By Ruth Doherty published
Susie Hilfiger has listed the sprawling equestrian estate in Connecticut she bought with ex-husband Tommy Hilfiger for a cool $40 million. The couple bought Denbigh Farm in Greenwich back in 1995, and raised their four children there before their divorce in 2000.
The pair remained friends and Tommy bought another farm nearby, which he recently sold for $45 million.
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Tommy and Susie met in 1976 when she took a job working in his small clothing store, People’s Place, in Ithaca, New York. They were married in 1980, and Susie is credited with helping to turn the line, which includes clothing, fragrances and homeware, into a world renowned business, which sold for $1.6 billion in 2006.
The historic home was built in 1775, and is a countryside dream, boasting a six-stall stable, two paddocks and a riding arena. The 17 acres also has a tennis court and a beautiful terraced pool area.
Inside, the home is vibrant, full of print and pattern with a heritage feel giving a nod to the grandeur of one of Greenwich’s most iconic estate homes.
The home’s historical features have been carefully preserved, and there’s majestic open fireplaces in almost every room. The impressive grand foyer features a stunning recessed curved stairwell.
With around 14,000 square feet of space, there are seven bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and four smaller rest rooms.
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The house is an entertainer’s paradise, boasting a beautiful ballroom with a fireplace surround from the Hermès home in Paris.
There's also a flower arranging room, a silver storage room, and an original meat locker for cold storage.
There's a blend of formal and informal spaces, the latter of which includes a stylish study, as well as cosy eat-in kitchen space.
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The exquisite dining room showcases hand-painted Chinese rice-paper wallpaper gratis of its 1930s owner, Joseph Verner Reed, Jr, a past US Ambassador to Morocco.
There is also a collection of furniture that Susie purchased from the Paris home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and head-turning artwork gracing the walls.
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And kids will be in heaven as there's even perfect scale replica of Mount Vernon as a children’s playhouse in the garden.
Where does Susie Hilfiger live now?
Susie is reportedly selling her family home in Connecticut and moving to the West Coast to be closer to her grown-up children.
Where does Tommy Hilfiger live?
Tommy is not only a fashion fan, but a keen property renovator, doing up and selling seven homes in the Greenwich area in the last 35 years. Tommy and his wife Dee Ocleppo own properties around the world, including a home on the Caribbean island of Mustique, and a house in Florida. They recently sold their penthouse at The Plaza hotel in Manhattan for $31.25 million.
Pictures courtesy of Top Ten Real Estate Deals
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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