About The Inn
Bartlett House was built in 1908 for New York State Assemblyman John Bartlett, a Delegate to both the 1904 and 1908 Presidential Conventions. Occupied by Assemblyman Bartlett and his wife Mary and their domestic staff, it was primarily used to host the business, political and entertainment stars of that era.
The home remained in the family for the next forty or so years. Then, for about ten years, it operated as a boarding house. Located within a five minute walk from Greenport harbor, local Mariners found it convenient to take lodging here between sea voyages. In the early 1960s, and for much of the next two decades, the house was used as a Convent by the Sisters of Charity who taught at St. Agnes elementary school, which was nearby. After the good Sisters left, the house sat awaiting its next incarnation.
Around 1982 the building was acquired by the first family to operate it as a Bed and Breakfast (B&B) Inn. Additional bathrooms, a fire sprinkler system and other safety features were added. That work created a beautiful Inn, with unique styling and of a size - 10 bedrooms with private baths - that set it apart on the North Fork's East End.
In July 2003, Bartlett House was acquired by Innkeepers Jack and Diane Gilmore. Since then they have labored continuously to restore the luster the Inn had gradually lost over the years. Every guest room, bathroom, and public space has been renovated and upgraded. A second dining room, seventy-five feet of wrap-around porch and surrounding gardens were also added. The existing kitchen was modernized and expanded three-fold, and our parking lot was redesigned to allow off-street parking for up to twelve cars. Private Owner's quarters were also added to the original building.
Each Guestroom has a different design theme, and the public areas are spacious, warm and welcoming. Diane combined her knowledge of design and fashion from her work as an Interior Designer at Ethan Allen, with her talents as an Artist, and created an Inn that is loved by our many returning Guests. The Inn’s furnishings and artwork are from all over the world, some gathered during Diane and Jack's extensive travels to Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and South America. And Jack, in his pre-Bartlett House career, worked all over the globe, often bringing home unique items that are now enjoyed by our many Guests.
Still, the quest for things to delight our visitors continues! Jack & Diane traveled to Asia to attend the Coronation celebration of the 5th King of Bhutan. During their stays in Bhutan and Thailand, they selected paintings for the Asian Room (Room 8) and other distinctive items now placed throughout the Inn.
To enter the Inn our Guests pass thru a huge door at the west end of the Inn's wrap-around porch. Step inside and return to an era of gracious living; original Corinthian columns, leaded and stained class windows, beautiful inlaid floors, graceful plaster moldings and ornate ceilings that have survived over 100 years. The large Living Room has an elegant wood burning fireplace, as does the very romantic Master Bedroom on the second floor.
Our Guests come to the North Fork's East End to visit the popular vineyards and wineries, dine in the town's excellent restaurants, tour its galleries, antique shops and boutiques, sun and swim at our beaches, or improve their game at Island's End Golf and Country Club. Some of our Guests, taking a break from shipboard life, walk 5 minutes to our Bed and Breakfast (B&B) from their boats at Greenport Marina.
Others come to have reunions, business retreats, strategy sessions and other special events. Like weddings! Some of which started with a romantic getaway to the Bartlett House Inn and Greenport's attractions.
Business travelers are also frequent visitors. While Bartlett House offers all of the comforts and services expected at a boutique hotel, the Inn also has free wireless hi-speed internet, faxing facilities, and proximity to the ferries to New London, Block Island, Shelter Island, and the Hamptons. We are a five minutes walk to the Long Island Railroad, and to the Hampton Jitney Bus Service. Both offer a relaxing 2 1/2 hour service that departs frequently for Manhattan. The LIRR terminates at Penn Station on Manhattans' West Side, and the Hampton Jitney makes stops along Third Avenue from East 39th Street to East 85th Street.