With sweeping vistas, a storied 8,000-square-foot home, an iconic horse farm and award-winning Maratha Clara Vineyard on-site, the “Big E Farm” in Riverhead just became the largest parcel currently for sale on the North Fork.
Built and made famous by Robert Entenmann of the popular baked goods company, the 200-acre property has already generated interest from prospective buyers, according to realtor Sheri Winter Clarry of The Corcoran Group.
“I have already been getting calls,” Clarry said. “It is amazing what Mr. Entenmann has done with this property. There is an infrastructure here where anyone’s idea of what it could be can be done here.”
The 15 buildings included in the sale come with a $25 million price tag, Clarry said.
The home itself boasts five bedrooms, 6 ½ bathrooms, an in-ground heated pool and three separate living quarters for staff, Clarry said. The list price also includes the “Big E Farm’s” barns, stables and winemaking facilities — including all its equipment and merchandise. The existing staff is also “ready to stay,” Clarry said.
“It is priced incredibly well for what is,” she said.
The property has been in the Entenmann Family since the 1980s. Entenmann purchased the former potato farm as the family sold the baked goods business in 1978 and turned it into a thoroughbred horse farm.
As the years went by he became inspired by the North Fork’s surrounding vineyards. In 1995 took an interest in producing wine and planted 18 acres of vitis vinifera grapes, according to the winery’s website. Eventually his vineyard grew to more than 100 acres — its grapes now responsible for Martha Clara’s award-winning vino.
“It is such a beloved and breathtaking property,” Clarry said.
Now in his mid-80s, Entenmann is leaving the North Fork for his home in Florida to be closer to his children, she said.