Maidstone Exterior

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I love a surprise, don’t you?! Lynn here from Decor Arts Now to report on another “hidden in plain sight” secret gem in the Hamptons.  Since I have lived in Montauk during the summer for more than 10 years, people often ask me for restaurant and lodging  recommendations.

Maidstone Turquoise Chairs

One step inside and you will feel like Dorothy when she said, “Toto, I have a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore!”

The Maidstone, formerly known as The Maidstone Arms,  is one of my favorites for both.  Its traditional exterior looks every bit like the nautical inn it was back in 1740 when it was first built.  It sports its original white painted shingles and classic striped awning.  A bit staid with the cuisine expected to be your basic steamed lobster (not such a bad thing except that there are a plethora of places that offer that).

Maidstone Sofa Pillow

One step inside and you will feel like Dorothy when she said, “Toto, I have a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore!” Colorful Josef Frank upholstery, pillows and tables are scattered everywhere.  The floor is painted white with black and white hide rugs scattered all about.  The fireplaces are lit, and somehow even in summer, the flames don’t seem to overwhelm with heat.  You just feel warm and cozy all over.

Maidstone Josef Frank Chaise

What explains this Scandinavian makeover?  The old Maidstone Arms was purchased by Swedish hotelier Jenny Ljungberg in 2008.  Ljungberg has made a name for herself transforming historic hotels and inns, including Stockholm’s 17th century Haringe Palace.

The Maidstone Lily

She set out to transform the old Maidstone Arms into an homage to Scandinavian design and cuisine.  She calls it “Scandinavian Cozy,” noting that Swedes are adept at creating  inviting spaces to escape the harsh Scandinavian winters.

The Maidsone Ping Pong Table

But it’s not just the inside.

Maidstone Buddha

Even the back garden is special with meandering garden rooms that reveal both playful, romantic and zen-like features.

Maidstone The Kiss

The  restaurant at The Maidstone is suitably called The Living Room because it exudes a homey atmosphere.

Maidstone Dining Table

And the food , while capitalizing on all of the local fish and fresh vegetables available in the Hamptons, incorporates a Scandi-twist.

Maidstone Fireplace

So while the herbs are grown in the back garden, my delicious appetizer salad showcased a Scandinavian cheese known as Vasterbotten.  Yum.

Maidstone Salad

Should you decide to spend the night at The Maidstone, you will be charmed by your room’s decor.

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The Verner Pantone bedroom and bath.

Each  of the 16 rooms and three cottages are designed with a well-known Scandinavian in mind.

Maidstone Alvar_Aalto Bedroom
The Alvar Aalto bedroom.
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The Tove Jansson bath.

Here are four of my favorites: clockwise, the Karen Blixen room–Karen, of course, famously penned Out of Africa. The exuberant Pippi Longstocking room named after the author of that popular children’s series, Astrid Lindgren.  The Eliel and Eero Saarinen room and the Josef Frank Room–I can’t get enough of his bold florals.

Maidstone Rooms Collage

Maidstone Karen_Blixen Bedroom
Another view of the Karen Blixen bedroom.
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The Karen Blixen bedroom.

There is still some summer left, and remember the Hamptons are blessedly peaceful in September when the ocean is at its warmest and most of the crowds are gone.  Consider a stay at The Maidstone.

Maidstone Lynn Byrne
Lynn at The Maidstone.

Next month I will be back in NYC with another great tip!,
Lynn, Decor Arts Now

Photo Credits: Image with turquoise chairs and hotel rooms, individually, and in collage  from The Maidstone website.  All other photos by Lynn Byrne.

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Author: Lynn Byrne

Lynn Byrne is the New York-based editor of Decor Arts Now, a design blog featuring decorative and fine art in the everyday. While Lynn has worn many hats in her day: lawyer, mother, interior designer, and now blogger, she credits her years at Sotheby’s as most influential on her point of view. As a young girl she proclaimed to her parents that she wanted to live a “cosmopolitan life,” and that is just what she does. You can count on Lynn to report on every stylish nook and cranny in her beloved New York City, its environs, Montauk, and the Hamptons.