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 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.
The J. Harper Poor Cottage
181 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937
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.
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."
Baker House 1650: Leave your horse, carriage, and city cynicism at the gate at this historic English cottage-French manor B &B. Built in 1648 and renovated in 2005, the House is full of surprises; flat-screen TVs, Bose radios, and in-room whirlpools supplement the outdoor terraces, 200-year-old wisteria, and wood-burning fireplaces. Breakfast on lemon pancakes before a wood-burning fireplace, or receive your meal in your room and fuzzy robe, delivered with your morning paper. Oh- and there’s a state-of-the-art spa facility, complete with a lap pool, sauna, steam shower, and spa tub. Why leave?
The Baker House 1650 in East Hampton By Christine Bude
The Baker House, which dates back to the earliest settlers, is one of the oldest continuously occupied structures in the United States. The house was constructed by sea captain, Daniel Ghoe, in 1648. In 1650 the house was sold to Thomas, one of the original founders of the town. Backer turned the house into Baker's Tavern.
The building went through a series of changes and owners in its history. In 1996, the inn underwent an extensive renovation, returning to its 1917 charm.There are five guest rooms in this elegant English manor house.
The Baker Spa, completed in 2000, features a lap pool, sauna, steam shower and spa tub. Sumptuous breakfast is served to guest each morning. Informal gardens cover nearly a full acre, with winding paths of aromatic herbs. The inn has received great reviews from Travel + Leisure, Town & Country and The Wall Street Journal.
The Baker House 1650, 181 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937. 1-631-324-4081.
For a posh getaway, the ultimate in bed and breakfasts and exclusive sensibilities, book a suite at the Baker House 1650. Located a few-minutes walk from the ocean, the grounds are replete with ponds, pools, fountains, secret gardens, immaculate lawns, and well-placed lawn tables and chairs. The accommodations themselves are royal, replete with William Morris wallpaper, working fireplaces, sleigh beds (you've got to see them to believe them!), and window seats. Shrubbery over 200 years old creeps up the outer walls of this edifice built in an exquisite Queen Anne style.
The Baker House, 1650
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The Baker House 1650 a pretty stucco inn in East Hampton resembles an English country estate: it's built in the Elizabethean style and quaint little gardens are scattered throughout the property. Over the years, a number of owners have stepped in—including in 1996, former Maidstone Arms proprietors Gary and Rita Reiswig (who were largely responsible for saving the property from disrepair)—and the building underwent a lot of name changes. Currently it's run by longtime East Hampton residents Antonella and Bob Rose and the name refers to Thomas Baker, one of the town's original founders, who purchased the building (which was erected in 1648) in 1650.
The five guestrooms are all cozy and quaint though each has its own design scheme. The Gardiner, the Maidstone, and the Fithian have pale paisley William Morris wallpaper (in varying colors) while the Hedges and Huntting rooms, located in the older section of the building, have original wooden paneling and exposed ceiling beams. With the exception of the Fithian, all also have wood-burning fireplaces. Unlike most B&Bs, the Baker House also boasts an extensive spa facility, complete with a lap pool, a sauna, a steam shower as well as a hot tub. Open year-round.
Tip: Pick-up from the nearby Hampton Jitney stop, the East Hampton train satin and the East Hampton airport available; private helicopter services can also be arranged. All guests receive East Hampton Village beach parking passes.
The Baker House 1650
The hotel, which occupies a building constructed in 1648, is set in beautiful English-style gardens and manicured lawns There is an indoor swimming pool plus spa tub, a sauna, a steam shower, and a living room with an open fireplace. In the summer, guests are given East Hampton Village beach parking passes. Bedrooms have been individually designed and have air-conditioning, flat-screen television, telephone services, Wi-fi Internet access, and bathrobes. Guests can be collected from the East Hampton train station and parking is available
The Baker House 1650 was featured in Open House NYC on NBC