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Inside Mark Twain's grand Connecticut mansion – listed for $4.2 million

The celebrated writer designed the home to mirror a Tuscan villa – complete with ornate marble flooring and stone pillars

Exterior of Mark Twain's house
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Stormfield – Mark Twain's iconic estate in Fairfield County, Connecticut – has just entered the market for $4.2 million. The property's name derives from the writer's short story Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven following a period in Italy. This trip inspired Stormfield's district architectural features, which were designed to reflect a traditional Tuscan villa – meaning Stormfield is one of the world's best homes

With its three ornate fireplaces and luxe terraces, this home is an Italian jewel amongst Connecticut's verdant countryside. Here, we take a tour of Mark Twain's final home. 

Ariel shot of Mark Twain's house

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Writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who is best known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was among the most influential humorists and publishers of the late nineteenth century. He is recognized as the 'greatest humorist the United States has produced' and was labeled as 'the father of American literature by writer William Faulkner. Stormfield was Mark Twain's last home, where he lived from 1908 until his death in 1910.

Dining terrace in Mark Twain's house

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Situated amongst 28.53 private acres, Stormfield is a European-inspired sanctuary that, despite its rural setting, is only 58 miles from the buzz of Midtown Manhattan. Despite a fire in 1923, the property has maintained a host of original assets, including its statement stone walls, pillars, and terraces. 

Mark Twain's Living room with fireplace and painted ceiling

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The 6,300 square foot main home has inspired our living room ideas through its intricate painted coffered ceiling, which crowns the elegant space with a luxe chandelier. Alongside its five bedrooms and five bathrooms, Stormfield has a large walk-in closet and a grand library with room for Mark Twain's most famous works. 

We're also taking hallway ideas from Stormfield's grand foyer area, complete with sweeping arches that act as a further nod to its Southern European influence. 

Mark Twain's hallway with Tuscan-style arches

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The large dining room overlooks the stone terrace, which leads to Stormfield's rolling landscape. These formal gardens survived the fire and are the same pastures Mark described as 'beautiful' as he observed the land from his home.

Mark Twain's library

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The exterior space also boasts a heated gunite pool alongside a guest cottage with views across the historic estate. Naturally, we're stealing garden ideas from this iconic American estate.

Mark Twain's swimming pool

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Listing agents Sotheby's have described the sale as a 'rare opportunity to own a piece of American History' which boasts the organic ambiance of Fairfield County whilst on the fringe of New York City. Literature lovers, it's time to make the investment. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.