Hidden Hamptons: A Butler’s Manor

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The name of Southampton’s most highly rated Bed & Breakfast is no mere whimsy. British-born Christopher Allen, who owns the elegant establishment with his wife Kimberly, was indeed a proper English butler for more than 20 years. In 2002 the couple decided to combine his skills overseeing estates with their joint experience as caterers and opened A Butler’s Manor. Their lovely inn provides the ultimate in personal service and comfort.

The inn itself is a beautifully maintained colonial structure, originally built in 1860 as the home of William Jagger, one of Southampton’s earliest settlers. Situated on an acre of lushly landscaped gardens, it has been designated a New York State historic property. Guests may choose from five beautifully appointed rooms, each named and decorated for five of the estates Chris managed during his career in private service. Located off a wide second-floor hallway accessible by both a front and back staircase, each room includes an en suite bath and is tastefully furnished. Thoughtful amenities include homemade cookies, seasonal fresh flowers, and deluxe spa bathrobes. During the summer season, the inn offers complimentary shuttle service to nearby Cooper’s Beach, as well as a beach bag with fluffy, oversized beach towels and beach chairs to borrow.

Each morning during clement months, guests can enjoy a full breakfast on the Rose Garden patio, surrounded by Chris’s magnificent English garden. With birds singing in the branches of the property’s 150-year-old sycamore maple tree and a fountain burbling in the background, the experience is nothing short of blissful. Breakfast itself, lovingly prepared by Kim and served on fine china and crystal, is an unforgettable gourmet experience. A fresh fruit course served with homemade bread, muffins, or scones is followed by a hot entrée, which alternates each day between savoury and sweet. Guest favorites include the much-craved Banana-Stuffed French Toast, Chicken Sausage Frittata, Zucchini-Cheddar Blintzes, and Kim’s exclusive Manor House Omelette. Cereals and yogurt are also available for those who want lighter fare. The Allens make it a point to inquire about food allergies and dietary restrictions beforehand, so your meals will be enjoyable and 100 percent worry-free. (For those who just can’t leave their rooms without that wake-up cup, there’s freshly-brewed early-bird coffee and a full assortment of teas available outside your door each morning.)

And there’s more to A Butler’s Manor than bed and breakfast. After an excursion perusing the area’s quaint shops or visiting one of its renowned beaches, you might want to take a relaxing stroll through the grounds’ beautifully landscaped rose, vegetable, and border gardens leading to the inn’s full-sized (chemical-free) saltwater pool. Take a refreshing dip or just soak up the sun in a lounge chair on the deck. Should the weather become disagreeable, just head for the inn’s cozy living room and sink into a reclining wingback chair; lose yourself in a book from the library or try your hand at the antique player piano. If you must, you can check your email anytime using the free WiFi service accessible from anywhere on the property.

Though located close enough to major roadways to allow easy access, A Butler’s Inn is not on a heavily traveled road or in a busy central location, guaranteeing a restful stay that is a true getaway. The entire experience will leave you feeling happy and well cared for, the goal of any first-rate butler. (244 N. Main St., 631.283.8550)