Bellport Cottage

Bellport, NY

Located in the historic harbor town of Bellport, New York, the shingle style cottage sits on a two-acre parcel that was once part of a large ship captain's estate. The current owners use the house as a weekend retreat from the city and thus wanted a place that was bright, airy and fun.

A pool, with bluestone coping and integrated cover, and a large bluestone terrace for entertaining were added adjacent to the house. To enliven the landscape and create a more beach like feeling existing evergreen foundation plantings were removed and native grasses, spray roses and perennial gardens were added to the landscape. The axial view across a series of stepping stones placed at increasingly greater distances from one another draws your eye to the length of the lawn. The effect is to lengthen the perceived depth of the site and make the landscape seem more expansive. The transition from the existing wood deck along this path and then to the pool was created through the use of a parterre garden of English boxwood softened with lavender in the center of each square.