Relaxation Recommended, Jackets Not Required
Quogue, the understated jewel of the Hamptons, regally holds court delighting all who experience her captivating charms year round. Read on, you just may fall under her seductive spell.
ELISABETH VAN CARPELS
PHOTOS BY CHRIS FOSTER
Imagine that relaxation was your new year-round activity. It’s certainly not difficult to envision when your address corresponds to the Winnebogue Estate section, within the desirable Village of Quogue, in the heart of the Hamptons with minutes to the beach. Coveted for its private seaside beaches, joyful proximity to the most incredible eateries on the East End and a stone-throw from renowned shopping boutiques, it also boasts of nearby wineries where you can watch seductive sunsets as you sample some of the most amazing wines amongst the lush, pastoral vineyards in the classic European tradition.
Still not convinced? On sultry summer evenings, you’ll find families, couples and relaxation seekers leisurely strolling through the main streets of nearby towns with family and friends, enjoying mouthwatering coconut and lychee gelatos and sipping fragrant cappuccinos. Besides the pristine beaches, bicycle through the lush and scenic tree-lined village streets of Quogue, teeming with blue hydrangeas that gracefully spill over the white picket fences. The ultimate bonus, however, is having easy access to New York City, a two-hour drive door to door and minutes to Westhampton Airport.
The exceptional, approximate 6,000 square foot featured turnkey East End estate extraordinaire, situated on 1.5 acres, acclaimed for its premiere craftsmanship, exquisite design and unique style, is no stranger to the spotlight. This Hampton’s head-turner already has bragging rights for landing the cover of a major home design magazine, complete with a multi-page featured article. True to the architect’s and designer’s all inclusive vision, the spacious six bedrooms, six and one-half baths, Shingle-style exquisite construction was created for year-round use, not merely seasonal enjoyment.
Upon your arrival, four stately, craftsman-style piers welcome you to the entrance of the circular driveway, privately nestled amongst towering pines.
The estate’s regal entrance makes a stunning statement, confirming you have indeed arrived at a destination of distinction. As welcome as a glass of sweet tea on a steamy day, experience the inviting grace and grandeur of the mahogany entry foyer awash with brilliant sunlight through the elegantly appointed glass French entrance doors with sidelights. It is at this vantage point that the home’s exceptional attention to detail is immediately apparent. The warm inlaid wood floors, regally accented with a border of the Greek-key pattern, highlights the pale painted distinguished paneling of the foyer and staircase walls. The sizeable living room boasts a 10-foot coffered ceiling, reminiscent of a year-round residence than a beach house. The designer artfully incorporated both grasscloth wall coverings, adding an intense level of natural beauty and depth to the interior décor, and Frank Lloyd Wright type touches, noting that the ceiling beams were installed with an irregular pattern and not with a predictable tic-tac-toe grid. Basking in the limelight, while making quite the architectural statement is the fireplace, crafted with an oversize cast-stone mantel adding a sublime focal point. Its ambiance and warmth, or as the Danish say “hygge”, engenders a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality.
If you can be lulled out of your daydreaming by the fireside, stroll into the octagonal morning room, the heart and center of the home, showcasing the highest ceilings in the house and visible from virtually most every room. This spectacular room, bathed with soothing creamy shades of pale yellows and muted opulent patterns, shimmers and glistens from an abundance of natural light. The room, comfortably attired for both dining and or family chats while cozied up in soft tufted chairs, also commands magnificent views of the sunken tennis court and poolside festivities, especially with wide opened French doors to celebrate summer and the gentle sea breezes.
The designer eat-in kitchen’s charm, with cabinets the color of warm cinnamon toffee, touts both lustrous marble and sleek honed granite countertops, Portuguese limestone floors the color of the perfect café au lait, and high end appliances such as Thermador ovens (including a separate warming oven), Sub Zero refrigerators/freezers (including a wine refrigerator), and two state of the art Miele dishwashers, is world class. Entertaining now becomes an effortless past time with two sink stations and rich cherry butcher-block slab inlaid into the oversized center island.
As with all page-turning classics, every room reveals the next chapter. Thus, this premier estate’s storyline for the second floor is no less impressive with use of sumptuous wall coverings and textiles, inspired with an edge on impeccable style, weaving in flashes of glamour while keeping things classic. All rooms, including the 18’x 18’ octagonal office, tastefully incorporate generous use of window detailing, bathing each space with beams of natural light, enhancing the expansive views of the artfully manicured property.
The master bedroom, resplendent with pale hues of soft blue, lends itself to a relaxed opulence where you can begin and end each day in a space with effortless ease, not to mention a balcony to catch early sunrises and sunsets. The room’s sophisticated, yet calming hues, make it feel as though you’re floating on ocean surf. Pad into the adjoining master bath where the wonderful shades of the warm tones of ochre, gold and honey onyx floor enhance the already opulent designer feel one would expect from this luxurious space. Contemplate the day’s activities as you leisurely soak in a spacious tub complete with limestone surround and magnificent windows to survey the open vista.
Entertaining is a year-round activity and this exceptional escape is up for the challenge. Whether it’s dinner by the pool, family-style barbecues from Memorial Day to Thanksgiving hosted around the expansive mahogany deck, or post-horse show glasses of rosé, this home does it all. Once the guests have finished their sun worshipping by the Gunite pool and showered in the elegantly appointed Shingle-style pool house, complete with accommodations for additional guests, collect your grilled salmon by the granite countertop BBQ, grab some ice for your mojito and a Dos Equis for your friend as you meander into the spacious vaulted enclosed sunroom/porch to keep the party going. Oh, and remember, you won’t need that jacket!
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Phone: (201) 675-0056