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The Elms, Newport

(4.7/5 based on 1,200+ 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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  • Last that day was The Elms which conveniently attracts less trafic although it as fabulous as the other Newport Mansions. Because it is not ocean side, it possesses a huge backyard with trees so big, ...  more »
  • The original furnishing were auctioned long ago, but the history and architecture is both fascinating and beautiful respectively.  more »
  • Stunning, shameful, exquisite, gaudy, lovely, obscene, they are all appropriate adjectives, describing the Elms depending on your perspective. Either way, the Elms should be on your Newport bucket lis...  more »
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  • I recommend the Servant Life Tour at The Elms although if I could do it differently I'd tour the main house before doing the special add-on tour (rather than after). This mansion is what I would consider the second tier in Newport but that's through no fault of its own. It takes away from the place that before they saved it from being torn down they auctioned off all the furnishings. It's still well worth the trip if only to see the ceilings. The audio tour is fascinating and mandatory in my opinion. The Berwinds must have been very poor by Newport standards because not only is it an inland lot but it's tiny in comparison to many of the others. If they were looking for being centrally located then they were very successful. I'd live there though.
  • We chose this mansion as the second on our 2 mansion ticket. It's a beautiful mansion. A little warmer feel than the breakers. I liked all the statues. They are beautiful. If you go here please take a walk out into the lawn and garden area. Very beautiful yard with stables and garden fountains and gazebos.
  • 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.
  • The architecture was fantastic and the audio tour was very interesting. The headset keypad was a little tricky at times but easy to get back on track.
  • 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.