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1850s Water Mill farmhouse includes posh chicken coop

This Water Mill home, listed for $2.495 million,

This Water Mill home, listed for $2.495 million, has three bedrooms and four baths. Credit: Sotheby’s International Realty

This 1850s Water Mill farmhouse listed for $2.495 million has a chicken coop that was converted into posh entertaining space.

Rough-hewed, exposed beams, a full bathroom and “great interior spaces for entertaining” fill the approximately 1,300-square-foot coop, says Holly Hodder, a licensed saleswoman for Sotheby’s International Realty. The listing agent is Harald Grant.

That conversion typifies the design of this 2,000-square-foot three-bedroom, four-bath home on one acre, where “mixing high and low, old and new” prevails, Hodder says. Creating the space has been an ongoing effort by Paul Donaher, who has owned the property since 1997. Original details like mantel pieces, baseboards, wood floors and doors were preserved and restored.

An interior by Nannette Brown, of Brown-Siegel Design Associates, features accents ranging from fine goods and antiques to items purchased at thrift shops. In the master suite, photographs of British royalty hang salon-style above the bed, charting dozens of images of nobility dating back to William the Conqueror.

Outside, there is a heated 20-by-40-foot inground pool between the house and the chicken coop, an outdoor shower and a covered pergola attached to the three-car garage.

Modern systems in the house include central air conditioning, a security system and irrigation.

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