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The Elms, Newport

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#3 of 17 in Historic Sites in Newport
A French-style mansion, The Elms represents the former summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind. The construction of the house cost approximately $1.5 million when finished in 1901. Berwind, who made his money in the coal industry, hired architect Horace Trumbauer to design the summer home in the same style as Chateau Asnieres in Asnieres-sur-Seine, near Paris. The cost of admission includes an audio tour that guides you through the house with details of day-to-day life. Opt for the "Servant Life Tour" for a picture of the servants' responsibilities; a knowledgeable guide will delve deep into the lives of the team who worked to run the household. Use our Newport trip planning website to arrange your visit to The Elms and other attractions in Newport.
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  • October 2, 2017
    A beautiful mansion, worth visiting and taking the audio tour. Lovely gardens and outdoor structures. The inside of the mansion is amazing! Definitely one to see!  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    I love that you are able to tour the gardens without having to do the tour. The view is stunning. Nice place to stop in and just walk and enjoy.  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Beautiful mansions with plenty of artistic treasures. Really enjoyed the self guided tour so we could go at our own pace. The garden and outdoor area is beautiful.  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Very nice mansion. They had lots of tour info but it wasn't overwhelming. I like how they let you walk around and take in the property at your own pace. The parking was easy too and the staff, friendly
  • April 26, 2017
    I love the size of the house. It's very livable compared to The Breakers. The gardens are the best part. They are absolutely lovely. I was a bit underwhelmed with the Servant Life tour, though.
  • March 25, 2017
    Seeing the Newport mansions was very exciting and interesting. This is one of the smaller ones I saw yet still magnificent. In the winter they do live tours which was a bit of a disappointment since the audio tours are so in depth. Our tour guide was still very good, but I feel I could have gotten way more information. The servants tour, which is extra, was also very fascinating!
  • June 3, 2017
    One of the most beautiful mansions I've seen on Cliff Walk. The tour is self-guided with audio headsets so you can go at your own pace. Love it!
  • June 22, 2017
    Interesting story to this house and I wasnt aware of the coal magnate Berwind before touring it. Learned a lot, pretty interesting. Also cars and coffee on the back lawn Saturday mornings for those that get up early.

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