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Chateau-sur-Mer

Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-1000
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Ranked #24 of 62 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Newport mansion built in 1852.
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Newport mansion built in 1852.

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Central Cali
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
35 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
50 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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161 reviews 161 reviews
36 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles
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269 reviews 269 reviews
225 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I was really looking forward to seeing this house. It looks so interesting from the outside and I had not been before. We bought Newport Preservation Memberships so that we could see all 10 houses for one low price. When we came to this one, we were the only car in the parking lot and I was THRILLED. But when... More 

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New York City, New York
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120 reviews 120 reviews
46 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Chateau-sur-Mer is a Victorian house and was lived in by the granddaughters of the man who had it built until their deaths, when the house was given to the historical society. It was designed by the architect who did The Breakers and in its great hall you can see the (much smaller) inspiration for later mansion. It seems very much... More 

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Jefferson, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

What makes the Chateau different is it was built by a rags to riches gentleman who didnt throw money at the exravegent but quality. This house is a summer home I guess but it seemed filled with a lot of personal artifacts from a family and the people who lived there were more than just the visiting rich. In true... More 

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Thorofare, New Jersey
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We visited 5 mansions with the "Breakers" being the most exquisite. However, every other one except Chateau-sur-Mer had a prerecorded tour guide that we hung around our necks. This one had a docent who was able to tell us the history of the house, walk us around, and answer any questions. It was a nice break from the others. The... More 

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