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Rough Point

680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #4 of 67 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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San Francisco, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The mansion tour was very interesting and informative without being too detailed. The docent was very knowledgeable and helpful. Be sure to add in enough time to walk the grounds and enjoy the ocean views.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We visited Rough Point and really were interested in the story of Doris Duke. She was quite unique and not materialistic considering her wealth. She was really interested in preserving things that were in the best interest of people and animals and especially in preserving Newport.

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Summerville, South Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

At $25 a person, I was expecting a more knowledgable tour guide, and a better tour. Only saw 6 rooms, and questions about the estate that were not a part of the tour were dismissed by the guide. I would have expected to see more of the house, but it was very limited.

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Lunenburg, Massachusetts, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Rough Point, the Newport home of Doris Duke, is simply fabulous. Well worth the $25 admission to immerse yourself into this fantasy world of luxury. But it's luxury that you can imagine, not the overwhelming opulence of The Breakers (both are Vanderbilt houses). But Rough Point was purchased by Doris' father and Doris later put her unique stamp on the... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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254 reviews 254 reviews
114 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Unlike the mansions that are operated by the historical society of Newport, there is a separate $25 entry fee for this Doris Duke home, formerly a Vanderbilt mansion. The four other mansion we visited had recorded tours that for the most part are extremely well done (see my reviews of them separately), Rough Point has guided tours. Rosalie was simply... More

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Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
46 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Doris Duke might be one of the few to be considered American royalty. Definitely worth taking the guided tour of the home that she lived in till her death in 1993. Definitely take the time to explore the grounds and the gardens. Absolutely magnificent!

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Ridgefield, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This home sits on the point overlooking the Cliff Walk, near the end of Bellevue Avenue. It was built by Frederick W Vanderbilt and later was the home of the Duke family; most recently Doris Duke. When she passed away she left her home and its' belongings to the Newport Restoration Organization to manage and care for. This was one... More

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Poughquag, NY
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Loved the tour and the grounds are gorgeous! More realistic mansion that you could live in!! Great topiary of camels on front lawn!

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Fairfield, Connecticut
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A wonderful tour lasting about 75 minutes that tells a detailed life story of Doris Duke. The mansion and it's furnishings are beautiful. The location of this mansion is that of its name...Rough Point. Gorgeous views of the point.

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Orange, CT
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45 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Doris Duke's mansion was a pleasant surprise after all the turn-of-the-century palaces. I could really live in her mansion--it is on a much more human scale than the others and gives the visitor some insight into her unique personality. We can thank her for most all of the preserved houses in Newport and also for her wonderful furniture museum down... More

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