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"Gingerbread House" offers fairytale living for plenty of dough

"Gingerbread House" offers fai...
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
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Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
With stain glass windows, a multi-color roof and forest-like gardens, the so-called Tyringham Gingerbread House wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale
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With stain glass windows, a multi-color roof and forest-like gardens, the so-called Tyringham Gingerbread House wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale
Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
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Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
With stain glass windows, a multi-color roof and forest-like gardens, the so-called Tyringham Gingerbread House wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale
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With stain glass windows, a multi-color roof and forest-like gardens, the so-called Tyringham Gingerbread House wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale
Inside the so-called Tyringham Gingerbread House, commonly used as a banquet hall
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Inside the so-called Tyringham Gingerbread House, commonly used as a banquet hall
Inside the so-called Tyringham Gingerbread House, commonly used as a banquet hall
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Inside the so-called Tyringham Gingerbread House, commonly used as a banquet hall
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
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Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
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Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
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Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
Living area inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Living area inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
Inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House
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Inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House
Inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House
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Inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House
Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
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Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
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Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
Living area inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Living area inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Living area inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Living area inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Living area inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Living area inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Bathroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Bathroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
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Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
Inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House
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Inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House
Kitchen inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Kitchen inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
Kitchen inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Kitchen inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Bedroom inside the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
The four acre landscaped gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate boast bridges, brooks and blossoms
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The four acre landscaped gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate boast bridges, brooks and blossoms
The four acre landscaped gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate boast bridges, brooks and blossoms
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The four acre landscaped gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate boast bridges, brooks and blossoms
The four acre landscaped gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate boast bridges, brooks and blossoms
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The four acre landscaped gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate boast bridges, brooks and blossoms
Gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
The four acre landscaped gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate boast bridges, brooks and blossoms
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The four acre landscaped gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate boast bridges, brooks and blossoms
Gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
Gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
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Gardens surrounding the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
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If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest

With stained glass windows, a multi-color undulating roof and forest-like gardens, the so-called Tyringham Gingerbread House wouldn't look out of place in a fairytale. And for many, that's all it shall remain, with the 18th century estate hitting the market with a multi-million-dollar price tag.

Officially known as Santarella, the peculiar estate is tucked away in the lush hillsides of Tyringham, Massachusetts, where today it tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats. Onsite is a four-bedroom colonial home, a converted barn, a pair of converted silos and a cottage, offering seven bedrooms in all.

If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest
If you’re looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then the so-called Gingerbread House might be of interest

But it didn't always play host to city slickers in search of a getaway. Built in the mid 1700s, Santarella welcomed famed English sculptor Sir Henry Hudson Kitson through its doors in the early 1900s, and he spent the last 25 years of his life making it his own.

That meant converting the barn into a studio where he could continue his sculpting, which has now been repurposed as the storybook-like banquet hall that invites the Gingerbread House tag. He also integrated stain glass windows throughout, applied carefully patterned shingles to the exterior, and also added a pair of old grain silos outside for extra workspace.

Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats

But a major overhaul of the barn roof would be Kitson's biggest acheivement. He had initially imagined a rolling thatched roof like those found in Britain at the time, and even teamed up with local farmers to raise crops of rye for material, but he wound up using asphalt shingles instead.

To create the look he was after, each piece of asphalt was cut by hand into a wavy-shaped shingle and then laid down to form multi-colored layers that mimic the reddish shades of fall. The whole roof weighs 80 tons and took three workers a total of 12 years to put together.

Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats
Officially known as Santarella, the Tyringham Gingerbread House estate today tempts folks to the mountains for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and country retreats

While all this was happening, Kitson's full-time gardener was busy doing some sculpting of his own. Surrounding Santarella was an extravagant garden filled with exotic plants, a stream and a goldfish-filled lily pond. Today the four-acre (1.6-ha) landscaped gardens remain well maintained, with bridges, brooks and blossoms.

If you're looking to step back in time and have a cool US$2.2 million to put towards the cause, then more information is available via the source link below. For the rest of us, this enchanting gallery will have to do.

Source: Sotheby's International Realty

1 comment
Buellrider
Any potential buyers should know that an asphalt roof will have to be replaced because they are not permanent roofs. Why he did it the way he did only makes it very difficult for the next owner.