New York City might be the edgy, urban socialite of the US, but take a two hour drive east and you’ll meet its charming, coastal cousin. In Southampton – one of the Hampton’s most prestigious towns – Turtle Cove is an easy-going home with all the cordiality and character of its surroundings. The open-plan living area joins everyone together while the garden patio deck has cushioned loungers and seating for 15. And with pastel blue skies and sandy beaches on its doorstep, we think you’ll find yourself very well acquainted.
What’s more, there’s a range of nearby pursuits. For energetic members of the group, a brisk cycle along the coast is sure to appeal, and many bicycle rentals are located in Bridgehampton. Some might find happiness in the simple pleasures of sand and sea – a stroll along Cooper’s Beach boardwalk ice-cream in hand – while a trip to Offshore Surf and Sport in the centre of Southampton is essential to keep ardent watersporters content. When it comes to dining, everyone is invited – combine fine wine with lunch at Channing Daughters winery, a short drive from the home. Or head to Main Street, the same distance eastwards where all tastes are covered, from award-winning American-Italian cuisine at 75 MAIN to the sweet treats at The Fudge Company.
The way back
Seemingly a world away from the bustle of Manhattan, you can be settled in Southampton in just under two hours by catching the Hampton Jitney from the city central. Or if you’d prefer driving yourself, it takes the same amount of time from the city. Alternatively, the Long Island Rail Road train – with beer carts on the platform – might be the most hassle-free option.
And the pooch
Your hosts are all about opening their home, gradually renovating Turtle Cove to suit every member of the family – including their resident pug. Though you’d usually find him lounging in the unique tented dog bed (he won’t be there when you visit), the rest of the family much prefer heading outdoors to catch up on the wraparound porch which extends around the whole of the house. An early breakfast spent overlooking the leafy front lawn, a lazy lunch under the patio canopy or a lantern-lit soak in the Japanese red wood tub – this home is built for gathering everyone together.
Sweet additions like the candy-striped awning, the wooden drinks cart and the rubber ducks in the main bathroom create a warm welcome inside and out. While the inclusive ground floor connects a sweeping farmhouse-style kitchen with the beach-inspired sitting area – a space best filled with chatter and laughter. And when it’s time to divide into teams, there’s no better place to throw a games night than the formal sitting room complete with striped sofas and oversized dice.+ More