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Address: 367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of...

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, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a 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.

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We didn't had enough time for two or more of the mansions, so we decided on The Elms and it was very impressive. You can walk by yourself with an audio-guide, easy to follow, and... read more

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Anja H
Karlsruhe, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn't had enough time for two or more of the mansions, so we decided on The Elms and it was very impressive. You can walk by yourself with an audio-guide, easy to follow, and they have it in several languages. Great to see how the rich and beautiful lived a hundred years ago - and that were only their... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Elms was one of 3 mansions we visited on this trip. Each is unique and has its own charm. Decorated for the holidays the Elms was enhanced by said decorations and looked just beautiful. The tour is self guided via a headset and handheld device, easy to use and allows flexibility and time control on your part. You can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Elms many years ago and enjoyed the experience. We returned with our adult children and grandchildren ages 10 and 11. The Elms and the grounds were gorgeous. The building and artifacts were perfectly maintained and there appeared to be more areas opened for viewing such as the three level pantry, stairs to the servants quarters and more.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although I have not been to all the Newport Mansions yet, this one is one of my favorites. Huge mansion on 13 acres of gorgeous gardens. One of the best features is the additional "Servants Life" tour offered. It is a tour that goes up to the servants quarters, and talks about their life as a part of the mansions... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a great tour guide 'Brian' very informative. In comparison to the Breakers it is very bland but not sorry I went, just glad I went there first :). Did the servants tour and thoroughly enjoyed it, shocking to hear that people of the house changed their clothes 6-7 times a day- what for!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

EXCELLENT TOUR - HIGHLY RECOMMEND! If you are unable to maneuver three consecutive flights of stairs at a fair pace, this tour is NOT for you. I would not recommend this tour for children under the age of 16 - they would be bored silly! See and hear how the other half lived at The Elms - the servants! Truly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved our visit to the Elms! It is the smallest of the mansions we visited, but absolutely stunning architecture and art. The audio tour was excellent, and you can take your time and listen to extra items, or move through the tour at a faster pace. The grounds were beautiful for strolling through too! An excellent example of America's Gilded... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This mansion was a bit different then the others since it was not on the coast. The items inside are spectacular and diverse, and the grounds are wonderful to walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is what Mansion history in Newport is all about. You really feel like you are walking through history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here after The Breakers and didn't know how anything could live up... this place was just as fabulous and unique. The best part was listening to the personal stories (can't wait to try a White Lady cocktail) and imagining the people dancing in the ball room. Beautiful property.

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