Our Magical Visit to The Elms in Newport, Rhode Island
The Elms is one of the mansions that is often recommended the most when asked what sights someone should see when visiting Newport, Rhode Island for the first time. Upon walking through the front doors of the mansion, you can instantly see why.
Like other Newport mansions, it’s absolutely beautiful with Parisian inspired decor sprinkled throughout the interior and exterior landscaping of the mansion. It gives me the same feeling of awe that I get whenever we visit Nemours Mansion and walk through the gardens. Everything, to this day, is so well-maintained and gives you a snapshot of what it was like to live at the mansion during that time.
What I loved about The Elms mansion when we visited was the amount of detailing on the panels and moulding along the walls. I’m a sucker for Louis XIV style, French wall panels and the Gilded Age mansions, especially the ones in Newport, never fail to disappoint me on that front. If I had the time and the patience, it’s something I would definitely love to recreate in our home, but I digress.
The mansion is also symmetrical which is always aesthetically pleasing. It was designed so that in the mansion, particularly on the second floor, whichever way you look you’ll essentially see the same floor plan, but flipped. They even went as far as to model the hallways to look exactly the same, so that they mirrored each other.
Even the exterior of the mansion follows a similar flow with the gardens mirroring each other as you walk through them. What you see on one side you can probably spot on the other side of the walkway, ensuring that everything fits.
It is clear as you walk through the mansion that each room was intricately designed and each item was intentionally placed there.
If you’re in Newport or planning to visit in the future, I would encourage you to add The Elms Mansion to your list of places to visit. Pictures truly do not do this place or any of the mansions we’ve featured justice and are truly sights you have to see in person.
Have you been to The Elms Mansion in Newport?