This is my kind of Celebrity House. Renee Zellweger’s country home in Conneticut was built in 1770 and is known as “The Cotton Tavern.” She’s selling it for $1.6 million, so take a look!
She tried to sell it several years ago for $1.5 (I posted about it here if you want to see the older photos).
The listing describes it as a Colonial-Federal farmhouse with a fieldstone foundation and white-painted wood clapboard exterior. It has 3,463 square feet and 7 fireplaces.
The rooms look a little different than they did in the earlier listing, which leads me to believe she may have already moved out and had it staged. Here’s an old pic of the library with more furniture and artwork in the room:
The house looks like it’s mostly a blank slate that would be fun to decorate, don’t you think?
Last time it was listed, the dining room had a much grander chandelier and a bigger table:
Here’s the floorplan for the first floor, which includes an enclosed porch and a big mudroom with laundry:
The upstairs landing:
Here’s how one of the bedrooms looks in the listing today:
And here’s how it looked in the listing from 2011 with a four-poster bed:
The bed may have been a little big for the space, but it looked cozy. (I grew up with a canopy bed and loved it. Anyone else?)
It seems like we haven’t seen Renee a lot lately. Her IMDb page says her last movie was in 2010 and called My Own Love Song. I must’ve missed that one. She’s filming one called The Whole Truth that’s slated for next year, though.
The second floor has a dressing area with lots of closet space off the master:
There’s a back staircase off the upstairs sitting room that leads down to the laundry/mudroom behind the country kitchen. You can see it through the doorway in this photo:
Looks like some of the butcher block countertops have been swapped out for white ones since last time, and the faucet is different, too. Here’s how it looked in the 2011 listing:
I watched Jerry Maguire again recently and had forgotten what a cute movie it was. Do you think she gets tired of people cracking “You had me at hello” jokes?
I happened to be in London when Bridget Jones’s Diary premiered there in 2001, and it killed me that I couldn’t get close enough to the theater to see Colin Firth or Hugh Grant on the red carpet:
The movie premiere at Leicester Square: Socialite Life
Speaking of Bridget, I actually got to meet Helen Fielding at a book reading. She was hilarious and told all kinds of funny dating stories on herself that had us in stitches. I collect author autographs and have hers hanging in my study beside my desk:
I was really excited when she finally wrote a follow-up Bridget novel last year, Mad About the Boy, but it was a big disappointment. Did anyone else read it? I know reviews were mixed, so maybe some of you liked it more than I did.
I’m a total book nerd who has been recording every single book I’ve read since 1990. Here’s what I wrote about this one:
“So much farting, vomiting, and lice in this novel that it was a struggle just to get through all the grossness.”
That’s pretty much sums it up. Not my idea of humor — or romance, for that matter. Not to mention the fact that Mark Darcy wasn’t in it (boo!). Sounds like they haven’t decided whether to make a movie out of it yet or not, but Renee might want to pass on it if they do…
Back to the house — it sits on 38 acres overlooking Quinebaug River and an inground pool. Oh, and in case you were wondering, there’s a landing area for your helicopter. I know that will be important to you.
A swing in the backyard has “A PLACE YOU BELONG” carved into the wood.
It comes with a guest cottage and “recreation barn:”
Want it? For more photos and information about The Cotton Tavern, check the listing with Joanna Dresser of Christie’s International Real Estate and read the article on Zillow. You can see my post about it with the older photos from 2011 here.