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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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Western NY
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This cottage has an extra tour for an extra fee and it is worth it. We saw the help's quarters and learned much more from our tour guide than one received from the headset tour. The owner of this place was a real engineer and it was interesting to me to learn how electricity was just introduced to residences and... More

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Nutley, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Loved the entire home and property. The yard is phenomenal; really a park. You have to see it to believe appreciate it!

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The tour of the Servants Quarters is a new addition to the Elms since our last visit and well worth doing. Be aware though, it takes a full hour and there are a lot of stairs (elevator available if you really can't manage). The audio tour of the main house is very good, with the option to find out more... More

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Leesport, PA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Not as over the top opulent as the others, this mansion has so much taste and style. The highlight was definitely the servants tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and a great story teller. We learned some great 'extra's' by taking this tour, and it was definitely worth it! Most beautiful grounds (in my opinion) of all the mansions -... More

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Newark, New Jersey
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169 reviews 169 reviews
42 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

do the servant tour which is an additional fee but well worth it before you see the mansion. This was an amazing place as having been lived in till 1961 and almost torn down to make way for a shopping mall. The technology used over 100 years ago was impressive too.

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YVR
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170 reviews 170 reviews
27 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I liked the house itself more than the Breakers as it was slightly more toned down. But still incredibly impressive. Good self guided audio tour.

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Charlotte, NC
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153 reviews 153 reviews
97 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed the Elms don't get me wrong. But I would place the Breakers or the Marble House ahead of the Elms given the fact that they both are on the water. The Elms is stunning and each room presented tells an interesting story. I would definitely recommend anyone to visit. My only complaint is the hidden... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

When they say on the tour description you are walking stairs, they mean it! You start off the tour immediately climbing up 50-60 stairs to the second landing of the mansion. They give you a very short rest period while you look over the servant's entrance in the back (beautiful wisteria covered area) and then you climb the remaining 25... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The height of wealth and elegance in the early 1900's. A small army was needed to keep the houshold running well.

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Houston, Texas
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103 reviews 103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We were able to visit three different "cottages" during our stay in Newport and enjoyed different things about each of them. For The Elms, we did the standard audio tour of the property first and enjoyed it, but what wowed us was the guided Servant Life tour that we did with Bernard. He was an excellent guide - very upbeat... More

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