Mark Twain’s old farmhouse is an idyllic writers’ retreat

Mark Twain and his daughter Jean
Mark Twain and his daughter Jean

New York City’s ceaseless high-speed churn has produced some of the best writing from some of the world’s best writers. But when the city has got you down, and a dose of tranquility is just what the editor ordered, what better place to escape it all than a farmhouse owned by Mark Twain himself?

In 1909, Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) purchased a farm near his splendid Connecticut estate Stormfield for his daughter Jean. Jean would tragically die the same year at her father’s house — drowned in the bath following an apparent epileptic fit. But “Jean’s farm” lives on as an 18.7-acre estate, which is now on the market asking $1.85 million.

The nine-room, five-bedroom house, located at 325 Redding Road, recently underwent a “down-to-studs” renovation, according to the listing with Lois Lehman of William Raveis. The house features Carlisle hickory floors, antiqued ceiling beams, mudroom, new doors and windows. French doors, patio with fire pit, marble counters, custom cabinetry and Gaggenau appliances.

Outside, the grounds are home to an 1860’s barn, which has been converted into a full apartment, and a heated pool.

Here is a look inside.

Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis
Credit: William Raveis