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Address: 584 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899,...

Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. After the house was completed in 1902, at a reported cost of $2.5 million, Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous entertainments here, including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini.

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Very majestic and the opulence is astounding. For a movie buff this was nice to hear that True Lie was filmed there. Would love to explore more of the house but sadly off limits... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very majestic and the opulence is astounding. For a movie buff this was nice to hear that True Lie was filmed there. Would love to explore more of the house but sadly off limits at this time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While I wish they would soon make their tours audio led as the guides are a little 'rambly,' this is one of the prettiest mansions in Newport. The grand stairs that shape to a heart? Stunning! Absolutely, a must see, though I suggest going in one of the warmer months, even September is chilly by the water, but the views... More 

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East Hampton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even in February, a visit to Rosecliff is enchanting. The architecture and furnishings are, of course, exquisite but the story of Tessie, the nouveau riche society matron who created it, brings its Gilded Age history to life. The iPad mini audio tour is quite good, especially for getting all the scoop on artifacts, lifestyle and scandal (no shortage of that... More 

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While the structure itself is beautiful, there is almost no furniture inside, and what is there is later stuff, not the gilded age stuff. What makes some of the other mansions special is the total visual impact of what life was like for the families that first used them.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a glimpse of what it must have been like to be rich in Newport back in the early 1900's, then Rosecliff is another great example. The self guided tour was affordable and took about 30 minutes. It was also very informative. We enjoyed it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

My friends and I went to Newport today to visit some of the mansions. All were so beautiful!! Definitely worth a trip. We took the servants life tour at the Elms which was quite interesting. Our tour guide, Jill, was great. While at Rosecliff, we met one of the staff members, George Holland, who was a delight. He answered our... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

This one of the least beautiful one. They have nice ballroom, but otherwise - very little of beauty. You may enjoy learning about yachting from an exhibit upstairs, but not much more. The staff is rude because they do not like kids to walk stairs or adults taking pictures on it. (Other properties have no objection to either). So do... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

This is my favorite houses on the mansion tour. Elegant and understandable. Rosecliff has romance, a history of endearing ownership, and an edearing quality. It is relatively modern in contrast to the other more Victorian and 'ultra-elite formal' of the other homes. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

This mansion was included in our Christmas at the Mansions package deal. The decorations within were great examples of the Victorian/Gilded Age. Each of the rooms was tastefully appointed in the Victorian tradition: Too much is never enough! The Newport Preservation group has done an outstanding job of making the experience touring through the mansion both entertaining and informative. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

You might be lucky to meet George Holland, staff member extraordinaire during your visit to Rosecliff. He is a wealth of information which expands well beyond the property grounds. Some details about our visit will fade with time, but my Mom and I will always remember George. What a treasure!

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