I generally don't care for bandwagons, but I have to jump on this one. I join the nearly unanimous praise for 'A Butler's Manor' in the heart of elegant Southampton. The Allens are your hosts. Kim is a California girl, with all the radiance and natural charm of a Beach Boys' song. Chris is a former gentleman's gentleman, hence the name. He is warm, friendly, and always helpful. You will share their home, as treasured guests. The rooms have the warmth and elegance of an English country manor, with all the conveniences of a fine American hotel -- upscale toiletries, a welcoming carafe of sherry, afternoon tea just outside your door, flat screen TV, climate control, CD player (complete with a collection of jazz CD's), even a small desk in the guests' hallway with things you may have forgotten -- a bandaid, Off, Aleve.
The Allens have thought of everything to make your weekend, or week, perfect. A guest's packet includes local attractions, maps, lists of thing to do. A path through the absolutely perfect English garden in back of the manor, with bubbling fountain and luxuriant flora, leads to a beautiful pool with lots of chaise longues. Chris will be happy to run you over to Coopers' Beach (one of the world's most beautiful) at any time in his massive Buick Roadmaster woody station wagon, and pick you up in minutes at the touch of your cellphone.
Hot coffee is waiting outside your room at seven, and breakfast is served at nine (come later if you've slept in -- it's not your fault that the room is perfectly quiet and serene, the linens are sumptuous, and the mattress full and cushy). I won't go on about breakfast -- the other reviewers have covered it nicely. Suffice it to say that Kim is a superb baker, and well, breakfast in an English garden?
You can stroll into Southampton village from the manor, and enjoy lunch and shopping with the celebrities.
If purse strings are a concern, save this one for a special occasion. But believe me, it's worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to A Butler's Manor, your elegant 1860 Colonial "home in the Hamptons." A Butler's Manor takes its name from Christopher's profession. A proper British butler for over 20 years, Chris ran estates in both Europe and America before "retiring" to welcome guests to our luxurious bed and breakfast. The personal service that is the hallmark of his profession, along with Kim's attention to detail, will make your stay at A Butler's Manor an experience in hospitality you won't soon forget. Bring your swim suit as we have a great salt-water swimming pool in our English garden!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- a Butler`s Manor Hotel Southampton
- A Butler's Manor Southampton, NY - Hamptons