At first glance, one would think this photo was taken in France. But it was actually snapped on the grounds of The Elms in Newport, Rhode Island, part of the Historic Newport Mansions collection.
Since the mansion’s design is based on the French Château d’Asnières outside of Paris, it would stand to reason that the gardens would be French-inspired as well.
Tiny limestone facades adorned with classic French detailing and topped with bronze roofs that are aged to perfection, are surrounded by ornate fountains, sprawling green lawns a sunken garden and rows of perfectly manicured shrubs. White stone benches and marble busts on pedestals are tucked into shady nooks and crannies throughout the property, which also contains a carriage house.
It’s one of the prettiest and most serene spots in all of Newport. And very French.