When Dean Brown purchased The Bevin House, a French Second Empire-style mansion in East Hampton, Conn., the historic property had been abandoned for about five years. Now the stunning Victorian is an impeccably restored seven-bed, 4.5-bath home listed at $1,450,000.
“I bought it years ago from the bank and spent about a year and a half fixing it up,” said Brown. “Halfway through that, I decided to make it a bed and breakfast, because it’s a very historical house and there’s actually nowhere to stay around here.”
Philo Bevin, known as one of the owners of Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Co., built the home at 26 Barton Hill Road in 1872. The company, which still manufactures bells, contributed to East Hampton’s moniker as “Belltown,” but when Brown acquired Bevin House, it needed an overhaul; it wasn’t winterized, and only two of the 20 radiators in the house functioned. Now it features a state-of-the-art heating system, and every room has its own thermostat and radiator, Brown said. “It’s great in the winter because if you’re not using any of the other rooms, you can turn the heat down to 50 degrees.”
Brown furnished the three floors with period colors and pieces. Now, the 15-room home boasts a library with more than 1,200 books, a parlor/music room, and a formal dining room. Twelve-foot ceilings tower overhead in the 4,605 square feet of living space.
Philo Bevin’s granddaughter Alice, a popular artist, had used several spaces as her studio. Guests can find her art in the home (a mural in the third-floor bath) and on the walls of the property’s 3,700-square-foot barn. The barn also has a two-bay garage.
A large wraparound deck offers a perch from which to enjoy the 2.6-acre property, which includes a flat, grassy lawn surrounded by mature trees. Out back, the gunite swimming pool has dolphin tile inlays, and the extensive garden should inspire any home cook. Brown estimated he had about 90 tomato plants growing in past years.
While it’s currently a bed and breakfast, Brown said the home could easily function as a private residence. “The only difference is I have a fire alarm system with pull stations and emergency lighting,” Brown said.
The sale of the property includes the furniture, but not the owner’s two goats.
“The goats are my goats,” said Brown. “They’re just pets, and they’re pretty friendly.”
See more photos of the property below: