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“Our 2nd Favorite House”
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
Certificate of Excellence
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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 September 2, 2013

We liked seeing an intact house with an intact family history. After Breakers, Marble, Rosecliff, and Elms, this was the first house we saw that looked like someone had actually lived here. And what a way to live!

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We expected to "zip" through this house .It was our 5th and final house on the "5 Mansion tour" ticket and we were all "mansioned -out" and tired...Well the house was VERY warm inside and the very qualified guided tour gentleman took us by surprise that we would be "locked "into a very slow moving tour...So we bailed,BUT I am sure it would be a very nice tour if it had been cooler AND we werent all tired...

Thank Chris S
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

As a history teacher, I really wanted my family to see this bit of American history and culture!! we toured five of the mansions and the chateau had an actual docent who was just fantastic!! I had been here years ago and it was still worth seeing again!

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We can't say enough about this tour- our tour guide was knowledgeable and personable. We had young children with us and she was pleasant throughout the tour. We look forward to going back- fascinating history and beautiful architecture!!

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Beautiful Victorian details...wainscoting,built in cabinetry, curtains..The Beautiful restored "Tree of Life " Mural leads you up the beautiful wood stair case to the second floor landing.Beautiful bronze Sculptures/Figurines of Aries,Aquarius and more adorn the wood railing of the second level and look up to the stainglass skylight. Guides will answer questions and welcome hearing what you know about Victorian style.

Thank Angela D
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