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“Far From Rough”
Review of Rough Point

Rough Point
Ranked #10 of 117 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke.
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We really enjoyed this "cottage" full of exquisite artworks and furniture. Doris Duke collected the very best examples and they are lovingly displayed in a home setting. This home is the warmest and most "alive" mansion. The $25 is steep compared to the other mansion deal. Perhaps the foundation could lower the price so that it is affordable for everyone. That might be what Doris may have wanted anyways.

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

The Doris Duke mansion is not part of the standard ticket offered by the Newport Preservation Society, but it is definitely worth the admission! This was our favorite mansion tour. The mansion is preserved the way Miss Duke left it upon her death in the 1990's. Our tour was conducted by a gentleman, who described and interpreted Duke, her home, and her treasures in an interesting, dignified, and personal way. I knew nothing of her going in, but came out having experienced Doris and feeling good about her many philanthropic efforts that continue through today. Even the price of the ticket goes toward those efforts. Along the tour we saw an amazing array of notable treasures, including 2 rooms of Louis XVI furniture (actually was used by the king in his palace!), paintings by many famous artists including Gainsborough, Hoppner, and Renoir, and even a Ming dynasty vase valued at about $15 million. We were awed and amazed by such artistic treasures. Tour groups are kept small, so go early or purchase tickets/reservations online. Drive here or take the bus, as this mansion is a far walk from the Breakers and Marble House.

Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

While some complain about the $25 ticket, we were glad we did it. Very informative tour by the guide, and the interesting life of Doris Duke does not disappoint. The mansion is loaded with authentic art work including Ming vases, and even a Renoir in her bedroom. Beautiful ocean views. The fact that her history is not so distant perhaps made it more "touchable" as an experience. We would definitely recommend a visit!

Thank Conseiller99
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

After having read several books about Doris Duke, it was so fun to be in her home! Make sure you read Too Rich: The Family Secrets of Doris Duke before you make your trip to Newport. Also, read Gilded: How Newport became America's Richest Resort. These books will give you a better understanding of what went on in Newport and at Rough Point during the Gilded Age.

Thank Linda1917
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

As the Docent points out early in the tour none of the wealth particularly wanted this estate after it was built in the late 1880s but when Doris Duke obtained the home everything changed. First what is most remarkable is the landscaping culminating in the rushing ocean pouring under the the ocean walk every few seconds and the plushness of the ocean surrounded grounds.
The house itself was also grand and even intimate in spots but what particularly stood out were the sun porch with its spectaculat openness and views and the "green room" which Doris seemed to covet as well.
I did not mind the extra fee and in fact because this kept the groups smaller the whole adventure had a a more grand feel-By the way as you leave have a gander at the kitchen with ite spectacular view of the grounds

Thank wlibby3000
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