Beauport Makes Lonely Planet Top 10 World’s Greatest Mansion and Home List

Making it to the uber cool “Flipboard Picks”:  the latest Lonely Planet Top 10 world’s greatest mansion and home list

…and Gloucester ’s Beauport is on it!  Congratulations Sleeper-McCann.

Here’s the list

Lonely Planet : Live it up! The greatest mansions and grand houses.

1. Marble Palace Mansion , Kolkata , India
2. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion , Malaysia
3. Werribee Mansion , Australia
4. Villa d’Este, Italy
5. Castle Howard , England
6. Fallingwater , Pennsylvania , USA
7. Château de Chambord , France
8. Catherine Palace , Russia
9. Sleeper-McCann House , Massachusetts , USA

The lavish ‘summer cottage’ of interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper has over 40 rooms and is also known as the Beauport House. Sleeper toured New England in search of houses about to be demolished and bought up selected elements from each: wood panelling, furniture, wallpaper, coloured glass and china.  In place of unity, Sleeper created a wildly eclectic but artistically surprising – and satisfying – place to live. The mansion sits on rocks overlooking Gloucester Harbor and has Arts-and-Crafts-style terraces leading down into a series of garden ‘rooms’.

The house is in Gloucester, Massachusetts. You can visit the house between June and October, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The last hourly tour begins at 4pm.

10. Powerscourt , Ireland #lp #travel

3 thoughts on “Beauport Makes Lonely Planet Top 10 World’s Greatest Mansion and Home List

  1. well yes , seeing a great old house along with the collection of very personally chosen decor , fixtures , furnishings of the talented original owner is a rare experience .


  2. Wicked cool!! Such a prestigious list! Beauport opened for the season last Friday. Did you know admission for the tour is free for Gloucester residents? Get over to Beauport on Eastern Point, people- it’s amazing! The site manager, Pilar Garro, is the best- even though it was she who arranged for my “arrest” this coming Wednesday for the Muscular Dystrophy Lock Up lol 🙂


  3. June 6th, I just hosted a tour for 50+ spry members of MIT reunion Class of 1962. They and another 50 or so came, thanks to class member Henry McCarl, to tour sights in his town of Gloucester. Ryan & Wood, Cape Pond Ice, Fisk Organ and a terrific time at Beauport Museum. Pilar Garro has taken “professional” risks improving that property for owner “Historic New England” and opening its hidden history to the sunlight. I believe this Lonely Planet listing would not have happened without her effort. Cheers to Pilar for her effort to helping put to Gloucester on the tourist map in ways only she could do. And yes, by all means, look at their schedule of events. You’ll be surprised. Maybe start a new family traditon.


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