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A historic 1740s farmhouse with a pond and a past

This circa-1740 Hampton Bays house has been a

This circa-1740 Hampton Bays house has been a duck-hunting lodge and home to those in the whaling trade. Refurbished, it is on the market in August 2016 for $3.795 million. Credit: The Corcoran Group

This circa-1740 Hampton Bays farmhouse listed for $3.795 million is filled with unique living spaces.

With exposed beams and an original stone wall fireplace, the rustic living room is a dramatic centerpiece of the 5,800-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4 1⁄2-bath home.

“It is the most extraordinary, fabulous home I have ever lived in for all the years I have been going out to the Hamptons,” says owner Marlena Wood, who has been a Hamptons resident since 1973. She purchased the house with her late husband, David, about 10 years ago.

During the mid-20th century, the place was known as the Duckwood hunting lodge. Smoking ducks and other fowl in the fireplace left behind a blackened, sooty veneer.

Restoring the beams required five processes, Wood says. “It was a real labor of love, and it was really important that we get it right,” she says.

In the 18th century, the house was home to ships captains and merchants in the whaling trade.

Set on 7.3 acres and next to a 100-acre nature preserve, the property includes a three-acre pond with an island in the center. There is access to Red Creek Pond, which feeds into Peconic Bay.

Listing agent Anne Orton, of The Corcoran Group, says the home underwent an extensive renovation about 15 year ago, which yielded larger rooms and an updated kitchen with granite finishes and stainless steel appliances.

A first-floor sunroom offers views of manicured lawns, the 20-by-40-foot inground pool and tennis court. There is also a media room and a library.

Upstairs, a master bedroom has his-and-hers baths — as well as his-and-hers sitting rooms with fireplaces in each. Fireplaces are also found in the breakfast room and formal dining room.

The property has a 1,600-square-foot cottage with three bedrooms and 1 1⁄2 baths, a kitchen-dining area, a wood-burning stove, a living room, an attached gazebo and a wraparound deck overlooking the pond. There is also a summer cottage with a bedroom and a full bathroom.


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