A hidden oasis in historic Newport

A hidden oasis in historic Newport


This “Swiss-style porter’s lodge” is the former gatehouse to a Newport estate, and features a distinctive tower room.
Located in one of Newport’s most beautiful – and quieter – neighborhoods, this charming pink granite gatehouse to the BelAir estate was designed in 1875 by Dudley Newton, a renowned Newport architect. Characterized as a “Swiss-style porter’s lodge,” this home is truly one-of-a-kind.

There are seven rooms over about 1,350 square feet of living space, including a living room, dining room, and family room, a modern kitchen, and an enclosed sun porch. There are a total of three bedrooms: one with a bathroom on the first floor, and two additional on the second floor, light-filled thanks to skylights, with a shared bath. The home also includes two working fireplaces, one on each floor, as well as a tower room.

With updated systems and unique period details, the home is in excellent condition, yet historically intact. A slate roof and diamond-shaped windows throughout add to the home’s character. There are oak floors on the first floor, and original floors on the second floor. A laundry alcove holds a washer and dryer, and the home has gas heat and hot water and traditional cast iron radiators.

The property is well-landscaped with mature trees and perennial plantings. The exterior also features patios both in the front and back, a stone wall, a formal entrance facing the street, and parking for up to five cars. Fabulous views of Easton Pond and the iconic church tower at St. George’s School can be enjoyed from the front patio.

Located on prestigious Old Beach Road in the Kay Street area, Easton’s (“First”) Beach, the Cliff Walk, Bellevue Avenue, and many of Newport’s finest restaurants are all within comfortable walking distance. Yet the neighborhood itself is quiet and feels far removed from the summer crowds. This property is truly an oasis in the middle of Newport.

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