Though this late 19th century Vanderbilt family mansion stands in a part of Rhode Island that is chock full of grand mansions, The Breakers still stands above the rest. Designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt, the 125,339 square feet, 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo was inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turi. The elegant and extravagant home is situated on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the most visited house-museums in the U.S.
Did you know there are loads of magical, jaw-dropping castles in the US? If you're among the millions of people who binge-watched Bridgerton, you may have found yourself craving elegant dresses, indulgent parties and grand estates. While we can’t help you with finding your own Duke of Hastings, we can help you find that grand estate where you can transport yourself to the enchanting world of royalty.
While grand castles are traditionally more associated with the likes of medieval Europe, the U.S. is home to many beautiful chateaus, mansions and palaces, all sure to enchant and delight. These domestic estates and castles — from North Carolina’s iconic Biltmore Estate to California’s grand Hearst Castle—feature stunning grounds, spacious halls and luxurious rooms. You can spend hours browsing the grand features and intricate details of these properties. Just don’t get carried away in any of the grand ballrooms.
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