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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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$37.50*
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Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour
Ranked #1 of 119 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Breakers is my favorite Mansion. The opulence is stunning,
It is like stepping back in time to a grander period of American history

Thank Teddie38
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

They say these are summer cottages,wow what a beautiful place.Hearing the story behind the mansions using supplied headsets was very interesting. You need about an hour to an hour; and a half to see each mansion so we chose this as our only one to see. Very informative and it explained the whole area and history.

Thank skipro4720
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

A great audio tour of a fantastic mansion. Amazing to see the marvelous splendor. Just one of a number of properties to see in the area.

Thank John F
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

There are obviously plenty of mansions to visit in Newport, but The Breakers really has to be the one. It has 70 rooms in total and is just breathtaking. You are provided with headphones for the tour so you can go at your own pace, and the audio quality and performance was very good in comparison to others I've used. It was late October so it wasn't too busy but I can imagine it must be very crowded in the summer. The decor in the rooms is just amazing and as the name suggests there are wonderful views over the cliffs towards the ocean. A must see.

Thank AndyM19A
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

If you go during the summer, you will find a long line to get in. Try visiting in early spring or fall or even during the winter. It stays open all year, and it is especially pretty at Christmas time!

Thank Shar C
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