The Mansion Where “Little Women” Was Filmed Is Listed for $3.25M

The Mansion Where “Little Women” Was Filmed Is Listed for $3.25M

By Lucy Wang
Once a Catholic retreat, then an Ayurvedic health center, and most recently a film set for the upcoming film adaptation of “Little Women,” this 65-room manse seeks a new owner.

In Lancaster, Massachusetts, one hour from Boston, a 21,802-square-foot Colonial Revival manor with 65 rooms has hit the market—offering with it the chance to own part of the set where director Greta Gerwig’s star-studded adaptation of Little Women (which will be in theaters this Christmas) was recently filmed.

Set on 60 manicured acres far back from the main road, the mansion encompasses nearly 22,000 square feet of living space across three floors.

A gated, wrought-iron fence ornamented with flowers and cornucopias marks the main entrance on the west side of the brick mansion. Two days of shooting for Greta Gerwig’s upcoming film "Little Women" took place at the mansion and adjacent carriage house.

The Little Women cast—which includes the likes of Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and Meryl Streep—aren’t the only celebrities that have graced the mansion grounds. The estate was once home to the Maharishi Ayurveda Medical Center that reportedly served famous clientele such as Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and George Harrison.

A glimpse inside the foyer on the first floor. There are 47 bedrooms, 24 full baths, and four half baths.

Built in 1904, the sumptuous mansion was designed by Guy Lowell, the architect behind Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, as a summer home for the Thayer family.

The view of the sycamore-paneled foyer from the east entrance.

In 1941, the property, also known as Hawthorne Hill, was sold to a Greek Orthodox seminary. Subsequent owners were mostly affiliated with religious or wellness organizations, such as the Roman Catholic Convent of the Cenacle, which owned the estate for two decades and added a two-story extension, as well as the aforementioned Maharishi Ayurveda Medical Center established by Dr. Deepak Choprain the 1980s. 

On the south side of the house is the walnut-paneled library. The library fireplace features a carving of the Aesop fable "The Fox and the Stork." This room briefly appears in the Little Women trailer during a scene with Timothée Chalamet and Laura Dern.

The grand dining room features oak paneling.

The grounds also include an original Arts and Crafts–style carriage house, which is sold separately for $499,900.

A grand, curved staircase with carved balusters connects the entry hall to the second floor where the majority of the bedrooms are located. (This staircase is not the one seen in the Little Women trailer.)

A look inside one of the second-floor bedrooms with one of the 13 fireplaces in the mansion.

"Expense was not spared on the construction or attention to detail in this home," reads the property listing. Marble was used throughout the home, on fireplaces and in bathrooms such as this one.

Hawthorne Hill ground floor plan

679 George Hill Rd, Lancaster, MA 01523 is now being listed by Apple Country Team for $3,250,000. See the full listing here. 

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