Conseulo Vanderbilt -- daughter of William Kissam Vanderbilt and Alva Smith -- had a life of privilege. Winters were spent in the family mansion in New York and summers in her mother's idea of a "cottage" in Newport, Rhode Island.
Last week, we visited one of Conseulo's childhood homes --
|Conseulo's childhood summer "cottage"|
Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island
|A lovely border of hydrangeas|
Called Marble House because it is made of marble -- both inside and out!!!!
And what everyone needs outback . . . .
|Just what you need when you entertain your friends at tea!|
A Chinese Tea House
|A Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich and a glass of icy tea was the perfect Newport Lunch and The Chinese Tea House was the perfect setting for a Newport Lunch!|
Which makes a great place for having lunch when you're "doing" the "cottages" in Newport!
|A perfect place to view the sea!|
For the view from the Tea House is amazing . . .
As is the view from the "backyard" of Marble House!
Conseulo summered with the wealthy in Newport. Balls for 600, dinner parties for 50, some sort of social every night.
It does train a girl . . .
Especially a girl whose strong-willed mother was bound and determined that her daughter be Royalty. So Alva arranged for Conseulo to marry Charles Spencer-Churchill, he the 9th Duke of Marlborough. To some it seems like a "win-win" situation . . . . Alva's daughter has a title and Charles has $10 Million Dollars to spend on his family's home . . .
|One wing of Blenheim -- there's a lot more of the Palace to the right!|
Blenheim Palace which we visited in May.
It was fun to see the house where Conseulo grew up -- it surely prepared her for being the mistress of the much larger (although not as extravagant) Blenheim Palace.
We enjoyed our stay in Newport -- we saw The Breakers which is the most famous house and was built by Conseulo's Uncle as well as Rose Cliff which was my personal favorite for it seemed more like a "home" if anything that big and grandiose can seem like a home!
But walking up to The Breakers my first thought upon seeing the house was "it's rather small" and it was compared to all of the lavish country houses we saw in England this spring!
It's Wednesday and I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.