August 15, 2014 |
The Quogue Club at Hallock House moves forward by looking back.
While most century-old properties undergo multiple renovations that gradually depart from their initial design, the restoration of The Quogue Club at Hallock House brings the original hotel back to vintage life. Built in 1824 by the Hallock family, the inn started receiving boarders in 1827 and has been in continuous operation ever since. But in 2012 a group of local residents purchased the property and embarked on an extensive restoration project. “It was a real community effort,” says Simon Rose, chairman of the club and the driving force behind the project. “I knocked on doors.” Rose jokes about his small-town approach to get the community, which required very little convincing, involved. “People embraced the idea immediately.”
A getaway with a passionate sense of time and place, the restored structure reflects the quiet splendor of a New England homestead. “We wanted the building to capture the small-town feel that I think distinguishes Quogue from the other Hamptons,” Rose explains. The interiors, reimagined by renowned interior designer Alexa Hampton, transport guests to the days of old-money aristocracy in an understated and classic way, with 14 thoughtfully appointed rooms.
The full-service resort also boasts a fitness center with yoga, barre, and Pilates classes, a private screening space, and a first-class restaurant helmed by veteran Executive Chef Matt Birnstill. “The restaurant functions like a members-only club, where the families who helped save the building have full access, alongside hotel guests, of course,” explains Rose, who thinks a stay at the hotel is the perfect way to try out the village for those considering moving to Quogue permanently—or for those looking for a bespoke beachside retreat. 47 Quogue St., Quogue, 653-0100