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1880s Victorian Whaler's Dream House

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 180 nights

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Minimum Stay
6 - 180 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 walkway, 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. Special July 4th Week-long rates. Boat mooring available upon request. ALSO--NOW RENTING FOR WINTER (Jan, 2016-May 23rd, 2016: $2000 per month, plus utils. Through June: $2,500 per month--plus utils). inquire within! PLEASE--NO SHORT TERM RENTALS ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME--2-3 week minimums only--ALL OF JUNE, 2016: $12,000. July 4th weekend: (July 1-4) $2000. Also looking for winter 2017 tenants (Oct 1, 2016-June, 2017). Boat mooring a possibility!

Nile Southern
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian, greek
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Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016

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 USA

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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

1880s Victorian Whaler's Dream House
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

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: Sep 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: Aug 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: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming house right north of Sag Harbor

  • 4 of 5

Rented the house to stay with my parents from out of town in October

Charming house right north of Sag Harbor, great location and access to sit by the Bay

Old home that has a ton of character, super super quiet so bring a book and wine

3 bedrooms upstairs and small daybed downstairs, 1 full bathroom upstairs and 1 full downstairs

Great screened-in porch with rockers as well as chairs/picnic table in backyard

Didn't walk into town bc Ferry Rd gets so dark

Great local farmers markets so fun to cook at home

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect House Near Ocean, Bay & Village~ Romantic & Kid-Friendly

  • 5 of 5

This historic home is part Italian farmhouse and part Greek island beach house. It has beautiful morning light, original wooden plank floors, an enchanting screened in porch, a well-equipped country kitchen, and stunning old trees that soar above the house's 3rd story tower. There is a perfectly placed outdoor picnic table under a tree on a small brick patio and a heavenly outdoor shower. The 3 upstairs bedrooms have comfortable beds and are simply furnished. The house is romantic, rustic, and kid-friendly with lots of wicker furniture, and large, safe outdoor spaces for kids and a dog.

My granddaughter loves walking from the house to Main Street in the village of Sag Harbor (10 minutes) to visit the shops, check out the boats in the marina, and visit the 100-year old "Variety Store" that sells absolutely everything. It's a 5-minute drive or 15- minute walk to Long Beach, the bay beach that's perfect for swimming and for kids, and another 5 minutes beyond is the Morton Sanctuary with a lovely beach and lots of amazing birds. The surrounding area is mostly flat and great for biking.

The nearest ocean beach at Sagaponeck is the most spectacular of the Hampton beaches-- a 10 minute drive from the house--- the dunes are marvelous.

There are farms around for buying local produce, homemade pies and cookies, as well as local wineries and horse farms. The historic village of Sag Harbor has some charming restaurants, cafes and shops, along with a few glitzy ones, a cinema, a gym, and live theater on the wharf.The 2-minute ferry ride to Shelter Island is 5 minutes away and there is a seasonal ferry to the North Fork villages.

This is my idea of the perfect country house, where we walked to the beach at 2 am to view the shooting stars.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a house to celebrate my mother's birthday and happened on this listing on VRBO. We really liked the location and the rustic feel of the house. Its in Sag Harbor which seems to have a different vibe then the rest of the Hamptons towns (calmer and more sophisticated). Dealing with the owner, Nile, was a pleasure. He was attentive, flexible, and very prompt. When we arrived on the property we quickly realized that the pictures did not do it justice. it is perfect, grown in, quite, with a beautiful bucolic path to the water. the house it self was a dream, although you have to want to feel like you are coming home and not to a hotel. That said everything was in place. Nile even left a bottle of champaign for us to toast my mother. If you grew up spending summers in your parents old beautiful victorian house on the water and that is a feeling that you want to revisit rent this house.

Also, we have 2 dogs that were so happy to run around all weekend and go swimming in the bay. Thank you again for a great time.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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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.


Rates & Availability

North Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 2016 - May 25 2017
180 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
31 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
31 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $140
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $75
town permit (required) $125

NOTE!! HOUSE IS BOOKED FOR WINTER 2016-2017 (from Oct 1, 2016 through May 15th, 2017).
1 and 2 week minimum rentals favored. NO WEEKENDS, PLEASE!

RENTALS OFFERED AT MONTHLY RATES--FOR JUNE, JULY, AUG, SEPT, OCT.. July 4th weekend and Labor Day weekend, with great summer discount: Labor Day to Memorial Day (2015): $40,000.

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

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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North Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • 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.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen
    Top of Stairs - 1 double
    Kid's Room - 1 double
    downstairs bedroom / TV room - single--captain's bed
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1) single bed is downstairs
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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 lots of birds!

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