Exquisitely reimag­ined English barns in Wa­ter Mill are now for sale

Hamptons Magazine - - The Source: Scene -

In the mid-17th cen­tury, just as the English were set­tling the East End, two in­cred­i­ble barns were built in the English coun­try­side us­ing brick and hand hewn black oak beams, many of which weighed up­wards of 700 lbs and were saved from old sail­ing ves­sels. There the barns sat for over 300 years, un­til 1981, when renowned lit­er­ary agent Ed Vic­tor and his wife Carol Ryan shipped each barn, piece by piece, to a two-acre wooded lot on a ridge above Wa­ter Mill farm­land, con­nect­ing the transat­lantic lives they had been lead­ing. Re­assem­bled by ar­chi­tect David Howard, and local builder John Falkowski, the barns were trans­formed into 3,000 square-feet of light-drenched, living art, with 5 bed­rooms, 4 baths, wide plank floors, ram­bling ro­mance and in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­ity. Al­most four decades later, their sto­ry­book es­tate hits the mar­ket for the first time, retelling a beau­ti­ful tale of love and his­tory.

At first glance, the dra­matic en­try cap­tures the viewer with sky-high case­ment win­dows and doors in­spired by Bri­tish ar­chi­tect Ed­win Lu­tyens. Just be­yond sits the 25’ tall great room, where white stucco walls are punc­tu­ated by tow­er­ing hand hewn beams, aged brick, end­less nat­u­ral light, and 15’ tall French doors lead­ing to the out­door living spaces. The grand master suite, en­com­pass­ing the en­tirety of the sec­ond barn, re­peats the same dra­matic aes­thetic, with tow­er­ing ceil­ings, dra­matic beams, French doors to the out­doors, plus a sit­ting area with fire­place, and dress­ing area with walk in clos­ets. In the en suite master bath, a dou­ble van­ity, free stand­ing Vic­to­rian claw tub, shower, sauna, and an­other fire­place, all ex­hibit­ing end­less char­ac­ter and style. The first floor is com­pleted with two en suite bed­rooms, din­ing room, an of­fice and a gourmet kitchen. The lower level fea­tures built-in shelv­ing and a huge ex­posed brick wall, ex­pand­ing the living space with 2 more bed­rooms, a bath, a full gym/recre­ation room, and con­ve­nient ac­cess to the 2-bay garage.

Out­doors, the gar­dens are in­spired by the fa­mous White Gar­den at Siss­inghurst Cas­tle, where Vic­tor and Ryan were ten­ants of the prop­erty’s South Cot­tage for many years. Sur­rounded by pines, blue­berry bushes and moun­tain lau­rel, the se­cluded out­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas fea­ture a ten­nis court with view­ing pavil­ion, putting green, an over­sized per­gola din­ing area, full out­door kitchen, heated pool with deck­ing and sep­a­rate spa deck. Two Barns is renowned for host­ing lav­ish par­ties filled with fa­mous writ­ers and artists, all dis­cussing fresh idea’s late into the lan­guid sum­mer evenings.

Beau­ti­fully writ­ten sto­ries about this prop­erty have been fea­tured in many pub­li­ca­tions over the years. When we buy a piece of his­tory, we don’t just buy an ob­ject or a piece of land -- we buy sub­stance, heart, soul, love, sto­ries and a legacy.

Two Barns is listed for sale ex­clu­sively by Korine M. Konzet of Brown Har­ris Stevens. 631-537-4323, kkonzet@bhshamp­

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