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The Elms, Newport

Categories: Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Museums, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Tours
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4.6/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
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. Add The Elms to your Newport travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Newport vacation route planner.
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  • Whilst not as splendid or well preserved as The Breakers or Marble House, The Elms makes a good contrast to these two and is still an interesting place to visit, particularly as a few years ago when t...  read more »
  • Take the time to walk the gardens here. Great opportunity for pictures with the mansion in the background. The mansion is one to absolutely see. I felt like I went through this mansion faster than the...  read more »
  • take lots of pic everywhere granduer was there these party homes are elegant i walked around with my mouth open i was in london last year and the castles aren't as beautiful inside guess different tim...  read more »
  • Touring to Rhode Island from CALIFORNIA on 08/30/2016 and picking the "The Elms" as a start for our tour was exciting, entering the mansion was really inviting, then Since it was a bit of a drive from our hotel we all needed to use the restrooms. My son and i was instructed to go to the basement and so we did, passed the stairs and a guard wearing a light blue uniform with other staff members - it was fine we were able to pass with no issues. Then going back upstairs my 15 year old son first was stopped abruptly with the guards hands waving in front of us "rudely" where are you going? We said "going back upstairs" - Then he "waving his hands in front of us"- asking again where are you going? I said going back upstairs to the tour - one of the staff member said behind me " they just went to use the restroom", and i said the same, at this time my eyes was staring at the guard and i was shaking my head for this is very disgusting behavior -" Especially when you are in the service industry". We were able to go upstairs and finish the tour. AND i forgot to mention " WE ARE ASIANS". It was the first time my son experienced something like that. I recommend looking at your security tapes and you will see what i am talking about - around the time frame of 10 to noon. You would see that we did not act obnoxious, we are well dressed, we were not rowdy and simply treated with a rude attitude and with this guard staring at us even well to the end of the tour when we went back to the basement as the last leg of the tour. Very disappointed that this man is employed here.
  • Great place to visit. Not as grams as The Breakers, but interesting and beautiful old mansion. Was a little surprised there is no A/C or humidity control. Walk the grounds and check out the tall, weepy beech trees; they are like open domes under the canapies.
  • These Mansions are truly amazing. A must visit when you're in the area. You'll need at least 2 days to enjoy the more popular ones.
  • The audio tour through the mansion was really good. The mansion is warm and inviting. The artwork throughout the property is inspiring. This was an A+ experience inside and outside the mansion.
  • This is smaller than the Breakers but I actually liked this one better. My favorite is the garden room with bright white walls and the floor that reflect the natural light to create a bright sunny atmosphere.
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