It’s Free to Look Hamptons: 1866 Deerfield Road, Water Mill

Nothing says old-fashioned luxury like a little dose of feudalism. Some Hamptons properties are for throwing cocktail parties; Beechnut Hill Farm is for launching a Crusade.

According to the Sotheby's listing, the $34.95 million "gentleman's farm" commands 42 presumably arable acres, with 184 adjoining acres of natural reserve. This means you can oversee your serfs in blissful isolation, surrounded only by trees and bushes, with no one from capitalist America to disturb you.

Every detail of the lord's mansion ensures an authentic medieval experience. The stone fireplaces, for instance, have been "collected" from "French castles and country estates." For anyone not familiar with medieval tradition, this means the fireplaces were looted from those castles after a siege. At Beechnut Hill Farm, the dirty work is completed upon move-in.

The serf's dwelling, which the listing euphemistically calls a "pool house," is itself unusually luxurious. And because your stables feature only the finest purebreds, the barn, thank heavens, is "suitable for horses." —William Alden

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Nothing says old-fashioned luxury like a little dose of feudalism. Some Hamptons properties are for throwing cocktail parties; Beechnut Hill Farm is for launching a Crusade.

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