Escape to an Island

Where Time has Stood Still

The Pridwin Hotel and Cottages is a classic all-wood American resort hotel that has been providing guests a unique experience on Shelter Island since 1927. The nearly 10-acre site on Crescent Beach was selected for its protected waters, gentle bay breezes, and for its breathtaking water views. Spectacular hiking is available nearby on the trails of the 1500-acre Mashomack Nature Preserve, one of the crown jewels of the Nature Conservancy.

The Pridwin ... is a timeless classic, a piece of America that many thought had died out, honest and decent, even magical.

Named after the shield (“Prid’win”) of the legendary Celtic hero, King Arthur, the Pridwin Hotel was built from 1924 to 1926 by an English concern named the Queens Company Ltd. After the Queens Company Ltd. ran out of money and defaulted on their payments, Francis Myers, one of the building contractors, acquired the property. He completed construction and opened for business in 1927, operating the business until his death in 1947. Byron Nurse, who had been a former manager of the Biltmore Hotel in New York City, purchased the Pridwin and operated it until his death in 1951. His spouse, Lorraine Nurse, inherited the property and together with William Fraser, operated the hotel until it was purchased by the Frost, Mobius and Petry families in 1961.

Frederick and Mildred Frost had been guests of the hotel since 1930. They learned it was for sale while they were vacationing one Labor Day with their daughter and son-in-law (Richard Petry). The Petry’s continue to operate the Pridwin Hotel to this day.

Our Rooms

Classically built in the 1920s with shared bathrooms and cooled by the bay breeze, the Pridwin rooms now boast private baths and air conditioning. Choose a water or property view!

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Our Cottages

Ideal for a couples or small families with a choice of bay or woodland views. All cottages come with King sized beds, kitchen area and a lovely a spot for lounging.

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Bar & Restaurant

Almost all of the fish served at the Pridwin Hotel is caught in the waters around Shelter Island. Our delicious evening specials will include tuna steaks, flounder, swordfish, bass and much more.

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