THE BAKER HOUSE 1650 stands as the most exclusive Bed & Breakfast accommodations in the Hamptons- unsurpassed in its sumptuous, yet casual luxury.
It has been selected by Conde Nast Johansens, as the "Most Excellent Inn of the Americas" for three years, and was named "Inn of the Month" by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Town and Country said the property "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-boggling gorgeous that it's hard to believe anyone is actually allowed to sleep here".
Nestled in the beautiful, historic Village of East Hampton, NY, The Baker House 1650 is a masterpiece of 17th Century Cotswold-inspired architecture. While possessing the homey, yet majestic aura of a superb English manor, The Baker House 1650 caters to its guests with the utmost in beautiful, modern accommodations, conveniences, and amenities.
The Baker House 1650 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.
Each room is unique with lavish private bath. Beautifully decorated, and appointed with luxurious linens & towels by Frette. Individual climate-controlled air conditioning and heat, also:
Most guest rooms possess wood-burning fireplaces and whirlpools, with bath amenities by L’Occitane and bathrobes by Frette.
Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast served in the garden-side breakfast room or in the garden itself. Or, you can enjoy a Continental Breakfast in your room, delivered with your choice of morning paper. Fresh local organic produce and farm products are prepared and presented to perfection.
Drinks are served from a well stocked bar of the finest spirits and a superb selection of fine wines by the glass or bottle. Single malt scotch, small-batch bourbon, champagnes and cognacs are also available.
Amidst our impeccable English gardens and beautiful outdoor infinity-edge pool— artfully placed within a sweeping lawn, creating an elegant landscape, often photographed and published for its matured, natural beauty.
Multiple outdoor terraces, seating areas, and teak chaises for pool-side sunning are nestled among vine-covered garden walls and a 200 year-old wisteria, evoking the bucolic perfection of the English countryside.
During the summer, we provide coveted parking passes for the exclusive nearby East Hampton Village Beaches, as well as beach towels, umbrellas, and chairs.
One of our most distinct and unique amenity is The Baker Spa. Completed in the fall of 2000, The Baker Spa features an Endless Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Shower, Soaking Jacuzzi Tub, and Changing Room.
Although modern in all aspects and facilities, The Spa was created to feel organic to the original house, a peaceful place that seems always to have been there.
The Baker Spa is complimentary for all guests, who also have the opportunity to reserve the Spa for Private Use, Massages, Facials, and Purification.
Guests also receive passes to work out at the fully equipped nearby East Hampton Gym.
The Hamptons, as one of the world’s most alluring resort communities, boasts myriad and marvelous activities. Our staff is ready and willing to help you plan whatever you wish to do.
Sports enthusiasts will want to go bicycling, running or horseback riding. Tennis courts and golf courses, gyms and health clubs are plentiful. Water sports include boating, fishing, jet skiing, and surfing. Also, there is bowling and miniature golf.
Shoppers will relish the wide range of international designer boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, farmer's markets, and craft & antique fairs.
Or just go sightseeing. We have historic tours, nature walks, a variety of museums, as well as special events such as house tours, Hampton Restaurant Week in early spring, Polo Matches throughout the summer, the Bridgehampton Classic Horse show in late summer, and the Hamptons International Film Festival in early autumn.
At night, enjoy fine dining of every imaginable cuisine, go to the movies, or take in a nightclub. You can also have a quiet night in— enjoying a DVD from our extensive collection, or curling up with a good book from our library.
And of course, there are our world-renowned Hampton Beaches, both ocean and bay, each with its own unique character— all of them awe-inspiring, and soul restoring. After the beach, you’ll never run out of things to do.
For a detailed list, go to Local Info & Activities
Rich in history
The Baker House is one of the oldest continuously occupied structures in the United States, dating to the earliest settlers of the Village of East Hampton.
The house was first constructed in 1648 by a sea captain, Daniel Howe. Two years later, he sold it to Thomas Baker, one of East Hampton’s original founders, who turned the house into Baker's Tavern. It also served as the town meeting hall, community center, and as the first location of religious services.
Over the next 200 years, the house grew and changed. In 1899, James Harper Poor purchased the property. Being a Shakespearean devotee, Mr. Poor named the house, aptly, "As You Like It." In 1911, he undertook a major renovation, which gave the house its present, grand and gracious form.
For the renovation, Mr. Poor engaged Joseph Greenleaf Thorp, a prominent turn-of-the-century architect with ties to the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Coinciding with a period of Anglophilia, which even prompted an attempt to change East Hampton’s name back to its original Maidstone, the house was dramatically expanded in Thorp’s signature Elizabethan style which stands to this day.
The original shingled house was wrapped in stucco, completing in 1917 the transformation of an American Colonial house with hand-hewn beams into an expansive English manor of sprawling rooms and Anglo-refinements.
In 1915, the house served as the location for the wedding of J. Harper Poor's daughter, Mildred. Many of the most prominent figures of the time attended, traveling by private train from Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan to East Hampton. The original wedding invitation and newspaper announcement of the event still hang in our lobby. And the bride's original Gift Book makes fascinating reading.
During World War II, the Poor family found itself, if not poor, not as well-heeled as before. Sadly, a trusted financial manager disappeared into the chaos of the War, along with much of the family's fortune."As You Like It" was one of the last assets the family sold, an indication of the affection they held for their idyllic country retreat.
In 1996, Gary and Rita Reiswig, former owners of The Maidstone Arms, purchased the property. They undertook an extensive renovation, returning the house to its original 1917 charm, establishing the J. Harper Poor Cottage as the most elegant small hotel in East Hampton. Almost completely by word of mouth, they developed a loyal clientele who tend to return year after year to enjoy this unique place with its unsurpassed personal service.
After thirty years as successful innkeepers, the Reiswigs, ready for a change, sold the property to Antonella Bertello-Rosen and Bob Rosen, long time residents of East Hampton and Manhattan. With many years of experience in real estate development, Antonella and Bob warmed to the house, and welcomed the opportunity to create a renaissance for this superb establishment— incorporating all the amenities, little pleasures, and pristine aesthetics they have come to most appreciate in their extensive world travels. Hence, intimate charm, casual luxury, impeccable service create a most exceptional destination in The Baker House 1650