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Chateau-sur-Mer

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #23 of 66 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Newport mansion built in 1852.
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Baltimore
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This mansion is different from the others in that it is an earlier period and the interior design is Italianate-style villa. Some of the rooms are darker than the ostentatious Vanderbilt mansions. Each mansion is unique and worth the visit. This mansion also has a live tour instead of the audio tours. The live tours are on a schedule unlike... More

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Houston, Texas
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33 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Tours here will depend on the quality of the guide and the size of the tour group. Given that, this is an earlier large home built as the year round residence of its family. That makes it a very interesting contrast to the later, larger summer palaces. Maybe not the best choice for younger or older visitors however.

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West Islip
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This was the first of our 3 mansion tours. This tour is led by a guide so you have to keep up with the group. Our guide knew a lot of interesting facts but her voice could put you to sleep. That being said the house itself is lovely. This mansion was lived in year round as opposed to the... More

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New York City, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
60 helpful votes 60 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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Massachusetts
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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98 helpful votes 98 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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