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Address: 367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of...

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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Loved the house and the servants tour

Fascinating to see the servants working and living areas. Not as great as seeng the gorgeous mansion and all the room. Somewhat disappointing that the majority of the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fascinating to see the servants working and living areas. Not as great as seeng the gorgeous mansion and all the room. Somewhat disappointing that the majority of the furnishings are not original. One must purchase separate tickets for the house and servants tours.

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in on Winter Festival weekend in combination with a tour of the Breakers. Elm is a little more understated and feels more "livable" then the Breakers. We were not big fans of the guided tour as many people were there and some of the roped off areas are smaller and more compact than the Breakers so the group... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to the Elms many times since I was a kid, and went back for the first time in over 10 years in September of 2015 and again in May 2016. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that they had switched over to audio tours, and because more tourists seem to visit the Breakers, the Elms wasn't too... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited the mansion previously and cannot recommend it enough, but went especially for the Servant Tour this weekend. I cannot speak highly enough of our tour guide who was an older gentleman with a short haircut. He was fabulous as was the tour. This tour does require climbing several flights of stairs, but is well worth it. You... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To save myself some time with this, I'm pasting the exact text of the email I sent them and have yet to get any response to: Hello Preservation Society representative - I wanted to pass along some feedback regarding our recent visit to Newport, and our experience going on the Servant Life Tour at The Elms. My husband and I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a beautiful property, and the tour guides are VERY knowledgable and interesting. The house itself is fairly spectacular, and they have many period-true and original decorations, most of which have very interesting stories behind. It was definitely an experience I would recommend to everyone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I enjoyed our "upstairs" tour of The Elms. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made our tour very pleasant. It was a wonderful experience that I would heartily recommend and look forward to returning to the downstairs/servants tour.

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I recently enjoyed the servants life tour at the elms. If you have time I recommend the tour of the mansion immediately following We plan to return for a new tour under the breakers soon

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West Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This behind the scenes tour provides a unique perspective on this wonderful cottage. Tour guide was well informed and helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here in the dead of winter. A coal mining tycoon family from Philly. They had no kids but four nieces. I'm glad that they were open in January. Run here for a great tour from Levi. Very informative. Beautiful mansion. I loved the poker room, Venetian room, the tapestries, and also the China room. Tiffany! The 2 ton... More 

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