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The newly renovated Fairholme is a dazzling, historic, oceanfront estate that is superbly sited on 4.3 acres of Newport’s legendary Gilded Age coastline with 425 feet of ocean frontage. From the grand Horace Trumbauer–designed ballroom to the ample spaces dedicated to staff (and the efficient performance of their duties), the manor house reflects a bygone era of luxury and refinement. The Tudor Revival masterpiece, constructed in 1875, lies at the heart of an impressive compound containing a picturesque carriage house, greenhouses, and an exquisitely tiled swimming pool—complete with a luxurious cabana overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Introduced by graceful gates and a park-like setting, the 20,000-square-foot manor boasts a façade that—with its elaborate half-timbering, richly textured surface, and gothic tripartite entrance porch—conceals the bright, relaxed elegance of the interior. Silk-covered walls, delicately molded plasterwork, and a grand limestone fireplace blend together in the entrance hall featuring soft harmonies of color and light. Across the room, brilliant flashes of sun, sky, and sea pour in through leaded glass windows and doors. This space is the organizing principal of the house, immediately establishing the main axis lines and underscoring the immense clarity of the floorplan. The ceilings on the first floor are 12-feet, with the exception of the ballroom (which rises to an impressive 14-feet).

To the west of the entrance hall is the grand salon, with its immense floor-to-ceiling windows and show-stopping fireplace, as well as a receiving room with marble fireplace, and a paneled library, with a stately carved wood fireplace. Beyond the salon lies the graceful, barrel-vaulted, Horace Trumbauer–designed ballroom, which can comfortably seat up to 120 people: the only private house in Newport capable of accommodating an indoor dinner party of that size.

To the east of the entrance hall is a delicately tinted dining room. With magnificent ocean views, diamond-paned windows, and an elaborate marble fireplace, the stately proportions are generous enough for formal dinners yet light enough in scale for intimate gatherings. An extensive service wing lies just beyond, featuring a professional chef’s kitchen with commercial refrigerators and more.

Upstairs, on the second and third floors, the same attention to detail, comfort, and aesthetic coherence is to be seen in two master bedrooms (which are en suite) and nine guest bedrooms. The second floor is divided into two generous oceanfront master bedrooms, both with private, substantially sized ocean-facing terraces, marble baths, fireplaces, dressing rooms, and custom-designed walk-in closets. An elevator services the house, starting in the cellar.

For more information, contact Melanie Delman of Lila Delman Real Estate International at 401.284.4820 or