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Mansion Rental Central Location w/ Parking LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT

Bedrooms 8
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 8 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 8 Baths, (Sleeps 18-20)

Woodbine Cottage & Bliss House

Two historic Victorian properties can be rented as a House Rental. We also have a studio apartment at a nearby location available for weekly rentals.

The Victorian Mansion featured is located in downtown Newport with just a short walk to the mansions, Thames Street, Easton's Beach or Cliff Walk. Just one block off Bellevue Ave, we are located in the old historic hill of Newport. You will be right in the center of the island's major attractions. If you are a history buff, nature lover, gardener or antiques, you will appreciate this home for its beauty and sophistication. The house has an incredible history as being the home of George Champlin Mason (Newport's first architect), the home to the Brown and Vanderbilt Vault families, as a working guesthouse known as Architects Inn for nearly 50 years, and now it is available for rental to you and your family. It is great for large groups who need multiple bathrooms and bedrooms. Please inquire with your group size and sleeping situation so we can best determine if this house would work for you.

Many people ask about chef services for the property for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Since you have a kitchen, many people bring a private chef or we can arrange for a private chef to come in to cook for you so you can recreate the historic feeling of a Newport gilded mansion with servants or the old time bed and breakfast feeling just for you and your family. If you want a recommendation, please have ready any allergies or dietary restrictions and how many meals the chef will do and what the menu would be. Depending on the scale we might recommend a caterer versus a private chef depending on what kind of stay you are looking to have. You pay them directly and will deal with the final negotiations however, if you let me know what you are looking for, I can recommend which company would be best to help you.

The Victorian House is a smaller house 1800 sq feet located off historic Broadway which is the more hipster side of Newport. It is a small three bedroom and 2.5 bathroom home but if you don't mind sharing bedrooms it is great for bachelorette parties or intimate families. Can sleep 10-12 people maximum.

We also have a studio apartment with a queen bed that is great for a weekly rental for two.

The House rents for $5300-$6300/week and the Mansion rents for $13,000-$15,000/week in the high season June-August. Call for off season prices

'The house is big enough to get lost in' say many of our guests.

Corporate Retreats, Conferences and Meetings are all welcome. Girls Weekends and Man-cations are also very popular here at our beautiful establishment. Rent the house for SuperBowl, Christmas, Birthday Party, Anniversary Party, or a family/ friends reunion.

LIMITED TIME OFFER-Last minute discounts for reservations made within 90 days of arrival

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2017

About Nick

Brian is a nurse with a gentle spirit. His passions are gardening and cooking. He is a Master Gardner and designs and maintains the grounds. Nick is an entrepreneur with a few small businesses. He works hard and plays hard. He is a naturalist and likes to travel.

Nick purchased this house in 1996

Why Nick chose Middletown

I chose Newport to live because it the only place in the world that has everything. It is an island in New England so it has four seasons but the seasons are mild. Newport is a busy, bustling city in the summer time but in the winter it is a quaint New England village. Rhode Island has over 400 miles of pure sand beaches with pristine, clean waters. You will see the air is fresh and the sounds are freshing. Newport is a fantastic walking and biking city. For years when I first moved here, I never even owned a car. I just walked everywhere because it was so easy. The locals range from your average, boat-builder 'Joe' to the yuppy, billionaire 'Winston'. The conversations you will have when you sit down at the docks or in one of the many local bars is just unbelievable. It feels like a European town. You will notice how many people are trim and healthy. People dress nicely and treat everyone with respect. Newport is out of this world.

What makes this house unique

The greatest thing is our location is perfect. You can ask anyone who lives in Newport and they will all say that our neighborhood is the most ideal location. It is a relaxing, safe, quiet residential street filled with big, old, early Victorian mansions, yet it is an easy walk to either side of the island. We are located right in the center of Newport. In a jiffy, I can walk to the beach for a healthy jog on Cliffwalk in the morning or I can just as quickly stroll down to Thames Street for a delicous dinner at a wine bar. It is safe and secure so it comfortable to walk home at night from the nightclubs and bars.

The house itself is a masterpiece. It is 99% genuine antiques from the Gilden Age of Newport. The architect built it as a summer home so it requires very little air conditioning in the summer to keep it comfortable. The bannisters and crown moldings are just exquiste. The rooms are terrific. The yard is completely screened in with natural scrubs and trees providing a private space to decompress. You will feel so at home when you are here, sipping wine on the verandah watching the birds, rabbits and squirrels.


Top of the Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , tub , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
  • 8
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (5), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Hair Dryer, Iron, Ironing Board, Optional Breakfast included, Extra Rooms available upon request at another location.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Mansion Rental Central Location w/ Parking LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Inn Bliss for a girl's weekend in August. Nick was very accommodating to our arrival time, as most of our party could not arrive until later in the evening. Each one of us had our own bed, which was nicely made up with sheets, pillow cases and blankets! We also each had a towel set to use for the weekend. We didn't have to pack any linens- it was great! The entire house has AC, which was a pleasant surprise upon our arrival. It definitely made sleeping very comfortable! The kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans, utensils, dishware, etc- everything you could ever need is provided!

Upon arrival, Nick showed two of us around the entire house. He made sure we knew how everything worked. He even sat with us and explained a map of the area, suggesting things to do and places to go for the weekend. There was even a plate of home made chocolate chip cookies upon arrival :)

There was an issue with the mail delivery and Nick receiving my check. Long story short, my check got lost in the mail, and Nick even covered the $30 stop fee I was charged from my bank!

Nick was accessible by phone the entire weekend. We happened to blow a fuse. I texted Nick, and he responded quickly telling me how to fix the problem. Power was restored!

Thanks for a great weekend!!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coatesville, PA

Elegant home in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this elegant home. The entrance was warm and inviting, the living and dining rooms were comfortable and maintained with the grace and style of the late 1800’s. Breakfast was delicious and well served. But most of all, the service related to our reservation with late arrival and timely breakfast allowed us to begin our day on schedule. The process was smooth and convenient. In the evening we were able to walk to downtown Newport to enjoy the sights, shops and restaurants. Then we walked back to the quiet neighborhood for a relaxing rest. Great job! I would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rye. NY

Newport Winterfest

  • 5 of 5

The Inn was gorgeous. The room was charming. The decor was lovely.We loved the fireplace near the bed! It made for a very romantic evening. The location was great. It was close to restaurants and other attractions. The Inn keeper's recommendations of restaurants and nightlife was knowledgable and very helpful. The minor problems with towels and water were addressed within minutes. I was surprised that breakfast was not included in the room rate. Even so, I recommend this historic Newport Inn.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Haven, CT

Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I came here for a weekend getaway and can't say enough good things about this place; the building is beautifully maintained and a short walk from just about everything in Newport. Service was stellar, and the breakfast the next morning was fantastic. We weren't able to meet Nick, but Brian was a fantastic host, and made us feel truly welcome. If you're looking for a stellar bed and breakfast in Newport, this is it!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, New York

A perfect place to stay in Newport

  • 5 of 5

After a 5 and a half hour drive in traffic from New York, we were in a sour mood. This mood was immediately erased by the quaintness and beauty of the architect inn. Nick and Brian were extremely welcoming hosts and it was a pleasure to share our meals with them and the other guests of the Inn. Not only were they fantastic proprietors, they batted 1000 when it came to recommendations for things to do. I highly recommend asking for the redwood room. The room was extremely cozy and the bed was very comfortable. We have every intention of returning to the inn.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Easthampton, MA

A wonderful stay at a great B&B

  • 5 of 5

We just spent three nights at the Architects Inn and we will be returning! This place has it all! Perfect location, great hospitality, and beautiful, cozy rooms! The breakfasts were plentiful, original and perfectly prepared; you will not be disappointed! Nick and Brian are wonderful hosts who go out of their way to ensure you're stay is comfortable and fulfilling. They are very aware of what Newport has to offer and will point out the best places for you to spend your vacation. Overall, staying at the Architects Inn made our vacation absolutely perfect and I recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in the Newport area!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that review however a correction to this review is this hasn't been an Inn in many years. It was an historic Inn but this closed when we started VRBO. This is a house rental with optional chef services if you want to hire a chef or bring a personal chef with you. So if you want to add on these services, please let us know when you book and we can recommend several private chefs that have worked with the house in the past.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Car: recommended

14 Mansions, Newport Art Museum, Historical Attractions, Pirate Museum, Tennis Hall of Fame, Fort Adams Park, Fort Wetherill, Fort Getty, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Breakers, the Elms, Art Galleries, Restaurants, Bannisters Wharf, Bowens Wharf, Aquarium, Carousel, Skateboard Park, Antique Stores, Touro Synagogue, Trinity Church, Saint Mary's Church, Swiss Village, Castle Hill, Oceancliff, Goat Island, Rose Island, Newport Wineries, Newport Breweries


Rates & Availability

Top of the Hill House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 1 2016 - May 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 18 2017 - Jun 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 20 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates are subject to change based on demand and availabiltiy

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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