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1708 House, Southampton 

126 Main Street
Southampton , New York
Tel: 631 287 1708
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Located at the top of Main Street, this 12-room B&B is in the thick of Southampton's affluence (Saks Fifth Avenue is next door) but also an unstuffy retreat from it. The guest rooms ramble around the original 18th-century house, which has additions from each of the three subsequent centuries. Rooms are individually decorated with floral bedspreads, Oriental carpets, and antiques; innkeepers Skip and Lorraine Ralph recently installed flat-screen TVs. Exposed timbers and a canopy bed lend a rustic atmosphere to room 2, a two-room suite, while room 3 is popular for its claw-foot tub and reading alcove. The stone-walled wine cellar (circa 1648, predating the house) is a cozy setting for an evening game of chess. There's no on-site restaurant, although there are many places to dine within walking distance; self-catering types can book one of the two two-bedroom cottages in the back garden that come with a kitchen, spacious living room, and porch.—Updated by Darrell Hartman

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