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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 2 days ago

My favorite of all tours was the guided tour of the servants quarters. Our guide was absolutely terrific. The views from the roof were incredible.

Thank Amanda S
Reviewed 6 days ago

So much to see and learn in all the mansions, history at its best. The best kind of museum a living thing.

Thank Jean W
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have only one mansion to tour, this one is it! We did both the servant tour and the mansion tour. The servant tour is a guided tour through the servant quarters and life as a servant at this elegant mansion. Do this tour...More

Thank jdoughty
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Elms is one of the Newport mansions that offers self guided tours that you can take at your own pace. They provide a cell phone with an app that will walk you through the mansion. You get a story in each room and can...More

Thank S9663
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the fifth house I visited in Newport. By the end, they seem to get a little redundant, so make sure that you visit your top choices first and allow a little padding in between. This house was another great example of the Guilded...More

Thank schmayla98
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Breakers is known as the most sensational mansion in Newport. It certainly is magnificent but after many trips to Newport I always went there but never went to The Elms. I did this last time and think it's right up there, if not exceeds,...More

Thank Anniek1105
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 way people of wealth summered in...More

3  Thank John C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous mansion with rich history. Audio tour was well done and provided good overview. Easy to walk between mansions.

Thank Urbanfarmgrl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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!

1  Thank Takemetoalaska
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the Newport Mansions twice in the past year and our favorite is the Servant Life Tour at The Elms. My 11 year old liked it, my 18 year old liked it and so do I! It is fantastic to see behind the...More

Thank Julie P
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Kathryn L
If you purchase the servants tour ticket, do you also need to purchase a ticket for the regular tour? Or are you allowed to roam at-will after the servants tour concludes and listen to the self-guided regular tour?
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
We will be staying in Newport. Is there an audio tour of the Elms available? If so, what does it cost, and where would I purchase it for my wife and I? Thanks!
13 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.
How long is the Servant's Tour?
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.