Millstone Farm, one of Wilton’s premiere properties, is up for sale. The 70-plus acre property at 180 Millstone Rd. is steeped in Wilton history: once owned by a former first selectman, it’s now a stalwart in organic and sustainable farming and issue-based commerce.
The property, currently owned by Wilton residents Betsy and Jesse Fink, is on the market for $5.9 million. It is represented by Ridgefield realtor Karla Murtaugh. Not only does the estate include the main house, a cottage and several barns, paddocks and farm structures, but it also features all the animals and produce production. According to the listing, the animals include, “Shetland sheep, Tamworth, Berkshire and Large Black pigs, rare breeds of chickens, heirloom turkeys, llamas and ponies.”
Millstone is a true working farm, with a wide variety of produce grown. Millstone grows heirloom and multiple varietals of artichokes, beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuces, kale, chard, peas, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, squash and tomatoes. Millstone Farm also markets branded products items, including salsa, eggs, honey, relish, pickles, maple syrup and wool.
The listing describes a fairy-tale like farm:
“…the property features over 71 pastoral acres of rolling land including multiple barns, paddocks and fenced pastures. Sheep, chickens and other animals wander the fields, while greenhouses, orchards, beehives and three large vegetable gardens produce sought-after fare for renowned local Chefs in the farm-to-table movement. A four-bedroom Stone & Shingle main residence is sited perfectly to capture the light and sunset views. Multiple trails and a whimsical “glamping” tent, as well as the original dressage ring and equestrian course provide a unique backdrop for outdoor activity. A most exceptional country estate.”
The listing tells the tale of Millstone’s history. It was originally owned by Dr. Vincent Tito, who purchased the property in 1911. It was pretty rustic–no indoor plumbing or electricity–but for a retirement property it was ideal. He started planting fruit trees and built a hot house. But when he died from the flu in 1919, Tito’s son, Vincent Jr., took over the farm and updated it significantly.
Tito Jr. not only transformed the land into a working g, productive farm, but he also grew into a town leader, holding the office of first selectman for five consecutive terms. He continued to expand the farm, which for a time was the home of the Wilton Pony Club. In 2005, the Finks purchased the property and, with the help of master farmer Annie Farrell, redeveloped it to evolve into its current incarnation as a standard-bearer of sustainable agrarian practice.
“The vision for the farm encompasses three levels: family, local community and broader global issues. At the family level, the owners and their children learned to how to grow food and steward a farm, increasing awareness of the environment. For the local community, the farm provides wholesome food, using no chemicals, and a space for community members to connect with the land through the “Millstone Experience” including a CSA, Farm-To-Fork dinners, educational programs and supplying produce to nationally recognized Chefs. The farm also inspires to address issues like food waste and the humane raising of animals while at the same time allowing entrepreneurs and educators to use the property as a learning laboratory.”
Main Residence and Outbuildings
The main house is a four-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath converted barn. Stylish, contemporary and solid, the home boasts hardwood floors, exposed stone, walls of windows, hand-crafted millwork and views aplenty. Vaulted ceilings and two-story spaces lend themselves to a feeling of expansive luxury. Two silos add to the architectural uniqueness.
A second, smaller residence is just steps away down a stone path. This cottage was converted from a pool house, to include a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath. It includes a canvas “glamping” tent atop a wood platform with a built-in bed and wood burning stove.
In addition to the main, 7-stall barn, there are ten sheds/stalls on the property, one greenhouse and two heated, growing hoop houses. The farm is also equipped with multiple frost-free hydrants.
Millstone Farm is listed by Karla Murtaugh with Neumann Real Estate. She can be reached at 203.856.5534.