By Janee Law
A Cold Spring Harbor bed and breakfast owner is looking to expand the Harbor Road establishment from two bedrooms to four.
Deirdre Ventura, owner of Harbor Rose Bed and Breakfast at 253 Harbor Road, is seeking elimination of covenants and restrictions on the property so that she can expand to a four-bedroom homestay. The Huntington Town Board has slated a public hearing on the proposal for Oct. 17, 6 p.m. at town hall.
The board recently amended town code to allow bed and breakfast businesses to provide four bedrooms instead of the prior limit of two.
The amendment, penned by Councilwoman Susan Berland and approved unanimously Aug. 15, also increases the maximum consecutive stay limit from seven days to 29, and ups the maximum number of stays within a one-year period from 30 to 120. These limits are similar to those the town enacted for home-sharing services like Airbnb and VRBO.
The Harbor Rose Bed and Breakfast is the only currently operating bed and breakfast used in the Town of Huntington, according to town spokesman A.J. Carter.
The three-story historic home was built in 1849 and served as the rectory to St. John’s Church until 1936.
A man who answered the phone at the bed and breakfast on Wednesday said Ventura declined to comment.