If your retirement dream looks something like running a boutique hotel in the sunny, laid-back Hamptons, then it may be time to hand in your notice. Built in 1872, the popular Chequit Inn is listed for sale through Concierge Auctions, offering 36 bright and airy ensuite guest rooms, plus a lobby, cafe and restaurant, a wrap-around veranda and gorgeous al fresco spaces.
The inn is nestled on the serene and secluded Shelter Island, one of the most peaceful and well-kept secret holiday spots in New York. This restful retreat on the eastern end of Long Island is home to waterfront views, pretty boutiques, and a lovely climate that attracts year-round holiday makers. There are several nearby golf courses too. We imagine the lifestyle over there would be pretty laid back and sunny.
And if you're the successful buyer, you won't even need to worry about getting the business started, as the hotel can keep running under new ownership; the sale will include the reservations, weddings and other special events that are already booked in the diary. Plus, according to the listing there's also room for a pool expansion or potential residential conversion, so you could add further value to the property over time.
Set over 18,726 square feet, the critically acclaimed boutique hotel is in tip-top condition, with stylish interiors, and is ready to go.
Enter through the pretty porch and you'll find yourself in the lobby, with a palette of pinks and yellows.
The property would of course also make a stunning home – although we can't imagine who would need 36 guest bedrooms, it wouldn't surprise us if someone snapped this up and turned it into an elaborate holiday home.
The ground floor lobby area would lend itself perfectly to an open-plan living room and kitchen.
The property has gone through meticulous renovations, and the result is charming blend of original antiques and fashionable design. Although the spaces aren't strictly modern, they're very in keeping with the island setting.
The property boasts gorgeous wood floors, high vaulted ceilings and panoramic water views. The wraparound porch is pretty lovely too. It's no wonder that the property is one of the most loved manors on Shelter Island in The Hamptons.
Bright, airy guest rooms come with claw-foot baths and walk-in showers, as well as living areas and private terraces with ocean views.
Each room, regardless of size or room category, features the same style bed, headboard, and dual painted walls.
Meanwhile the hotel's corridors have a darker palette.
Aside from the lobby and 36 bedrooms, there's also the Red Maple Restaurant and White Hill Café.
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The dining space is also bright and airy, with white painted walls and ceilings, framed botanical prints, and simple wood furniture.
Upholstered booth seating creates cosier dining nooks.
The property has multiple beach access points, plus a marina, not to mention several terraced areas.
The hotel is also said to be a popular spot for weddings.
Whether it stays as it is, or whether it will be transformed into a private holiday home, there's no doubt this house will make a picturesque getaway.
Want it? Bidding opens on 27th March at ConciergeAuctions.com