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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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beautiful victorian

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Long Island, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was very nice trip. Beautiful mansion. Tour guide very knowledgable. Reasonable price. a lot if walking. Take cameras take lots of pictures.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a great tour but she seemed to rush us through it seemed.. however she was very knowledgeable. It was a lot darker in this mansion as there is so much wood design and dark colors. Beautiful though. Great history involved.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the guided tour and it was very interesting. Guide was knowledgeable and organized. Grounds are beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first visit to Newport was off-season and this house was closed. So I had to tuck it into this visit. This is a striking departure from the other mansions, being high Victorian with Asian influences - including Moon Gate - and is worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the wonderful houses along Bellevue avenue - and actually the first one to be built. Very knowledgeable guide took us around the house which, although it is quite big, seems like a place people actually lived. A lot of really interesting details in the decor. A fantastic garden with trees from all over the world. Really worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the most articulate curator. Her name is Marykate and I would highly recommend taking her tour. Chateau-Sur-Mer is my favorite mansion because it is unlike any of the others (not as big, but so much to offer in terms of art, architecture, and a wonderful history about the Wetmore family). Check this one out!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to visit Chateau-sur-Mer as one of five in our package. We were not told anywhere that we could not tour or walk around the house by ourselves. (We had self-toured 3 other mansions prior to this one). There was a prior guided tour that had already started when we checked in. So we started walking through the house by... More 

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