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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018471000

Chateau-sur-Mer is a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture,...

Chateau-sur-Mer is a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture, wallpapers, ceramics and stenciling. It was the most palatial residence in Newport from its completion in 1852 until the appearance of the Vanderbilt houses in the 1890s.Chateau-sur-MerChateau-sur-Mer ballroom was built as an Italianate-style villa for China trade merchant William Shepard Wetmore. Mr. Wetmore died in 1862, leaving the bulk of his fortune to his son, George Peabody Wetmore, and a generous allowance for his daughter, Annie Derby Wetmore. George married Edith Keteltas in 1869. During the 1870s, the young couple departed on an extended trip to Europe, leaving architect Richard Morris Hunt to remodel and redecorate the house in the Second Empire French style. As a result, Chateau-sur-Mer displays most of the major design trends of the last half of the 19th century.

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Great contrast to the Gilded Age Mansions

One of the first mansions built in the area...he also was able to secure quite a bit of property for the house...this place was built in the mid 1800's...so quite a contrast to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rye, New York
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Bristol, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good tour it is not like the more gilded mansions in Newport, however, the history of its owner and the structure inside is well worth the experience. The grounds are nice to explore and the trees are something to see.

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Rye, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the first mansions built in the area...he also was able to secure quite a bit of property for the house...this place was built in the mid 1800's...so quite a contrast to those built around 1900...very intricate woodwork and wall paper throughout...i recommend this house to visit to provide a contrast to the Breakers, Elms and Marble House...and all... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great house and the guide was very knowledgeable. Chateau-Sur-Mer know allow photography inside the mansion. A nice addition to this mansion is Climate Control! So fun to take photos inside this wonderful treasure. The grounds are gorgeous and the weeping elms are fun to stand under. This property even has its own croquet field! Tours are scheduled here, so keep... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This mansion is very nice with a knowledgeable tour guide. It doesn't come close to the grandeur of The Breakers, The Marble House or The Elms but it is another mansion worth a look if you have time.

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Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the 2nd home on our tour. It was beautiful! The decor is much "heavier" due to all the dark wood throughout. It has a beautiful stained glass skylight, gorgeous murals painted on the ceilings, and incredible woodwork throughout. This was a guided tour, which I usually love. While I did enjoy this one, we were in a large... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a five house pass (highly recommended!) for Newport so we decided to try this place because it seemed so different from the other mansions. The tour guide was terrific and was full of fascinating tidbits about the family who build this unique home. The wallpaper, more than 150 years old, is original in most areas. Colorful skylights and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

The outside of this home is beautiful. It is large but a homier feel inside however it is quite dark. Lots of dark wood architecture which was very nice. However you only get to see the first and 2nd floor even though there are 4 floors. They said the caretaker lives on the 3rd. This was lacking compared to other... More 

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Woburn, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

I really enjoyed this tour. The house is lovely and different from the other mansion tours. We arrived later in the day and the group was not overly large.

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West Chester, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Chateau-sur-Mer was one of our favorite houses to visit, it felt more like a home than a museum and they gave a very detailed tour where in most of the others you have an audio guide and you are pretty much on your own for the tour. It is smaller than most but the interior is very well furnished and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We enjoyed the guided tour rather than the headsets like at The Breakers. The features of the mansion were mildly interesting. If you are not really into art or architecture, you might find it boring.

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