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The Elms

367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #2 of 67 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Description: French-style mansion built for coal magnate Edward Berwind.
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The Elms is a great mansion to see if you want to see how the maids and such operated. We thought it was a nice contrast to the Breakers.

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Don't miss a tour of this beautiful summer mansion. We also enjoyed the Servant's Tour offered in this home.

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New York City, New York
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120 reviews 120 reviews
46 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Elms is a beautiful home (with the conservatory a standout room, not replicated elsewhere). But our enjoyment of the house was truly enhanced by our Servant Life tour, which showed us how the house actually worked - kitchens, furnaces, the vaulted room for coal storage, Mr. Berwind's ice making machine. The servant quarters were extremely comfortable for their time... More

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jo913
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105 reviews 105 reviews
31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

It's pretty to see, but can't see living in something like this. It's just a show place to show off that you had 'money. These 6 million dollar homes were used for 6 weeks in the summer, just to have parties.

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Auckland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Our experience of the Elms began by wandering through the extensive gardens where there are many fountains and a summer house. The entrance fee to the mansion itself was $14.50 but for this you are given an audio guide which means you can tour each room at your own pace. The audio tour provides an excellent insight into the lives... More

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Quad Cities USA
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147 reviews 147 reviews
32 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This Gilded Age "cottage" is a sight to behold. Not as gaudy as The Breakers, it's still over-the-top. But a fun experience to see how America's elite did vacations in the late19th century. Elms was included in the fall five-pack ($31.50 each) that we purchased, and we leisurely visited them all in 6 hours. If you're into old "homes", or... More

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Birchwood, WI
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168 reviews 168 reviews
91 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This mansion was almost demolished years ago and today is in great shape and very interesting to visit. Worth a visit!!!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We saw numerous mansions this weekend but the Elms was our favorite. Incredible lifestyles at that time and money was no object. Audio tour was well done. Highly recommend the separate servants tour - takes over an hour and is fascinating. This servant tour takes you to several places that the regular tour misses such as the servants quarters obviously... More

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NewJersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The behind the scene Servant Tour is well worth it. Our guide Benjamin was full of information and patient with every question. Afterwards took the headset tour which was informative also

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Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Built for a coal baron, this gracious home is filled with light and air. Though not waterfront as many other mansions are, there are spacious manicured grounds and the house is delightful!

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