When Jim and Nora Furey bought this 2,880-square-foot Shelter Island home "on a whim" in 1980, they dived headfirst into the bed-and-breakfast business. Soon after closing on the nine-bedroom home with three full baths and a half-bath — which is now listed for $1.25 million — they had a Memorial Day wedding on the calendar.
“We had to furnish the whole place in six weeks,” Nora says.
From 1980 until they closed their doors in 1986, the couple hosted more than 3,000 guests from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, continuing a long tradition of hospitality at the address. Belle and Edith Bowditch first operated a boardinghouse at the property, says listing agent Penelope Moore of Saunders & Associates Real Estate.
“The house has really great vibes, especially on a sunny day. It’s been a very happy house. We’ve had wonderful, wonderful groups there,” Nora says.
A walkway on the 0.75-acre parcel leads to the front door and stoop of the residence, which includes a sitting area and an original pull doorbell. The exterior is finished in a creamy white with red trim; unusual, bright colors are found throughout the home.
Inside, many doors, banisters and much of the flooring is original, Moore says; upstairs, in one of the bedrooms, “EDIE — August 3, 1872” is etched into one of the window panes.
A first-floor master suite was originally the bed-and-breakfast owner’s suite, and currently contains a living room, a bedroom and a full bath that opens to the property. A sitting room has sufficient plumbing to be finished as a wet bar or kitchenette.
The home’s living room is next to the dining room with exposed wood beams, a butler’s pantry and full bath. To its rear, a kitchen has a back staircase, large porcelain sinks, a walk-in pantry, and two doors to the rear deck and garden.
There is an in-ground, vinyl-lined swimming pool in the fenced-in backyard, which has a deck with retractable awning, grassy lawns and established plantings.