100 Harrison Avenue Newport

7 7 6,289 sq ft

The Property

Evoking the timeless beauty of a luxury classic yacht, Pen Craig Cottage is a sanctuary of luxurious privacy and enduring quality perched in one of the most coveted areas in Newport, Halidon Hill-Brenton Cove. This spectacular location, a natural bluff at the southern end of Newport Harbor, has been graced by a collection of 20th century grand estates once owned by history’s most prominent yachtsmen and seekers of the rare and beautiful. Home to the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, this location continues to be one of the most sought- after areas on the East Coast.

Pen Craig Cottage is one of the last remaining single family estates of its generation. Celtic for “Top of the Rock”, Pen Craig was the childhood summer home of Edith Jones Wharton, which was comprised of a large waterfront estate reaching across Harrison Avenue to Brenton Road. While the waterfront estate has been subdivided, Pen Craig Cottage and its estate setting remains intact. Built in 1870, the property reposes behind a long hedge and verdant trees along Harrison Avenue. The magnificent natural setting is an Eden of privacy and sunlight: 1.6 acres of sun-drenched lawn, complimented by natural rock outcroppings and plantings from the talented Frederick Law Olmsted, creating a canvas of breathtaking beauty.

With its almost True-North orientation, the interior is exceptionally light filled and airy. The elegantly appointed rooms create a series of comfortable living spaces ideal for entertaining and flow beautifully toward the southern end of the house which opens up to the magnificent southern vista.

Pen Craig Cottage has most recently enjoyed a complete renovation by its current owner from stem to stern. While keeping its historic integrity, the renovations included new kitchen and baths, new windows, new roofs, insulation, an addition, and new state of the art systems which create a comfortable, energy efficient year round home for generations to come.

The impeccably maintained interior inspires you to appreciate the original old Newport elegance, such as a vanishing service door in the dining room, a wonderful paneled library featuring an elevator named “Sedgwick” to take you to the second floor, and fireplaces in almost every room. The new features are just as elegant. The seamless addition allowed for a generous two car garage and mud room which leads you to the state of the art cook’s kitchen. On the second level a spacious master wing provides total privacy from guests. Features of this wing are a fire placed sitting room, a generous master bedroom, spa bathroom, laundry and spacious closets.

The second level offers three spacious guest rooms with en suite spa baths and working fireplaces. The finished third floor offers an aerie of four more bedrooms, a full bath and an office.

This comfortable home is ideal for entertaining family and guests, and can be enjoyed year round. With its close, proximity to the harbor, clubs and ocean beaches, Pen Craig Cottage has been and continues to be a sanctuary in one of the most beautiful places on earth, a timeless, Newport classic.

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  • Walkable to Newport Harbor, New York Yacht Club, Ida Lewis Yacht Club
  • Elevator
  • Generator
  • High efficiency furnace
  • Gas Heat
  • High Efficiency Unico System with heating and cooling
  • Updated Kitchen and Baths
  • New Roof
  • New Windows,
  • Plenty of room for a swimming pool and tennis court

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