This stunning historic house, sitting next door to the Hay Harbor Club on Fishers Island, was built by in the 1880’s by Mr. Robert R. Fox, who once owned the entire Island. Mr. Fox regarded the site of the house as one of the most beautiful on the island--almost all rooms in the house have sunset views over the New London Sound--as well as practical--one can easily walk to the ferry dock, island shops, churches and library. Though Mr. Fox called the house his Victorian ‘summer cottage’, by today’s standards it is more mansion than “cottage”.
The original portion of the house contains a formal dining room and living room each with working fireplaces, 7 bedrooms (sleeping 13-15) and 3.5 bathrooms and is primarily for summer use. A more recently constructed heated addition blends seamlessly with the original house and can be used year round. The heated addition sleeps eight and includes the master bedroom, 2 bathrooms, the kitchen, art room (with a wood burning stove), and a tower containing a library and a moroccan inspired sitting room with extraordinary 180° views of the sea and sunsets. The heated addition also includes three small bedrooms (sometimes called “the cubbies”) with double beds modeled on Pullman sleeping car berths. There is also an outdoor shower which opens onto the back porch. A clothes washer and dryer are located in the basement.
Croquet was a popular nineteenth century game so there is a croquet ground, also used for badminton. A verandah wraps around the older portion of the house, overlooking the sound and croquet lawn - a perfect place for outdoor meals, children at play, afternoon naps, Ping Pong playing and sunset and regatta spectatorship.
For Hay Harbor Club members, the house is located next door to the tennis club, pool and swimming dock, and there is a path for direct access to the club, without children (or adults) having to step out onto the road. Despite proximity to the club, ample privacy is afforded by the hedges and trees surrounding the property.
The dining room of the original house is rumored to be haunted by the benevolent ghost of 1920's broadway actress and opera singer Amy Fay Stone (stage name Anne Faystone), aunt of aforementioned Essayist Sylvia Wright, and a friend to Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Sadly, none of the current owners of the house have had the pleasure of making her acquaintance during her days in the afterlife. Seances are welcome.
Rooms: 8 bedrooms (3 with full beds, 4 rooms with pairs of twin beds, 1 single twin room) and 3 sleeping berth-style rooms with full beds; 5 ½ bath plus outdoor shower; Library/study; Moroccan inspired turret with 180° sunset-facing views of New London Sound; Living Rooms with fireplaces; and a Formal dining room.
Additional Amenities: Internet; Cable TV; Washer / Dryer; Dishwasher; Restaurant grade stove with two ovens; Brand new DSL refrigerator; Microwave; Coffee Maker; Cuisinart; Blender; Toaster Oven; and a variety of cooking utensils and equipment; Copious Linens and beach towels; Outdoor smoker/BBQ; Ping Pong Table; Badminton and Croquet Sets.
Outdoor Space: Wrap around porches; Sunset views over the water; Croquet lawn; Herb and flower garden; Small private beach shared with neighbors; Fish pond. Hedges and trees surround the 2 acres of land attached to the property, maintaining the feeling of total privacy.
Location: On Fishers Island's Fox Avenue, conveniently adjacent to the Hay Harbor Tennis Club. Across from the Mansion Houses, and a short distance from village shops, rummage sales, supermarket, yacht club and ferries.
Rental Possibilities: Available for 1-3 month summer rentals; Holiday and Celebratory occasions; Additional accommodations for weddings and other events on the island; Film set location; Seances and solstice rituals; Writer and artist retreats - just ask! Priority given to longer term rentals during the summer months.