We have had family reunions in California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Spain and Portugal and this lovely estate on Shelter Island was by far the most comfortable and accommodating we have rented. The welcoming basket of gourmet goodies set the tone just as you walk into the kitchen and we knew immediately that this was a special place. And Kim, the manor's representative who met us, is a special person: gracious, kind and full of suggestions. The grounds are so secluded that we felt coddled. We loved the easy landscaping and the willowy grasses embracing the pool. We biked the lovely streets and byways (thanks to bikes on property), played badminton (we brought our own set) in the afternoon, cards and other games at night after supper, and even danced one evening. We barbecued vegetables for a pasta salad and baked cakes and lobster mac 'n' cheese. We dined at Sunset Beach restaurant and watched the brilliant fiery sunset and had cocktails at Ram's Head Inn. We toured the ENTIRE island and walked the pebbly beaches (three of them!).. We greeted the deer and the turtle who visited and made friends with a black hen who thought she was an adopted member of the family. Every amenity is provided by the owner -- she must be a perpetual hostess for there was not a thing we needed or could have wanted. You really don't ever have to leave the grounds.
Shelter Island Manor is the perfect retreat where sweet memories are made.