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“Disappointing!”
Review of Chateau-sur-Mer

Chateau-sur-Mer
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$780.00*
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Private Day Trip From Boston to the Newport...
Ranked #25 of 118 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.
Reviewed June 28, 2013

A good example of getting little bang for the buck paid to the architect. Very disappointing interior (and exterior), bordering on amateurish.

Thank HarryAnnie
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"newport mansions"
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"year round"
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"marble house"
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"ask questions"
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"lovely home"
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"family history"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

The house just doesn't compare to the other mansions. It is smaller and very dark. Also you can not visit on your own self guided tour.

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Chateau-sur-Mer gets less tourist traffic because it is a Victorian mansion, slightly pre-dating the Gilded Age sensibilities that prevail in Newport mansions. It is darker and not as regal on the inside, full of impressive period furniture and clatter, and appears the most lived-in of all the major mansions. The exterior look is that of a gorgeous proper chateau. There is no audio-guide here; the guided tour feels a bit rushed at times, but still very much worth the visit.

Thank IlyaBurlak
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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.

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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.

Thank Kay M
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