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'A wonderland': See inside the 216-year-old home known as the 'Whale House'

by Emery Desper / / Source: Zillow

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Affectionately known as the Whale House, this New York treasure offers a great deal of history and an elegant summer home or year-round escape.

216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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Originally built in 1800, the updated and expanded estate sits on just under three acres and encompasses six bedrooms, five baths and 4,559 square feet — all for a listing price of $7.995 million.

216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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Clad in wood shingle siding that offers a gentle nod to the past, this dwelling occupies the peaceful grounds of a one-time farming community.

216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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The stately, open kitchen is a charmed space to host family meals, with exposed beams, a kitchen island and direct access to a cozy living area complete with a fireplace.

216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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The home's old plank wood flooring remains, and several rooms boast personal fireplaces and bold wood fixtures, while arched ceilings provide a cathedral feel.

216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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Skip Lynch, one of the co-owners, says his fondest memories are of spending time there with loved ones.

"It's been in the family a long time, since 1945," he said. "There's a great tranquility about the house. Many people think the house has healing properties, and it is a great spot to be. It was the source of many great outdoor activities."

216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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Along with plentiful outdoor space and many odes to Bridgehampton's past, the property was the site of many family gatherings and boasts a summer cottage.

216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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Lynch notes that he will "miss the space and the light." Growing up, "it was a wonderland — beaches to swim in, open space."

216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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Offering various places to delight in nature as well as calm spaces to enjoy the sea-salt air, this estate provides a great opportunity to merge the excitement of the future with the delights of the past.

216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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216-year-hold Bridgehampton estate known as the "Whale House"
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The listing agent is Barbara Brundige of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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