Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Ocean State; (1) ?1.04 Million to ?2.03 Million: New Harbour-Front Homes Up to 5,750sq Ft, at Brown & Howard Wharf, Newport, Rhode Island. through Aylesford (020 7349 5100) (2) ?1.43 Million: Set in Elegant Bellevue Avenue, Newport, This Six-Bedroom House (above) Has an Acre of Gardens and Easy Access to the Classic Sailing Grounds off the Rhode Island Coast (Left). through Gustave White Sothebys (001 401 848 6714)

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Ocean State; (1) ?1.04 Million to ?2.03 Million: New Harbour-Front Homes Up to 5,750sq Ft, at Brown & Howard Wharf, Newport, Rhode Island. through Aylesford (020 7349 5100) (2) ?1.43 Million: Set in Elegant Bellevue Avenue, Newport, This Six-Bedroom House (above) Has an Acre of Gardens and Easy Access to the Classic Sailing Grounds off the Rhode Island Coast (Left). through Gustave White Sothebys (001 401 848 6714)

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Byline: Cathy Hawker

AUTUMN is the obvious time to head for New England to enjoy its famous burnished foliage, orchards heaving with apples and fields of pumpkins. But any journey there should take in Rhode Island, America's smallest state.

At 48 miles by 37 miles, it is barely bigger than Cornwall but what it lacks in size it makes up for in history.

Founded in 1639, it was the cradle of the American Revolution, the first state to declare independence from the British crown and where British troops spent three years attempting to quell rebellion.

Today, British visitors find only typical New England friendliness in "the Ocean State", with its 400-mile coastline of inlets, peninsulas and exposed bluffs; in Rhode Island, nowhere is more than 20 minutes from the sea.

The state has all the charm and class of Cape Cod but is more accessible Boston is 90 minutes away and New York only a three-hour drive with yearround activities, a healthy outdoor lifestyle and a thriving arts scene.

Wealthy Americans have holidayed here for a century and Newport, in the south of the state, was dubbed America's "first resort" after attracting the likes of the Vanderbilts and Astors, who built ostentatious mansions on Bellevue Avenue in the 1800s.

Now, Newport is better known for hosting sailing's most prestigious regatta, The America's Cup, for more than 50 years. The "City by the Sea" remains quietly upmarket, attracting families, anglers and people who like messing about in expensive boats..

British buyers can find affordable and attractive property in Newport. Small, two-bedroom cottages cost from ?100,000, while a large family home in the centre of town would be about ?540,000. Prices rise as soon as you get water views, with some waterfront homes topping ?9 million.

"Holiday-home buyers will have considered other New England hotspots," says Kathy Schmidt. "But Rhode Island prices are well below those in Nantucket and elsewhere in Cape Cod." She is selling property at Carnegie An alternative to Cape Cod

Abbey, a golf and country club in Portsmouth, 15 minutes from Newport. …

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