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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-1000
Description: Newport mansion built in 1852.
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Newport Mansion Tour Along Ocean Drive

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Chateau-sur-Mer is a fine example of high Victorian style, very different from the more opulent Newport mansions. It was built as a family home, not a "summer cottage" for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Chateau-sur-Mer is a fine example of high Victorian style, very different from the more opulent Newport mansions. It was built as a family home, not a "summer cottage" for entertaining, and one gets to see it only on a guided tour. I was moved by the story of the brother and sister who originally lived in the house--their father died... More 

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This museum combines victorian style with new european style of the beginning of the 20th century. Definitely not as opulent as the rest of them, it still represents a important page of the american history

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Malone NY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Enjoyed this mansion. The tour guide was very informative. Very interesting house - different from the others. It's a house from an "old money" family

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New York City, New York
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111 reviews 111 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It was nice to visit one of the Newport Mansions that was used a a proper home. We liked the wood panelling, the huge variety of furnishing and decorations and especially the staircase and skylight. So much thought and care went into creating this house and it is great to still be able to take a brief glimpse into such... More 

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Central Cali
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This mansion is an unusual amalgamation of interior styles. I will liken it to the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, Ca. Someone who thought they could decorate, threw together a bunch of international genres and expensive furniture and gave it a fancy French name. The condescending docent didn't help. Interesting.

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Melbourne, Australia
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We bought an "any two mansions" pass and decded to do the Breakers and then Chateau-sur-mer, the latter being something very different. Unlike the Breakers we were not allowed to wander but once into the tour it is not hard to see why. The house is on a smaller scale and would not handle large parties well. Our guide, an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is one of the places my adult daughter would love to have her reception. The last time I was there, there was a young woman discussing her up-coming reception with the mansion wedding planner.The view from the back of the mansion's ballroom onto the sound is magnificent. I have stood in this mansion for many visits and am still... More 

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Rhode Island
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It's a lovely home and the society has clearly taken great care in restoring and preserving the property and furnishings. When we arrived we were informed that it is a guided tour and the next one would begin shortly so we went to wait in the room off to the side. It was a nice space with plenty to look... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

From start to finish this was an excellent tour. Instead of an audio tour, we had a member of the Preservation Society guide us through this home. Her enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge of this home and its family made its history come to life! Chateau-Sur-Mer is a must see! The beauty of this home is breathtaking, but in a much... More 

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Quad Cities USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The Chateau is a different mansion and so is the tour. Unlike the 4 others we visited, there were no headset-guided tours; this one actually had a very knowledgeable in-the-flesh gentleman who talked us through. Enjoyed his somewhat cynical sense of humor as we learned the history of this wonderfully restored Victorian. I really enjoyed seeing the architectural "tricks" they... More 

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