It's all relative. We booked the weekend at Basset House after discovering that most other accommodations in EH charge 600+ per night, unless they are a roadside motel. So - though an admittedly high priced B&B at almost 300 per night, it was preferable (to us) to a motel. We appreciated the particular laid-back atmosphere and quirky charm, but perhaps this place is not for everyone. It is a classic colonial that is a bit rough around the edges for wear. Old growth trees surround the house located on a beautifully verdant lawn with abundant flowers and lounge chairs. The house is crammed with flea market treasures and antiques curios, so it is a bit like stumbling into a magical attic.
The rooms are likewise so furnished and slightly funky - but not filthy. We did need to move a few light bulbs around in our room, but it was a happy stay and that detail did not particularly disturb us. It was an experience akin to being in a comfortable old country house of an eccentric friend in the days before Martha Stewart raised the bar.
Michael was very friendly, had many stories and helped us with directions and all inquiries. We bought an antique fireplace broom (from our room) from him that we fell in love with, and took home a cutting of a plant from his garden that he dug up for us b/c we had admired it. Summary: If you are looking for top drawer in EH - then you will really have to pay for it. This is no gilded-lily, over-decorated, fake perfumed, 4 course gourmet breakfast inn. But it was a lovely experience and we enjoyed Michael very much. Final notes: If you do not like to share a bath, then do not reserve a room here on those conditions in the first place. It seems a simple choice. Security was like a house in the country, our room door had a hook on it. We were okay as we carried no particular valuables, and he offered to secure them for us if we had.
The driveway entrance is a bit tricky b/c of heavy summer traffic on the highway. Michael provides beach passes to guests, and the nearby beaches are very lovely.
- Also Known As:
- Bassett House Hotel East Hampton
- Bassett House Inn East Hampton, Hamptons