Majestically presiding over Cliff Walk, a three-mile scenic path along the coast, and the Atlantic Ocean itself, Hopedene is an estate of unmatched refinement and comfort. Built in 1899 and described as Peabody and Stearns’s most monumental Colonial Revival–style residence, this exceptional compound has been brilliantly renovated, marrying historic gentility with the present-day amenities required for exceptional 21 Century living.
Approached via a private lane to gilt and wrought iron gates, Hopedene’s six manicured oceanfront acres surround a commanding Georgian Revival style main house, expansive balustrade bordered terraces, an impressive carriage house with guest quarters, an ocean facing pool and spa, tennis court, gated service entrance, and an FAA approved heliport.
A marble vestibule with a mosaic floor and coffered barrel-vaulted ceiling introduces the grand Italian Renaissance style center hall with ornate wrought iron and gilt stairway open to the second level above. This opulent entry grants access to all principal rooms of the first and second levels.
The library’s handsome walls are accented by canvas and plaster reliefs with gilt accents. To the west of the center hall is the semi circular Ogden Codman designed ballroom, presently used as a dining room. A charming ante room with fireplace and lovely floral painted panel insets gives way to two elegant salons and the stunning glass enclosed sun room with terra cotta flooring. From this enviable vantage point, which opens to a large bluestone terrace, breathtaking views of rolling lawn contrast magnificently with the vast expanse of sea.
The extravagant butler hall with black and white marble floor, easily accessed from the entry hall, kitchen, parlor, breakfast room, and carriage house, functions capably and beautifully in support of all entertaining functions. A large sunny kitchen, cook and butler’s pantries, a flower room, an intimate breakfast parlor, a kitchen library, and a mud room masterfully complete the first level.
The impressive interiors continue on the second level, home to five luxurious en suite bedrooms, four of which have marble fireplaces, two children’s bedrooms, and one additional bath. A large linen closet with original built ins amply houses bedding and bath accoutrements. The light filled third level houses a private guest suite with sitting room and full bath, two children’s bedrooms with an additional bath, and an exercise suite.
A perfect venue for casual entertaining, the distinctive carriage house includes a posh game room with a bar and abundant space for billiards, ping pong, and socializing, a full bath, a nautical library, French doors opening to bluestone terraces and the pool, and a heated garage. Its second level provides gracious accommodations for guests with one en suite bedroom, a full kitchen and laundry, four additional bedrooms, and two baths.
Hopedene is fittingly supported with state-of-the-art systems including air conditioning, an elevator, a large basement laundry room, electric gates at both main and service driveways, and on demand generator service to both residences.
Newport, Rhode Island, just 90 minutes from Logan International Airport in Boston, 30 minutes from Quonset Airport, and 3 hours from Manhattan, is home to numerous cultural and sporting attractions including world renowned jazz, folk, and classical music festivals, the Newport International Film Festival, the Tennis Hall of Fame, golf, yachting, and polo.
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