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“Amazing tour! Beautiful views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Rosecliff

Rosecliff
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USD 37.50*
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Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour
Ranked #10 of 109 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Amazing tour! Beautiful views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2011

If you like history, go on this tour. Beautiful location, architecture and I huge back yard all the way to the water.

Visited October 2011
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“Lovely house. Great visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

Very different from some of the grander newport mansions. Excellent guided tour. Well worth the visit.

Visited October 2011
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“Enjoyed this one”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

The ballroom in this house is like no other. The ceilings are beautiful. Full of the most amazing clouds. The staircase is by far the best staircase to showcase a debutante. Tessie (the woman who built the house) sure knew how to keep up with Vanderbilts her neighbors. With that ballroom the parties must have been grand. The outside of this mansion so breath taking. It is polished and formal. The all white color of the mansion on the outside adds to the elegance. Enjoy the ballroom and the staircase those are the 2 things that make this mansion unique.

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“I liked it better when you had a guided tour vs. the audio tour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2011

I have been to Newport over 50 times and have toured just about all the mansions. I took my mom this time and told her that Rosecliff had added an audio tour and I wanted to try it out since I have had very good luck with them in Europe. I was disappointed with this one as the device did not seem able to pick up where you were to play the next segment and when I tried to go back to the last segment hoping it would advance to the correct one it did not work. The sound quality and effects of the segments I was able to access were very good. I guess I am a bit old fashioned and like the guided tours of the mansions better. Mom uses a cane but was able to navigate the house just fine and there were plenty of places to sit along the way. The advantage of the audio tour is that you can go at your own pace but having taken the guided tours of these places I think you lose out on the personal touches the guide brings to the tour as well as being able to ask questions. I hope the others do not go this route and switch to recordings.

Visited August 2011
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“Gorgeous House and Views!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

Great tour and beautiful grounds. Really makes you think about the grandeur of those times! Tour a few house, a great way to spend the afternoon, but Rosecliff is a must!

Visited September 2010
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