The SpaceThis is a place with special beauty, idyllic comfort and pleasure. Down a secluded drive only a mile from the Jamesport Jitney stop, from here you can access the best of the North Fork or keep to yourselves under the poolside pergola, in the "sonnet garden," or on the deck.
There are sweeping views of protected farmland with horizon to horizon open skies and stunning sunset views.
The master bedroom and bath are at ground level in a private wing with a large study/ TV room above it that has a fold-out bed. (This study counts as one of the four bedrooms although it does not have a traditional bed or closets. It is most suitable for a child.)
There are two bedrooms and a bathroom above the living room. Both have comfortable queen-size beds. Guest AccessGuests have access to all the comforts of home and garden.
Feel free to use the owner's staples in the pantry and refrigerator, and please replace any that you use up.
Swim in the 20'x40' pool. Enjoy the outdoor shower. Curl up with a book from the owner's extensive wine and food library.
Bring back delicious fresh food from local farm stands and cook up a storm on the Weber grill or DCS professional stove.
The owner is a wine professional who will happily create a special wine tasting for you or suggest the best wineries to visit.
The house is five minutes' drive from Sound and Bay beaches, Love Lane' quaint shops and eateries, wineries, farm stands, grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks. Drive a few minutes farther to Tanger Outlets, Splish Splash, the Hamptons or Greenport.
Please note that the attic, basement, and some closets are off limits.
Also, the pool will be closed for the season in mid October and reopen at the end of May. Interaction with GuestsI am easy to reach if needed but sensitive to guests' desire for privacy. The NeighborhoodYou will love the open skies, the casual ease, delicious fresh food and extraordinarily vivacious wines of the North Fork.
I have lived here since 1973 and especially appreciate the refuge it offers so close to Manhattan's striving and bustle.
It's easy to find out the most popular restaurants on the North Fork by looking online. I like to cook, so I don't eat out often, but the following are some restaurants I especially enjoy.
Cacci, Southold, for outstanding Northern Italian cuisine, all prepared on site. It’s high-end; the wine list is over-priced, but you may find some of the best dishes you have ever tasted, especially if you like home made pasta.
The North fork Table and Inn, Southold, for the most immaculately fresh local food. It is the highest-rated restaurant on the North Fork (maybe on Long Island) and deserves its accolades.
BTW, it is great fun to go to their food truck, which is parked in their yard and has picnic tables behind it, for a delicious lunch. Their lobster rolls are among the best anywhere if you like tons of lobster meat and butter slathered on homemade toasted buns.
Noah's in Greenport is also very good and wildly popular.
The Salamander Café in Greenport has outstanding food, especially for takeout. Their fried chicken is the best I’ve ever had. My family and I always order it ahead, pick it up and take it to the Monday night dance concerts in Mitchell Park (along with our own wine—world’s best picnic!)
The Shack is a new, casual eatery on the North Road (Route 48) in Peconic. It’s sort of a contemporary coffee house/wine bar with delicious grazing type food. Better than snacks, but not a formal restaurant. It is tiny and the tables are communal. I wish they had an outdoor space because the noise level is high (including loud music) and the air conditioning is chilly.
The Petulant Wino, Jamesport; A Mano in Mattituck; and A-lure in Southold are all run by the same chef, Tom Schaudel, and so some of the dishes may be duplicated. All of his restaurants are low-key, casual, with abundant, well priced fresh food and plenty of local wine, also with some of the best wine prices.
Grana in Jamesport has outstanding pizza, made in its woodfired oven, plus other Italian specialties. It is very noisy, but the food is fine and it's very close to my house. You can call ahead for takeout.
Lenny’s Pizza in Jamesport is a more traditional American-style pizzeria. The pizza is fresh and good, and it’s a better value than Grana if all you want is takeout pizza.
Jedediah Hawkins Inn, also in Jamesport, is in a gorgeous Victorian house. There has been considerable turnover of staff there and I haven't tried the new chef's cuisine, but generally speaking it is a high-end restaurant with fine quality and a lovely experience.
The Jamesport Manor Inn is a lovely restaurant within walking distance of my house. Although I like it well enough, I rarely go there because it is in the same price bracket as some other restaurants I prefer.
Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck has a huge following and may be difficult to get a reservation. It's casual in style, the food is generous and flavorful, but the main reason for the popularity is its owner Carolyn, whom everyone adores. It’s noisy indoors, but there is also seating in the alleyway alongside the restaurant which is less noisy and great for people-watching on Love Lane.
Those should give you enough choices to get started. You will probably end up lounging by the pool at home, cooking on the grill for yourselves but it's nice to know that there are wonderful places if you feel like going out. I recommend always making a reservation no matter where you go, if you can.
FARMSTANDS from west to east:
Sound Ave (a.k.a. the North Road)
Briermere Farms, Riverhead: Famous for fruit pies but also good for other baked goods, and fresh fruits and vegetables. I particularly like their apricot and black raspberry jams.
Pattie’s Berries, Mattituck: everything Patty sells is top quality. She specializes in fresh fruit and has a small assortment of vegetables, plus spectacular and ridiculously well priced flower bouquets. She also sells intriguing specialty ice creams made by her daughter using her fruits and herbs.
8 Hands farm, Cox Lane, Cutchogue: The best organic eggs you will find anywhere, ever. This new family farm also raises pigs, chickens, and lamb and sources top quality meats from other small producers. This season, they have introduced ready to eat prepared foods, made by their own chef. Try the outrageously good sausages.
Sang Lee Farm, Peconic: The focus here is on Asian vegetables but everything else is outstanding, organically grown, and expensive unless you take into consideration the quality. In August when heirloom tomatoes are ripe, I buy seconds, which may have slight blemishes but are outstandingly delicious. They also sell prepared dips and ready to use chopped vegetables, plus some organic meats and local cheeses.
Route 25 (Main Rd.):
Wells Farm, Aquebogue: this small family farm stand offers a good range of nicely selected fruits and vegetables, with a few cheeses and snack items besides. A favorite of mine for decades.
Bayview Farms, Aquebogue (and also a new version on Sound Ave, immediately west of Manor Lane):
This is where I go when I want to be able to buy all my fruits and vegetables in one place without being too fussy. They grow their own and offer it when it is in season but they also stock a wide range of fruits and vegetables, Including things that never grow here like oranges and avocados. Their bunches of herbs are a fabulous value. They have a small selection of Italian specialties including pastas, cheeses, and prepared sauces.
Long Season farm, Jamesport: selection here is limited, but it is organically grown, with particularly fine quality and bursting with flavor.
Schmidt's farmstand, Laurel: this small farm stand offers vegetables in season. I like their corn best of any because it is reliably ripe, but not over ripe, so it is not too sweet or starchy.
Gabrielson’s Orchard, Manor Lane, Jamesport:
Less than a mile from my house, this family orchard sells wonderful blueberries, pretty good peaches, and excellent apples in season. On weekends they also have some nice baked goods. If you go during the week, take single bills to put in the self-service cash box.
Wowak farmstand, Mattituck: another small family farm stand. I go here mostly because it is near the closest supermarket and easy to stop in for local vegetables on the way home. Good corn, predictably good quality otherwise.
Wickham's fruit farm, Cutchogue:
Outstanding quality fresh local fruit, sorted to perfection. The best peaches you will ever eat, especially the white peaches. Also a good place to go for white corn, English cucumbers, fresh donuts (though of course I personally never buy donuts).
There are plenty of good farmstands east of this point, but these fill my needs so I rarely go farther from home.
Supermarkets on the North Fork are woefully behind the times but carry the basics. I do most of my shopping at farmstands and specialty shops.
The closest supermarket to me is a part of the Key Foods chain named “the Marketplace.” It is in the Mattituck shopping plaza, Route 25 (west of Love Lane).
Slightly further east, on Love Lane, you will find Lombardi's market, a very popular new place which features Italian specialties and has a particularly good butcher. I like their ground sirloin for burgers and the D'artanian bacon is wonderful. They also have sandwiches and lots of prepared take out foods.
Also on Love Lane is the Village Cheese Shop, a place for wonderful cheeses, custom sliced smoked salmon or cured meats. Under new ownership, the shop’s selection of cheeses is smaller than it used to be and I've noticed issues with quality in the triple cream department, but I am probably fussier than most customers. It is very crowded on weekends so time your visit to Love Lane shops accordingly.
"Good Food" is a wonderful new takeout food shop on Pike Street, off of Love Lane. Service can be slow but it is worth the wait for wonderful prepared foods including fresh empanadas and my favorite, vegetarian chili. Their quiche would merit applause from Julia Child and their bread pudding is the best I’ve ever had. It's also a nice place to go for coffee, with a few tables outdoors on the street.
Braun Seafood is one of the top seafood wholesalers on the East Coast, a couple of miles East, in Cutchogue. They have a wonderful retail shop and also a takeout seafood restaurant. Everything is the freshest possible. We love their seafood salad, which is mostly lobster, with some shrimp, a little celery, and mayo. If it seems expensive, compare it to the same thing in the Hamptons at $100 a pound. We use it for homemade lobster rolls.
Just east of Braun is King Kullen supermarket, which is marginally better than the supermarket in Mattituck but certainly nothing special. If you have driven that far, you might as well go on to Southhold, where the IGA supermarket is cleaner, fresher, and easier to get through the checkout.
It's worth keeping in mind that if you feel like making a trip to the Hamptons, there is a Citarella market there with everything you could ever want or need, not exactly at the cheapest prices, but good quality, though you won't find local fruits and vegetables so for those you're better off going to the farm stands.
Wine preferences are very personal. My choices follow my own taste, which is for very dry, highly energized wine with some complexity. I like it to be overt, honest, and true to the variety of grape it is made from.
Top of my list is Pellegrini Vineyards. My son Zander is winemaker there and his wine making style follows my own lead (he grew up in the family winery ), though he will tell you that his style is also informed by the taste of the winery's founder, Bob Pellegrini. These wines are classic in style with lovely aromas and depth.
My next favorite is the Lenz winery, where the winemaker Eric Fry has been making complex and refreshing wines since the late 1980s. If you put his wines in a blind tasting against other leading wines of the world, you will probably like his near the top of the pecking order, unless you prefer gigantic New World fruit bomb wines. I can't get enough of his Cuvée sparkling wine, easily on a par with some of the best French champagnes. The winemaker will tell you he specializes in Merlot, and while his Merlots are wonderful, I particularly like his Cabernet Sauvignon.
After those two, there are many good choices. Paumanok vineyards always ranks at the top for both quality and hospitality. It is especially nice to sit on their deck and taste a range of their wines with a view of the vineyard. The Massoud family will go out of their way to give you a good experience.
Bedell Cellars is in the same category for me as Paumanok, offering fine wines in a lovely setting.
For a different, more casual experience I recommend visiting the Old Field Vineyard, where you can feel the love and attention of the Baiz family, who have owned the land for several generations. The vineyard is located next to Peconic Bay in the most beautiful setting--you will wish you lived there, too.
Also offering wonderful hospitality and fully flavored wines on the same street as my house is the tiny Diliberto vineyards. Sometimes on the weekend, the owner, Sal Diliberto, sings opera and serves pizza on the terrace.
If you feel like going over to the Hamptons, Wolffer Estate is a very classy Tuscan style winery with a German wine maker, Roman Roth, who is one of my favorite wine makers and also a friend. His wines are wonderful and the place is thoroughly top-notch.
Channing daughters in Bridgehampton is also worth a visit for their deliciously inventive, non-traditional wines. Chris Tracy, there winemaker, begin as a puppeteer and pastry chef. He likes to have fun with a range of styles and succeeds very well. Getting AroundHampton Jitney and public buses to Orient or the Hamptons are a mile away. The LIRR stops in nearby Riverhead or Mattituck. You can rent a sailboat, speedboat, or kayak at a nearby marina. Other Things to NoteThe owner is a wine professional, happy to advise on local wines and restaurants.
I am especially interested in finding a flexible rental arrangement with those who will love and respect my home as I do.
This property holds a town of Riverhead rental permit Number 16–0217 and has been inspected to meet all required standards for a legal rental.
The pool will be closed when the average nighttime temperatures are below 50°F, or from mid October to late May.
Because the property is adjacent to a working farm, there will sometimes be irrigation and other farming activities occurring there. Occasionally the Smithtown hunt rides on the farm road near the back yard. It's a lovely place to take a stroll.