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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.

The restaurant is open 7 days a week serving lunch and dinner daily, voted Most Romantic Restaurant on Long Island, by AOL City Guide 2007.

Bob 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 holidays.

Partner 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 environment.

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.

The 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.

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Owner Bob (right) with guests celebrating 101 birthday.





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Partners Bob Willemstyn (l) and Scott Wendt (r)

Ghosts at the Country House

"There is no ghost story more captivating than that of the Country House Restaurant in Stony Brook" as described by Kerri Ann Flanagan Brosky in her book Ghosts of Long Island - Stories of the Paranormal. "Known to be haunted by the beautiful Annette Williamson for over three hundred years, this ghost may be one of the most active spirits we've ever encountered. Her legend and presence is nothing new at the restaurant, and quite possibly her spirit adds to the charm, and romance of the restaurant."

To read more about this fascinating ghost story, you can purchase this book at the Country House or on Amazon.com. Click here.
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