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Review of The Elms

The Elms
Ranked #6 of 82 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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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 September 2, 2013

This place is pretty spectacular. The audio tour is excellent! It's very well done. With the amount of people who Visit each day, the audio is the only conceivable way to provide a consistent quality experience to guests. The home and grounds are magnificent! Don't miss the behind the scenes staff tour!

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is one of several over-the-top, amazing cottages built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These houses were the pinnacle of American upper class. Basically American Royalty, except that the creators of these 60,000 square foot summer cottages created their own wealth.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

My whole family loved this place! Even our 7 year old son thought the tour was cool. He was entertained to whole time, and could easily operate the audio set for the self guided tour. Felt like we were stepping back in time. The Gardens are also very lovely. I definitely would recommend people do this tour. They suggest the tour takes up to 1-1.5 hrs but we were there for 2-3hrs because there is lots to see and listen to. I will mention that you CAN NOT take pictures or videos INSIDE the house in order to preserve the inside and contents. No biggie for us though, the whole thing was a great experience, can't wait to come back and see some of the other mansions!

Thank mom2emisandow
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Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

The Elms offers a great behind the look at how the servants lived and work and also how the owners lived. The longest operating mansion in Newport this house has a lot of stories to tell. It's great to see more items returning to the house after they had been accutioned off. Amazing to think instead of a beautiful mansion you could have been driving there to go to CVS or DD's. so happy The Elms was spared.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

I HAD to do the servant tour after becoming addicted to Downton Abby. While it was interesting to see how the servants lived and worked first hand, our tour guide gave a lot of 'personal' thoughts vs actual facts. Verbiage such as 'well in my opinion' 'I feel that' Also, the furniture that was in home was sold at auction when the house was originally sold so the majority of the servant quarters were empty or lacking items. The grounds were beautiful. If you're a Downton Abby fan by all means take the tour to see what the quarters would look like...hopefully you'll get more actual facts. I think my children 23 & 19 could of down without it but since its what mom wanted they suffered through it!

Thank Meredith R
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