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Rough Point

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Address: 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +1 401-849-7300
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Description: Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the...
Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke.
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Covered up mansion how the help spent Christmas

This was a tour offered to show how the help kept the house during winter over the Christmas period when the owners were not around. Although it was not possible to see the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2015
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Genoa, Italy
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was a tour offered to show how the help kept the house during winter over the Christmas period when the owners were not around. Although it was not possible to see the furniture as it was covered up we were still take around the ground floor to view the rooms and could see the paintings and art and amazing... More 

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New York City, New York
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Newport is famous for its mansions. They are architecturally and historically interesting. In addition, they are full of museum-quality treasures. However, Rough Point stands out among them. Located at the far end of Bellevue Avenue, the mansion is set on nicely landscaped grounds overlooking the rocky coast line. It is big and impressive. Inside is a top quality collection of... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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21 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We traveled from NC to meet in Newport with friends for the holidays and did five of the mansion tours. This was the only one I knew anything about in advance and was looking forward to, but probably least favorite experience. Our guide did fine with history of the house but did not share any of the colorful stories about... More 

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NRFStaff, Marketing Assistant at Rough Point, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Rough Point and taking the time to leave a review. You visited us during UnDecked Halls, which is advertised as an authentic look at a Newport mansion in winter and is a limited house tour. It's very different from our regular house tour during our season (April to November). We greatly appreciate your feedback and hope... More 

Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Even since Rough Point opened, I have wanted to visit, so my sister and I got together for nearly a week around my 50th prep school reunion. An old family friend gave us the set of tickets and we were delighted to take advantage of them. Excellent guide, a great interior worth seeing. The fashion exhibit was excellent. I would... More 

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NRFStaff, Marketing Assistant at Rough Point, responded to this review

Lockett, so happy to hear from you on TripAdvisor! We're so glad you finally had the chance to see Rough Point and that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again in 2016! More 

State College, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Enjoyable to see inside the home and to walk the grounds. Interesting to see the clothes. This is a guided tour. Our guide was very pleasant and informative. It would have been nice to see more of the rooms for the $25 charge. The tour lasts about 75 minutes.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Best part of tour was our guide who was both thoughtful, thorough and interesting. House manages to be much darker than I expected for such a bon vivant occupant. Loved the topiary camels on the lawn especially their sedum and grass necks.

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Westerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Lots of Art. It was interesting to know that Doris Duke actually used the house until her death. her clothing display upstairs was a nice surprise

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Deerfield Beach
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

While in Newport, I had time to visit two houses, so I went to The Breakers and Rough Point. The beauty of Rough Point is that it was lived in as a private residence more recently than the older, gilded-age mansions. I also enjoyed having a real guide as opposed to a headset - my tour was led by a... More 

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Newport, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Rough Point is one magnificent home that feels like you can unpack your bags and settle in! The tour was great as the docent provided interesting bits of information on Doris Duke. The back overlooking the ocean is one of the best views around!

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kentucky
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84 reviews 84 reviews
11 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous views both from inside and out.It's very hard to imagine the wealth of Doris Duke,yet her home seemed very welcoming.The views around her property are amazing.

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