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Ivy Cottage was first built in 1776 and is one of the oldest homes in the historic village of Sag Harbor. It was initially built as a small shanty to house sailors returning from whaling trips. Over the years the home was expanded and in the late 1800's became a boarding house for summer travelers. The stories of Ivy Cottage are numerous and a trip to the local Historic Society will confirm its place in the history of the area. An old cistern in the basement was used to hide runaway slaves, a whaling harpoon was dug up in the backyard, and rumor has it that the boarding house Herman Melville wrote about in Moby Dick was based on the Ivy Cottage boarding house where Melville once stayed. In later years Ivy Cottage was a potter's studio and a pre-school and has been a private residence since 1990. The current owners lovingly renovated and restored the home to maintain it's historic features and allow for modern family living. From Ivy Cottage you can easily walk or bicycle to Havens Beach, marina's, the Farmers Market, Hampton Jitney and the many popular eateries and ice cream shops in Sag Harbor Village. The house features a lovely yard and back deck with outdoor shower and a generous eating area that comfortably seats 14. The front, glassed in front porch has the original six-foot glass windows. There is a chef's kitchen, dining room and two living rooms. Four bedrooms and three full baths, two with claw-foot tubs. The house features a master suite and three guest bedrooms. Ivy cottage is now available for seasonal rental for the first very time. It's the perfect vacation home for families and friends.