July 23, 2024


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For a taste of ‘The Gilded Age’ visit these stunning historic mansions

“Downton Abbey” devotees have alarms primed for Julian Fellowes’ new series “The Gilded Age,” debuting on HBO nowadays.

This time, Fellowes’ drama is set about late 19th-century New York, a time and place when the excesses of the recently minted, self-appointed upper course of industrial and monetary moguls, who developed huge empires during the mid-19th century industrial revolution, was on whole screen in lavish retreats developed with no considered of expense.

Nowhere was Gilded Age excessive bigger than in Newport, RI, wherever America’s wealthiest built grand “summer cottages” together Bellevue Avenue, which is nonetheless lined with stunning late-1800s mansions.

In reality, the HBO collection contains the Breakers, Marble Home, the Elms, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer and Hunter Household in several scenes.

Exterior of the Elms.
The Elms helps make a cameo in the HBO collection.
John Corbett

But most effective off all, a lot of of these glitzy getaways from the exhibit are open to the public.

Certainly, he Breakers, constructed by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, is the most splendid. Built on a plot just off Bellevue for utmost h2o sights, The Breakers was created for a jaw-dropping response. CV2’s visitors driving up Bellevue past other mansions arrived at his monolithic Italianate masterpiece and understood just who was top cat.

Interior of the Breakers' dining room.
The opulent grand eating room at the Breakers.
Stephen Mattos

The Breakers and those people other Gilded Age mansions is part of the Preservation Modern society of Newport County’s (NewportMansions.org) collection of historic houses, and is open for day by day excursions, 12 months-spherical.

When it comes to Gilded Age roots and recent day exclusivity and luxury, the Chanler at Cliff Walk (TheChanler.com) is It. Developed in 1865 for New York Congressman John Winthrop Chanler and his wife Margaret Astor Ward, popular attendees integrated poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Pres. Theodore Roosevelt.

Exterior of the Chanler
Rooms at the Chanler go from $615 a night.

The place on Newport’s well-known Cliff Wander overlooking the Atlantic Ocean isn’t to be sniffed at, and the 20 special rooms — the Renaissance Area has a sunken tub — are intended for complete-on cosseting, which includes an aromatherapy bath support. Just simply call and a properly sizzling, fragrantly therapeutic bathtub is drawn at your satisfaction. Room fees from $615 for every evening.

For an additional wonderful Gilded Age sleepover, look at into Wheatleigh (Wheatleigh.com) in Lenox, a secluded Renaissance Revival nation dwelling, designed in 1893 for Manhattan actual estate tycoon Henry H. Prepare dinner in western Massachusetts’s Berkshire Hills.

Exterior of the Wheatleigh.
There are but 19 magnificent rooms and suites at the Wheatleigh.
Trisha McCormack

Listed on the National Register of Historic Destinations, this opulent resort with only 19 guest rooms and suites — and no two are alike — feels like a non-public estate. 

The French cuisine-inspired cafe, the Portico by Jeffrey Thomson, adds to the exclusivity with only 8 tables and deeply personal provider. Rates from $850 for every night time.

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Like Newport, the Berkshires was awful with income by the late 1800s. In quaint Stockbridge, Naumkeag (TheTrustees.org) was created in 1885 as the summer season residence of New York attorney and American ambassador to the United Kingdom, Joseph Hodges Choate, and his artist wife, Caroline Dutcher Sterling Choate. 

Exterior of Naumkeag.
Naumkeag sits amid 40 acres of forest in the Berkshires.
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The voluptuous shingle-design and style dwelling and its 8 acres of notable gardens are surrounded by 40 acres of woodlands. Naumkeag reopens in spring for the Daffodil and Tulip Competition, April 21 to May perhaps 15, and provides excursions until it closes after the holiday getaway lights celebration in early January.

Erie Railroad head Jay Gould, an oft-termed “robber baron,” could have created any palatial manse he preferred from scratch, but he fell in really like with Lyndhurst (Lyndhurst.org) in Westchester County, NY, and snapped up the Tarrytown household in 1880 as his state home. Crafted on 67 acres, Lyndhurst is a preeminent example of American Gothic Revival architecture, completely packed with design aspects, like (the trendy at the time) fake-marble and Gothic carvings.

Exterior of Lyndhurst
Robber baron Jay Gould had his coronary heart stolen by Lyndhurst.
Gina LeVay

It has the largest four-poster bed you’ll ever see and a whopping 7,00-sq.-foot bowling alley pavilion with river views, one particular of the very first regulation lanes constructed in the country. Lyndhurst reopens for the time for the Lyndhurst Flower Show, April 2 to 3, and is open up for excursions April by way of December.

For all the environmental wreckage of the industrial revolution, its elite cherished to get again to nature. Close to remote Raquette Lake, NY, in the Adirondacks, Lake Kora (LakeKora.com) “Great Camp” was created in 1898 for Timothy Woodruff, Lieutenant Governor of New York, as an exclusive back to nature retreat.

Interior of Lake Kora's dining room.
The eating room at Lake Kora, which can be totally acquired out for up to 35 attendees.
Whitney Lewis Images

Later, CV2’s son Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt acquired it.

Now, Lake Kora is open up seasonally for special buyouts for up to 35 friends with online games, sporting activities equipment, farm-to-desk meals and manufactured-to-buy campfires laid on. The 16 rustic-luxe visitor rooms in 6 independent historic buildings include things like many unique furnishings and bespoke fixtures, including stone hearths and classic soaking tubs. Prices from $22,980 per night time for 24 company, accessible July as a result of October.