Set on East Hampton’s Historic Main Street and steps away from the Village is The Baker House 1650. The Baker House evokes a comforting English countryside vibe and offers a rich history of the East Hampton Village. Even if you are a local, I highly suggest dropping by for a visit. The property in and of itself is breathtaking; I could see myself just pausing to meditate in the mid afternoon, taking in the fresh air and peaceful ambiance of the garden and lush trees, away from the quintessential Hamptons summer scene.
According to their website, the architecture of the Baker House is described as a “17th century Cotswold-inspired masterpiece.” The manor is reminiscent of a dream. Plus, the location cannot be beat. You are within a ten minute walking distance to the heart of East Hampton Village’s shopping and dining district. Once you step inside, you will notice that every detail is well attended to and distinctive, from the cozy fireplaces and floral arrangements, to the luxurious bedding amenities. It was no surprise that the soundtrack to Downton Abbey was playing softly in the background during breakfast. If the Crawley Family from Downton Abbey owned a summer home in the Hamptons, this would be it.
There are two elegant guest suites and five charming guest rooms that offer luxurious accommodations including a private bath, climate-controlled heat and air conditioning, flat screen televisions, complimentary WiFi, security safe, linens by Frette, and more. Each room and suite is individually named and has its own character. For example, The Maidstone guest room is warming and welcoming with pale green William Morris wallpaper and fabrics and features a king sized sleigh bed, wood-burning fireplace, and two walls of mullioned bay windows with views of Mulford Farm across the street. The Lily Pond guest suite, located on the ground floor of The Carriage House, has a spacious 115 sq ft bathroom with a Neptune heated air-massage tub.
The Baker Carriage House is situated on its own private, exquisitely landscaped acre, just behind the main house and offers all of the amenities of the main house. The newly restorated house has retained many original details, including the barn doors, the thin wrought iron spiral staircase, hay doors, and slate & wooden floors.
Breakfast at The Baker House 1650 features a new dish everyday. There are two egg items and a griddle item, such as poached eggs, a breakfast burrito, kale egg wrap, scrambled eggs, and omelets. The Baker House used to be named the J. Harper Poor cottage. The name was switched over in 2005, and some of the original recipes have maintained and evolved over the years.
For my breakfast at The Baker House, I sat down with the manager, Heather McCormack, to learn more about what guests will experience by staying here.
“Last year we did the CSA with Balsam Farms, which would deliver a big basket of vegetables everyday,” says McCormack. “We have a guest who comes every weekend and she always wants the Huevos Rancheros. Alba, the chef, is very easygoing. There is a relaxed, casual atmosphere and it feels like you’re home.”
Our conversation flowed into the ubiquitous misconception about bed and breakfasts. “Before I came to work here, I had never been to one. Here, there are different tables, people do start to talk. Many repeat customers usually arrive the same weekends and stay in the same room. Lots of our guests have become friends and have gone out to dinner.”
For breakfast, in addition to the hot dishes, there is fresh fruit every day: berries, melon, sometimes extra citrus, and in the summertime there are extra peaches and plums. The Baker House buys local produce when possible. Depending upon the day, there will be a myriad array of muffins, cakes, scones, and bagels one day a week, including the occasional lox, bagels and cream cheese. There is also homemade granola, yogurt, and cottage cheese. Any egg dish can be made with egg whites, and there are gluten-free options as well.
Notable breakfast items include Breadzilla’s cinnamon bread, French toast, Swedish pancakes with Lingonberry sauce, blueberry, oatmeal, banana pancakes, and waffles. Everything is made fresh to order.
Last year, there were Pilates classes with Erika Bloom that were complimentary to guests. The Baker House will feature cocktail parties this summer, in addition to wine and champagne tastings. The Baker House will occasionally host weddings, limited to 75 people.
The majority of guests come from New York City, Nassau County, and New Jersey. Recently, they had guests from California and Texas; occasionally there are guests from Europe. Children over ten are welcome. The Baker House 1650 is open year round.
http://www.bakerhouse1650.com // 631-324-4081