Privacy and luxury combine in this French-inspired Southampton chateau estate embracing all of the old world features available to the privileged, with important contemporary conveniences. Well-placed on 3.60 acres, the 9,200 square foot home commands inspiring ocean views from nearly every door and window. Guarding the entry, a perfectly trimmed hedge opens to an expansive lawn leading to the main residence.
Ideally located on one of the Hamptons’ least traveled streets, and owning 200 feet of direct ocean frontage on one of the area’s most private beaches, the chateau exudes a genteel elegance in keeping with the tradition of less ornate country French style as opposed to more elaborate provincial fashion. A stone entry introduces the double height foyer with curved plaster stairwell, immediately imparting a handcrafted simplicity to the grand structure.
Wrought Iron detailing in the chandelier and stair rail add period character, as do archways built of select stones imported from France. The combination of stone, planked flooring, beautifully crafted mahogany doors, and large imported hearths in the many fireplaces is charming, with a decidedly authentic old world quality.
A formal dining room with large fireplace and exposed wooden beams leads to a traditional French kitchen, complete with two custom, cobalt blue La Cornue ovens and stoves. Terra cotta floor tiles and bas relief detail add authentic touches, while large ceiling arches sweep quietly and solidly across the expanse. The living room is virtually two walls of glass and one wall of fireplace, with access to the outdoor entertaining areas. Large doors open many of the ocean facing rooms to an expansive stone patio reaching across the back of the residence, presenting pleasant views of the pool, dunes, and ocean.
The master suite boasts its own foyer, sitting room, and fireplace, replete with private oceanfront terrace, indulging views of the Rosa rugosa covered sand dunes reaching down to the wide sand beach and rhythmic waves. Dual baths in the master suite are graced with oversized marble tubs, steam showers, and countertops, separate bidet, and water closet.
Descending the handsome stone stairway to the lower level, accommodations there can be used for a guest suite or staff quarters. Also home to a custom designed wine cellar, well-equipped laundry, and garage with space for two cars, the footage is efficiently and effectively used. Appearing both content and secure in its position greeting the waves arriving on shore, the chateau boasts close proximity to the Meadow Club tennis facility, the historic Southampton Bathing Corp., the town of Southampton, and the Shinnecock Golf Club, the oldest private course in the United States.