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The Elms

367 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6915
+1 401-847-1000
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The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the coal industry. In 1898, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d'Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris. Construction of The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. The interiors and furnishings were designed by Allard and Sons of Paris and were the setting for the Berwinds' collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th century French and Venetian paintings, and Oriental jades.
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367 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6915
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Elms is magnificent. The guided audio tour tells you everything you need to know and more. ( it takes around 40 minutes) the staff are very kind and there is ample free parking on the grounds. You will love love love this mansion

Thank rochelleg709
Reviewed yesterday

It is sort of true that if you have seen one mansion, you have seen them all. The grounds here are breathtaking! Take the servants tour! Gives a look at what hard working early Americans had to do for the filthy rich.

Thank Mommyof5or3
Reviewed 3 days ago

When we entered we were provided with an audio guide. We were able to move at our own pace, and had a good tour.

Thank Slumdog2015
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Though opulent and over the top, this mansion felt like a home more than the other ones. I loved the Conservatory. It was my favorite room in any of the mansions. An audio tour was available. I prefer in person tours but this wasn't an...More

Thank Amy C
Reviewed 3 days ago

We thought we would do the servant's tour in order to experience something different. It was certainly different and interesting and we all learned a great deal about life in those times. However, I was left feeling that I had missed out completely, because you...More

Thank Foodfan2830
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We headed to the Elms after the breakers and though smaller not at all disappointed. It was just as beautiful. We took the extra servants tour which was full of historical information and soooo interesting. You got all sorts of fun facts and saw extra...More

Thank Fourdogs1
Reviewed 6 days ago

this is the only mansion that offers a tour of the staff/servant areas. Great way to understand what it really took to run these houses.

Thank janeo859
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a wonderful tour. The audio was good quality and was easy to work like an iPhone or iPod. Each room that is visited has information and extra stories you can choose to listen too if you want to. The servant's life tour was...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great tour. Our guide, Maureen, was amazing. Just an hour. It could've been much longer. Well worth it. We bought tickets from the Preservation Society. Free parking too. And there is a huge tree in the back where we played under for...More

Thank Kirsy1
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of 5 mansions we visited in Newport (The Breakers, Rosecliff, Marble House, The Elms, and Chepstow. It's just staggering to the imagination that these homes were for but a single family to use just 6-8 weeks of the year. These "homes" were...More

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Kathryn L
12 April 2016|
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Response from Brenda C | Reviewed this property |
We bought a 3 house ticket and went around the Elms ourselves following the audio route
Al F
14 March 2016|
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Response from happytraveler177 | Reviewed this property |
The audio tour is handed out after you pay an entrance fee. The audio is free.
3 September 2015|
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Response from Vilaas | Reviewed this property |
It depends on you,if you want do it on your own through the audio aid...you can linger on taking the history slowly....anything between and hour or two...all depends on yr own interest.