It’s the little things that help us make a connection to a home, you may find yours begins with a story…
Sherwood Farm, a warm and inviting colonial farmhouse in Fairfield, Connecticut has had a wonderful life. It’s had several, in fact. Originally built in 1769, it’s been owned by only three families throughout the years. Today the home is sophisticated and chic, rebuilt by the current owners room by room, with a loving nod to its past.
For years the property was used as a farm and in fact still has farm status. The current owners produce honey and grow vegetables and herbs for local restaurants. Three beehives produced 60 pounds of honey last year. This farm-to-table experience is unique, keeps taxes low and provides a wonderful country lifestyle only minutes from town and train and an hour’s drive from New York City.
The early 1900’s found the farmhouse being used as a summer boarding house, run by the Witzke Family. Mamma Witzke would only rent to people from New York City because she wanted them to enjoy fresh air in the country during the summer months. The Witzke’s had owned and managed a restaurant in Brooklyn before moving out to Fairfield and many of their summer borders were former patrons of the restaurant.
It’s fun to walk through the house as it is now and imagine the guests dining in the old Tavern Room, then relaxing on the porch or retiring to the Library. Significant attention to detail was used in the restoration and the owner’s added considerable new space. Beautiful wide-plank chestnut floors were brought back to life in the Tavern Room, Formal Dining, Library and upstairs Hallway and Guest Bedrooms. The fireplaces were rebuilt using the original mantels and hearths.
Some of the original beams were kept and structurally secured. Older doors were brought back here and there, sanded down and reused to recreate an authenticity of what existed. The owners were dedicated to getting things right, rebuilding this house became a labor of love.
They used high efficiency, wood clad, tilt-in windows built to a historic look, installed all new electrical, plumbing, HVAC and used both regular and spray foam insulation. They also rebuilt the adjoining Guest Cottage with a charming ‘summer-camp-feel’ that would be perfect for summer & weekend getaways, visiting guests or perhaps as an in-law suite or rental.
The property consists of 16+ acres with beautiful, mature trees, open pasture and woodlands. Hunting is allowed during certain months of the year. A bridle trail runs alongside the southeastern portion. This is a nature-lover and birder paradise, an artists’ muse, a writers’ quiet inspiration…a place to love.Please contact me for more details, photos or to schedule a private showing. 3808 Redding Road ~ Fairfield, Connecticut ~ $1,599,000