Monday, February 8, 2010

BEHIND THE PRIVET-WESTERLY ESTATE IN SOUTHAMPTON

 
   There are so many beautiful and architecturally important homes in the Hampton's, with both traditional and modern pedigrees, that I thought it would be fun and interesting for readers to get a behind the hedges perspective-hence, a new feature, Behind The Privet.  The first home in the series is Westerly, a magnificent estate which I have been fascinated with for years.  Carefully protected by acres of specimen trees and gardens, the house is barely visible from the road, which, of course, lends to its allure.
    The estate is considered one of the most important homes on Eastern Long Island and sits on nearly 14 acres in the estate section of Southampton.  It was recently purchased by super chic clothing designer Tory Burch for approximately $40 million, a reduction from an asking price of  $59 million, (a girl loves a sale!)  This 1929 red brick Georgian boasts 25 rooms, a gunite swimming pool, pool pavilion and har-tru tennis court, which should be plenty of room for Tory's three darling sons to roam.
     I've had the pleasure to visit the home several times, most recently last summer, when the estate's gardens were featured on the Southampton Garden Club's annual garden tour.  Although the interior rooms were not part of the tour, guests entered through the exquisite marbled entryway and were treated to views of the vast living room, library and dining room areas.  Iced tea was served on the brick terrace, located off the entry way, which provided guests with a magnificent view of the vast gardens below.
    Tory is one of the most hardworking and nicest ladies I know- I'm sure she will have her new home in gorgeous entertaining style by this summer. What time are cocktails?
Classic old world charm greets guest from this Hiss and Weekes designed estate. 

  
The double height entry foyer features black and white marble floors and a sweeping iron railed staircase.
  
The library features Swedish knotty pine paneling and an exquisite marble mantle piece.
 
  

The large living room/ballroom showcases stunning architectural wood work and room for three seating areas.
 

 The terrace is the perfect spot for a glass of iced tea or a gin and tonic. It was wonderful to sit and enjoy the beautiful vista on a hot August afternoon. 

The back of the home is a vision of symmetry. Gracious brick stairs lead to several gardens.
 
The west side of the home features a glassed in porch with casual rattan furniture. Outside, rows of boxwood line specimen trees.
  
  
The quaint painted white arch is used as a side entrance from the driveway.
 
An alee of flowering cherry trees in the meadow.

7 comments:

MaryBeth said...

Jeez Louise, how many pairs of reva's did she have to sell to get this house? She just happens to be my girl crush, so I think she deserves it and I hope to see the new interior in a magazine some time soon. MB

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

What a beautiful home! There really are few places like the Hamptons in the summertime. Thanks for a lovely post.
Best,
Stephanie

Tamara Matthews-Stephenson said...

great look at tory burch's home and her home is as stylish as her threads...thanks tamara

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