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“Lovely home with a llive tour director”
Review of Chateau-sur-Mer

Chateau-sur-Mer
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Ranked #18 of 115 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: 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.
Brick, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Lovely home with a llive tour director”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

This is a good choice for one of the five homes on the Mansion ticket but it is special because it has a live docent conducting the tour and ti makes all the difference in theworld.

Visited May 2013
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North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
261 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Smaller Mansion that needs to be visited”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

One of the "smaller" mansions but with a large amount of history to it. When you get tired of seeing the bigger ones, this one gives a whole different viewpoint because people actually lived here with a =n impact on Rhode Island history. Very enjoyable with a great tour guide who could answer all our questions. It was a great stop on a really fantastic May afternoon.

Visited May 2013
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Union, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
602 reviews
227 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
“Don't Miss this Smaller Mansion”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

This mansion is smaller than many or it's neighbors but well worth a visit. It was the home a man involved in American-Asian trade and three generations of his family occupied it until it was sold and the furnishings sold at auction. It was been brought back to it's original state and included 2 rooms that had been designed and crafted in Europe, taken apart, shipped to Newport and then reassembled by craftsmen from Europe. It has great examples of stenciled wallpaper, handcarved Italian woodwork and Chinese porcelains as well and rare trees from as far away as Mongolia on the grounds. The tour of this mansion was given by a man who was well versed in history and the story of the mansion.

Free Parking.

Visited May 2013
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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“This house has quite some history”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Beautiful house with interesting history. Unlike the other mansions this was a full time residence. China miniatures and plates are on display if that's your thing

Visited January 2013
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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218 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“One of the smaller mansions with guided tours”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Very enjoyable with a great tour guide who could answer all our questions. It was a great stop on a not so good weather day.

Visited May 2013
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