This was a a very good and fun tour. Our guide was great, and the group size was perfect for interesting questions from a variety of people. Seeing one of the gilded age mansions from the “backstairs” was a nice change of pace.
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The Servant Life Tour and Beneath the Breakers tour were excellent. We especially enjoyed the Servant Life Tour at The Elms. You get to see the basement and the attic. The best part is the fact that you get to a special viewing area at...More
We took the self guided tour earlier in the day and signed up for the Servants Life Tour at The Elms. We were on the last tour of the day and we were the only ones on the tour. Our guide, Chelsea was very informative...More
This tour is excellent and a lot of fun. Mariette is very knowledgeable. We were able to go out on the roof. She lets her guests ask questions and takes her time making sure you see everything. This house has character and you really get...More
Travel with 75 year old mom. Staff very accommodating. Allowed use of servants actual elevator from the time. Great tour... interesting perspective. We did the early morning tour... 930. It was nice, only of us... when we were leaving after the regular mansion tour around...More
I did this tour at the request of my friend I was in Newport with. I had done the mansion tours in years past, so we tried this to do something different. I was really surprised with how much I learned and how much I...More
Step aside antique furnitures and borderline tacky Venus statues! This tour is all about the little people, similar to ones you might see on Downtown Abbey. From where they slept to how they went on strike, this informative tour highlights the stories of some of...More
This was worth the extra time and stair climbing. We enjoyed the grounds and rooftop views of the water, and the staff stories. I felt a little pushed along because other tours were coming behind us.
Enjoyed seeing “behind the scenes” - very interesting to see the staff’s quarters, learn a little about their life histories and their contributions to the running of the household. Enjoyed seeing the machinations that Mr. Berwind put in place to make sure visitors did not...More
Given the excellent review by others, we were surprised that our tour was so empty. We left lacking an appreciation for the servant's life. Yes, we were shown bedrooms and boiler rooms, and told that servants tried once to unionize. But those bedrooms and boiler...More