Seven years after her death, the Cape Cod estate of Bunny Mellon (her real name was Rachel Lambert Mellon) was sold for $19 million. The socialite and acclaimed horticulturist, who lived to be 103 years old and designed the White House Rose Garden back in 1962 among other important outdoor spaces, called the property home from the early ‘70s onward. The historic home was restored early in her ownership, and of course, she added expansive and beautiful gardens.
With almost seven and a half acres of land, there certainly is plenty of room for planting. Some of the last gardens designed by Mellon, including an herb garden, vegetable garden, and a main formal garden, are still on the property, and the 270 degree water view adds another opportunity to take in all of nature’s glory. The 350 year old house, which is known as Scallop Path, contains seven bedrooms and five full bathrooms, and the style of the space reflects its history as one of the first homes on Cape Cod—just take the eight fireplaces and additional cooking hearth for example. Along with the main house, a charming guest house built in the 1970s offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen and laundry room for guest use. A woodshed, boathouse, and garage allow for extra storage space beyond the homes.
A closer view of one of the gardens.
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Though the names of the buyers are unknown, the home’s realtor, Zenas Crocker of Robert Paul Properties, spoke of their intentions to the Cape Cod Times. “A family that’s been in the area for a couple of generations purchased the property,” said Crocker. “As far as we know, their intention is to keep it as the historic property it is and has always been.”