Hands down, the chicest addition to the Southampton scene this summer is restaurant and boutique hotel, Maison Vivienne. The 17th century Dutch Colonial building, located in the heart of Southampton, has been transformed by Svitlana and Tessa Flom and Allan Basaran, along with Paris K studio, into an escape to the south of France. With nine exquisitely appointed rooms including two suites, and a gourmet Provence inspired restaurant offering intimate dining both inside and out, the Maison will have you reaching for your passport.
The dining room features 20′ cathedral ceilings with original 17th century wooden beams, and two large working fireplaces. (I can’t wait to cozy up to them this fall.) The outdoor terrace features the most beautiful landscaping, and so many flowers, it’s like sitting in a friends backyard, a very chic friend with an excellent landscape designer. They also boast their own vegetable garden, on site, that you will undoubtedly enjoy in the menu created by Executive Chef Christian Souvenir. And last but not least, there is an outdoor champagne and seafood bar to enjoy during cocktail hour.
Some house specialties include the filet au poivre vert and roasted heritage chicken for two, which is presented table side. There’s also a wine cellar featuring over 2,000 bottles of wine, if you’re looking for a place to hide for a few days.
The guest rooms feature Frette linens, European-style showers, Natura Bissé bath products, and of course Wi-Fi, how could we live without it? Look at this, the softest sheets, wide plank wood floors, tea service? I just want to check in and never check out!
I was able to get the recipe for their house cocktail, appropriately called, the Vivienne. It’s almost too pretty to drink, almost…
1oz lavender simple syrup
1oz lemon juice
2oz grey goose
Rock Sugar rim with agave
Lavender and lemon twist for garnish
Maison Vivienne, 136 Main St, Southampton. 631-500-9276.