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Chateau-sur-Mer

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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018471000
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Chateau-sur-Mer is a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture,...

Chateau-sur-Mer is a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture, wallpapers, ceramics and stenciling. It was the most palatial residence in Newport from its completion in 1852 until the appearance of the Vanderbilt houses in the 1890s.Chateau-sur-MerChateau-sur-Mer ballroom was built as an Italianate-style villa for China trade merchant William Shepard Wetmore. Mr. Wetmore died in 1862, leaving the bulk of his fortune to his son, George Peabody Wetmore, and a generous allowance for his daughter, Annie Derby Wetmore. George married Edith Keteltas in 1869. During the 1870s, the young couple departed on an extended trip to Europe, leaving architect Richard Morris Hunt to remodel and redecorate the house in the Second Empire French style. As a result, Chateau-sur-Mer displays most of the major design trends of the last half of the 19th century.

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This mansion's décor is very unique. The woodwork is very dark but beautiful. We were there during Coaching weekend which is held every 4 years. The coaches left from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Beaumont, Texas

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Beaumont, Texas
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This mansion's décor is very unique. The woodwork is very dark but beautiful. We were there during Coaching weekend which is held every 4 years. The coaches left from the stables at Chateau Sur Mer. There are many lovely antiques and much is original. Our tour guide, Paulette, was very informative and made the tour very interesting with stories of... More 

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I enjoy touring historic homes. This is a lovely house and I enjoyed walking through it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. With so much information, the group ended up standing for long periods of time in one spot; this hurt my back and it was very warm. This group was very large and the guide was doing her best... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This is one of the oldest mansions on the tour circuit. Different style than The Breakers or Marble House, so an interesting contrast. Not connected to Cliff Walk.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This place used very dark wood inside and had all kinds of animals carved in the wood in some of the rooms. It could be a little creepy for young kids if they did not like the animals carved into the wood. It is always interesting to see how the other half lives.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

This was by far our favorite mansion. It seemed so much warmer and there were photos of the family on vacation together- clearly having a great time. This mansion felt more like a home. For me it's grandeur was understated. Wish more of it were open- like the servants quarters. There was wood paneling and carpeting. It just seemed to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

This was the last one we were able to see since kingscoate was closed for renovations . Buy the pass which allows you to see 5 properties . It is good for a year .this was our only guided tour .anita was a good guide and able to answer questions about the art work in the home . This is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Guided tour felt a little long as sometimes more information shared then I was interested in. Would have prefered self-guided and option to learn more when the interest was there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Chateau-Sur-Mer was once the largest of the Newport mansions. It was first completed in 1852 in the Italianate style but was subsequently remodeled and expanded by architect Richard Morris Hunt in the French Second Empire style. Even with this expansion, it was eclipsed in size and grandeur by the wave of mansions such as the Marble House and the Breakers... More 

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michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This is a stunning place to visit. A french style country estate in the heart of Newport near the start of the mansions walk. Great piece of history and architecture.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Every one of the Newport Mansions has something special and a little bit different about it, this one is no exception. Guided tours run, I guess, on the half hour or 45 minutes and take just under an hour. The waiting area is setup with things to read and a video to watch which helps to fill in time. Well... More 

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