WFP Lists Bunny Mellon's Oak Spring Farm
Thomas B. Anderson, President of Washington Fine Properties (WFP), announced Friday that WFP will offer the truly remarkable 2,000 acre Upperville, Virginia farm of Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, who died earlier this year at the age of 103. One of the most important farms in America, Oak Spring Farm is where Paul and Bunny Mellon shared their many passions including horse breeding, horticulture, and art collecting.
Oak Spring Farm includes a rare and private mile-long airstrip, extensive equestrian stables and barns, extraordinary gardens and greenhouses, guest houses, tenant houses, a pool house designed by noted architect I.M. Pei, and the stately neo-Georgian mansion known as “Brick House”. Designed in 1941 by renowned architect William Adams Delano of Delano and Aldrich, the Brick House became a home for Mr. and Mrs. Mellon’s world-renowned art collection. The property is being offered in its entirety for $70 million.
“Washington Fine Properties is extremely honored to have been chosen to represent Mrs. Mellon’s beloved farm,” said Tom Anderson. “For over 65 years, the mystique of the farm has captured attention worldwide.”
ABOUT MR. AND MRS. PAUL MELLON
Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon (1910-2014) was a renowned horticulturist and collector, whose marriage to Paul Mellon in 1948, the only son of financier Andrew Mellon, united two of America’s most affluent families.
A supremely private woman with a deep passion for gardening, Bunny sculpted the couple’s beloved Oak Spring Farm into the closest American version of the English Cotswolds. While Oak Spring was her private treasure, Mrs. Mellon’s extensive list of contributions to the world of horticulture includes redesigns of the Rose Garden and East Garden at The White House for her close friend, Jacqueline Kennedy, and the revival of Louis XIV’s kitchen garden at Versailles. The Oak Spring Garden Library, Mrs. Mellon’s celebrated collection of rare books, manuscripts, works of art and artifacts relating to gardening, landscape design, horticulture, botany, natural history and travels, is world-renowned and among the finest of its kind. Sharing a fondness for art, Mr. and Mrs. Mellon built an extraordinary collection and generously supported the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Equally passionate about horses, the couple bred and raised champion racehorses at Oak Spring Farm. The Mellons are the only individuals to ever own a winner of the Kentucky Derby, Epsom Derby, and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.