George Champlin Mason House Woodbine Cottage

31 Old Beach Road, Newport, Rhode Island 02840



Fans of Gilded Age architecture will adore the George Champlin Mason House. The elder Mason, along with his son of the same name, designed several large, ornate homes in the Newport area for wealthy New Yorkers wanting a summer escape along the seashore.

Mason designed some 150 buildings during his career including the one he designed for himself — the George Champlin Mason House, which he called Woodbine Cottage. The home with twenty-three rooms was built in a Swiss chalet style and included ornate woodwork which became a signature of Mason’s work.

The current owners have transformed the home into a beautiful inn, called appropriately Architect’s Inn. They are selling the home with its furnishings for the buyer interested in a turnkey operation.

As for ghosts, well, it seems Mr. Mason had a difficult time staying away. He died in 1894 in Philadelphia, but he’s been seen arriving home. He also tends to enjoy a late evening cigarette as the scent has been known to waft through the air in the middle of the night.

Other apparitions have been seen in the home as well. Three separate women have been seen going about their day — a woman rocking a baby, another descending the stairs, and another sitting on the edge of the bed. There has also been heard the sound of women giggling.

Property Type: Single family or inn/bed and breakfast

Bedrooms: 12

Bathrooms: 12 1/2

Square Foot: 5,838

Lot: 0.36 acre

Year Built: 1873

Price per Square Foot: $771

Other Interesting Details: There is an interesting tower in the back yard used as a potting shed and workshop.

Contact Kylie McCollough with Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty to schedule a visit.

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