Old Mill Farm in Greenwich, CT…Bunny Williams…and Garden Education

My husband and I have decided to move our family to Greenwich, CT to be closer to my children’s school and we have been busy house hunting since last Fall.  Through the process of looking over the past few months, I have become quite familiar with the Greenwich housing market, and one spectacular estate that I wanted to share with you is Old Mill Farm, currently for sale through Sothebys for the low price of $29,750,000.  (Better check your coin jar!)

The main house has 15 bedrooms and 17 baths and almost 16,000 square feet of living space.  It is considered to be one of the last Great Estates of Greenwich, boasting over 75 acres, reminiscent of the English countryside.   Old Mill Farm is a landmark treasure designed by renown architect Charles Lewis Bowman for financier George Lewis Ohrstrom in 1926.  The house features 17th-century paneling imported from England and a great hall with a 40-foot cathedral ceiling.

One might argue that the highlight of the estate is that renowned landscape architect, James Doyle, transformed the grounds with gorgeous formal gardens including a sculpted maze.  If that isn’t enough, the property includes a terraced pool, tennis court, greenhouse, stable, staff houses, log cabin and even a stream-fed pond.

I was pleased to see that Tom Woodham and Veranda Magazine did a nice Gardens & Outdoor Living feature on the estate.  These photos, by Neil A. Landino, Jr. for the Veranda article are breathtaking and will surely take your mind away from the snow blanketing the East coast since the weekend:

See more photos and read about all of the incredible plantings on the estate at Veranda.com
Speaking of gardening and Greenwich, Bunny Williams will be holding a lunch and lecture at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich in April, which I will be attending.

I enjoyed seeing her at the New York International Gift Fair last week, promoting her line of home furnishings, Bee Line Home (which we here at The Well Appointed House would love to carry)  Here is a photo I snapped…she was signing books (Photo Copyright Melissa Hawks):

So, amidst the wintry weather, I leave you with thoughts of gardening and a beautiful, old Greenwich estate…
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  1. Kitty

    Uh-mazing! Melissa, I have been meaning to post you a proper note to thank you so much for the fabulous return address stamp you gave me. I love it. I appreciate it, and you…I’m just so behind on my correspondence. I actually have a few errant Christmas cards still on my desk. Thanks again! Love, Kitty.

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