Shelter Island
Shelter Island, New York, United States


Once the cherished home of respected art critic Robert Hughes, this handsome traditional, reminiscent of the Hughes' family home in the Cotswolds, is a singular opportunity on Shelter Island. Set on two sweeping acres, the gardens were designed with courtyards, walkways, established flowering shrubs, herb gardens and, in a nod to the history of the property which was once a farm, a fruit orchard with apple, apricot, peach, cherry and pear trees. Originally built in 1888 and re-designed by Lee Skolnik, the main home which was renovated in the late 1980's, totals 4,174 square feet. There are many intricate architectural details, including high coffered ceilings, a grand Hollywood style staircase, and modified rose windows. The entry foyer leads to the living room which has doors to the garden and extends from front to back of the home, with a wood burning fireplace and adjacent formal dining room. The kitchen features high end appliances and a walk-in butler's pantry with half bath. Toward the opposite side of the foyer are a powder room, laundry room, sitting room/study. The second floor has a landing with a walkway to the second floor of the neighboring carriage house, two en-suite guest bedrooms and a magnificent master suite, which offers an office, spa-like bath, built-in wardrobes, private living room and outdoor deck. There is a covered porch for relaxation, with views to the rose trellises, herb garden, raised vegetable gardens and orchard. The 960+/- sq. ft. carriage house has a gym, playroom and library, as well as a carpentry shop. Through the gardens, a series of formal spaces, strategically placed, paths lead to sweet meditation areas--including the 18' x 60' in-ground pool with approximately 1,410 sq. ft. bluestone patio, 180+/- sq. ft. cabana and 840+/- sq. ft. one bedroom cottage. A vestige of the original property, a 660+/- sq. ft. cabin, which is well maintained and now serves as a potting shed, is adjacent to a gated vegetable garden.

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