The Harbor Rose

253 Harbor Rd , Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 USA (Show map)


The Harbor Rose, a historic home built in 1849 as a rectory to St John’s Church is located in the heart of Cold Spring Harbor featuring water views and is adjacent to State Hiking Trails. We consistently deliver a unique lodging experience, in a peaceful, eco-friendly resort setting where our guests are greeted with warmth and appreciated and treated better than family! We only ask that you communicate your desires and we will do our best to assist in every way. The entire house features a water purification system, Luxury Egyptian Cotton Linens, and several sitting areas to relax and enjoy. You will often find the Innkeeper in the Kitchen after 9:00 pm and if you arrive late you may be offered an organic vegan bowl of soup and/or a seasonal salad. We are located at the western edge of Historic Cold Spring Harbor Village and less than 1 mile from Huntington Village (Voted best Village on Long Island 5 years running) featuring 87 restaurants mostly owned by chefs! Abundant unique retail, live entertainment venues including the Paramount Theater, many historic sites, includin Sagamore Hill, parks, beaches and rich in history and waterfront venues. Walk to the Cold Spring Harbor Labs, St Johns Historic Church, several nature conservatories, and the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery. Enjoy the local beaches and water sports, museums, parks, hiking & biking trails, festivals, and boutique shopping. Request our area guide book to assist in planning your visit.




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service5
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.1

Absolute Pleasure

4.6 on May 28, 2016

The Harbor Rose is a calming and lovely Bed and Breakfast. The owner, Deirdre, is considerate and easy going; she is there if you need her but very respectful of a visitor's privacy. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and plan to stay again. Rita

Innkeeper Response
Rita: Thank you for leaving us a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and appreciate our peaceful setting. We do our best to maintain a clean comfortable, service oriented environment and meet or exceed our guest expectations. We look forward to your next visit.

Long Island

3.6 on August 04, 2013

Alle tiders hvis man vil slappe af -stille og roligt område vældig hyggelig gode spisesteder i nærliggende by ingen morgenmad selv om det står der

Innkeeper Response
We are so happy you were able to have a nice, relaxing, time with us. Our guests love the convenience of so many wonderful places to eat, in such close proximity to The Harbor Rose (87 restaurants within one mile). It is true, we do not serve a full breakfast; however, we serve more of a continental style breakfast of tea, coffee, and fruit. Our organic fruit and beverage bar is available 24/7. We are vegan and most guests want a traditional breakfast. We found the 24/7 organic fruit and beverage bar suited our guests best. We also take orders in advance for muffins and yogurt. We look forward to having you as our guest again in the near future. Think of us as your home away from home!

Pleasant Stay at Cold Spring Harbor

4.8 on June 09, 2013

Deirdre went the extra mile and made me feel at home. She was willing to do whatever I needed to make me feel comfortable, and genuinely cared about making my stay the best it could be. I loved the historic feel of the house, and the always available fruit and tea was a great bonus.

Innkeeper Response
It was a pleasure making The Harbor Rose feel like your home away from home. Our organic fruit and beverage bar is always a hit with our guests. We would love to have you as a guest again when you are in the Cold Spring Harbor / Huntington area again.

A Magic Place

5 on June 06, 2013

I stayed three nights at the garden room and enjoyed every single minute of it. I immediately felt comfortable, well taken care of with an abundance of thoughtful details in every aspect of the house. Extremely comfortable bed with a view into the trees one can hardly dream of. Like staying in the middle of nature which all the comfort of this beautiful and charming house. Thank you, Deirdre. It was a great pleasure.

Innkeeper Response
The Garden Room is a favorite of our nature loving guests. We are happy you enjoyed your three nights as our guest. We would love to have the pleasure of having you as our guest again.


5 on June 06, 2013

The Harbor House was a great place to stay, during my recent trip to the New York City Area, this month For the two weeks on business I' was there. Comfortable, inviting, relax , lay back setting with an unwinding ambiance. "Loved that, Garden Room"... I truly enjoy the amenities it had to offer and the surrounding area' and having to zip" into NYC on numerous days while in Cold Spring Harbor/Huntington Village made my stay that much more enjoyable', with the easy of the quick commute. I will be back in mid-July for a long weekend, so' looking towards it! ... Thanks for the awesome stay! Mr. J. Raphael, Los Angeles California ...

Innkeeper Response
Hi Mr. Raphael. We truly enjoyed having you as our guest and are delighted you enjoyed the Garden Room. People are always amazed at the relaxed and laid-back atmosphere we have here and they can be in the hustle and bustle of New York City in such a short time. We look forward to having you as our guest again in July!

A great place to stay!

4.6 on April 22, 2013

We enjoyed 4 nights at Harbor House in the Garden Room on vacation in early spring. It was very comfortable, quiet and relaxing. Deidre is a wonderful hostess and is there to meet your needs but also respects your privacy. We loved our stay and would stay again. It's a great location - in a small town wooded setting, but a short drive to a train station to get to NYC, and close to many wonderful restaurants. We enjoyed her coffee station and delicious weekend croissants. Not a B&B but we liked it that way - plenty of places to enjoy coffee/breakfast on the way to exploring the area. Highly recommend.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you. We are happy you enjoyed your stay in the Garden Room. We look forward to having you stay with us again. Many of our guests comment on how comfortable and relaxing an environment is at The Harbor Rose.

Great getaway weekend!

4.2 on March 21, 2013

We stayed in the Parlor Suite and found the room spacious, clean and nicely decorated. It was easy to feel comfortable at the Harbor House, the parlor was cozy and the fireplace helped us warm up. The staff were very pleasant and answered all of our questions to help make our stay more enjoyable. The coffee, fresh fruit and wine table was a nice treat too. We would definitely come back for another getaway weekend!

Innkeeper Response
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay in the Parlor Suite and enjoyed the fireplace in the Living room. It is one of the features of the home that many of our guests enjoy. If you would like anything added to our Fruit and Beverage bar, please let us know for your next visit when you make your reservation and we will do our best to fulfill your request.

Lovely B+B

4.8 on March 13, 2013

I loved this B+B for my girls getaway weekend! Highlights of the B+B: the house was beautiful, with wood floors, crackling fireplace, cozy bed, great views, even a piano that we were welcome to use. I felt at home... if my home was a luxurious historical house:) The nearby town of Huntington was also charming. Highlights: the olive oil, vinegar and cheese shop, scrumptious muffins at Wild Flours Bakeshop (also gluten-free!), and the delicious (and inexpensive) salads and spinach pies at the Mediterranean Snack Bar. Deirdre the innkeeper was very gracious, and she even went out of her way to give us a tour of the town after picking us up from the train station. I would recommend either bringing or renting a car because the taxi services of the town were a little bit difficult and pricey (about $15 to go about a mile). I will definitely be recommending Harbor House to friends and family, and I plan to return again (hopefully in the near future!). There is so much more relaxing, eating, and exploring to do! Thank you Deirdre for your kind hospitality and wonderful weekend!!

Innkeeper Response
It is nice to hear you enjoyed your girls’ getaway at The Harbor Rose. We always like to make sure our guests feel it is their home away from home. We look forward to having you as our guest again. As per your recommendation, we are in the process of making special arrangements for guests with Enterprise rental car!

Home away from Home

5 on December 14, 2012

When I arrived in Long Island, nearly a month ago, it was during the time right after Hurricane Sandy. There were no hotel rooms available. No rooms of any kind to be found...anywhere. By the grace of God, I stumbled upon the Harbor House; and I have to say, in all my travels, I have never felt more at home than I have while staying here. Being 1400 miles away from home is extremely difficuly...particularly during the holidays; and even more so when you have young children. Thanks to Deidra and her amazing staff, I made it through this difficult time and alot of New Yorkers benefited from my being the right frame of mind. The location is ideal. An hour from Manhattan, 30 minutes from JFK. If you like to shop, there are hundreds of shops to brouse on main street. The area is very historical and everyone in Cold Springs Harbor can fill you in...all you need to do is say hi to someone and tell them you are from out of town. Then theres the food! You name it, it's near by. Oh, and I am definiyely coming back during the Spring to play golf!!! Mark it in the books now Deidra!!! Thank you again for being an amazing host! You have a special place in my heart and I will be forever in your debt. Reagan

Innkeeper Response
Hi Reagan, we loved having you stay at The Harbor Rose. Our guests are always amazed that for such a small town, how much there is to do here. We look forward to having you stay again and definitely bring those golf clubs!

Graden Room Review

4.4 on December 03, 2012

I attended a CSHL conference and stayed in the Graden room with my husband and dog. The house has a great location - a short 10 minute walk to the conference center down a scenic path along the harbor (note: there is a small amount, about 3 mins worth, of walking along a busy road, and I would not recommend walking at night without a headlamp). The house is beautiful and our room was nice and cozy. We had access to all the basic amenities, plus wi-fi and breakfast and beverages. We really liked having our own private entrance - and a small entryway area - perfect for the dog. The host, Deirdre, was extremely accommodating and answered all of our questions and resolved any concerns that we had. We enjoyed our stay and I would recommend this room to an individual or a couple.

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Rooms & Rates

Garden Room

The Room features; Private entrance in the first floor, A wall of Windows with water views overlooking the garden deck, queen size bed, guest controlled A/C and heat. Hi-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Shared bath outside guest room, a full size refrigerator for house guests and plenty of parking. There are many different outside sitting areas areas for guests to enjoy. Visit with the Innkeeper in the Living room, enjoy a seasonal fire or wander the grounds.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Victorian Room

The Victorian room features Water Views, a second floor balcony with views of the shoreline and Long Island Sound, Fireplace, King size bed, luxury linens and pillows, Hi-Speed wireless and hard wired Internet Access, Romantic shared bath outside the guest room. We also have a full size refrigerator for house guests! Self Serve tea coffee and fruit are always found in the front foyer. visit with the Innkeeper in the living room... and enjoy all the different sitting areas inside and out.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Parlor Suite

The Parlor Suite features an antique bedroom set, private bath, queen size bed, luxury linens, mattress and pillows, sitting area and beautiful writing desk, ideal for the extended stay traveler is at the top of the house, spacious enough to Dance, enjoy Yoga and even do cartwheels. Please note this room is on the 3rd floor, please book only if you are comfortable with stairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, Cold Spring Harbor Labs & DNS Learning Center, Cablevision / Local area Hospitals, Huntington Village, Points of interest: Long Island University, Countryside, Island, Oceanfront, Small town, Waterview


20 miles

Directions to property:

Distance to New York City: 32 ;Directions to property;From North and West: Take the LIE (Interstate 495) east to Exit 41N toward Route 107/106. Take 106 North. Travel approximately 4 miles north to Route 25A.(Northern Blvd) Make a right, and travel east for 4 miles. You will see the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Entrance on your left. Go to the bottom of the hill and at the traffic light (intersection of 25A / Lawrence Hill Road/ 108) turn left onto 25A east. The first driveway is on your right 50 yards from the intersection. From Eastern Long Island: Take the LIE (Interstate 495) west to Exit 44N Seaford Oyster Bay Expy (Route 135N) Take Exit 14E toward Woodbury. Turn Right onto Jericho Turnpike (NY-25 E). Make a left onto Avery Road and follow to its end. Make a right onto Woodbury Road make left onto 108 East, left onto Lawrence Hill and quick right onto 25A East The first driveway is on your right 50 yards from the intersection. From the South: Verrazano Narrows Bridge to I-278E, take Exit 35A to Long Island Expressway I-495E and follow directions from North and West

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, Bethpage State Park and Golf Course, Festivals, Live Music, Historic Sites, Paramount, Meditation Center, Oyster Bay Waterfront Center, Teddy Roosevelt Home, Vanderbuilt Planitariam, Cold Spring Harbor Lab; DNA Learning Center, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Homestay

On-site amenities

Board games, Childcare, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Secretarial services, Wet bar , Daily Breakfast of Tea/ Coffee/Fruit, Outside Balcony, Outside Dining Area

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, all activities are off sight and nearby, Oyster Bay Waterfront Center, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking is Allowed Outside
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes well behaved children are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required The garden room only and under 15 lbs. Must scoop poop
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Usually 2 days
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full payment required to confirm reservation.
  • Cancellations: * We are a small inn and cancellations affect us dramatically. We only have three rooms and they deserve to be enjoyed! If you have any concerns about possibly having to cancel, we do recommend inexpensive trip cancellation insurance. * We also encourage you to transfer your reservation as a gift to a friend or family member rather than cancel. * Refunds (minus the service charge*) will be honored when (a) the reservation is for 1 room and canceled 31 days or more prior to the arrival date. Refunds are not available when (a) your reservation was for 1 night or (b) you reserved more than 1 room or (c) cancellation is requested 30 days or less prior to the arrival date. Service charge is equal to the average cost of a one night stay for the room reserved.



Stephen Madsen

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About the innkeepers

A veteran of the hospitality industry, I'm a vegetarian, and also a certified holistic health counselor with a background in Chinese and homeopathic medicine. I'm an avid sailor, spiritually minded, meditate daily, love to cook, Kayak and I truly enjoy hosting guests, and have an affection for the international traveler.

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  • Time Served: Self Serve Always
  • Serving Location: Front Foyer 24 hours a day

Special meal options


Signature Dish

Vegan/Vegetarian Home Made Soup
Made with spices form our own garden; the soups have been recognized by many people as unique providing an authentic flavor. The soups are occasionally offered to guests. For more information visit