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Review of Newport Mansions

Newport Mansions
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Ranked #11 of 56 Tours in Newport
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Owner description: In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries built magnificent mansions for the nation's social and financial elite. These "summer cottages" provided the backdrop for a society centered on sport, fashion and parties in settings of spectacular natural beauty. Ten of these properties have been preserved by The Preservation Society of Newport County and are open to the public. From the homes of a colonial merchant and leading China traders of the Victorian era, to the great Italian and French Renaissance palaces of the Gilded Age, these houses span over 250 years of American architectural and social history.Visit the Newport Mansions: The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Chepstow, Hunter House, and Green Animals Topiary Garden.
Reviewed 20 September 2012

The architecture is well preserved. The audio tours are very informative and keep you interested in the mansion's history and the lifestyle lived by the residents. Furniture, paintings are well maintained.

We took the 5 mansion pass and only had half a day. I would recommend one full day for exploring the mansions and Newport, RI. The Breakers is a must see. We also covered Rosecliff, the Marble house and the Elms.

The Cliff walk is a good exercise if you have time and stamina to complete it. Head to Newport downtown in the evening. Local attractions include the Dinner Train.

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Reviewed 20 September 2012

I was drawn to Newport by Thornton Wilder's "Theophilus North", the mansions are a step back in time, some to the height of the gilt age, some to earlier in the nineteenth century, and even some to Newport life in the 20th century. The audio tours of The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff are excellent. They allow you to take your time and get details on all aspects of Newport life. If you're pressed for time you can do the minimal tour, but it's well worth stepping off the main tour and enjoying all the little details and interviews they've taken the trouble to include. If you're looking for the colour and excitement of the gilt age it's there and then some. The docet - volunteer - tours of Kingscote and Rough Point are also well worth taking, though a bit more tiring as you don't get the opportunity to sit and soak in the atmosphere quite as much as you do with the tours not attached to real people. (I sat in the ball room of Rosecliff for extended periods both times I hit it on the tour.) I found the Newport of the 20s I believe Wilder was writing about, and that was exactly what I was hoping for. The rest was a great bonus. The Newport Mansions are gold, some literally. If you love art and architecture, don't miss them.

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Reviewed 19 September 2012

We did the Breakers one day and The Marble House the next. Both were excellent tours. Make time to have a snack or lunch at the Tea House on The Marble House grounds.

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Reviewed 18 September 2012

I love the PBS show called Downton Abbey. The servents tour reminds me a lot of that show. the servents work area, downstairs, and the servents quarters, at the top floor, look a lot like those plain rooms in stark contrast to the opulent rooms of the well-to-do on the middle floors. the furnace, boilers, kitchen, back stairs, back servents' entrance and delivery entrance, all were fascinating. after i walked the opulent grounds and gardens.

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Reviewed 18 September 2012

The Newport mansions are all beautiful, however the Breakers is a "must see". They do a wonderful audio tour that allows for extra information on a wide range of special topics. The mansion is so over-the-top in its size, decorations and furnishings and is very well maintained. It is almost impossible to envision the life style of the time when these mansions were used, but it is a wonderful part of our history and it is great to see how well these homes have been kept.

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