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Beautiful mansion on Cliff Walk

We just did a tour of Rough Point which was originally owned by Frederick Vanderbilt and eventually... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
susan s
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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Fully furnished beautiful mansion

This was Doris Dukes home in Newport and is basically the same as she left it when she passed away... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
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Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke. Currently closed for the 2018 season. Tours will reopen on April 2, 2019.
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680 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4283
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just did a tour of Rough Point which was originally owned by Frederick Vanderbilt and eventually sold to James Duke, Doris Duke 's father. A tour of the mansion introduces you to Doris Duke & her treasures as she lived with them.We found her...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank susan s
Reviewed 6 November 2018

This was Doris Dukes home in Newport and is basically the same as she left it when she passed away in California. Everything about this mansion is outstanding, from the beautiful gardens, to the wallpaper, tapestry, paintings and furnishings. The views from inside and outside...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Connector818440
Reviewed 28 October 2018

The fascinating aspect was the transformation of the property as aptly described and shown to us by our tour guide. The Duke’s purchased and added on to the property and entertained the socialites of their day. It was then interesting to see how Doris Duke...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MaxwellWade
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

As a dog lover myself it was so fun to imagine six dogs romping through the House, breaking porcelain and then retiring to rest on not so special furniture in the sunroom. The art is great, but it was dwarfed by the view from the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fadipadi
Reviewed 24 October 2018

This home is not part of the preservation society. It is $25 per person, & the tour is docent lead. Wonderful history, as Doris Duke (the tobacco heiress) lived here, in the summer months only, for 60 years. Landscaping by Frederick Olmsted, of Central Park...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

We toured Breakers and the Marble House and enjoyed both, but Rough Point was our favorite - by a mile. The Doris Duke story is incredible, and the other mansions offer audio tours, which is fine, but Rough Point features personal tours. Their knowledge and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank zadkine
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Okay, so Doris Duke is long since passed, but the tour guide (Jen) who we lucked into was clearly a true fan of Ms. Duke. She gave us great insight to the woman and the house, and really brought it alive for us. The grounds...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank GeorgeB2180
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Rough Point is a beautiful "summer cottage" (as I understand these homes were considered) of the Duke Family )JB Duke of American Tobacco and Duke Energy. After he passed awat, his wife and daughter, heiress Doris Duke used the mansion as well as their other...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marykay K
Reviewed 9 October 2018

What a stunningly beautiful house! Located on what I think is the most beautiful location in Newport, the views of the ocean are breath taking. A wonderful tour and interesting look into the life of Doris Duke. The home features her amazing collection of art...truly...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank seaside5162018
Reviewed 9 October 2018

I visited Rough Point for the second time in June 2018. I had previously loved it, and wanted to take my mom to see it - she ended up loving it too! Rough Point goes above and beyond at taking care of guests with mobility...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sara Jane B
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Cindy S
19 December 2018|
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Call them, they have very nice staff
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Hello, Thank you for your question! You do not need to print a ticket that you purchased online. You can just let the desk staff know the name in which the ticket was purchased under and that will grant you admission.
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Good answer by Richard B. Don't miss Rough Point, if you get a chance, watch the movie Too rich - the secret life of Doris Duke. I visited many mansions, but this is the one I made the trip for.
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