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Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #21 of 66 attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Newport mansion built in 1852.
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New York City, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Chateau sur Mer is my favorite of all the Newport Mansions. It's one of the smaller mansions, but by no means is it small. It's my favorite because it is beautifully decorated and has a homey comfortable feel to it. This has only guide led tours, but the guides offer a lot of interesting background and details to the tour.... More

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Compared to the mansions of Newport, this place is significantly smaller, but does have it's own unique characteristics. People lived here up until the early 1960s, which is hard to believe! This house offers a guided tour. Tour guides are very informative and know quite a few little tidbits about the past of the mansion and early history of the... More

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Palmyra, Wisconsin
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147 reviews 147 reviews
99 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Built of granite! 1876 dining room beautiful walnut carving and gilt leather wall coverings. Loved the French styled ball room it was the only "lady like" room in this darker heavier house. Lots of different styles, a Turkish room, and lots of details to look at. Good contrast from the other "cottages" of the gilded age.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This mansion has beautiful inlaid woodwork all over, but beyond that, this tour was a big disappointment. To start with, the staff member taking our money fit all the negative stereotypes of a snobby Newport Society lady. Our tour guide was a pleasant woman who didn't seem to know too much about the house or it's inhabitants--beyond the basic stuff... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is not a self-guided audio tour. Instead, a nice lady who has done this for 27 years guided our group through the home. Nice because it allows one to ask questions. Fantastic house, very different from the others we've seen thus far. It's older than the others, too. I would love to have seen more rooms but the ones... More

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Fleming Island, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Chateau-Sur-Mer was built in 1852 for William Wetmore, who derived his wealth from the China trade. The mansion is designed as an Italianate villa, and is the first, and oldest, of the gilded age mansions. Stepping into the mansion is like going back to the Victorian era in every respect. The mansion is rather dark, but that's how the Victorians... More

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New York, New York, United States
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We always enjoy coming back to Newport and this year was no different. We try to visit those mansions and historical sites we missed on our last visit. Chateau-sur-Mer was a very pleasant home to visit and definitely less opulent and over the top as other mansions. I can appreciate the difference and really enjoyed the history and woodworking in... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This house is unique. I loved everything about it. The decor inside was unique. It felt more like a house than the palatial marble estates. The lady who gave the tour was knowledgeable, professional and a very patient person as some of the guests tended to want to break the rules.

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Trussville, Alabama
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This one was more livable and not as opulent as some of the other houses. The woodwork in this house was truly amazing and especially in the gathering room for your tour. The only thing that I would change was there was no audio tour and we had a tour guide with a very large group and it was rushed,... More

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Elkin, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Chateau-sur-Mer is a good deal for the price. If you enjoy opulence and seeing how the 1% of the 1% lived during the 1800's this is the place for you.

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