A Quogue home on the market for $5.25 million could easily be plunked down into the middle of the English countryside.
Called Sanderling, for a sandpiper that migrates to the Arctic during the summer, the estate has a few English details, including a Queen Anne-era staircase originally from Blake Hall in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, where novelist Anne Bronte worked as a governess in the early 1800s.
The Quogue home's previous owners purchased the hand-carved staircase in an auction at the Kensington Antiques Fair in London more than 60 years ago, says Edward Kurosz of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is listing the property with Codi Garcete. They had it shipped to the United States and installed in the seven-bedroom home's center hall. Bronte wrote about her experiences living in Blake Hall in her novels "Agnes Grey" and "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall."
"In the two novels, she discusses the staircase in detail," Kurosz says.
The home, which is on Ogden Pond, has some other interesting features, including an oversized brick fireplace with a built-in baking oven in the kitchen. Outside in the garden is an English telephone booth, referred to as a box. Also on the property is a heated gunite saltwater pool, a pool house and a boat house.