About Country House Restaurant
The Country House
Restaurant built circa 1710 is located on the corner of Route 25A and
Main Street in the Historic District of Stony Brook.
restaurant is open 7 days a week serving lunch and dinner daily, voted
Most Romantic Restaurant on Long Island, by AOL City Guide 2007.
Willemstyn, a lifelong Stony Brook resident, is the current owner of
Country House, since November 2005. Prior to purchasing the restaurant,
he was employed there for 27 years. Working his way up the ladder, Bob
finally fulfilled his dream and is now the proprietor. He keeps the
restaurant fresh and innovative by continually changing the menu, almost
monthly, as well as changing the restaurant decor, to match seasons and
and Interior designer Scott Wendt’s vision was to create a comfortable
elegant environment, one which is desirable for any event. Mr Wendt has
restored the historical architecture to its original splendor,
enhanced with romanticism. He describes the Country House decor as a
charming unique backdrop meticulously arranged to reflect a cozy,
inviting interior for your gatherings. A triumphant combination of
accents harmonizes with historic architecture to create an ambiance of
humble elegance. Scott takes his inspiration from nature, decorating
each room with a floral motif. The baby grand piano in the main lobby is
a focal point which is decorated with objects to reflect a multitude of
holidays and seasonal themes as is the rest of the house. Exquisite
details abound in each room from the centerpieces to the hand painted
murals and intricate details of the carved gilded fireplace. Upon
arrival you will find you have entered an utterly breathtaking
The County House will cater your most special events
with the quality service that has made us renowned for decades. Custom
menu planning will make your individual party unique and exciting.
Restaurant, built in 1710, was originally a home and used as a farm, by
the first owner. Throughout the centuries, it was used for many
different purposes such as a stage coach drop-off. In the 1800's it
became home to the famous English actor Thomas Haddaway. Spiritual
seances would be held there, with neighbor William Sidney Mount trying
to conjure up past spirits, a popular practice at the time. Known to have
a ghost of one of the original owners, our story is now published in
the book "Ghosts of Long Island". Make sure when you are here to have
Bob tell you one of his many ghost stories.
In 1970 it became a
restaurant known as the "1710 House." In 1975 it was reopened as the
"Haddaway House," and in 1978 it became "The Country House Restaurant."
Whether it be fine dining, a special party or just a night out, the Country House will make that occasion memorable.
Owner Bob (right) with guests celebrating 101 birthday.
Partners Bob Willemstyn (l) and Scott Wendt (r)