B&B's, Inns, Hotels and Estates
If you’re planning a visit to the Hamptons or the Gold Coast of Long Island, you can stay in or visit a number of places—from quaint bed & breakfasts to intimate inns and hotels to grand estates—which have historic roots, some dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. As you take in everything these areas have to offer, you may be able to imagine how these towns and villages might have been during a different era.
NYIT de SEVERSKY MANSION, OLD WESTBURY
Another surviving historic Gold Coast gem, the White Eagle, as it was then called, was built in 1916-1918 by Alfred I. du Pont in the neoclassical and Georgian style. After his wife died unexpectedly two years later, he sold it to another prominent couple, who renamed it Templeton. In 1972, the New York Institute of Technology purchased it and named it after a member of their board of trustees. In addition to serving as office space for NYIT, the venue can be booked for special events and corporate meetings.
Northern Boulevard, Old Westbury
Photo credit: Courtesy of NYIT de Seversky Mansion
THE GRAYBARN COTTAGE, EAST HAMPTON
The Graybarn Cottage, hidden away in the village of East Hampton, was first a working barn built in the 1950s when the area was still a farming community. In 1969, the owner combined the barn and several outbuildings to turn it into a private residence. In 2008 the owners of the Mill House Inn bought the house from the estate of Lois Wyse, a prolific author and advertising luminary. This four-bedroom house can now be rented with luxury amenities and services provided by the Inn’s staff.
Buell Lane, East Hampton
Photo credit: Sylvia Muller courtesy of The Mill House Inn
MILL NECK MANOR HOUSE, MILL NECK
This magnificent Tudor Revival mansion sits on an 86-acre estate on Long Island’s Gold Coast. It was built during the “Gilded Age” of the 1920s by Robert Leftwich Dodge and his cosmetics heiress wife, Lillian Sefton Dodge, with thirty-four rooms and sixteen bathrooms. Visitors can tour the property, which can also be rented for film, TV and photo shoots, and corporate events. Rental proceeds benefit services for the deaf.
40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck
Photo credit: Courtesy of Mill Neck Manor House
THE 1770 HOUSE, EAST HAMPTON
The 1770 House was originally built as a private residence for William Fithian in 1663. In 1770 it was converted into an inn, which it has remained to this day with much of its rich colonial style still in tact. Guests can stay in one of six rooms or a two-story carriage house in the heart of East Hampton Village. Two dining areas—one more formal with an outside patio during the summer season, and a more casual tavern—are open to all.
143 Main Street, East Hampton
Photo credit: John Musnicki and Robyn Lean
THE PRIDWIN, SHELTER ISLAND
After having been guests of the hotel, which was built in the mid 1920s, since 1930, the Petry family, along with the Mobius and Frost families, bought the property in 1961. This classic seasonal hotel and its cottages, located on ten acres on Crescent Beach in Shelter Island, continues to be operated by the Petry’s to this day.
81 Shore Road, Shelter Island
Photo credit: Gross & Daley
THE AMERICAN HOTEL
The American Hotel, a stalwart fixture on Sag Harbor’s Main Street that draws bold-faced names looking for a low-key, old school refuge, was first built in 1846 when the whaling industry was booming. When the town’s economy sunk, the hotel spent many years as a dilapidated boarding house and saloon with outhouses until its current owner bought it in 1972 and brought its eight guest rooms, restaurant and bar back to life in time for the town’s renaissance.
49 Main Street
Photo Credit: Alan Nevins
SANDS POINT, PORT WASHINGTON
This 216-acre estate was once home to the Guggenheim family in the early 20th century. The grounds are a mix of landscaped areas as well as natural landscapes including mature forest, woodlands, fields, meadows, a freshwater pond, glacial cliffs and the Long Island Sound shoreline. In addition to it being a cultural center offering community events and activities, it now serves as a unique location for film and TV production, including Royal Pains.
127 Middle Neck Rd Port Washington
Though the house that ultimately became this bed & breakfast was known to exist in 1708, its cellar with the original brick fireplace, oak beams and stone walls dates back to around 1648.The main house consists of four 18th century, one 19th century, four 20th century, and three 21st century accommodations in addition to freestanding cottages, so you can choose what era you’d like to time travel to during your stay while enjoying modern amenities in all of them.
126 Main Street, Southampton
Photo Credit: KAE
OHEKA CASTLE, HUNTINGTON
Oheka Castle serves as the location for Boris’s stately home in Royal Pains. Commissioned in 1919, this French chateau-inspired Gold Coast mansion with its 23 acres of manicured lawns and gardens is now a hotel, a wedding venue, and the backdrop to numerous photo shoots and films.
135 West Gate Drive, Huntington
TOPPING ROSE HOUSE, BRIDGEHAMPTON
This luxury boutique inn, restaurant and spa was originally built to be the residence of Judge Abraham Topping Rose and his family around 1842 in an area of Bridgehampton that was, and still is, a bustling crossroads of Hamptons hamlets. Opened in its current incarnation in 2013, Topping Rose House offers modern, stylish accommodations and high-end farm-to-table cuisine in a restored historic Greek-revival mansion.
One Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike Bridgehampton
Photo credit: Tim Street-Porter
c/o MAIDSTONE, EAST HAMPTON
This inn’s history goes back to the founding of East Hampton, or Maidstone as it was called then. A house was first built on the property by Robert Bond, one of the town founders, in 1648, and was later turned into a tannery. The main structure was erected in 1840 and was opened to guests in 1858, changing hands and styles throughout the years. In 2009, c/o Maidstone debuted, designed with an eclectic Swedish sensibility that the current owners call “Scandinavian Cozy.”
207 Main Street East Hampton
Photo credit: Courtesy of c/o The Maidstone