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Shou Sugi Ban House: A Japanese-Inspired Wellness Retreat in the Hamptons

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Shou Sugi Ban House: A Japanese-Inspired Wellness Retreat in the Hamptons

November 5, 2019

Set on three woodland acres bordering the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, Shou Sugi Ban House is an understated but luxe “holistic healing retreat,” according to the inn’s website. Founded by longtime friends Amy Cherry-Abitbol (a former lawyer who lived in Japan for several years) and Kathleen Kapnick (who became interested in alternative medicine while living in Europe), the 13-room retreat encompasses a tea lounge, meditation hall, Japanese-inspired gardens, and a restaurant with hyperseasonal cuisine by Jacob Clark.

Photography by Fredrika Stjarne, courtesy of Shou Sugi Ban House.

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Above: The compound was designed by architect Debbie Kropf, a longtime Hamptons resident.
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Above: New York City landscape designer Lily Kwong oversaw the landscaping, which features “winding pathways, reflective pools, fountains, and a landscape inspired by the local dunescape and Japanese gardens,” according to the website. The firebowl is from Fire Features.
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Above: A monumental stone table with benches is set for outdoor dining.
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Above: The communal area is located in a barn-like space.
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Above: A quiet corner in the living area (for sourcing ideas, go to 10 Easy Pieces: The New Pale Leather Lounge Chair).
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Above: A wabi sabi still life.
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Above: The tea-tasting lounge.
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Above: A long dining table for intimate dining.
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Above: The hotel’s bedrooms have neutral, soothing palettes and white-oak Kobe-style beds custom made by local artisan Scott Murphy, with organic cotton linens from Coyuchi (for sourcing ideas, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Wood Platform Bed Frames).
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Above: Each room has a private Hinoki wood soaking tub (for ideas, see 10 Favorites: Japanese-Style Bathtubs Around the World).

See more Japanese-style lodgings:

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