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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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  • After seeing the Breakers and Rosecliff, the extra Servants Tour at the Elms was worth the visit to give you the insights into how the other half lived. You go from the top living quarters to the coal...  more »
  • The Servant Life Tour at the Elms is outstanding! For years I have been touring these "summer cottages" and have never gotten a glimpse into what goes on behind the splendor. This tour, while an added...  more »
  • This mansion feels like it was a home, not only a house. It is the most functional of the mansions. I mean, even though it is full of luxuries, it seems to have the most usable adornments and gadgets ...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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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