This oceanfront estate is where the first summer cottage was built in the Hamptons back in the late 1800s. That cottage was replaced in the early 1900s by this storied English Tudor-style mansion that looks so grand that you’d never know that it was originally just the pool house on the property.
I love houses that have stories behind them. The estate was named after former owner Jessie Woolworth Donahue (her father founded Woolworth’s). She later sold it to Edmund Lynch (co-founder of Merrill Lynch), and the original Wooldon Manor was demolished sometime in the 1940s after his death.
Instead of rebuilding, future owners restored and expanded the former pool house into an impressive 10,000 square-foot mansion.
The current owners are Vince Camuto, the successful shoe designer who founded the company Nine West, and his wife Louise.
The listing says: “Originally built over 8 decades ago and designed by the revered architectural firm Treanor & Fatio, it was one of the grandest original summer colony residences.”
“The classic English Tudor style home Wooldon Manor enjoys a pedigreed past with owners such as the Woolworth dynasty and Edmund C. Lynch, founding partner of Merrill Lynch. Present owners, world renowned designers have honored the estate’s glorious past while renovating and updating the property with all modern amenities and sophisticated technology and security systems.”
There are 7 bedrooms and 7.5 baths. The master suite alone is 1,000 square feet — the size of my first house!
The kitchen overlooks the water.
The listing says: “Panoramic views extend from sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean to sunset over Lake Agawam.”
An article in Hamptons Magazine tells a little more about the property’s history. When Jessie Woolworth Donahue and her husband James applied for membership at the exclusive Southampton Bathing Corporation, they were denied for being too “new money.”
“So they did what any self-respecting, filthy-rich couple would: They built the finest pool house in town directly across the street.” Love it.
The property is listed by Peter Huffine of The Corcoran Group for $48 million. This aerial view of the property gives you a better idea of how the estate is laid out over 5.5 acres:
There’s a lot of money in shoes and handbags, apparently. The Camutos have already renovated and moved into a 21,000 square-foot “Victorian summer manse” known as Villa Maria nearby. Architectural Digest featured it in a recent issue if you want to see the pics:
P.S. My son is officially a college student! We just got him moved onto the campus and I really think he’s going to love it there. Seeing how happy he was made it a lot easier to leave him — I managed to hug him goodbye without breaking down and embarrassing him in front of his new friends. Ha. Thanks for all your well wishes both here and on Instagram! -Julia