The Maidstone: Elegant Sophistication in East Hampton

The Maidstone creates a rarified luxury boutique hotel experience in a gorgeous 18th century restored colonial inn set in the heart of East Hampton.

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The Maidstone in East Hampton. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK, August 1, 2017 – The Maidstone is a gorgeous retreat for the senses that creates a refined, quintessentially upscale Hamptons experience in a beautifully restored luxurious colonial inn with one of the finest restaurants in East Hampton.

With 19 lovingly appointed rooms and 3 cottages spread across a bucolic property, The Maidstone is a stellar destination that has the style, panache, and elegance that underscores its opulent serenity in one of America’s most exclusive and desirable enclaves.

The entrance to The Maidstone in East Hampton.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Having just undergone a full renovation, this historical structure, which dates back from the 18th century, brings a quiet sophistication and charm that immerses its guests in the soft glow of a summer afternoon in the Hamptons.

Jenny and Jonathan Baker.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Owners Jenny and Jonathan Baker have added a special personal touch to the property, revamping the décor and menu to emphasize a comfortable environment of sublimely exquisite stylish delight.

The entrance to The Living Room restaurant at The Maidstone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The fabulous redesigned restaurant, The Living Room, has completely invigorated its menu and wine list, emphasizing an innovatively refined New American cuisine that focuses on farm to table ingredients, fresh abundant seafood from the surrounding area, and a clean approach to cooking and ingredients.

The front yard at The Maidstone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

As part of the makeover of the hotel the hospitality firm Partners & Alchemy was brought in to help manage operations, and David Standridge of New York City’s Café Clover has taken the reins as the restaurants consulting chef, with wonderful results.

The Maidstone is a beautifully restored 18th century colonial inn with 19 rooms and 3 guest cottages.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Seen from the road The Maidstone appears to be a clapboard country house, with white shingles adorning two adjoining colonial style buildings on the crest of a sweeping lawn, connected by a glass enclosed ground floor corridor.

The front porch of The Maidstone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The front porch is a portrait of quietude, white pillars surrounding a series of lounge chairs covered with soft furs, the perfect place for a gathering of friends to share a drink or watch the afternoon fade.

The lounge area at The Maidstone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Through the front doors the atmosphere changes, with a modernist décor of flowing rooms opening onto the spacious ground floor bar area and a beautifully appointed lounge area in front of a fireplace.

The front desk is literally a desk in the front window where the attentive staff, casually dressed, greets each guest like a returning member of the family, a signature hallmark of the hotel that immediately creates an atmosphere of warmth.

The lounge area looking towards the restaurant The Living Room. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The emphasis throughout the hotel is on elegant comfort and a personable seamless experience, eclectic moments of soft beauty surrounded by classic elements of grace and style.

The restaurant The Living Room at The Maidstone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The restaurant The Living Room is just beyond the bar area, a gorgeous room of soothing dark blue tones and hardwood floors with a series of white marble tables, the occasional couch, and powder blue banquets surrounded by windows that overlook the garden.

The sun room and solarium at The Maidstone.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Just off the lounge area and down a few steps is a lovely sun room filled with natural light. A grand piano and sitting area lead to the back patio of the property, and a solarium stretches the length of the front of the hotel, which is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast each morning.

The solarium is the perfect place for breakfast each morning. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Each area of the ground floor flows into the next with a seamless conceptual presence, and the atmosphere is one of casual luxury, fine art photographs adorning the walls with artistic style.

The view from the sun room to the back patio.
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The doorway to the back patio leads to a sprawling lawn and the 3 guest cottages, while tables and couches are spread out across the yard, in little nooks, or in the midst of a circular hedge, a wonderful location for outdoor cocktails or dinner.

One of the guest cottages at The Maidstone with signature red bicycles out front. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

In fact, at The Maidstone dinner is not exclusively reserved for The Living Room restaurant, but can be served in the lounge, the piano room, the solarium, or on the back patio.

One of the other guest cottages at The Maidstone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

This is both a conscious choice and a necessity, for as the weekend approaches and East Hampton overflows with visitors, The Maidstone is fast becoming the center of the action for a sophisticated crowd looking for atmosphere, fine dining, and that electric sense of indefinable presence.

The back patio at The Maidstone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

This is turning a necessity into an asset, and fits with the style and philosophy of the new management team, to create a space where exploration of the moment is intimately defined by the intangible feel of the surroundings and its eclectic nature. They have succeeded magnificently.

The Buddha garden leading to the yoga area at The Maidstone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Each of the 19 rooms at The Maidstone is named after a series of different eminent Scandinavians, from the painter Edvard Munch, to actress Birgit Nilssen, to explorer Thor Heyerdahl, to Olympic skater Sonja Henie.

Our gorgeous third floor room is named for author and adventuress Karen Blixen, best known for writing the epic book Out of Africa, which was based on her life story and later turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep.

The Karen Blixen room.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The room is expansive and beautifully decorated, with a sumptuous king size bed, antique furnishings, tasteful golden palm frond wallpaper, and whimsical touches like zebra inspired carpeting and tribal wall mask decorations in keeping with the Out of Africa theme.

Sitting area and desk in the Karen Blixen room. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

A large steamer trunk hides the safe and the mini-bar, and another steamer trunk is transformed into a chest of drawers. A luxurious pair of woven bamboo lounge chairs fills a sitting area next to the windows overlooking the back garden.

Bathtub at The Maidstone.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The bathroom is spacious and modern, with a large claw foot bathtub, enclosed shower, and a beautiful tiled floor and wooden shuttered windows with blooming flower boxes overlooking the front lawn.

Est. 1962, Jonathan Baker’s exclusive line of essential oils, candles, and bath products. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Jonathan Baker’s exclusive line of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, Est. 1962, are in each bathroom of the hotel, as well as his high end essential oil bath products and scented candles.

East Hampton beach.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Just a mile down the street is the East Hampton beach, one of the great oceanside locations on the planet, and guests of The Maidstone receive beach parking passes for their cars, or are free to use one of a half-dozen distinctive red bicycles parked in the lawn to ride to the beach, or into town.

The beach at East Hampton. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

East Hampton is one of the jewels of the Hamptons, a collection of townships on the tip of Long Island that have become havens for the rich and famous over the decades, and whose reputation for glamour and style, as well as the occasional party, is firmly entrenched.

Beautifully preserved 17th century windmill across the street from The Maidstone in East Hampton. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

From South Hampton, to Bridgehampton, to East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk, and even to the reaches of Sag Harbor and Shelter Island, the Hamptons defines a playground for the well to do that continues unabated, with East Hampton and The Maidstone transcendently at the center of it all.

The Living Room restaurant at The Maidstone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Dinner at The Living Room is a glorious affair, the room glowing with the soft summer light of the setting sun, the sense of expectation rising as we settle into a powder blue settee next to the window.

A fine bottle of Shea Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a perfect accompaniment to a fabulous meal. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

An opening round of pink champagne sets the stage for a wonderful meal. Our hostess Emily, the bartender Katie, and our server Diego are brilliantly efficient, seamless in their knowledge and presentation, and service is impeccable.

Chef Kevin Timmons executes Executive Chef David Standridge’s revamped menu featuring New American cuisine. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Chef Kevin Timmons executes David Standridge’s vision of New American cuisine with style and panache, while bringing his own persona and touches to a lovingly reinvented menu.

Cherrystone clams with a side of grilled asparagus.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Fresh chilled Cherrystone clams and East Coast oysters is a sensational raw bar platter, and the Gulf shrimp cocktail is particularly tasty with large, meaty, tender prawns that melt in your mouth.

Lump crab cake with watercress. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Lump crab cake with watercress is a fabulous taste treat, with big chunks of sumptuous crab held together with a minimum of extra ingredients in a tangy tartar sauce under a bed of fresh watercress.

Seared Montauk fluke with avocado and summer corn. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Seared Montauk fluke with avocado and summer corn is a specialty of the house, tender and flaky, beautifully cooked, as is the whole grilled sea bass, both sourced daily from nearby Montauk Harbor.

Linguine Nero with peekytoe crab. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Black linguine with bountiful portions of peekytoe crab is a crowning achievement, filled with savory flavor in a rich sauce, the perfect climax to a sensational meal.

Macha tea donuts.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Save room for the delicious fresh peach or blackberry pie, and prepare to be amazed at the extraordinary Macha tea donuts, savory beignets made with Japanese green tea that are salaciously delightful.

The bar at The Maidstone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The bar and lounge area at The Maidstone is hopping as dinner comes to a close, friends gathering for an after dinner drink on the couches near the piano, taking in the night air on the back patio, before slipping upstairs for a romantic rendezvous at the end of another exceptional day in East Hampton.

The day comes to an end at The Maidstone in East Hampton. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

www.themaidstone.com @MaidstoneHotel

While in the Hamptons be sure to also visit:

Nick and Toni’s www.nickandtonis.com @nickandtonis – This legendary restaurant in East Hampton is known as much for Chef Joseph Realmuto’s sensational Italian menu as it is as a gathering place for the glitterati, all set in a series of comfortable rooms reminiscent of a Tuscan farmhouse.

The bar at Nick and Toni’s.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Featuring fresh organic ingredients, stand out dishes include a fabulous day boat scallop crudo with cucumber, avocado and citrus, and a scintillating house made pea and mascarpone ravioli in an organic carrot bullion.

Scallop crudo with cucumber at Nick and Toni’s. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Wood grilled yellow fin tuna is fantastic, and marinated lamb chops, locally sourced, with summer succotash is a culinary joy. Dinners are greatly enhanced with a series of customized wine parings from talented Sommelier Julie Berger, or choose your favorite Grand Cru from their extensive wine list.

The front dining room at Nick and Toni’s. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The American Hotel www.theamericanhotel.com @americanhotelsh – Owner extraordinaire Ted Conklin continues to delight and enthrall at this Sag Harbor cultural landmark restaurant and hotel, open in its current incarnation as the vortex of the universe since 1972, but originally built in 1845 when Sag Harbor was a whaling town.

The American Hotel in Sag Harbor with its legendary front porch. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

With an extraordinary 30,000 bottle wine list regularly recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, and an exceptional restaurant with a focus on classic French cuisine, The American Hotel has a charm and presence that cannot be replicated.

Chef Jonathan Parker creates a fabulous culinary adventure, from the Long Island Peking Duck a la Montmorency, to sweetbreads a la Grenobloise, to brace of quail with wild rice, to the usual array of exceptional fresh local seafood, including blue claw crab cakes a la Moutarde.

The famous bar at The American Hotel.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

A casual haven for literary giants, musicians, celebrities, firemen, locals, and Ted’s collective array of friends, everyone has a story from across the decades of unforgettable nights at its classic bar, around the piano, or on its magical front porch.

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center www.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse/ – Jackson Pollock was one of the giants of post war abstract expressionism and the home and property just outside of East Hampton that he shared with Lee Krasner has been perfectly preserved since his death in 1956.

The exterior of Jackson Pollock’s studio just outside of East Hampton.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

At the center of the experience is the small barn where he created his extraordinary artistic masterpieces and perfected the technique widely but incorrectly referred to as drip paintings.

The perfectly preserved studio where Jackson Pollock painted his masterpieces. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The floorboards of the studio look like a Jackson Pollock painting, and the sense of presence at being within the historic confines at the center of his mythical creative universe is awe inspiring.

The floorboards in Jackson Pollock’s studio…which looks like a Jackson Pollock painting.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Longhouse Reserve www.longhouse.org @LongHouseEH – Longhouse Reserve is a 16 acre sculpture garden just outside of East Hampton with a variety of scenic environments spread across the property featuring the works of Buckminster Fuller, William de Kooning, Yoko Ono, Sui Jianguo and many other artists.

A Buckminster Fuller sculpture dome at Longhouse Reserve.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Founder Jack Lenor Larson, internationally known author and collector, has created an exceptional artistic legacy across the sprawling property, where the gardens present designed landscape as an art form and provide the background for profoundly beautiful sculpture installations.

Oversized chess board sculpture in white by Yoko Ono at Longhouse Reserve. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Joel Berliner is a travel writer based in Los Angeles. @JoelBerliner

All photos by Alison Reynolds: @BigAlPeoplesPal

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