The first time I set foot on Pumpkin Hill Farm, I immediately felt like I had arrived at a gracious Litchfield County country estate. I loved being greeted by the crunch under my tires of the white crushed stone in the driveway and the surrounding ancient plantings of wisteria, lilacs, peonies and lavender. And once I stepped inside this country house, there was a level of warmth and authenticity that can only be found (and felt) in such a wonderful antique home.

Pumpkin Hill Farm is a country estate located in New Milford, Connecticut. The original 3-story farmhouse, built circa 1739 may be one of the oldest homes in town, and is the grand dame of this compound. She’s made up of 12 rooms, 8 (yes, 8) fireplaces, and countless interesting details that add so much depth and interest.

This gracious farmhouse is surrounded by outbuildings that include a magnificent 3-story barn complete with a generously sized artist’s studio (heated and air-conditioned I might add), 2 full baths, potting shed, tack room, and of course, plenty of room for horses. Steps from the kitchen are 2 seasonal guest cottages, and a sweet vintage chicken coop that 3-dozen chickens can call home (talk about fresh eggs)!

This place has all the provenance of a country estate. The garden enclosed built-in swimming pool is a wee bit smaller than the original octagonal cement pool beneath. The apple orchard was thriving in its’ day out back – as well as the clay tennis courts, that are now a very level lawn.

Handed down, and lovingly passed from generation to generation, owner to owner – the stories of Pumpkin Hill Farm began almost 275 years ago. One more contemporary story goes like this…

During the first half of the 20th century, writer Elliot Paul (best known for his book, The Last Time I Saw Paris) purchased Pumpkin Hill Farm as a country retreat, and entertained fellow writers and artists including Ernest Hemingway, Stuart Davis, and Louis Quintanilla – to name a few. The story goes, that as a thank you gift for Paul’s hospitality, Louis Quintanilla rendered a painting on the parlor’s over mantel (this lovely parting gift is now preserved under a newly crafted raised panel fireplace façade). Now, more than ever, this house is still ideal for entertaining – whether it’s an intimate, cozy weekend stay for family and friends or an all-out affair.

It’s not everyday an authentic Country House – more specifically a Connecticut Country House, a time-honored place of gathering and comfort filled with so much charm and history – comes on the market.

Bring your family, your horses, your chickens, and your home-based business. Here at Pumpkin Hill Farm, all are welcome!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Nora


  1. Deb on October 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    lovely, just lovely… thank you for sharing this historic farm

    • Nora on October 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      I just love this place Deb! So inspirational….Thanks Deb. Love, Nora

  2. Dana on October 12, 2013 at 2:23 am

    So beautiful. Let’s hope the next “caretaker” enjoys her charm as many generations have.

    • Nora on October 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      So true Dana… antique homeowners we are the caretakers. And it’s amazing how beautifully these homes stand up to the test of time…..and get even better… us!!

      Thanks Dana, Love, Nora

  3. Sweet Pea on October 14, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Hi Nora:
    So beautiful and elegant. The tartan and toile combo is so quintessential Nora!
    Your eye is such an inspiration. Happy Fall to you and your family,.
    Love and hugs, Karen

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