We only saw the gardens as part of the Secret Garden tour but we loved the camels, the views from the garden and the stone bridge! Lovely setting!
Rough Point, Doris Duke's Newport mansion, is a marvelous place to visit should one have the chance. The art, the history, the historic furniture, the view, it all combines for an unparalleled visit!
Having toured The Breakers, Marble House, Chateau Sur Mer, The Elms and RoseCliff, we hadn't planned on touring a sixth mansion. Thankfully, we decided to tour Rough Point on the final day of our trip to Newport. While all the mansions of Newport are beautiful and unique, in their own way, I prefer the architecture of Rough Point (English Tudor... More
Unlike the other mansions, Doris's is huge but not too big...somehow even though it's a mansion, you can sort of see how you could live there! It's actually very Homey...could not get out of the Sunroom, it is just breathtaking!
We visited most all of the mansions before Rough Point and this was the best! This house felt like a family home and that it had been "really lived in". So many of the others were over the top with opulence, but this one was comfortable. One can just imagine Doris Duke wandering around with a pack of dogs following... More
Rough Point, the former home of Doris Duke (at 13 she was the richest non-royal female in the world). This is not one of the Preservation Society mainsions, so no package deals here. That said, it has a little more of a personal feel than the others. This is largely because it was a home until fairly recently. I didn't... More
Doris Duke was wealthy and lived in a mansion originally built for a Vanderbilt. But Doris Duke was very much her own person. She was independent, interested in many things, adventurous and cared greatly about animals and those less fortunate than herself. She did much to preserve Newport's colonial architecture. A different kind of tour and very worth it.
Unlike the 1890s Gilded Age cottages, Doris Duke's 1920s mansion is thrilling for a more "real life" experience of how the wealthy lived later, in the 20th century. The expansive grounds are beautiful; the ocean is at your feet. Well worth a visit.
Perhaps best experienced AFTER you see the HBO movie "Bernard and Doris" (2006) with Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes as THIS mansion was the Summer home of Doris Duke. It is not part of the typical historical society package, so you will pay separately to tour this mansion, but it should not be missed! My fondest memories of touring a... More
I came to Newport to see this property specifically and was not disappointed.. Guide was very informed and gave small anecdotes re: owners life which made tour so much more interesting. I would recommend this tour to all interested.
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