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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, as the Gilded Age was nearing its end, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a Newport 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. In 1962, The Elms was saved by The Preservation Society of Newport County from almost certain demolition. A National Historic Landmark, The Elms is a fine example of the taste and style of the late Gilded Age. Several scenes from HBO's hit series "The Gilded Age" were filmed in The Elms.
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  • Torsnary
    50 contributions
    A second-tier mansión to visit
    Been to Newport a few times and toured several mansions, but never had visited The Elms. Good audio-app self tour throughout the visit. Ornate decorations of the early 20th century period. Nice grounds.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2023
  • tracey k
    Redmond, Washington633 contributions
    Great Mansion to Tour
    A less crowded alternative to The Breakers, this house checks box if anyone interested in the Gilded Age. This house also permits checking out the grounds. I enjoyed the audio tour, as I did The Breakers, and liked that, because I had paid full price for 1 house, I could upgrade my ticket the next day for $9 and tour a second property. These houses may seem like relics, but they do represent a time and place, and are part of our American history. Well maintained and furnished, the Preservation Society has done a great job.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Disneybus
    Pittsgrove, New Jersey859 contributions
    Wonderful history lesson with Gilded opulence at every turn
    The grounds of The Elms no longer contain elm trees, as they succumbed to Dutch elm disease. Today, the Elms would be better called The Weeping Beeches. Before the tour, get the free user friendly App so you can follow along with your Airpods. As with all the mansions, the history is fascinating. Coal baron Edward Berwind, from Philadelphia, built his new "cottage" because his first Newport residence was too small for entertaining his friends, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. The Elms was one of the first in America to be wired for electricity. His wife Sarah would spend twenty summers there, and Edward would commute on weekends from New York. His sister Julia took residence when Sarah died, and was willed Elms upon Edward's passing. In 1961 when Julia died, The Elms was one of the last Newport cottages to be run in the fashion of the Gilded Age. Upon her passing, the estate was sold to a developer who was to demolish it before the Preservation Society stepped in and saved it. Some scenes from "The Gilded Age" were filmed in The Elms. Each room seems to offer more opulence than the previous. After your tour and a visit to the well stocked gift shop, be sure to tour the grounds as it's one of the best.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • betty0923
    Newburyport, Massachusetts16 contributions
    Enjoyed it more than The Breakers.
    We liked it better than The Breakers. Trip to Newport with my husband. Bought the duo ticket for The Breakers and a second mansion. Visited Rosecliff as the second and were so disappointed that we upgraded our tickets for a third mansion and went to The Elms. Great choice! It’s a beautiful house which has been carefully restored with period appropriate furnishings including some of the originals. The Newport Mansions app audio tour is very informative and entertaining. The grounds are wonderful with amazing trees. Take the time to walk all around to back of the estate. Be sure to check out the chaise-percee adapted for the flush toilets!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • RandyRoss
    Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
    So Glad it Survived
    The Elms is a wonderful house but I think the grounds are the crowning glory here. The 14-acre property with its gardens, its folly and all of the fountains and statues is fantastic. It's hard to believe that this property almost became a shopping center but it seems that only an economic downturn that forced the developer to sell the property to the Preservation Society kept it standing. We would have lost so much! At 31,401 square feet, it is the 19th largest historic house in the United States and the 3rd largest of Newport's "cottages" behind The Breakers and Ochre Court (now the main administration building for Salve Regina University).
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Elms is a wonderful house but I think the grounds are the crowning glory here. The 14-acre property with its gardens, its folly and all of the fountains and statues is fantastic.
It's hard to believe that this property almost became a shopping center but it seems that only an economic downturn that forced the developer to sell the property to the Preservation Society kept it standing. We would have lost so much!
At 31,401 square feet, it is the 19th largest historic house in the United States and the 3rd largest of Newport's "cottages" behind The Breakers and Ochre Court (now the main administration building for Salve Regina University).
Written November 21, 2023
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Heather E
Stanford, KY3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Enjoyed it. Loved the drives and seeing all the mansions. Hope to go back and select a tour of group of the mansions for a better rate.
Written October 18, 2023
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betty0923
Newburyport, MA16 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We liked it better than The Breakers. Trip to Newport with my husband. Bought the duo ticket for The Breakers and a second mansion. Visited Rosecliff as the second and were so disappointed that we upgraded our tickets for a third mansion and went to The Elms. Great choice! It’s a beautiful house which has been carefully restored with period appropriate furnishings including some of the originals. The Newport Mansions app audio tour is very informative and entertaining. The grounds are wonderful with amazing trees. Take the time to walk all around to back of the estate. Be sure to check out the chaise-percee adapted for the flush toilets!
Written September 29, 2023
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fad7772016
Farmingville, NY5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
The Elms was a beautiful mansion and was happy to learn that it was saved from the wrecking ball. The history of the mansion is very interesting.
Written August 30, 2023
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Allie R
Ottawa, Canada14 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
We took the Servant Life Tour - it was fantastic! The tour really gave us a picture of the lives of the 43 servants who managed the house: we saw the rooms where the servants who lived on site lived, heard about their lives and saw some photos; we saw the basement, where many worked and learned about those jobs; and we saw parts of the house as well, from the servants' POV. And we heard a bit about the Berwinds, too.

The guide was extremely knowledgeable and answered our (many!) questions. We bumped into her as we wrapped up the self-guided regular tour and she happily chatted with us about the house until we realized that she was actually done for the day.

We also did the self-guided audio-tour. The two tours complemented each other very well.

I love gilded age mansion tours, and have done several. This is definitely one of the better ones!
Written July 31, 2023
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Nico Samneil Sy Salado
Newport, VT700 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Beautiful mansion. I heard from eavesdropping to the tour that it was built to become a competition to the breakers. But this is not the same size as the breakers

Further and comprehensive info at newportmansions.org
Written July 22, 2023
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Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ859 contributions
Jun 2023
The grounds of The Elms no longer contain elm trees, as they succumbed to Dutch elm disease. Today, the Elms would be better called The Weeping Beeches. Before the tour, get the free user friendly App so you can follow along with your Airpods. As with all the mansions, the history is fascinating. Coal baron Edward Berwind, from Philadelphia, built his new "cottage" because his first Newport residence was too small for entertaining his friends, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. The Elms was one of the first in America to be wired for electricity. His wife Sarah would spend twenty summers there, and Edward would commute on weekends from New York. His sister Julia took residence when Sarah died, and was willed Elms upon Edward's passing. In 1961 when Julia died, The Elms was one of the last Newport cottages to be run in the fashion of the Gilded Age. Upon her passing, the estate was sold to a developer who was to demolish it before the Preservation Society stepped in and saved it. Some scenes from "The Gilded Age" were filmed in The Elms. Each room seems to offer more opulence than the previous. After your tour and a visit to the well stocked gift shop, be sure to tour the grounds as it's one of the best.
Written July 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tracey k
Redmond, WA633 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
A less crowded alternative to The Breakers, this house checks box if anyone interested in the Gilded Age. This house also permits checking out the grounds. I enjoyed the audio tour, as I did The Breakers, and liked that, because I had paid full price for 1 house, I could upgrade my ticket the next day for $9 and tour a second property. These houses may seem like relics, but they do represent a time and place, and are part of our American history. Well maintained and furnished, the Preservation Society has done a great job.
Written July 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

crystal p
Scottdale10 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
I absolutely loved my tour. I enjoyed the house, and the audible listen. This made it possible for you to move at your own pace.
Written June 22, 2023
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cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ897 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
Worth the time to visit. Use the audio in their app to get an even better understanding of the home and family. It is a beautiful "cottage" and has lovely grounds.
Written June 11, 2023
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