We continue our stroll along the Cliff Walk, heading toward the breakers along the coast. We arrive at the grand stone entrance, marking the point on the path where you are entering Breaker property.
Let’s get a closer look at the gates surrounding the 11 acre property on Ocher Point Avenue.
The ornate wrought iron details are just amazing. The gates are over 30 feet tall.
These lanterns are larger than most people I know.
And I love the details on the gates. One of my favorite symbols, the Fleur-de-Lys, is prominently displayed.
Another fine display.
There are some lining the top of this entrance gate.
Beyond the gates, we get a sneak peak of just a slice of the mansion. I love the swag detailing showcasing the round window.
Just look at the view they have, back to Newport. Not bad, eh?
Finally, we see the full shot of this 70 room, 65,000 sq. foot Italianate style mansion that was the summer home to the Vanderbilt family. It took two years and seven million dollars to build in the late 1800’s. I live near and frequent the Vanderbilt Mansion in historic Hyde Park, so I have an idea of the size of that home. This one puts that house in the cottage category.
As the tide comes in, the ocean water slams up against the jagged rocks in front of the mansion. Now we know why they named the mansion, The Breakers.
The ornate, moss covered gates, signal the end of the property, and beginning of another.
It is no surprise that we find the Fleur-de-Lys motif again. But, check this out…
And that concludes our tour of The Breakers on Cliff Walk.
Join me next time as we continue our walk passed The Breakers, and a few surprises on our way back.
So, what do you think? Would you like to live here? What could you imagine doing if you did?