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Address: 367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018471000
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The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of...

The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the coal industry. In 1898, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d'Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris. Construction of The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. The interiors and furnishings were designed by Allard and Sons of Paris and were the setting for the Berwinds' collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th century French and Venetian paintings, and Oriental jades.

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do the house tour during the holidays

this fantastic home of the wealthy after so many years now seems like most other antiques. Once you see it you do not have to see it again. however you should see it at least once... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this fantastic home of the wealthy after so many years now seems like most other antiques. Once you see it you do not have to see it again. however you should see it at least once to see how really stupid the old time new rich spent their new found wealth. what I found they did was get a lot... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was able to upgrade my ticket to The Breakers to see The Elms for just an additional $5. I was so glad I did! Our tour guide was great and the small tour group was a great way to wander through this lovely home.

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family - two adults, a 10-year-old and a 17-year-old - completed the Servant's Life tour followed by the full tour of the house and grounds. Our visit to the mansions was a tremendous experience - four sites in a day - but the Servant's Life tour at The Elms made for an exceptional experience. Our tour guide was extremely... More 

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Ramsey, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did both the Servant's Life tour and the tour of the rest of the house and would highly recommend both. A beautiful, interesting place!

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Lahaska, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As part of a 3 cottage tour, this is an amazing cottage and is decorated in the season for Christmas. Audiotours are free with entrance and well worth it.

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Canandaigua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I toured the Elms on our recent trip to Newport. We really enjoyed the tour where we learned a lot about the family of the owners and the historical perspective of not only the "Summer Home" but also its affect on the area. Excellent and worth the time.

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Harwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took both the regular tour of the house as well as, the servant's life tour. Highly recommend doing both.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm partial to ocean views, so this isn't one of my favorites. It's still quite opulent and has very nice grounds, but it would be near the end of my priorities if you're visiting multiple locations. On the plus side, if you want to avoid traffic and do a quickie mansion visit, then this may be for you. It's easy... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there on coaching weekend. I found the grounds very beautiful. The mansion was great but we had an audio tour. You loose something with that - no personal interaction with guides. No fun stories to hear. The experience was still great especially since the coaches did their show on the grounds

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed my tour at The Elms! I went with my family and girlfriend, and we all had a good time touring the estate. It's a fascinating way to be immersed in a preserved house, while getting the beautiful experience of a museum. We did the servant's quarters tour, which was a really different and cool way to see the... More 

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