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Rough Point

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Address: 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +1 401-849-7300
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 15:45

Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the...

Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke.

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Breath taking and extraordinary

Will be visiting more than often, I always wanted to visit the fabulous places in Newport and rough point is the best of all

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 April 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

Will be visiting more than often, I always wanted to visit the fabulous places in Newport and rough point is the best of all

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

The home of late heiress doris duke it was absolutely incredible, the way she lived and entertained, the tour was very informative.

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Not the most opulent of mansions in Newport, but the location is incredible and the funkiness of Doris Duke makes it an interesting place.

3 Thank Don C
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

In 1922, Rough Point, which had been built in 1887 for Frederick Vanderbilt, was sold to James Duke, heir to one of America's tobacco monopolies. James' daughter Doris, then aged 10 and an avid swimmer, immediately fell in love with the site: a rocky promontory jutting out into the turbulent Atlantic. For the remainder of her long life (she died... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

Coming from New Jersey, I am fascinated with Doris Duke and was really looking forward to seeing her house in Newport. And although the grounds and the house itself is truly lovely, I couldn't help but be disappointed by how much of the furniture was under cover - basically all of it. Don't get me wrong, they correctly call this... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

Our guide was very knowledgeable about Doris Duke and the mansion. While all the furniture and decor was covered, it was still a fascinating view of the home, the Cliff Walk in that spot, and the grounds. I hope to be able to go back for the more traditional tour!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

We visited Rough Point on a rainy and windy December day. This house was a nice contrast to the opulence of the Breakers but was filled with amazing and beautiful works of art, pottery and rugs. The bonus was the view from the solarium with a memorable view of the Atlantic. Our guide was a lovely young woman, informative and... More 

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Needham, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Interesting tour. They show different rooms than in the summer. The furniture is covered w/ sheets. Gives you a glimpse into one of Doris Duke's homes that she actually lived in until 1993. say the Kitchen and received a treat. Grounds are gorgeous. Will come back in the summer.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Rough Point is my favorite home to visit in Newport. Formerly owned by Doris Duke, this home has wonderful views of the ocean and the exquisite interiors are just incredible. Did this tour with my two daughters (10 and 7) and we had a great time. Docent was very knowledgeable and really made my girls at ease during the tour.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Very disappointed that no photos were allowed inside, Not sure if that is true for other mansions in Newport. If you want to take photos, you should inquire in advance. Otherwise the tour was average. Our guide Linda was knowledgable. It takes only 75 minutes and at the end you are shown the door out. The house and its furnishing... More 

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