Point Pleasant Estate
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Bristol, RI 02809
Point Pleasant is an English-inspired country estate gracing twenty-five acres of waterfront land on the private, gated peninsula of Poppasquash. Families such as Brown, Herreshoff and Rockwell valued this particular place on Poppasquash for its exceptional views of the Bristol Harbor and the shipping channel stretching to the southernmost tip of Narragansett Bay to Newport. This iconic estate holds a significant place in the landscape and history of Bristol.
The Poppasquash peninsula is a gated natural sanctuary that stretches along the western hip of Bristol. Driving along Poppasquash Road you will enjoy pockets of salt ponds, colonial farmland and summer estates. The entrance to Point Pleasant is marked by two enormous lawns divided by a long alleed drive that leads you to the estate.
For over one hundered years, Point Pleasant Farm was the homestead of the Brown-Herreshoff clan, who's creative genius was nurtured by the farm's unique coastal topography. After the 1938 Hurricane devastated the Herreshoff Manufactoring Facility, their dear friend, Charles Rockwell Jr, a local industrialist, purchased land on the homestead and commissioned renowned architect Wallis Howe to build a 10 bedroom home for his family. As an industrialist, Mr. Rockwell brought the construction of this home to a new level. Using new, state of the art techniques of the time, including a highly advanced electrical system designed by the firm used in the New York World's Fair, the house has a steel substructure, clad with brick and stone. This exceptionally built English Tudor Revival style home also showcases the expert craftsmanship of local talent including the Herreshoff trained boat wrights. Qualities of strength and endurance are evidenced by the currently superb condition of this home.
Features And Amenities
Inside, one is struck by the dynamic play of refined beauty of the interior and large windows capturing vistas of the exquisite natural coastline. While swaths of blue and green from the views of the bay and lawn take center stage throughout this house, the thoughtfully scaled collection of rooms lend a sense of repose and quiet while enjoying the grandeur of an estate. Milled walls, libraries, coved ceilings and long, generous runs of mahogany and buttonwood floors are features of this gracious interior.
A long front hallway spanning the width of the house offers exceptionally milled English Oak walls showcasing art, while pockets of sunlight spill in from the collection of east facing rooms which open to the expansive vistas of water, lawn and sky. At the south end of the hall an enormous window frames the unique view of the long run of Narragansett Bay to Newport, with passing glimpses of Aquidneck and Prudence Islands.
While an elevator is available, the alluring delicate staircase made of iron and steel invites you upstairs to the seven ensuite bedrooms. Views of the harbor and lawns are captured by balconies and long banks of windows. The third floor features two bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room that opens out to the rooftop deck facing south. A finished basement holds a large home gym, recreational retreat, a wine cellar and laundry facility.
An expansive terrace overlooks the large pool and Bristol Harbor. A tennis court, bocce court and two moorings offer additional outdoor enjoyment for family and friends. In addition to the main house, outbuildings include a small studio, a gardeners shed featuring a root cellar, a four stall barn, generator facility and garages.
Views of Bristol Harbor are bordered by the historic Bristol townscape. A variety of architectural forms, as well as the mooring field of the Herreshoff Marine Museum which, in the summer, showcases magnificent museum quality classic yachts, offer infinite interest for the senses. From time to time, the soft sound of distant church bells remind you that you are part this wonderful community rich in history and beauty.
Point Pleasant, while a sublime retreat, in just a few short minutes, by boat or by car or by bicycle, you can be plunged into the vibrant town of Bristol resplendent with superb architecture and friendly people. Home to Roger Williams University, Bristol has become a vibrant haven of superb restaurants and shops. Just 45 minutes to Boston and 20 minutes to Newport, Point Pleasant is a timeless lifestyle to enjoy for generations to come.
Sq Ft: 13,516
Lot Size: 12.29 acres
Built in: 1939
Property Type: Single-family
Architectural Style: Tudor
Location Type: Waterfront
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