After years of family getaways on Long Island, Lucy Sykes and Euan Rellie decided it was time to buy a vacation home of their own in the Hamptons. So in 2007, after touring a string of state-of-the-art abodes that offered bells and whistles galore but remarkably little character, the couple happened to attend a dinner party at a charming cottage in Bridgehampton. “We looked at each other and said, ‘Now, this is the sort of place we’ve been looking for,’” Sykes recalls of the moment they first saw the cozy, Georgian-style home, which, among other amenities, boasts three working fireplaces and French doors opening onto lush Englishinspired gardens. “And to our surprise, the owner was ready to sell!”
The family unwinds in the kid-friendly sitting room.
Some of the home’s exposed brick and wood dates to the 1760s. “By US standards, it’s old,” says Rellie. “It was built before America’s independence.”
PAINTING (on console of rabbit) by Hunt Slonem, huntslonem.com