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Whaler's Dream House 1880s Victorian in Excellent Condition with Water Access """

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 14 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, screened-in porch, pastoral, private access to bay

This rustic, elegant, tastefully furnished 4 bedroom house is secluded and green--with access to the water via our own private path, outdoor shower, tree-swing and renovated kitchen and dining room. Two outdoor patios and a screened-in porch provide luxurious dining and entertaining possibilities. Two bathrooms (tub and shower), laundry room gives way to an attached 4 story tower. Water access, paddleboard and bikes. Walking distance to the classic old town of Sag Harbor, as well as Long Beach for swimming. July 4th available. Boat mooring available upon request. 2 week minimums preferred. Boat mooring a possibility! NOW RENTING FOR AUGUST and also for WINTER, (October-May): $2500 per month, plus utils.

Nile Southern
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian, greek
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Nile Southern

I've lived in this house during summers since my mother bought it over 20 years ago. This house has brought much joy to my family--and will to yours, too!

Nile Southern purchased this house in 1989

Why Nile Southern chose Sag Harbor

Coming out to the Hamptons during the summer is a treat--and we've found, in all our stays out here, that the Sag Harbor area is the most rewarding--you have a wonderfully picturesque old town, non-stop cultural events, excellent cuisine, and the house itself is a calming place to return to and settle in for any activity, be it reading, a game of croquette, or lighting up the fireplace on a cold night. Minimally and tastefully appointed, the original owner (my mother) was a renown publisher at Random House and developed the 'Style' and 'Living' line of books... elegant yet casual!

What makes this house unique

The whaler's tower, screened-in porch provide classic Victorian touches to this proud house and the large grounds with mature trees makes the house seem grand and opulent. My mother, who worked in publishing, was also an artist and designer--she had tremendous sense of style and flair--clean lines and rich decor, tasteful yet not ostentatious. It's a great house to relax and entertain in.


Sag Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Please rinse sand off feet before entering house!
  • Please don't push (and please tell children not to push) screens of screen doors.
  • Do not block driveway at any time.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms feature beautiful claw foot tubs/showers and are tastefully decorated. The upstairs bathroom has been recently renovated in authentic Victorian era style.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen
    Top of Stairs - 1 double
    Kid's Room - 1 double
    downstairs bedroom / TV room - 1 twin/ single , single--captain's bed--perfect for mother-in-law
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1) single bed is downstairs
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
screened-in porch, outdoor shower, and singing birds!


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Whaler's Dream House 1880s Victorian in Excellent Condition with Water Access
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

A truly relaxing and entertaining retreat

  • 5 of 5

From the first step involved with the booking we are very pleased. Nile couldn't of been more helpful and warming. My wife and I were looking for somewhere to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday away from all the busy life back in PA. It was a great choice. Only 1 thing, the pictures do not do this perfect, beautiful, home the right justice. You have to experience it live. We light a fire every night, perfect start to every evening. Cooked in twice, and visited two of the local restaurants that were both amazing, over our four night stay. Home is literally a walk to town and all the shopping you could want. 4 miles to the ferry to Shelter Island, and approximately 4-5 miles from East Hampton, and also Bridge Hampton. The home is very charming and very clean and neat. I will be back shortly for sure. Hats off to Nile!!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely simple old house near town -- just as described.

  • 4 of 5

Nile's house was charming and had a vintage feel to it - claw foot bath tubs and original wood floors. It was clean and in good order with fresh toiletries waiting in the bathrooms and a bottle of wine in the fridge for us. Although we never met Nile, he was accessible by email and responded to my questions quite promptly. He also was aware that gardener would be there the day we arrived and seemed on top of the house maintenance although he was not present. Nile thoroughly addressed my questions about ticks via email and was really helpful in delineating where I should let my kids roam and where they should not go. House is at end of a long shared driveway, however we did not see any other cars on driveway for the duration of our stay. Ferry Road is quite busy with cars and trucks yet you could not hear the cars from the house which is set way back. Although one reviewer said she let her grandchild walk to town from house, I felt the road was too busy and there was no sidewalk for safety. It is a very quick/easy car ride to the restaurants and shops, however, and driving was not a problem. House has lots of beautiful lawns and a hammock and screened in porch to lounge on. It was a really nice stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great overall experience. Nile, though absent, was very present for anything we might need. Thanks!

  • 5 of 5

Nice, responsive host, beautiful old house, real country feel. A long weekend felt like a month worth of resting. Great find! will be back...

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Taste of the Old Hamptons

  • 5 of 5

This home is the way the Hamptons were 40 years ago, when Truman Capote got smashed at the Driver's Seat in Southampton and wrapped his car around a tree in Sagaponack, when James Joyce and Wilfred Sheed and Willie Morris got hammered at Bobby Van's in winter, when Sag Harbor was still a rough town. Wood floors, wicker furniture, antiques, some beautiful watercolors, a huge yard with a picnic table and crickets and blue jays and chickadees and peace (and an outdoor shower). There's no "media room" - talk, cook, read, play cards and backgammon, listen to WLNG. There's no swimming pool - you're on Long Island - GO TO THE BLOODY BEACH - THAT'S WHY YOU'RE HERE. This is the kind of cool that's rapidly disappearing from the East End - savor it while you still can. Nile is a fantastic host; you'll want for nothing you really need, and if you don't really need it, it's not here in the first place. A great evening ritual here is to pop over to Long Beach (30 seconds by car), have a drink, and watch the sun set over Peconic Bay, then come home to boil your lobster and potatoes.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I've been taught that nothing's perfect. But Nile's wonderful old house comes as close as I can imagine.

Beautifully renovated without sacrificing its 19th-century charm, superbly located between the town and Long Beach, surrounded by large greensward and woods -- this place was heaven for me, loved ones, and friends. The photos only begin to convey its loveliness. I hope to return as often as I can.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Sadly, we only spent 2 nights in this wonderful old home! It is definitely a place on our list of return visits.

Nile was extremely helpful and accommodating....making our short stay easy and comfortable! The house has all the charm we were hoping for...we felt as if we were stepping back in time. Our first visit to Long Island was made perfect by the Whaler's Dream House!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Corner Bar
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Ferry to Shelter Island
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Shinnecock Hills Golf Course
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Rt 114
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
American Hotel
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Sunset Beach
Car: recommended

Sag Harbor is the most picturesque of all the villages in the Hamptons. Bike into town from the house, walk around the village visit the bookstore, movie theatre (foreign and art-house fare) and Bay Street theatre (excellent performances). Sag Harbor is a cultural destination and great to yacht-watching, too. House is also within walking/biking distance of Long Beach--a pleasant and relaxing beach where you can have a swim and see the sunset.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning $140
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

2 week minimum rentals favored. NO WEEKENDS, PLEASE...
RENTALS OFFERED AT MONTHLY RATES FOR JUNE, and AUG. July 4th weekend and Labor Day weekend, great summer discounts.

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed. If you have a BOAT, let us know with your inquiry, as house has water access!

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.