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“A piece of the guilded age”
Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with Admission to The Breakers and Marble House
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Newport Mansions at Christmas: The Breakers and Marble House
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Newport Mansions and Waterfront Sightseeing From Boston
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Owner description: The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.
New York City, New York
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“A piece of the guilded age”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

If you've ever wondered what life was like for the uuuber rich in Europe or the Northeastern rich of the 1920's, go no further than the Breakers. You get to tour the grounds on your own and romp around like you own the place. The staff is really friendly. My favorite part if the giant lush lawn that overlooks the water, which is weird to see since those two things are usually not close to each other. The other cool thing is that the kids had a separate play house that's a mini-mansion with a full kitchen for their snacks and a giant fireplace.

Visited June 2013
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Milford, Massachusetts
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“Great to see during the holidays!!!”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

We toured the Breakers, Marble House and The Elms Thanksgiving weekend. The Breakers is open at 9am and has audio available for the tour. The poinsettia tree is set up in the Grand Hall and is a wonderful photo op. Lots of fresh flowers as well as other holiday decorations are in many of the rooms.

Visited November 2013
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Warwick, Rhode Island
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“Absolutely Incredible!”
Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

It's hard to come up with adjectives to describe this property. It's opulence over the top and a must see spectacle of how the top one percent lived a century ago. The first floor ceilings are 50 feet high. The architecture and art of these "guilded age" summer cottages have to be seen to believe. This home is the most breathtaking of them all! Entrance fees are reasonable, especially package prices for more than one mansion. There is a self guided tour using headsets with programmed audio that works very well and provide insight into the lifestyle of the owners and the servant class. This home and a couple others are decorated for Christmas.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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“We visited here many years ago”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

but we decided to visit again with some family members to see the Christmas decorations. It was a good plan...the house was nicely decorated and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Visited November 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“A must-see!”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

This is your chance to see how the other 1% (of the top 1%) lived, over a hundred years ago. If you're only going to see one Newport mansion, this is the one. When we visited, they were just finalizing the Christmas decorations - extra special.

Visited November 2013
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