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Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #22 of 67 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Newport mansion built in 1852.
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Thorofare, New Jersey
4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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Chesterfield, Michigan
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We to the Chateau after doing the Cliff Walk, so we were ready to see the one of mansions, up close and personal ! I was VERY appreciative of the restroom AND the paper cups to grab a drink from the bathroom faucet, and that was just the start to our very pleasant visit. Our docent took us from room... More

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113 reviews 113 reviews
46 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I wish the tour was audio and not guided. Interesting to see how the architecture differed from this home to the others. This home was built earlier, so it wasn't as grand as other nearby homes (I.e. Marble house).

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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163 reviews 163 reviews
33 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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151 reviews 151 reviews
101 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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