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Chateau-sur-Mer

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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018471000
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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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A lovely mansion tour - a lovely mansion worth the guided tour.

A guided tour with a wonderful guide who was very personable and shared his knowledge freely with good humor. Enjoy!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A guided tour with a wonderful guide who was very personable and shared his knowledge freely with good humor. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The house was so amazing! Each room was gorgeously decorated with beautiful woodwork, furnishings and rich fabrics. The house was a wonderful contrast to all the other over-the-top gilded mansions. Also our tour guide had a wealth of information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I live in Newport Rhode Island and have skipped touring Chateau-sur-Mer for years as we've tended to tour the flagship properties such as the Breakers. After giving Chateau-sur-Mer a chance, we were both highly impressed with the tour guide, Penny, and the property. We strongly recommend that you consider this property for a tour, which is very... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Of the 5 mansions we did this was the only non-self guided tour. Hard to hear with big groups, and small space to fit everyone in. Personally every mansion in so interesting, unique and charming. This had the least amount of rooms of the ones we saw, but stays open til 5pm where others close by 4pm - so this... More 

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Wantagh, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the day of our visit, this mansion was very hot and humid with little relief. So much so, that our guided tour of the upstairs was more of a quick walk-through to escape the heat. Unlike the other mansions, Chatueau Sur Mer offers a live guide who walks a group through the mansion. I found it often too slow... More 

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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many of the mansion on Bellevue Avenue are marble and gold palaces. This is not one of those. It is more of a house and another view of life in Newport at the turn of the century

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Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Toured Chateau-sur-Mer and was impressed totally, this place was a grand mansion of the day and today a great mansion museum for all to enjoy, try not to miss the Chateau if in Newport.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

interesting to see the victorian home,but I do wish that the giude that did our tour was a bit more personable

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After the other guilded age properties this property doesn't feel as over the top. Nice in person tour

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

With its Mansard roof it stands out as an earlier Newport mansion. There are some unattractive features such as the plate glass window where the front door once was. The inside however is quite impressive. Decorated, like an English country house, much different than what it looked like from the outside. There is a nice guided tour that is included... More 

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