUSE 1650
The exterior of Baker House 1650 has the grandness of an English manor house.
The Baker House 1650 sits in a self-enclosed world of its own, with a swinging door leading to a manicured English-style garden and a small infinity pool covered with an arch of intricate floral vines.
It has a regal, yet informal feel, with an English manor exterior and a more modern, relaxed Hampton-esque interior.
The property is divided into two houses -- the Baker House and the Carriage House -- and includes a small spa with pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam shower.
While great care has been taken to preserve the unique features of this centuries-old house -- from its original slate and wood floors, to its exposed beams -- it does have some modern elements (and hi-tech gadgets.
Meanwhile the Carriage House has its own private pool inside a colorful garden and lots of places to lounge at nearby.
There's also an indoor pool in the Baker spa, as well as a sauna, Jacuzzi and steam shower.
Although the hotel doesn't have a gym, guests are given free passes to the nearby and well-equipped East Hampton Gym.
Children under 10 are not permitted at the Baker House 1650.
LTI loves the floral and mint green colored Gardiner room, which has stunning views of the English gardens, a fireplace, king-size bed and a two-person spa bath.
For an authentic feel, we recommend the Hedges room, featuring exposed beams on the ceiling, a sleigh bed, fireplace and traditional charm.
It's slightly smaller than the other rooms, but its unique window space more than makes up for this.
The Baker House 1650, 181 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937; +1 631-324-4081
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Can something be called a tradition if it's only the second time we do it? while in New York this December, we escaped to the countryside of the Hamptons once again and it was a wonderful time. Today sharing with you the Baker House 1650 experience!
The 'villa' and living area
From the outside, the Baker House appears more like your luxurious residential villa instead of a hotel or bed & breakfast. Which in my opinion is a big plus, because it adds to the uniqueness of the place. What first pops in mind when entering inside, is the wonderful feeling of coziness. Especially the living room area (see last picture) with fire place, cushiony sofa's and comforting colour palette is just that ultimate 'I'm coming home' ambiance. A feeling that couldn't come at a better time, because it was 2 days before Christmas and we were both having the worst flu. Worst timing, I know...
Up up we go
one of my favourite things in the villa is the wooden colonial staircase that leads to the rooms. It reminded me of one of those old movies from the 20s. Anyway, upstairs. We stayed in a room, or perhaps suite is a more suitable word, called 'the Hedges' . As you can sense from the picture below the room has some wonderful authentic charm with its wooden panels, neutral colour palette and fire place
As you can imagine, a place like this with SO many cute, unexpected nooks and corners is a true treat to photograph. There is so much to discover! In the basement of the Baker House house is the Spa , with a pool, sauna and to have a massage. The latter which we did and it was the best massage I've had in a long time. The therapists were very knowledgeable and great at what they do. For us, it was the perfect last day at the Baker House. Something else to love at this place is breakfast time, with great new choices on the menu every day and what you want made to order. Coffee or hot chocolate is available throughout the day, the perfect way to end your day with a cuppa in front of the fire place. That's how we spend all our evenings. in case you were wondering!Read More
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
The Baker House 1650 was featured in Open House NYC on NBC