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“Do the Servant's Tour too!”
Review of The Elms

The Elms
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Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston
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Ranked #4 of 117 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 15, 2013

The regular tour is excellent -- but the servant's tour is even better. You need to be able to do stairs easily as you go to the roof and the sub-basement. We had a nice day, so we had a great view from the platform on the roof. Doing the regular tour just before made it even better.

Thank russell-benoit
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

While not on the same scale as The Breakers, The Elms is still an impressive old dame. We got there too late to take the "servants tour", which was an additional $15 per person, but the audio tour was still worth it. The Elms felt more like a home than The Breakers, not waterfront, but with a view of Newport Harbor from upstairs. Lovely.

Thank Mary M
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

I recommend adding the servants' life tour to your visit. You get to visit the upstairs and go out on the roof. The view is second to none. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. He answered all the questions we had and some we did not even know we had! It is interesting to compare the life of upstairs vs downstairs members of the house.

Thank allicatFL
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This was the only mansion we visited. It is a lovely old building and we learned what it was like to live or visit during it's heyday. It is a self-guided tour.

Thank martha s
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

One of the highlights of the trip. Don't miss it. Be sure to book in advance. See how the people who kept the mansions running lived.

Thank Tom_Cast
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