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“Distinguished older Newport mansion” 4 of 5 bubbles
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.
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“Distinguished older Newport mansion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2006

Chateau sur Mer is one of the 9 mansions operated by the Newport Preservation Society. The mansion has free parking and is on Bellevue Ave. right by the local bus/trolley. Bellevue is a beautiful street with many large mansions. Chateau sur Mer was built in the 1850s by the Wetmore family whose son George, who was both a governor and senator, inherited the mansion and had it remodeled in the 1870s. The grounds are large and park like and the building is old fashioned and very lavish with beautiful wood and wonderful furnishings. It is not as opulent as the Breakers or Marble House, but is certainly worth a visit. The tour guide was an older man, with a very dry, witty sense of humor, who told wonderful stories about the family and the house. If you are visiting more than 1 or 2 mansions, the package tour of 5 mansions for $31 is a bargain since the mansions can be visited at any time and there is no time limit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2004

Chateau sur Mer is a beautiful home built by the Wermore Family. It may appear a bit austere on the outside but the interior is very beautiful: the craftmanship fo the woodwork, the incredbile stained glass windows, the decoration in the rooms and the Victorian furniture are simply lovely! The Chateau pre-dates most of the larger Newport mansions by a generation, so it's more intimate and less pretentious than The Breakers, Marble House or Rosecliff. The grounds are very nice and peaceful. Newport is best visited in the spring or the autumn; the WORST time to tour the mansions is on summer weekends!

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