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“Unbelievable craftsmanship”
Review of Chateau-sur-Mer

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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 October 17, 2013

the Chateau tour is only provided as guided with no audio option...prefer audio but our guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and gave us plenty of time in each room including interesting background information all along the way. The level of craftsmanship in the wood carvings throughout the home well surpassed anything I have every seen in one place. Every room had intricately detailed, hand carved paneling, wainscoting, and, in many room, fireplace mantels with surrounds of Minton tiles. Lovely experience and make time to wander around the 12 acres of grounds. The exotic tree specimens are stunning and interesting to see.

Thank Jim B
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We love a guided tour! The docent who showed us around Chateau Sur Mer was very well-versed in the history of the house itself and the family that occupied it. We enjoyed her stories about how certain of the artifacts were obtained and about the various changes made to the home over the years. The details of the construction and decoration were fascinating. This tour was another way to appreciate the lifestyles of the very wealthy Americans of the times.

Thank SRP36
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Timing can prove difficult when touring the houses without audio tours. Make sure you check the hours of operation prior to visiting.

Thank Cheryl L
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This visit we went to Chateau sur Mer, Chepstow, Kingscote and Isaac Bell House on the Saturday of the Newport Wine & Food Festival. The only property we have seen before was Chateau sur Mer, all the others were our first time visiting.

Reading some of the reviews, we were not surprised that some of these properties are not visited as they are not as ornate/large/well known in comparison to The Breakers and Marble House. This is such a shame as these properties were just as interesting from a historical and architecture / interior design perspective. Each home had some interesting pieces of furniture or decorative pieces, many with an interesting story attached to it.

It would be nice to be able to see these properties at your own pace, rather than have to be crowded with a group (in some of the spaces) on a guided tour.

Our first stop was to Chateau ser Mer, a property we have seen several times. While waiting for the tour to start at 10:30am, the staff put on an overview video of the properties. The guide was very informative but could be tedious at times, repeating the same information over and over. Some of the group took their times from room to room, so the tour almost took an hour, not allowing to get to other properties for the next tour. We left a few minutes before the tour ended so we could get to the 11:30am at Chepstow.

The history of the property was interesting, both from the family that lived there along with the transformation Chateau ser Mer undertook. The china collection around the house, including the butler’s pantry is beautiful.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This property was the last of our Mansions to see today. It is a guided tour and lasts about an hour. The tour guide was very informative and upbeat. I really enjoyed her presentation. The home seems modest compared to the Breakers, but it is equally as lovely. The collection of china and furniture is fantastic.

Thank happytravellerrn
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