Thursday, March 25

old westbury gardens

Another reason I am lucky to live where I do is Old Westbury Gardens.  Located just a few minutes from my house, this is a gorgeous old home.   It was the home of the Phipps family.   Let’s take a ride over …

The gates are open and ready to welcome you … Old Westbury 1

Welcome to Old Westbury House.  The home is open to the public for tours part of the year.  It is furnished, and many of the family’s extraordinary paintings are still here. 


This is the view of the back of the house.  The house and it’s back lawn were used for the wedding scene at the end of the movie “Hitch”.  It also was featured in an episode of the television show, Royal Pains.  330259557109_0_ALB  120259557109_0_ALB

The gardens are beautiful – there are walled gardens, ponds, gazebos and more … gorgeous. 

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In the garden, you come across this little thatched cottage. 


That is Katie and my grandmother peeking in to see … (this photo was taken about 2 years ago.  She hates it when I take photos of her tush!)


The entire space was a little play cottage for the daughter of the house. Just out of the frame was a little tea table set up for a little girl and her toys. When she grew up, they built her another home for herself and her husband on the grounds, where she lived until she passed a few years ago.  It was a designer’s show house last year.


 What little girl wouldn’t love this?   

These photos were taken at different times of the year, with different cameras, so you will see those differences in some of them.  The top photo isn’t mine – my sister sent it to me, so I don’t know where it came from.  You’ll find some more photographs directly at their website, here.

Hoped you enjoyed this visit.  Have a great weekend!



  1. What a beautiful place, and so close to you. Do you go often during the opening times? or just once every few years?

  2. That thatched cottage, a playhouse? Its too much! So over the top gorgeous!

  3. I LOVE that little cottage, myself! I would happily move in. What a beautiful property this is.

  4. Stephanie, what an amazing place, fabulous gardens and what a lucky girl to have a play house like that. would love to know more about the Phipps family...... Have just googled them, Good to see that with all that wealth Mr Phipps was a philanthropist at heart.

  5. love to visit old Westbury--now would be the perfect time! Thanks for sharing
    x Barbara

  6. That brings back a memory! My sister was chosen to be Queen of something there in the 60' a free gown and photos in the paper. I remember the bagpipers piping her in, and my little nephew crying as he didn't like the noise, LOL..
    Lovely post, S!

  7. Kathleen - they used to do something like that for MayDay, I think, or maybe since there were bagpipers, it was their annual Scots day?

  8. Hmmm...we must be close. I love going to Old Westbury Gardens but have to admit, I haven't been there in awhile. I love to imagine the grand life they must have had there.

    It's my understanding that it was also used in the movie Love Story, but I guess I'm dating myself.

    - The Tablescaper

  9. I missed this too....what was I doing all those years I lived in wasn't that far away!! Looks spectacular trip! If you keep posting like this I won't have any time to visit family :)
    Hope you have a great day!!

  10. Beautiful place! Thanks so much for the wonderful photos, Stephanie.