This pair of converted barns in New York State started life thousands of miles away in England.
Literary agent Ed Victor and wife Carol Ryan found the two 17th-century barns in the Sussex and Berkshire countryside. In 1982, they decided to dismantle them and join them together across the pond in Water Mill, working with architect David Howard to turn them into a sprawling five-bedroom home.
Two Barns, as the property is known, is set over 3,029 sq ft, and features hand-hewn black oak timber beams (some of which were repurposed from ships).
‘There were really two architects at work on Two Barns: David Howard and Carol Ryan,’ said Victor, who represented writers such as Iris Murdoch and A A Gill. ‘All of the exquisite details and touches were her inspiration.’
White stucco walls, painted wooden floors and an aged brick fireplace continue the country theme across the property – on the market via Korine Konzet of Brown Harris Stevens for $3.495 m. Elsewhere, tall casement windows in the property’s entrance are said to be inspired by Victorian architect Edwin Lutyens.
Four bedrooms, a soaring 25-ft great room and country kitchen fill the main barn while the second has been turned into the master bedroom suite. It comes with its own seating area, fireplace and bathroom.
Two Barns is located at 516 Little Noyac Path, and is surrounded with gardens inspired by Sissinghurst Castle’s White Garden. There’s also a tennis courts (with a viewing pavilion), a swimming pool and outdoor dining area with an outdoor kitchen.