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Rough Point

680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-849-7300
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Ranked #4 of 66 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Raleigh, NC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We had just planned to visit Newport for the day, but returned the next day to tour Rough Point. Glad we did. Our guide was excellent. Art, architecture, lifestyle, landscape views, interesting stories about camels, dogs and neighbors and Doris Duke's impact on Newport preservation. .Well worth the admission price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Unlike the other mansions, Rought point is a guided 1 hour and 15 minute tour around the mansion. The inside of the house is nice , but nothing like the Breakers or the Marble house. It was interesting to hear about the owners and history of rough point mansion. A definite visit , the grounds are unbelievably beautiful!

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Allentown PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This is the mansion of Doris Duke, it remains as it was when she lived in it until her death. If you like mother of pearl, you have got to see her bedroom. It is a guided tour, which I found extremely interesting.

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Kittery, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

3 years ago we did a couple of the Mansions. Last year we did three more. This year we only did Rough Point and it was probably one of my favorites. I loved the tour and all the History involved. It was so interesting to know that Doris Duke had celebrated her 80th Birthday at the House and it was... More

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This was a spur of the moment visit. Great mansion, and until recently actually inhabited by Doris Duke until her death.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The interior furnishings were very interesting. Ms. Duke collected tapestries, paintings, furniture and Asian porcelain.

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troy,ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was a separate tour its pricey but I think if you are in Newport it's a must see attraction. Doris Duke was a very RICH interesting person who lived her life to its fullest. Guide gave a us a small glimpse into the rich ladies life.

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We visited a lot of Newport Mansions in the past. This mansion, which belonged to Doris Duke, was a new one for us. Glad we arrived 45 minutes early to have plenty of time to explore the grounds, ocean views, and gardens. Quite spectacular. Our tour guide (Amelia) was great! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The house was very interesting as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Not a part of the other mansion packages but so worth it. Doris Duke was unique and so is her home. Excellent tour.

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Ashland, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was the last mansion for us to see on Mansion row. saved the best for last - it was a rainy, dark day, but the inside of the home is so beautiful!! You could tell a real person actually lived in this home, real furniture, real decorations. And our tour guide was very informative and sincere about the mansion.... More

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