Villa Maria | Private Collection

Water Mill, The Hamptons


Note: This home has a minimum length of stay of 30 nights. Please inquire for special circumstances.

Villa Maria, an exceptional landmark waterfront estate originating from the 1919 vision of shipping magnate Edward P. Morse, has been stunningly transformed without altering the commanding presence of its 15 acres of magnificence. The home and ancillary structures of the estate have been fully restored and modernized with the link to the glory and elegance of its past.

The main house of 11 bedrooms, including a six room master suite, a serene light filled atrium, and wonderfully appointed living and recreational spaces, forms a theme and partnership with the ornamental formal gardens, 1,100 bulkhead feet of breathtaking waterfront and endless views of the Mecox Bay. In 2005 the present owners, world-renowned designers, purchased this one-of-a-kind property and began a six year project to recapture its grandeur and splendidness while molding it into a 21st century estate home with all modern amenities including Carrara marble baths and radiant floor heating for perfect comfort any time of the year; the Mahogany Tischler und Sohn windows and doors allow the splendid light in from every angle and dictates the quality of the spaces.

The 20,000 + sq.ft main structure and its four levels of characterful accommodation that provide this enormously comfortable family home, also includes a Carriage House and Guest Cottage/Gate House - each roof covered in Greenstone slate with leaders and gutters lead coated to proclaim each structure an intrinsic part of the whole. Not to be left out of this splendid environment are the recreational virtues such as the all-weather tennis court, a 68'x30' heated Gunite Pool, and two Pool Pavilions with kitchen and bath.

The brilliant artist Edmund D. Hollander, who provided year round beauty and privacy, designed the immaculate eye-catching landscape of seven waterfront acres. The original architect, Frank Freeman, followed by internationally noted architect Andre Tchelistcheff and his craftsmen of John Hummel Custom Builders, transformed the property structures enriching each room, each area, and each building with a modernity befitting the contemporary lifestyle. Nothing has been forgotten - from the sublime to the practical - on this estate. As an example, the Statuary marble in the main kitchen allows focus on the organic quality and feel of the culinary spaces without losing the form and function of their raison d'être.

From a climate controlled wine cellar, Lutron lighting throughout, to a Crestron Home Automation System that does its work quietly and efficiently soothing and personalizing everything into the breathtaking estate and refuge that it is today, all working their magic on this... the unforgettable, incomparable Villa Maria.

Home description provided by our partner.


Appoximate location



Babies welcome
Children welcome
Toddlers welcome
Pets welcome


20 people
11 bedrooms

Bathroom facilities

12 bathrooms


Swimming pool


Coffee machine
Gas hob
Iron and ironing board
Satellite or cable
Washing machine
Built-in fans
Music player
Tailor your stayUpgrade your stay with extras when you book with our Travel Advisors.
Every stay includes
Sheets & towels
24/7 Support
Find out more

Home truths

The villa has no home truths.


Cancellation. Provided you book more than 7 days before the start of your stay, you can cancel your booking within 24 hours and we’ll provide a full refund. Our flexible rate offers more flexibility for those who need it. Read our cancellation policy here. Please note bookings for Hamptons and French Riviera have a separate cancellation policy.

Check-in and check-out. We’ll meet you at the home at your convenience any time after 4PM on your arrival date, and our standard check-out time is 11AM. Early check-in and late check-out can be arranged in advance, subject to availability and a charge.

Lead guest. The lead guest must be at least 25 years of age.

I.D. check and card authorisation. When you arrive we’ll check the lead guest’s I.D. and secure a £1,000 hold on a credit or debit card which will be released once we confirm no damage was caused during your stay.

Smoking. Guests are not permitted to smoke inside any onefinestay home.

Cleaning. We carefully clean and prepare each home before you arrive and after you depart, and for stays longer than seven days we provide a complimentary weekly Housekeeping service. More frequent Housekeeping visits can be arranged on request, subject to availability and a charge.

Payment. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express, and bank transfers for stays with at least 7 days’ notice.

For more detail on our policies read the FAQ.

onefinestay’ and ‘unhotel’ are registered trademarks of Lifealike Limited, UK company number 06554630. © 2017, all rights reserved.