What better way to market a $25 million villa in the Hamptons than to tie it to arguably the world’s most luxurious motor car and most definitely the world’s most expensive cognac?
There most certainly is none — if you asked the more than 300 guests who attended last month’s Brunch with Bentley, in the expansive backyard of 674 Scuttle Hole Road in Water Mill. The 18,000-square-foot mansion — built five years ago by Jeffrey Colle, a well-respected South Fork designer/developer — sits on 42 acres, with a tree farm on one side and a nature preserve on another.
The A-listers strolled the grounds of what has become known as Beechnut Hill Farm Estate, sipping cognac provided by French liquor purveyor Cognac Croizet, which proudly displayed a $157,000 bottle of its Cuvee Leonie (1858). A few tried out the artificial putting green, others took a dip in the pool and a steady stream took turns sitting behind the wheel, but not driving, Bentley’s latest model, the Flying Spur.
The seven-bedroom, seven-bath home turned heads, too, with hand-planed reclaimed black walnut floors and hand-carved mahogany railings, bidets and radiant heated Japanese marble tubs, iPad- controlled lighting and humidity — and, with all that land for horseback riding, a six-stall stable.
“It’s perfect for an equestrian,” said broker Matthew Breitenbach, who is marketing the house with his mother, Susan.
The $24.99 million listing price is down from about $40 million, mostly because of the property’s vastness and lack of an oceanfront view, Breitenbach explained.
Still, as one guest pointed out: “All you need is one [buyer].”
Another guest, Michelle Stoddard of Resorts World in Queens, was impressed with the Flying Spur — so much so that the public relations rep plans to buy a few of the $200,000-plus sedans for the casino’s high rollers to take for a spin.
The Bentley impressed a good number of others, even one person who arrived in a Lamborghini — the home, though, not so much.
“I see it going for $10 [million], maybe $15 million,” said another attendee.