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Is This Water Mill Estate Rather Hideous Or Kinda Gorgeous?

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While the East End's cup runneth over with boring homes that offer no insight into their owner's personality other than how much money they have, the same can definitely not be said about this 3.2 acre Water Mill estate. Designed by and for noted interior designer Thomas "I've never considered my work over the top" Britt, the residence (or just part of it) has been on the market since 2010. Since it's once again being sold whole (and for $2.2M less than the original $13.2M ask) we thought it was worth another look.

Constructed by Peter Cook?who calls the estate "a bit of a folly, but a wonderful one"?more than 15 years ago, the main house offer "7 bedrooms, 6 1/2 bathrooms, a wonderful entrance gallery with a grand staircase, a dining room fit for a king and a theatrical double height library." There's also a 2400 sq. ft. guest house that offers "4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and a grand entertaining room with soaring ceilings, a fireplace and full walls of glass." And, just to prove he's not "over the top", there's a third pool/guest house "with a small kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths." The property itself boasts "awe-inspiring gardens, specimen trees, rolling lawns, and an astonishing double alley of cherry trees planted in 1966" and a very understated "25 x 80 foot reflecting pool with three fountains."

While the place certainly isn't boring, we're leaving it up to you to decide if it should join the ranks of our illustrious "That's Rather Hideous" club.

Poll results

· Listing: Compound Interest [Saunders]
· Palace-Inspired Hamptons Compound [WSJ]
· It’s Free to Look Hamptons: 329 Mecox Road, Water Mill [New York Observer]