This Thomas Pheasant designed house in Southampton was featured in Veranda, but, now it can be yours – if you’ve got a spare $28 million. That being said, who wouldn’t want a gorgeous, traditional, cedar shake home once owned by a Vanderbilt? Yes, the home currently known as Gardenside, although once known as Cara Mia, belonged to Consuelo Vanderbilt when she was Madam Jacques Balsan (and she then, famously, went on to become the Duchess of Marlborough).
The home is in the estate section of Southampton, on tony Ox Pasture Road, only blocks from the ocean, and includes the 9,000 square foot house, immaculate gardens, a 45 foot swimming pool, and a clay tennis court, all on just-shy of two acres.
Let’s tour this stunning property!
Love the three story entrance with pointed gables. Very cool contrast between the exaggerated point of the central gable and the rounded pediment over the double door entrance. The Belgian block courtyard with grass growing up through the blocks just screams country retreat to me.
The front sitting room is so tailored and elegant, but light and airy with the layering of beiges and creams and touches of gold.
I’m obsessed with the rounded window, central table, and lovely fretworks on the bookcases in the library.
A pine paneled sitting room opens up to the back patio with giant French doors and windows. The wood paneling, however light, gives nice contrast to the cream colored walls in most of the rest of that house. How great are those double lanterns? Helping to break up this enormous room into two sitting space. Also, obviously, I love the big banding trim at the bottom of the sofa skirts.
The trelliage covered walls in the dining room add texture to the neutral palette, and I love the step down from the front living room.
The expansive country kitchen is a stunner. I love the combination of the super traditional paneled cabinets and left wall (complete with cozy window seat) with the stainless steel clad right wall where the refrigerators and built-in tv live. The arched doorways give even more architectural interest to the space.
The breakfast rooms is even better than the dining room, in my opinion. Cozy and chic, I’d probably serve way more meals in here.
I am a total sucker for a great foyer and stair hall, and boy, does this home have one, The parquet de Versailles floors are original to this c1873 home.
The gracious master bedroom opens up into a glamorous yet restrained seating area.
This guest bedroom is incredibly cozy, nestled under the eaves, and I am absolutely in love with the round windows and their demliune shutters.
The sliding glass door in this outdoor seating area are functional and lovely. I adore the geometrical mixing of those mullions in the glass doors, the beamed ceiling and the (swoon) trellis-side outdoor furniture.
This more casual shaded patio looks out over the pool.
The formal boxwood gardens with ivy-covered walls give you a bit of England on the east end of Long Island.
The view from the gardens to the house is a heart-breaker. And see those round windows (from the guest bedroom) from the outside?
All in all, I’d say this house is a total dream boat. I love the history of the place, and even though it’s a little neutral (I’d throw some chintz and leopard and blue and green and coral in there -- duh), the architectural detailing is exquisite.