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A Luxury Newport Inn With Colonial Charm & Historic Elegance

Steeped in history dating  to 1760 when the private residence for Colonel Francis Malbone (b. 1728 - d. 1785) was built, the historic mansion was seized by the British at the start of the Revolutionary War. It was then used to store looted gold and treasures, leading to its nickname, "the Treasure House."
 
History Of The Francis Malbone House, Newport
The legend is told of the love affair of a young British officer and the colonel's daughter, Peggy Malbone. According to history, the two fell in love just before the war, when the officer would dine at the Colonel's estate. When the war began, and the mansion was seized by the British, the Malbone's remained under British occupancy. Officers were not allowed to enter the house or socialize with the colonists, so the lovers were forbidden to see one another. The young British officer was captured in an attempt to sneak into Newport to see her and imprisoned in Massachusetts. According to legend, he finally escaped and for months risked life and limb as a fugitive to return to her. The two were married at the close of the war and returned to England where he became Lord Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield.
 
 
At the end of the war, the mansion was returned to the Malbone family who retained ownership until the early 1830s. After the death of Colonel Malbone in 1785, his son, Francis Malbone Jr., a future United States Senator, received ownership of the estate until his untimely death in 1809. In 1850, the house was owned by Dr. James R. Newton, who built a brick office on the estate for his doctor's office. This building is now known as "The Counting House" and is our largest suite.
The Francis Malbone House, Newport Location
Located in the heart of Newport's bustling downtown waterfront district, the Francis Malbone House sits on the famed Thames Street lined with quaint shops, restaurants, galleries, and historic homes.
The Francis Malbone House, Newport Common Areaseas
Common spaces at The Francis Malbone House feature Queen Anne style furnishings reminiscent of days gone by. Appointed with beautiful oriental rugs, custom window coverings, rare paintings and antique prints, each of our sophisticated spaces and manicured courtyard offer a perfect setting to enjoy your time in Newport. Our dining room features a 15-foot dome ceiling, beautiful chandelier, and a large fireplace. Enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea or a glass of wine in our private courtyard in the warmer months or curl up next to the fireplace in the winter.
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