Char­ac­ter study

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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

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