Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) is renovating legendary author M.F.K. Fisher’s “Last House” on the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen into an exclusive destination honoring her legacy and celebrating her love of food, wine, literature and nature. Mary Frances, as she was known by her family and friends, wrote 13 books during 21 years of residence in Last House, which was built for her by architect David Pleydell-Bouverie.

She treasured her palazzino, which features a simple design and connection to the land. Its two large rooms are divided by a huge bathroom, with black tile floors throughout and built-in bookcases for over 2,000 books. One arched porch looks west to Sonoma Mountain and another looks east to the 535 acres of land protected by ACR.

Described by W. H. Auden as “America’s greatest writer,” M.F.K. Fisher welcomed friends such as Julia Child, James Beard, and Maya Angelou to her home.

A new era of programming: First Meal Last House

Kicking off a new era of programming at Last House, ACR held First Meal Last House, a fundraising event that brought together nearly 100 friends, family and followers of Fisher and featured delicious small bites from a dozen all-star chefs who flew in from as far away as Chicago. View the photoshow on facebook >

Upcoming programs and events benefitting M.F.K. Fisher’s Last House on Bouverie Preserve have been curated by Sheana Davis / The Epicurean Connection and include:



Join us in the restoration of Last House, a project to restore the house and create a fund for ongoing maintenance and programs. With your help, ACR will establish Last House as a nexus for the things this beloved author treasured: connecting people over meals prepared by renowned chefs, supporting young authors, and enjoying the bounty of our local food and wine.


A Lingering Legacy | Edible Marin & Wine Country | 2/28/18