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“A one-of-a-kind B&B experience in the Hamptons - you'll never stay anywhere else”
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A Butler's Manor
Ranked #1 of 6 Southampton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 3, 2009

This place was SUCH a pleasant surprise. We've stayed at a lot of B&Bs and never had such a wonderful time. Chris and Kim are amazing hosts, their house is an absolute gem, and I can't wait to return when the weather turns warm to see what becomes or their gardens (they were bursting with promise during our early-spring stay). This was only our second visit, yet when we walked through the door it felt like a homecoming.

I thought the whole "butler" thing was going to be some sort of gimmick, but instead it's what makes this stay so special. Their attention to detail, and their commitment to service, make this an amazing experience. We will never stay anywhere else in the Hamptons after this.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2009

Kim and Chris provide a level of service that rivals any five star hotel. In fact, I'm sure the competition is very glad that Kim and Chris only run one B&B! From the food, to the hospitality, and the attention to detail nothing is over-looked here. This B&B is all about catering to their guests and maximizing their experience.

After arriving from a long exhausting drive Chris could sense we needed a drink and was quick to offer us a complementary glass of wine. I don't remember the last time any one still offered this, but from that moment my wife and I knew we were in for a real treat. The following morning Chris and Kim had prepared a complimentary pre-planned itinerary with a map and everything we could possibly need to explore the area! We took their advice and it was spot-on. What a great time saver! It's unfortunate we only had two nights to enjoy the Butler's Manor, and I'm certain the property is even more stunning in the summer time.

Chris brings his wealth of knowledge from his career in the service industry and Kim only complements it with a warm smile and nurturing heart.

If we ever return to the Hamptons, this one's a no-brainer. One of the best B&B experiences we've ever had.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2009

We knew we were in for a good stay when Chris came jogging outside to meet our arrival at A Butler's Manor on a blustery January afternoon. He graciously welcomed us and asked to carry our bags inside. Once inside, a wonderfully energetic Kim immediately met us at the door and whisked us away on a tour of the house while Chris carried our bags up to our room. The smell of a delicious stew (not for us) filled the air, and the fireplace was ablaze with a recently lit fire.

The house is truly beautiful without being overdone and "stuffy". On the wide open first floor , the old-world feeling of the brick floor contrasts elegantly with the completely redone and modernized interior. Chris lovingly oversaw the home's renovation several year's ago and made brilliant choices to ensure that the "old" and "new" blend nicely.

Our room, Oak Knoll, was similarly nicely decorated and large enough for a two night stay, but would best be described as smallish. The Oak Knoll bathroom was very tiny (the website creatively refers to it as "jewel box") -- but, every nook and cranny is efficiently used. The shower (no tub) is a fine size. And, to say this place is clean would be an understatement. The white tiled shower was literally spotless and smelled clean and thoroughly disinfected. We are very picky travelers (usually with Clorox wipes in our suitcase ready to wipe surfaces) -- and, this place was almost spotless (due to everything else being so clean, we couldn't help notice that the toothbrush holder needed a good scrub -- but, that's the ONLY thing I could find wrong). The bed was firm and comfortable.

To be fair - the worse part of the room is the relatively thin walls. We could here the murmur of voices and televisions on either side of the room (Oak Knoll is the only room bordered on two sides). However, on the first night, our neighbors were sleeping by the time we shut off our TV -- and the second night we were alone at the inn, so this was not a problem.

We confess to have peeked in the other four rooms. In our opinion, Oak Knoll and Ville Franche are the nicest. The latter has a beautiful bathroom and mini-suite feel to it. Goose Creek and Laguna Beach were nice, but the most simply decorated. Eaton Court, while large with a nice bathroom, was not really our style. Every room is elegant, updated, clean and worthy of an "excellent" rating.

The Allens have thought of everything to make a stay at the B&B comfortable: Filtered water at the bedside; wireless internet throughout the house (included, and it worked effortlessly on our laptop); an always available internet connected computer on the first floor; a beautiful fireplace surrounded by a cozy seating area (it felt like Chris lit it for us personally each time we arrived back to the B&B); coffee, cocoa and tea (about 12 varities) right outside the room available anytime with all the necessities (honey, sugar cubes, milk, etc.); the New York Times (spread out carefully so you can select a section or two at a time); CDs and players in all the rooms; flat screen TV with DVD player; and every bathroom amentity you could need. We ended up in a discussion wherein we learned they are even particular about the comfort of the personal tissue (toilet paper) they supply in the rooms!

We had two very delicious and memorable breakfasts. One morning featured fresh baked scones and an egg strata (sort of like quiche). The second morning was a stuffed french toast that was perfect, complemented with a zucchini-carrot muffin with cream cheese frosting (I think). Kim boasted that she uses a particular fresh cranberry bread for the french toast. Let me just say that this is the first time I've not poured maple syrup on my french toast because it tasted so good "straight up". Fresh OJ, hot delicious coffee (they asked the previous evening whether we would likely want decaf or regular to be certain it was hot and ready at 9:30) and specially made ice tea rounded out the meals. Chris and Kim anticipate every need at the meal and almost compete with one another to make sure every guest has everything they want at every moment. Somehow, at the same time, they also are wonderful conversationalists.

At the end of our stay, Chris cheerfully honored our request for a tour of the gardens. This is a man who takes tremendous pride in his manor -- inside and out. Even in the middle of winter, we could tell that this garden would be simply spectacular in the spring and summer. Moreover, there is a large pool (no doubt lovingly maintained as well) available starting in May.

What makes this place most special is the care taken of its guests by its owners. Chris and Kim seemed to truly love serving their guests. Kim probably spent nearly an hour with us discussing restaurants and attractions in the area, while insisting to provide us with maps highlighted by her in yellow marker with notations. It felt like we were special family to the Allens the moment we entered the Manor.

They are proud to be the #1 B&B on this site - and work hard to ensure they will stay there. They certainly deserve to!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2008

My husband and I didn't know what to expect for our first visit to the Hamptons, and weren't sure what section would yield the best results (Southampton, Montauk, etc.). We found the Butler's Manor on this site, and thought it looked like a safe enough bet. Well, let me tell you - we couldn't have been more fortunate, or more pleased to have selected this B&B, and this particular area to stay in. The B&B has fantastic service, being owned and operated by a warm, friendly couple, excellent accomodations, and phenomenal home-made breakfasts served in their beautiful, peaceful garden. They competently and happily catered to our special dietary needs - both of us being vegetarian, and me being allergic to eggs. The B&B also has a pool in a gorgeous, private back area of the garden. I loved everything about this place, and would definitely return again. Plus, after driving through the other areas of the Hamptons, we found that Southampton was definitely the most beautiful, interesting section of the region. I highly recommend renting a bike and riding through the gorgeous neighborhood streets, to ogle the mansions, and then ride on the very long road that leads past the beachfront properties, where you can stop off at various public beaches.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2008

From the moment you cross the threshold at A Butler's Manor you feel at home. The service given by Chris and Kim was second to none. The breakfasts were superb and certainly set you up for the day. The room we stayed in (Oak Knoll) was spacious and homely. The cookies and chocolates were also a really nice touch. If we visit The Hamptons again, we would definitely stay at A Butler's Manor.

Paul and Susan Hindle, Lancashire, England.

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed August 10, 2008

We are a family from the Netherlands with two teenagers and we do a lot of traveling. We've seen many places and hotels.
This summer we made a trip from NYC, to Old-Greenwich (CT), Chatham (Cape Cod; where we stayed at the Wequassett Resort), Southampton (Long Island) and at the end of the trip we stayed a few days in NYC.
In Southampton we stayed at a butler's manor, and what can I say... it was GREAT! Chris and Kim (the owners) have taken so good care of us, and did everything they could to satisfy all their guests. There are home made cookies in the room and there is turn-down service, and in the morning there is fresh coffee and tea outside your room. They brought us to the beach and picked us up again, so we didn't have to think of parking the car. (The beach is ranged as the 4th of the best beaches of the whole USA)
The house is wonderful: You'll feel at home right a way.
The breakfast is served either in the lovely garden, or in the dining-room and everything was delicious and freshly cooked. It all looked very well at the well-decorated plates: Chris walks every morning in the garden to pick some flowers or leaves to decorate the plates!
The garden is beautiful and the pool is very nice too.
We were sorry we had to leave to NYC. We stayed at the Plaza there, and of course we had a great time there, but we all loved a butler's manor the best!
If you ever plan a trip to the Hamptons: Stay at a butler's manor!!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2008

This sweet treasure is like nothing I've ever seen. The kindness and thought that Chris and Kim put into every detail of the accomadations and their service is truly remarkable. When you speak to one of them on the phone, it's as if you have known them for years. They have a unique way of making you feel special, yet not uncomfortable. If you are new to traveling to the Hamptons like my husband and I were, then this is the place to go because they will sit down with you and help you figure out the best sights to suit your time constraints. We would definitely go back if we were to return to Long Island.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 244 N Main St, Southampton, NY 11968-3342
Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > Southampton
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Southampton
Price Range: $256 - $537 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — A Butler's Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to A Butler's Manor, a Southampton, NY bed and breakfast inn. A Butler's Manor Bed and Breakfast offers lodging complemented by incredible amenities and exceptional service in five individually-designed guest rooms, all with private bathrooms, located off a wide second-floor hallway accessible by both a front and back staircase. The large, welcoming living room is handsomely decorated and features a wood-burning fireplace. The inn is situated on nearly an acre of lushly landscaped gardens with dozens of mature trees surrounding a beautiful full-sized saltwater swimming pool. A full breakfast is served in the garden in pleasant weather; in the comfortable formal dining room in cooler months. Wireless Internet service and parking are free and is accessible anywhere on the property. ... more   less 
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