Friday, October 12, 2012
Belcourt Castle, The Oliver Belmont Estate
Belcourt Castle was built for bachelor millionaire Oliver Belmont, son of August Belmont, a banker for the Rothschild family. The estate was unique in that the entire ground floor was devoted to the horses. When Belmont finally married, to Alva Vanderbilt, his new wife promptly commissioned renovations, replacing the ground floor stables with a large reception hall. When Belmont died, Alva inherited everything, including Belcourt Castle. Alva shut Belcourt down and moved into her other Newport estate, Marble House. She eventually sold Belcourt to Perry Belmont, Oliver's brother. Currently, Belcourt is for sale.