Are you watching Lena Dunham’s show “Girls” on HBO? I just caught an episode from Season 3 called “Beach House,” and this is where it took place. I thought it was so cool, I looked it up and learned that it’s a vacation rental known as the Tower at Rocky Point.
It’s in East Marion, New York, overlooking the Long Island Sound. Take a look!
Update: It’s also featured in the Nicole Kidman-Hugh Grant limited series on HBO called “The Undoing.” It looks different, however, because they digitally removed the tower.
The Beach House Featured on HBO’s “Girls”
The listing for the rental describes it as a “Magical Tower and Romantic House with Private Beach and Pool. This six-bedroom house was originally built as a coast guard life saving station in 1895.” Which explains the lighthouse-like tower that overlooks the water.
When the episode opens, we see Marnie arranging bouquets of flowers before her friends arrive and imagining how perfect their weekend together is going to be (spoiler: it doesn’t go as planned).
When they arrive, the girls race through the halls to claim the bedrooms they want:
Marnie expected that and put name tags on each of the bedrooms beforehand, however:
The listing says, “It has been beautifully renovated to maintain its classic farmhouse charm, but with all the modern conveniences anyone would want. There is a huge kitchen and dining room with two sinks, two ovens, and a six-burner WOLF stove.”
Marnie got annoyed because she planned a dinner for four, but then Hannah invited a bunch of guy friends to join them.
One of them was played by Danny Strong, who you can see standing at the kitchen counter below. “Gilmore Girls” fans will recognize him as Doyle, Paris’s long-suffering boyfriend at Yale.
The VRBO listing says, “With abundant farm stands and fresh fish at your fingertips, this kitchen is the ideal place to cook and entertain. The large table seats 14, allowing everyone to gather around the dinner table. It’s perfect for the ultimate dinner party.”
The house sits on 3 acres of land with 300 feet of private beach on the Long Island Sound. The show shot some scenes there, too.
Lena Dunham says it was freezing cold the week they were there and hard to pretend it was fun splashing around in the water.
A guest named Diane left a review of her family’s experience at the house, saying, “If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in another time, this house is for you. From the moment we arrived at the Tower at Rocky Point, we felt like we’d traveled back in time 100 years. We love historic homes this one does not disappoint. You feel as if you are staying in the home of friends.”
“You cannot stay at this house without exploring The Tower! The first night we were there, we went right up to see it. It’s fairly easy to climb the very sturdy stairs and we were amazed at the view. My husband loved it so much he even went up there one day to play guitar.”
The tower, which was originally built as a coast guard station, is 5 stories high: “The fourth floor of the Tower has an optional 7th bedroom. Climb up the ladder from the third floor where you have a desk and work place and crawl into a cozy bed where you are greeted with panoramic views.”
For more photos and information, check the listing on VRBO.com.
See how different the beach house looks in “The Undoing,”
and visit my Houses Onscreen page to see others I’ve featured!
Alie B says
Gorgeous old home! Love the sweet, traditional bedrooms, and the funky, bohemian living room. The kitchen is huge and the property is beautiful. I want to stay there!
Oh. Wow. I think that is my favorite house you’ve ever featured. I love every single thing about it. Swooning here! This is totally my style, AND on the beach. I want it. Plotting right now how to get a big group of friends together and rent it for a week, or two.
I had such a hard time paying attention to the show during this episode because I was too busy trying to get a better look at the house and track it down online. Ha. If you ever get to stay there, you’ll have to let us know what it was like in person, Laura! 🙂
Wow. What a gorgeous house. I want the tower bedroom.
Wouldn’t that be fun? I do, too! 🙂
I’ve just watched the first two episodes of new Lily Tomlin Jane Fonda netflix comedy Grace and Frankie, about two women whose marriages end, and it appears that every house shown is gorgeous – the beach house, city houses, daughter’s house etc. Please do a review if possible.