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The most impressive of the Newport mansions, this 13-acre estate received its name from the cherished view of waves crashing against rocks. The Italian Renaissance summer "cottage," whose construction included transporting European artisans to apply gold leaf and other artistic touches, was owned by one of America's most prosperous families, the Vanderbilts.
The mansion is open for guided tours year round. Tours show the two main floors of the mansion and the kitchen in its own wing. The servants quarters on the third floor and the basement are not open to the public. Expect the tour to last about an hour. Photography is permitted on the grounds but not in the mansion itself.
More information is available from the Preservation Society of Newport.