Topping Rose House is the epitome of luxury in the Hamptons at its prime. Topping Rose House is a full-service, luxury hotel in the heart of picturesque Village of Bridgehampton, and is approximately a two-hour drive from Manhattan. The hotel is within walking distance to the main street antique shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. I have had the pleasure of dining at their restaurant that is open year-round for both breakfast and dinner, and recently took a tour of one guest room in the house (historical main building) and one cottage suite. In all, there are 22 luxurious suites & guest rooms.
This is a resort destination where every guest is treated as a VIP. As a greeting for guests who are checking in during this current season, they are each treated to a rhubarb lemonade. In the winter, the beverage was hot cider, and during the autumn months it was beet lemonade. As General Manager Fiona Riesch explains, “We go for everything that is seasonal and from our farm. During the autumn months, for example, guests can taste the variety of vegetables we pickled from the summer. Plus, we are famous for our margarita with freshly squeezed beet juice. We also make our own popcorn. It is very addictive and you can’t stop. Right now it is a rosemary popcorn that is presented as a complimentary snack for guests. Even if you are a regular guest and check in at different seasons, there is always something new, and in season.”
In the welcome basket, you will find chocolate compliments of the Hampton Chocolate Company, flatbread, beef jerky, and Lorna’s Nuts, which are rotated on a regular basis. There is a mini bar that is fully stocked with lemonade, water and soft drinks. “In most hotels, the mini bar is an that unthought of stepchild, and is never regarded in a high standard,” explains Riesch. “As we rotate the mini bar, we take it as part of being creative and continuing our message as farm to table, involving our local vendors, supporting newcomers that fit into the brand philosophy.”
Originally constructed in 1842, the Greek revival mansion has been lovingly restored by co-owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell and named after its first owner, the local Judge Abraham Topping Rose, who built the residence and lived there with his family. The beautifully renovated Main House, with the restaurant downstairs, features seven guest rooms: two One-Bedroom Suites, three King Rooms and two Twin Rooms, which can be converted to Kings. There is The Studio, which is modern and airy. The property’s three Studio King Rooms offer stunning views of the property. There are Twelve Cottage Suites located in four modern cottages that offer private outdoor space, either a terrace or roof-deck, and easy access to the fitness center below. On the terraces or roof-decks, you can have your breakfast, invite friends over for a cocktail, sun tan, and become part of the Hamptons’ nature. Each Cottage can be booked as a single unit, or separately with two individual guest-rooms on the ground floor and a King Suite on the second floor. The ground floor guest-rooms have a private backyard and garden.
During the fall and winter months, the hotel now offers complimentary Hunter boots to hotel guests Available for men, women and children, the boots are offered in a variety of sizes and will be on-hand in each of the property’s rooms.
Amenities of the hotel include: Naturopathica bath products, Bathrobes by Chadsworth & Haig, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, 24 hour room service, complimentary Trek bicycles, yoga classes, beach chairs and umbrellas, beach parking for private cars, and complimentary Lexus car service. Topping Rose House is one of fourteen high-end hotels nationwide that is a Lexus partner hotel. There are two house cars based on availability that can shuttle guests to the beach, Sag Harbor, or any destination within a five mile radius. The hotel also has two cars, one SUV and one convertible, that guests can take for a test drive. To drive the vehicles, you may have an international driver’s license.
Topping Rose House also features a historic barn and contemporary studio space for private events, a spa by Naturopathica, fitness room and an outdoor heated lap pool that overlooks a charming crabapple orchard. The lap pool is open in mid-May and closes in October, though Topping Rose House sometimes extends the season depending upon the weather. For this season, the pool is being uncovered May 11th.
At the restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, Chef de Cuisine Kyle Koenig is at the helm alongside Pastry Chef Cassandra Shupp. Chef Koenig’s menu highlights seasonal ingredients from the property’s one-acre farm. Breakfast is from 7-10:30am oftentimes, there are a lot of walk-in guests as well. Breakfast is included each morning for hotel guests and includes a choice of one warm dish, a side dish and juice, coffee or tea. Menu items are served as very generous portions. Dishes change seasonally and currently include Bridgehampton Town Fry: scrambled organic farm eggs, fried oysters & chili dust; Topping Rose House Pancakes: seasonal jam & maple syrup; and Brioche Donuts: brown maple butter glaze. Sides dishes include maple sage pork sausage, farm greens salad, and buttermilk biscuits.
Topping Rose House is very accommodating when showcasing to their guests what the Hamptons has to offer. “Each room has a beach pass, and guests can park at the ocean with that pass,” says Riesch. “We show them the nicest spots at the ocean, we recommend wine tours and work with all local wineries such Bedell on the North Fork, and Wölffer Estate in Sagaponack. We plan day trips to Shelter Island, and send them to Montauk with custom created picnic baskets. We recently had guests who go horseback riding, and arranged for horseback riding on the beach in Montauk. Opportunities are endless.” In the fall, Topping Rose House had a package called A Taste of Fall. It included a $200 dinner credit at the hotel’s restaurant, and an excursion to the Milk Pail to pick your own apples. ” With 24 hour given notice, we turned those picked apples into either apple butter or apple pie,” added Riesch. “We create moments and memories for our guests.”
On May 8th, Topping Rose House will have a Marathon package for guests. All half marathon runners that stay at the hotel will receive a recovery kit and on May 9th, there will be an after marathon brunch that will be quite elaborate with 10% of the proceeds being donated to the Bridgehampton Museum. There will also be a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10th.
Room rates range between $395-$3,000 per night, depending upon the season, number of occupants, weekday vs weekend, and accommodations. Bookings are happening quickly for Memorial Day Weekend and for the summer. For more information and to book your stay, please visit http://www.toppingrosehouse.com