Some people may think of the quintessential Hamptons house as a sprawling 10-bedroom, 15,000 square foot, Dutch Gambrel-ed rambler (and God knows enough people do), but, for me, the old summer "cottages" in the lanes of East Hampton town are the perfect picture of what's special about the east end of Long Island. This circa 1908 home, named "Cherridune" is a lovely example of those genteel homes.
"Cherridune" is strolling distance to town and the beach and is basically a full four floors. I love that the metal gate clearly hasn't been changed since the Eisenhower administration. Also, wisteria climbing over the garage never hurt anyone.
ASYMMETRY. YES. I am all about an asymmetrical home. How perfect is that screened in sleeping porch up to the right?
The home opens up into the foyer and formal living room. A centered circle table with a ginger jar and a collection of corals is a beautiful beach focal point.
Although this would be the "formal" sitting room, this area in front of the fireplace is anything but buttoned up. Everything is perfectly cozy, worn-in, and comfortable. Perfect for relaxing in front of a crackling fire (with Delft tiles around the fireplace, 'natch).
The windows and beams of the sitting room, reached through the double doors flanking the fireplace of the living room, add architectural interest. I LOVE the bus painted floor and the the beautiful windows are left well enough alone.
The dining room is another "formal" space with a decidedly informal feel. Old Windsor chairs are set around a weather-worn farm table. The traditional board and batten paneling encircles the room, and another Delft tiled fireplace adds a touch of blue and white beauty. The perfect space for coffee alone in pajamas with rumpled hair, or a big fancy family celebration.
This sunroom off the dining room is everything right with Hamptons homes. Giant lattice windows, sun-bleached furniture, a bright painted floor, framed prints, a bamboo lantern on th sideboard, and a hooked doggie pillow. Yes yes yes.
Surprise! great kitchen! Yes, I also thought the kitchen in this old gal would be a 1970s nightmare. But GURL, turquoise grasscloth and distressed turquoise cabinets?? Four for you Glen Coco!
The master bedroom is a comfortable grey and cream suite with warm honey floors and dark wood touches. It looks collected and not decorated.
A tiered garden leads to the secluded pool area, framed in herringbone brick.
At 107 years old, "Cherridune" retains it's elegant original detailing and, yet, for being in one of the fanciest locations in East Hampton town, the home is decidedly livable and comfortable, and completely unconcerned with polish or trend. Truly a timeless East Hampton home.