|MLS #:||1012134||Living Area:||5642 sq'|
|Lot Size:||4.51 acres||Property Type:||Single Family|
Amenities: Saltwater Front,Saltwater View,Walk To Water,Access,Beach
A Grand Classic Cottage Steeped in Quiet Beauty
Meeresblick, German for Sea View, is a grand classic stone-and-shingle late nineteenth-century historic summer cottage, privately sited on a scenic 4.5 acres with 169 feet of frontage along Narragansett Bay’s Mackerel Cove. The nearly 6,000 square foot floor plan encompasses more than 15 rooms, including six bedrooms plus three full and 2 half baths. Peaceful views of the bay and grounds are enjoyed from the massive stone-and wood-columned wrap-around veranda, design elements of which introduce the home’s exquisite interior architecture. Inside, oak-paneled first floor living and dining spaces are arranged to charm, centering upon a majestic oak turreted staircase illuminated by spectacular leaded stained-glass windows that create a fittingly stunning focal point among the home’s countless flourishes of quality materials and fine craftsmanship. Outdoors, views of land, sky, and sea are framed by stately cedars lining the broad paths to the water’s edge with its private deck from which to take pleasure in the site’s rocky shore, crystal waters, and painterly vistas.
At the time Meeresblick was conceived, Gilded-Age mansions were rising along Newport’s Bellevue Avenue, calling great attention to the power and social standing of some of America’s wealthiest families. However, a group of Pennsylvania’s most successful entrepreneurs whose forbears were Newport natives had set their sights some years earlier on Jamestown, also known as Conanicut Island, just two miles west of Newport across Narragansett Bay. This lovely island, with its smaller population, handsome Victorian style summer homes, and unspoiled pasture and woodland acres overlooking a rocky shoreline reminiscent of the Maine coast, offered the same pleasing climate as Newport’s along with a level of privacy not easily found in America’s reigning “Queen of Resorts”.
Commissioned by Joshua and Joanna Lippincott, he of the Lippincott family publishing company and she the daughter of Joseph Wharton, co-founder of Bethlehem Steel, Meeresblick and a guest cottage originally part of the estate were designed to embrace a more personable level of luxury. The Lippincotts chose Pritchett and Pritchett Architects of Philadelphia to create plans combining a number of different architectural and décor styles in demand at the time and highly valued today. Overall, the exterior design is Victorian. Inside, the fine millwork is quite properly English with Art Noveau windows in the Louis Tiffany mode.
The home’s elegant design combines the sturdy virtues of a Richardsonian Romanesque-style stone base supporting the upper two stories rendered in the Shingle Style.
The masonry framing the wide veranda, entranceways, and turret is comprised of stones of all colors, shapes, and sizes found on the property’s farm walls and shoreline. The veranda stonework includes a charming semi-circular opening called a “broken arch” - a stunning focal point that enhances the timeless grace the stonework conveys.
The front entrance from the portico opens to a central foyer set at an angle so that its fine oak wainscoting and flooring, grand staircase, and 7-foot tall brick fireplace can be seen from the adjoining parlor on the west side and from the library and dining room on the east side each. Each of these rooms can be made private by closing the paneled pocket doors.
The handsome parlor features a stunning alcove hearth centered between two small pointed Gothic windows and framed by crown molding and cabinetry of heavy red oak accented on either side by fluted carvings and inset pillars.. The library has a lovely window seat framed with arching molding similar to that of the hearth alcove in the parlor and wood-framed glass doors that step out to the wrap-a-round veranda. The richly paneled dining room, and the library are each graced by tall, elegant windows and a handsome brick fireplace.
The spacious kitchen with its massive fireplace adjoins the dining room and matches the other first-floor rooms in its fine wainscoting, tall ceilings, and southern yellow pine flooring. Striking features of the kitchen include a built-in floor-to-ceiling hutch with glass-front cabinets, a butler’s pantry, and soapstone counters. A sun drenched family room adjoining the kitchen also steps out to the veranda, providing a great space for large-scale entertaining.
The ascent to the second floor via the grand oak staircase delights at every step The setting is bejeweled by the translucent light from a wall of stunning diamond-paned stained glass windows curving along the west wall of the turret, highlighting in rich tones the beautiful balustrade, carved paneling, tall columns and stunning architrave of the opening to the second floor’s graceful hallway.
The second floor hall continues the grandeur of the staircase and the first floor’s handsome paneling and flooring, arching doorways, and marvelous window views in each of the six bedrooms, among which is a spacious and stylish “master suite” complete with its own bath,seating area, and gorgeous windows and views.
The third floor’s spacious and airy rooms, which served formerly as staff quarters, feature charming alcoves, cozy nooks, and open spaces - all with commanding window views and each creating possibilities for further transformation. A second stairwell extends through all three stories to the kitchen and continues to the basement. All of the interior rooms of Meeresblick are infused with the refreshing feel of its coastal setting, thanks to the elegant flow of its design and the easy access from all points within to the wrap-around porch, around which flows the beauty surrounding Meeresblick.
Expansive lawns graced with majestic cedars invite a pleasing stroll to the wooden stairwell leading to the property’s private waterside deck. There the waters of Mackerel Cove beckon to natural pools among the boulders, creating a refreshing personal spa along one of the loveliest stretches of Narragansett Bay. Here, as in all the corners of Meeresblick, one can rejuvenate oneself in a luxurious setting in which all the facets of natural beauty and brilliant design come together to create a private and peaceful perfection rarely possible to seize and possess for your very own.