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Art Loving Sailors' Zen Retreat--Waterfront 5 Bedroom House

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Vacation and relaxation begin on the 8 minute ferry ride to a magical island where a third of the land is a nature preserve. The house-- incredibly comfortable and relaxed --is located on West Neck Harbor. There are 5 bikes (plus a children's bike), 3 kayaks --as well as a hammock and chaises longues and a large deck and outdoor dining area with tables to seat 12-14

The main floor is designed for openness and easy circulation between kitchen, dining room, living room and vaulted porch--all with gorgeous views of the water and beautiful sunsets. A wood burning fireplace is a joy on cooler nights and fall weekends.

On the main floor there is a bathroom and a bedroom with a queen size bed. On the second floor is the Master Suite with a queen size bed, multiple reading nooks, a dressing room/office and a bathroom with a deep steeping tub overlooking the water, a large shower and double sinks. There are two additional bedrooms (one with queen size bed and one with bunk beds) and another bathroom.

There is a washer and dryer and children's playroom in the basement.

10 feet away is an amazing double height studio with its own bathroom, kitchenette and sleeping loft with a queen size bed and in the living room a queen size sofa bed.

When you want to tear yourself away from the house there are great restaurants--Vine Street Cafe and Sunset Beach, Cinemas in Greenport and the Hamptons , fantastic walks on Wades Beach and Mishomak Nature Preserve and astonishing music at the Perleman Music Camp with frequent concerts by some of the most gifted young musicians in the world.

Keywords: beachfront, waterfront, cottage, contemporary, architectural delight, family and pet friendly

More Details

Robert Fitzpatrick
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Robert Fitzpatrick

We are a couple in our 70's, deeply involved in the arts, multilingual and multicultural. We divide our time between New York and Paris. Our passions are music, particularly opera, contemporary art and architecture, theatre, sailing and skiing.

Robert Fitzpatrick purchased this house in 1995

Why Robert Fitzpatrick chose Shelter Island

It is close to the Hamptons but far more relaxed. Life on the island has a different rhythm. It is a welcoming place where our children, grandchildren, dogs, friends and happy strangers want to come. There is a sense of well being that is very different from the faster paced life in New York or Paris.

What makes this house unique

A chance to look at interesting contemporary art, an opportunity to hear young music prodigies from around the world, the joy of walking on beaches and through nature preserves, the possibility of swimming in Fresh Pond or the Bay or jumping in the Ocean. The joy of finding quiet places to read in a house full of people and a studio conducive to writing.


Shelter Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (4), Bunk Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa - Queen Size (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Art Loving Sailors' Zen Retreat--Waterfront 5 Bedroom House
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful Shelter Island home on the water

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful house that is beautiful, tasteful, clean and comfortable. Beautifully designed and decorated with lots of windows that show off the incredible waterfront views. This is a special place!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The epitome of waterfront relaxation with many available activities!!

  • 5 of 5

When my husband and I opened the gate, we knew we were in a very special place. Outstanding gardens surrounded the home, offering quiet spots to read a book, relax with a cup of tea, or catch up with friends and family. The home was furnished in classic Hamptons beachfront style, with lots of contemporary art gracing the walls. The home was very comfortable and inviting. The open concept living area flowed onto the large deck with outdoor dining and seating areas. The sunset overlooking the water was perfect. We enjoyed swimming and kayaking right off the dock. The kitchen was fully equipped and opened to the great room and water views.

The upper level had a spacious and very well designed master bedroom sanctuary with water views from the bed and bath and a separate office area. Three additional bedrooms and two baths completed the guest accommodations in the main house.

A separate cottage was well designed and furnished with incredible water views as well.

The property offered water activities and equipment, games, music, books, and bikes for touring the island, all located in a quiet neighborhood. It was a welcome retreat from everyday life.

Sylvia and Bob were gracious and accommodating, a rarity in today's world.

I hope to return again and enjoy this very special home!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Inspiring and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

I am a professor at NYU and took my research group here for a five-day writing retreat. We were a group of 9 to 11 people (at various times). We could not have chosen a better place. Bob and Sylvie's house was quiet, clean, stylish, and right by the water. It had lots of light, lots of space, couches and nooks for everyone to work, and a well-equipped kitchen. The art around the house was fascinating and orders of magnitude better than the average VRBO. Bob and Sylvie responded promptly when we couldn't figure out how to use the sink garbage disposal; a handyman came over and helped us, although in the end it turned out that we had ourselves misplaced a part. Very strongly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Silver Spring , MD

Family Boat Trip 2014

  • 5 of 5

Our annual family boys boat trip is a major highlight for our family. This was our 25th annual trip and this was our best ever trip. We have been to Martha's Vineyard to Elizabeth City, NC and everywhere in between and this has been the best. The house, the rear deck, the dock, the bikes, the kayaks, the location and the owners were perfect. Each night we would all sit outside on the deck sharing a meal, stories and laughter.

For anyone who wants to escape to heaven, you will not find a better location.

Thank you

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet Beauty

  • 5 of 5

Many places are charming but this home is a rare breed.

We stayed one week over the winter holidays and enjoyed the quiet, going for walks in Mashomack Preserve or in Hither Hills, and the beautiful light at the end of every day.

The house is decorated with great taste and comfort, with the multi-space living area spacious enough for our extended family to each have his or her own area for their alone time.

Bob & Sylvie are extremely considerate and attentive, and made us feel truly welcome in their home.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bayville, NY

Perfect home for a relaxing getaway with friends!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend at this wonderful home with 6 people, 3 dogs and a baby and never got in each other's way! What a perfect setting right on the water with a yard full of well manicured plantings. The rear deck was beautiful and provided us with an opportunity to watch the sunset while enjoying a cocktail and cooking dinner on the BBQ. The master bedroom affords you the opportunity to sleep peacefully and enjoy the scenery. The bedrooms are of decent size, the beds are very comfortable and the owners Robert and Sylvie are some of the nicest people I have dealt with (thanks for being so accomodating).

Thanks so much for being part of our 3rd annual November getaway by allowing us to rent your beautiful home. We definitely will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2011
  • Stayed: October 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One third of Shelter Island is devoted to an extraordinary Nature Preserve, with wonderful trails for hiking.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200

A security deposit of $1,000 is required at the time of booking. On the assumption that no damage has occurred this sum will be refunded after the visitor's stay, minus a $200 cleaning deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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