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Review of Chateau-sur-Mer

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Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #19 of 109 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.
Columbia, South Carolina
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Definately worth touring, but is the least favorite of all the mansions in Newport. This tour is with a docent and not on your own. This mansion looks more like a castle on the outside and seemed dark/dreary to me on the inside. Still worth seeing.

Visited June 2013
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Augusta, GA
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“Impressive architecture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and thorough. Looking from the bottom floor up to the third from the center of the home was amazing. It started out much smaller and modest but the owner had traveled a great deal in Europe and wanted his house to be more ornate. It was very ornate but not over the top. I would say this is one not to be missed.

Visited June 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“one of the earliest of the Newport Mansions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

While Italianate is often associated with the Newport Mansions, this one is modeled after a French chateau. The wood work, all hand done, is absolutely incredible. The rooms show period decor in the mid to late 19th century. The house was built to live in, not just for show and differs from some of the other places in that respect. It is certainly worth a visit, especially after seeing later, more ostentatious properties.

Visited June 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Not as Impressive as the Other Mansions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

A large Victorian-style mansion, one of the older Newport mansions.

It was an enjoyable stop in Newport. A beautiful house, but not as impressive or grand as the other Newport mansions, though. Although I appreciated the hard work and information provided by the tour guide, I liked the self-guided audio tours of the other mansions better. I like to move at my own pace, and having an actual tour guide for this house prolonged the visit too much.

I think that if this house stood alone, it would be a terrific place to visit. In the midst of the other mansions, it didn't impress me that much, and the tour was too long.

Despite its name, this house is not on the water (many years ago, it used to have grounds that led to the water, but no longer).

If you don't have time to visit all the mansions, you can probably skip this one.

Visited May 2013
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Brick, New Jersey
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“Lovely home with a llive tour director”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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