When we discuss our favorite gingerbread house designs, usually it’s in reference to a miniature home made from a cookie. However, there’s an actual IRL gingerbread house on the market, and it appears to be just as sweet and charming as its doughy counterparts.
According to Curbed, the Santarella gingerbread house in the Berkshires of Massachussetts is back up for sale for $2,190,000. Located in the town of Tyringham, the vintage estate consists of four separate homes, one of which was built during the 1750s. Another historic aspect to Santarella’s colorful backstory is its previous owner, Henry Hudson Kitson, a renowned English sculptor responsible for creating various Civil War memorials. After purchasing the home, Kitson added stainglass windows and stonework, design elements that are still present in the structure today.
Situated on four acres of land, the property features a four-bedroom Colonial house, a 19th century barn that’s been revamped into the actual Gingerbread house (and was famously renovated in the 1920s by Kitson), the “Honeymoon silo” and a 1900s classic post-and-beam style cottage. According to Boston Magazine, the barn’s thatched roof was shaped using 80 tons of asphalt and was Kitson’s attempt at recreating the style of British cottages. Altogether, the four structures contain seven bedrooms and six bathrooms and 7,750 square feet of living space. The picturesque grounds include a lily pond, landscaped gardens and bridges.
A previous listing describes the fairytale-like estate as “a well-known and successful wedding and resort destination” that has undergone significant upgrades, but the right buyer should have no problem transforming the iconic property-turned-event space into a delightfully homey haven.
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