A Butler's Manor, Southampton, New York $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Co-owner Chris Allen worked as a butler for 20 years in the U.S. and Europe; no surprise, then, that he and his wife, Kim, get so many details right at this five-room B&B, from the abundance of pillow options to the cream sherry offered to guests upon arrival. At first glance, their shingled, 19th-century yellow house, located just off Southampton's main drag, is heavy on Victorian touches: The front room contains a functioning upright piano and displays of vintage dolls. But there's nothing period about the spacious bathrooms (particularly the luxurious one in the Eton Court room) or the individually adjustable bedroom air-conditioning. Each of the guest rooms is named and themed after an estate Mr. Allen has worked at, and the homey, genteel furnishings range from a sleigh bed and hand-stitched quilts to antique armoires and writing desks. After a breakfast of homemade muffins and fresh-squeezed orange juice, it's tempting to repair to the leafy patio, where a stone walkway begins that will lead you past daffodils and hydrangeas to a saltwater pool. Another thoughtful touch: The fresh flowers that the Allens grow there, alongside a variety of herbs and vegetables, find their way into guest rooms every day.—Darrell Hartman
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