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Rough Point

680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #4 of 66 attractions in Newport
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: There is a wonderful mansion not to be missed- it is Rough Point, the home of Doris Duke. It was built for a Vanderbilt and purchased by Doris... more »
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23 reviews 23 reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I happened to come upon this mansion tour through TRIPADVISOR. Had no knowledge that it existed because it is not part of the Newport Mansion tour package. Since we had previously toured all the other mansions we needed to see this one after reading the reviews. The grounds were beautiful despite the fact that construction is going on with repairs... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We have been on ~ half a dozen Newort Mansion tours. This one was the most expensive, but worth every penny. John was our tour guide, and he was excellent. He knew everything, the history of the house, every art item, and especially what a fascinating lady Doris Duke was. She was a very generous and brave woman. John knew... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Oh Doris if these walls could talk! And I wish they did tell of all the intrigue of her romances and such thing like her BF that was accidentally run over (killed) by her Hmm What a place don't miss it!

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Northern New Jersey
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157 reviews 157 reviews
44 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Beautiful location on Bellevue Avenue. Great history...excellent tour guide...and pristine grounds that are breathtaking. Worth a visit...would love to see again in the summer months!

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North Chicago, Illinois
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200 attraction reviews
274 helpful votes 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

No as elegant as The Breakers or Marble House, but almost a "liveable" property. You are guided thru the property so it is nice to be able to ask questions. There are just a few items for sale - mostly books -- at the entrance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We had an amazing tour and tour guide who had amazing intimate knowledge of Doris Duke and her life at Rough Point. Incredible grounds and view. Definitely worth stopping by

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Livonia, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Our innkeeper suggested a visit to Rough Point mansion and we are glad we visited. Although we could not imagine living in such a large space, I think I could learn to be comfortable there with her sense of decorating style and the big ocean out back. ;-) It was a docent lead tour and he was full of information... More

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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Loved this home on the outside. Enjoyed the tour because its led by a live tour guide. The house is a mish mash of styles and the solarium downright sad. I get that it's the original furniture but the brown terribly worn stuffed couches ruin the room. Interesting to see appliqué restoration of valences in progress. Ms Duke may have... More

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Sandy, Utah
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13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have gone for a tour at Rough Point during our "Fall New England Annual Trip" for each of the past two years. Each time we have been amazed. The preservation is marvelous and the decor is wonderful. What a magnificent American Architectural treasure.

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Here is a mansion that has been open for touring just ten years. While not as well known as the others, it's interest lies in the fact that it was occupied by the owner until the mid-1990's. Here is a mansion that has been updated for contemporary living yet has the same feel as the ones lived in decades ago.... More

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