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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 6 bikes (plus 3 children's bikes), 2 kayaks and a paddleboat --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 Sag Harbor and Greenport, 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:
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Robert Fitzpatrick

We are a couple in our 60'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 Heights

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.


Montclair Colony House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • 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


5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

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

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: Dec 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: Dec 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: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

A Special Place

  • 5 of 5

This house was beyond our expectations. It offered us a wonderful combination of a high level of comfort in a tranquil and bucolic setting. The house is furnished with a charming and sophisticated touch that complements and frames the natural beauty outside… displayed through every window (particularly the romantic master bedroom/bath and the main living area). But outside is where the real fun begins with your own dock to swim off of, or to paddle around in a kayak, or to ride a bike along the pastoral roads of the island. All in all, quite a divine time.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 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

Montclair Colony House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Jun 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
August & Labor Day week
Aug 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving week
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

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.

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