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The Elms

367 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6915
+1 401-847-1000
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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, 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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367 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6915
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The self-guided tour was excellent and gave a keen insight into life in these glorious mansions. We also took a guided tour of the servant's quarters; the rooms were stuffy and warm, but that added to the experience.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This tour was recommended to us by multiple people after we toured the Breakers. It was similar yet very different. The decor is breathtaking and we all enjoyed this mansion.

Thank Tracy H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed this house however were more I pressed with the breakers. Interesting to hear all the stories as to how these folks made a fortune. I would really enjoy seeing a behinds the scene tour of the servants’ quarters. I think it would reveal...More

Thank Bird3181
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Preservation Society has done an excellent job. Free audio tour is supreme, well-designed, and worth taking the extra time to explore the additional stories. They suggest 45 minutes for the tour. After the tour we strolled the gardens. Phenomenal trees that are huge and types...More

Thank Yodeler
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We toured the Breakers first and really enjoyed that but were disappointed you couldn't see the servant quarters so we went to The Elms and took the Servants Tour. It was great, we saw the aspects of working and living in the mansion. There is...More

Thank palacebound123
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend the servants tour. Our docent was so informative, and answered all our questions. Best part of the visit.

Thank shar612amato
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We scheduled the servant guided tour and we were all very glad we did. We visited four mansions during our stay, and the Elms servant tour was incredibly unique and informative. It was approximately one hour, and takes you to places that are off limits...More

Thank sdaTewksbury_ma
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This house has the most land and the most beautiful gardens. I cannot believe that a family owned this just for the summer and I can only imagine the backyard adventures they could have had. This house is very bright and ornate, more so than...More

Thank Gabriella G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only had time to tour this one and the Breakwaters. It was interesting to hear the history behind these homes and ve abke to compare and contrast these two very different, although both oppulant styles! Oh the lifestyles of the rich and famous!

Thank Pam H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Elms was breathtaking. The front of house self-lead tour was wonderful. I also took the "back of house" servants tour which was extremely interesting and the tour guide was exceptional - lots of history, family details and given with a dose of humor which...More

Thank Franmatty
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KimJo87
January 31, 2018|
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Response from Diane T | Reviewed this property |
No, they can be purchased at the door.
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Kathryn L
April 11, 2016|
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Response from Brenda C | Reviewed this property |
We bought a 3 house ticket and went around the Elms ourselves following the audio route
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Al F
March 13, 2016|
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Response from happytraveler177 | Reviewed this property |
The audio tour is handed out after you pay an entrance fee. The audio is free.
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