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.
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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
The Baker House 1650, a 17th Century English manor and year-round retreat that takes the words "bed" and "breakfast" seriously.
Many of the seven unique rooms?five in the main house and two in the newly remodeled carriage house?have balconies, sitting areas and wood-burning fireplaces, but all feature flat-screen TVs, large beds with Kingsdown mattresses, Frette linens and towels, and lavish private bathrooms with spa-type tubs and L'Occitane products. For additional rejuvenation, there's even a spa on the property - a rarity in the Hamptons - that boasts an endless swimming pool, a steam shower, a sauna and a Jacuzzi. (Guests can also reserve the spa for private massages or facials.)
And while the inn's luxurious rooms and common areas will have you savoring the night hours, the delectable Baker Breakfast will have you anticipating the morning. A spread of homemade pastries (including berry cobblers; banana bread; scones; and lemon, blueberry and carrot cakes), fresh seasonal fruit from Hampton Market, Citarella and Round Swamp Farm; fresh-squeezed juices; and Hampton brand coffee greets you in the gardenside breakfast room. If a hot breakfast is more to your liking, dishes can also be made to order. The menu changes daily, but expect to find two egg-based dishes, like omelets with seasonal vegetables and herbs that are grown in the backyard, as well as something sweeter from the grill, such as Swedish pancakes with lingonbeny jam, cinnamon-bread French toast, or yeast-raised waffles.
You have the options of dining in your room or seated inside the charming breakfast space, but we suggest having your meal outside in the inn's magnificent English garden, with its vine-covered walls, 200-year-old wisteria tree and well-groomed lawn surrounding an infinity pool?which, if the weather is on your side, is perfect for an after-meal dip. From $395 per night through Dec. 1, 181 Main St., East Hampton, bakerhouse1650.com ?Camille Hunt
THE BAKER HOUSE, EAST HAMPTON
MEET ME in the GARDEN Hotels offer outdoor spaces for a cool drink or quiet reflection BY TESSA RAEBECK
In motor inns and chain hotels across the country, the bed is often the most coveted part of the visit. But out here on the East End, the hotel experience goes past the guest's room to include fine dining, furnished sitting rooms and, perhaps most importantly, the gardens and grounds. The hotels of the North and South Forks are not limited to a building, a parking lot, and maybe a fenced-in pool; guests are drawn to beautiful water views, fields of flowers and manicured lawns flanked by hydrangea bushes.
At the Baker House on East Hampton's historic Main Street, a 200-year-old wisteria tree forms an arbor in the middle of the grounds.
"It's very much an English country garden," said Kathy McCormack of the Baker House.
On one side of the yard is a well, on the other a pristine light blue pool cascades on one side with a waterfall into a lowered stone siding. An espalier--a tree whose branches are trained to grow flat against a wall, supported on a lattice or a framework of stakes?supports apple trees that "just grow right on it, so you can see the formation of the trees right on the wall," Ms. McCormack said.
More wisterias, roses, lilies, hydrangeas and a "beautiful" magnolia tree also decorate the lawn, she said, as do French hydrangeas that frame the entire back trellis.
The Baker House 1650 was featured in Open House NYC on NBC