Have a large family? The kind with siblings and their spouses and kids, who somehow always expect you to do the entertaining? Then this 23-acre East Hampton estate is worth a look — or two or three — for $55 million.
You might need a horse just to get around the property, which was assembled from 11 parcels just minutes away from East Hampton Village. A quick arial view reveals a sprawling English County manor home, three guest cottages — one with its own pool — and a barn, plus horse stables with paddocks and riding fields.
The main house has an unbelievable 18,000 square feet of living space under one roof, and offers 12 bedrooms, a dozen full baths, and four partial bathrooms, according to a listing from Sotheby's International Realty. The 3,500-square-foot lower level of the main house has plenty of resort-like amenities, including a sunken spa, sauna, steam room, massage room, and a fully equipped gym. The design of the house was apparently inspired by England's Cotswolds region, with its rolling verdant hills and quaint villages of stone cottages and neat, cobblestone warrens. We're not sure if the property comes complete with Hagrid or Bilbo Baggins, but there are loads of other unique and charming elements.
The main house has an inviting patio, with an outdoor fireplace to ward away chills while talking through the evening. Apparently, it is one of nine outdoor fireplaces throughout the main house and guest cottages. One guest house has six bedrooms, a heated saltwater pool with underwater music, and bluestone terraces. If guests are up for breaking a sweat, they can challenge each other to a few sets on the tennis court.
If this sounds more like a compound to you, then maybe you can apply a little design ingenuity to develop other structures and features on the estate. After all, the property has zoning flexibility.