The Elms

The Elms, Newport: Hours, Address, The Elms Reviews: 4.5/5

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The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the coal industry. In 1898, as the Gilded Age was nearing its end, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a Newport house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d'Asnieres (c. 1750) outside Paris. Construction of The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. The interiors and furnishings were designed by Allard and Sons of Paris and were the setting for the Berwinds' collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th-century French and Venetian paintings, and Oriental jades. In 1962, The Elms was saved by The Preservation Society of Newport County from almost certain demolition. A National Historic Landmark, The Elms is a fine example of the taste and style of the late Gilded Age. Several scenes from HBO's hit series "The Gilded Age" were filmed in The Elms.
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Greg Harris
Yonkers, NY1,260 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Elms is a beautifully designed and pristine mansion that is located in Newport, Rhode Island.

I brought and treated my wife and myself for a self guided tour of the Elms during our honeymoon in the fall of 2018.

Completed in 1901 and designed by architect, Horace Trumbauer, the Elms was constructed and made for
Edward Julius Berwind, a 20th Century coal magnate, and founder of the Berwind White Coal Mining Company.

Today, the Elms is owned and operated by the Preservation Society Of Newport County and is open to the public for self guided tours.

The Elms is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996.

What my wife and I loved most about the Elms were it’s gorgeous interior settings and vast furnishings. We admired and took pictures of the 18th Century French & Venetian paintings, and the Berwind’s collection of Renaissance style ceramics.

In addition to the house’s interior, my wife and I were also impressed with the estate’s gardens, specifically
the lavish lower garden which features spectacular fountains, marble pavilions and a carriage house.

Both my wife and I highly recommend a recommend for everyone to visit and tour this breathtaking historic landmark when vacationing in Newport, Rhode Island.
Written December 27, 2021
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ErinShellnie
63 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
At first I didn’t think I would enjoy this because I didn’t even know who the Berwinds were but I am SO glad we did this tour. You learn so much about the history and the way they lived that you almost felt like you were there during that time. The audio tour definitely helped with that. Don’t forget your head phones! And if you do, listen on your phone at your ear or read the paper they provide. Don’t be that couple that has the tour on speaker walking throughout.
I 100% recommend you book the Servants Life tour as well. You have to book a day in advance and it’s an additional $15 a person and totally worth it; it’s around an hour and worth every penny to see the behind the scenes of this house. Our tour guide, Martin, did a great job at sharing the history and life of the people who made this house function. Plus, you get to go out onto the roof and a beautiful view of Newport.
Written September 24, 2020
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LhasaMom
12 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
After having attended other mansion tours on a previous trip to Newport, we were looking for something a bit different this time. The Servants Tour at The Elms fit the bill perfectly! This tour highlighted how a beautifully ornate and massive house worked behind the scenes. It was a little “Downton Abbey Downstairs,” which was much appreciated by this fan. Our tour guide, Kenny, was extremely informative, knowledgeable, and funny! He answered any question we had and was thorough in his response. We had a wonderful time!
Written August 17, 2020
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Dave D
Norton, MA2,032 contributions
Oct 2021
The Elms House is quite the sight to see. The only downside is, their WiFi can not handle a number of people downloading their app for an audio walkthrough tour. After logging onto their WiFi (as recommended) and downloading their app, it took far too long to THEN download the English audio for the walk through. If you are going to recommend your guests download the app, please update the capacity and speed of your WiFi, or create a separate network just for that.

Other than that, the house is amazing. It really gives you an idea of the vast amount of wealth and opulence there was. You are taken through several rooms ranging from the greenhouse, dining room, breakfast room, kitchens, bedrooms, etc. It is really interesting to see how they lived life back then and what day to day life was like.

Make sure you tour the grounds as well and check out the gardens. You can easily spend a couple hours here!
Written October 25, 2021
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Teammilitello
Des Moines, IA651 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Since this home has less foot traffic than The Breakers, we took our time walking through. Guides in various rooms help explain the history of items. Gift shop at the end of the walk had friendly staff.
Written August 14, 2021
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Richard A
Jakarta, Indonesia2,021 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
The Elm is one of the 3 most commonly visited mansions on Newport. It doesn’t open for visit all year so make sure to check newport mansion website before visiting. I would recommend to join the tour as this is the best way to understand and appreciate the Elm mansion, is slightly different with the Breakers or Marble House where we can just explore them our own. Visit this mansion and join the tour while you’re in Newport!
Written February 13, 2022
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Debra B
Arizona287 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
The Elms and the Breakers are the only mansions currently open in Newport due to restrictions.
While I would have lived to have the opportunity to see them all, The historical society has done a great job in choosing the Elms as the other home to open.
The grounds are beautiful as well.
Give yourself plenty of time to listen to all the information on the Newport Mansions self guided tour app.
Written July 19, 2020
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boooche
Hudson, NH73 contributions
Jun 2020

We took the
Servants Life tour and it was very interesting to see how they lived and worked. Our guide was very informative and you could tell she like her job. Wear good walking shoes as you climb up to the 3rd floor then down to the sub basement (5 floors in all).
Written July 1, 2020
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squinn13
Cambridge, MA150 contributions
Sep 2020
An excellent experience, ensure you explore the gardens if it's the season, the flowers, and statuary are just as incredible as the home.

The rooms were spaced well and i saw staff tell people if they were asked to pull a mask up again they'd be asked to leave. They shouldn't have to but kudos for enforcing the rules.
Written September 26, 2020
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Wayne G
5 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Love touring the Newport Mansions. Grateful to be able to experience the Rlms during COVID. All pre auctions taken to keep people safe while experiencing the grandeur of The Elms. Downloaded guided tour was well paced and very informative. A pleasure.
Written August 30, 2020
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