Got a ton of dough? Mrs. Fields cookie ranch is for sale, and you won’t believe the price
It’s the ranch that attracts foodies – specifically cookies and chocolate candy at the humongous home built by Debbi Fields of Mrs. Fields Cookies, and now owned by chocolatier Jeanette Brooks. Sited on a 200,683-acre ranch, Brooks is ready to turn over the keys to the next rancher with furnishings, cattle and equipment included – for US$45 million.
Um, that’s a lot of cake. Who knew the cookie business could be that lucrative?
Debbie and Randy Fields opened their first Mrs. Fields Cookies store in 1977 in Palo Alto, Calif. with their homemade-style cookies. Quickly becoming very popular with their customers, they opened a series of kiosks in airports and shopping centres, currently expanded to more than 650 bakeries in the U.S. and more than 80 in 11 countries. By 1982, they had moved their headquarters to Park City, Utah and built their European chateau-style mansion on the ranch. In the early 1990s, the Fields sold the company to an investment firm ,and it is currently owned by Famous Brands International with Debbie as the spokesperson. In 2011, the ranch was sold to Jeanette Brooks, founder of Xocal Healthy Chocolate.
The Cookie Mansion is sited on 271 acres with a mile of Provo River frontage with additional leased grazing acreage and water sources to sustain a thousand-head herd that spreads into four counties. The main house of 17,000 sq. ft. has 10 ensuite bedrooms, lots of formal and casual spaces and US$1.5 million in decorator furnishings which will convey with the home. The overall design includes 11 fireplaces, copper-and-wood-coffered ceilings, stained-glass and black-walnut paneling and ceilings in the Great Room. Fields made purchases in Europe for the house such as a bar from Ireland, a stained-glass window of Mary Magdalene in the entry above the stairs imported from Scotland and wood from a royal residence in England.
Mrs. Field’s Cookie Ranch is selling turnkey with mansion, acreage, 650 cow-calf Angus pairs, approximately 50 bulls, furnishings, ranch equipment and machinery, permits, water rights, hunting and mineral rights and even Shorty Williams, the ranch manager who will be happy to stay on for the next owner.