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The Elms, Newport

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Architectural Building Historic Site
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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  • We added the "staff tour" to our experience and glad we did. The house tour took just under and hour and the staff tour was just over an hour. The house tour again demonstrates the gilded age and the ...  more »
  • Gorgeous mansion with rich history. Audio tour was well done and provided good overview. Easy to walk between mansions.  more »
  • This is probably my favorite of the Newport mansions. Give yourself plenty of time to tour the outside grounds. The FREE audio guided tour is great too!  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • It will take your breath away! Love the background story and I would go back again... and again...
  • My wife & visited this property after "The Breakers". Although not as big it is still spectacular to see how the rich lived. We were told that the National Trust (I think) saved this property from being demolished about 3 weeks before hand. That would have been a tragedy to destroy heritage like this. Coming from Australia, we don't have places of this magnitude but it was worth the visit.