The 1770 House
- Style Clapboard colonial villa
- Setting By-the-beach Hamptons village
A trim white clapboarded and black-shuttered home surrounded by lush gardens in East Hampton, The 1770 House hotel is all colonial charm and comfort, with antique furnishings, patterned pastel wallpaper, exposed wood beams and built-in bookshelves. Keeping the nostalgia in check are flatscreen TVs, free WiFi and iPod docks. No mere B&B, this boutique hotel also has a fantastic restaurant serving locally sourced meats and seafood, as well as a historic tavern in the basement.
Need to know
- Rooms Seven, including one two-bedroom cottage.
- Rates Double rooms from $295.00, excluding tax at 11.63 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include breakfast and, in high season, a beach parking pass.
- Facilities Gardens, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, Dean & Deluca snacks.
- Poolside None on site, but you can use the pool and patio tucked behind a thicket of white pines at sister property, East Hampton Point (up Three Mile Harbor Road).
- Check–out 11am (later by request when feasible); earliest check-in, 2pm. Please inform the hotel in advance of your estimated arrival time.
Children The hotel is primarily for adults, although children are welcomed. Book a cot for US$75.
- Also No pets. You’ll need to stay at least three nights over July, August and public-holiday weekends.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms For a family or two couples, the elegant cream-beige Carriage House is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage in the garden that’s more urban in style than the main house – with khaki-cream plain walls, vaulted ceilings upstairs and gleaming cherry furniture. Romantic Room Six with softly patterned fawn wallpaper and coral-blossomed curtains should really be called the Garden Room, with its private porch entrance onto the lawn. And oyster-striped Room Five feels like a private cosy-cream annexe, in the attic with its own staircase and separate bathroom.
- Packing tips A cashmere layer to take the chill off terrace dining or ocean-side evening strolls.
- Also Picnic on the beach with an indulgent hotel hamper tailored to your tastes (book the day before).
Food and drink at The 1770 House
- Hotel restaurant In this candlelit 12-table dining room, oriental rugs, rattan chairs and floral seat cushions feel as homely as Thanksgiving at auntie’s, but chef Kevin Penner’s menu, featuring dishes such as roasted Iowa pork loin and pan-fried diver scallops, is no turkey, with ingredients that are seasonal and local wherever possible. Take it onto the terrace and dine around the fountain on starlit summer nights.
- Dress code Preppy chic – take your finest Ralph Lauren Polo casuals and Ray-Bans.
- Top table Ask for table 10 for whisper-in-the-corner romance; table six to overlook the twinkling garden lights; table seven to seat a crowd in the bay window.
- Last orders 10pm; drinks can be ordered to your room until the Tavern bar closes, between 10.30pm and midnight.
- Room service Order anything from the restaurant menu (iced oysters, for example) during restaurant hours, from 5.30pm.
- Hotel bar Historic speakeasy, the Tavern is a small, dimly lit bar in the basement with bench seating, stained glass windows and exposed brickwork. Here, you can dine informally on burgers, oysters, clams and the like. A cosier spot for a glass of cabernet is the library in the main house, which has fireside sofas.