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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Chateau-sur-Mer is a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture,...

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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This was by far our favorite mansion. It seemed so much warmer and there were photos of the family on vacation together- clearly having a great time. This mansion felt more like a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2015
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

This place used very dark wood inside and had all kinds of animals carved in the wood in some of the rooms. It could be a little creepy for young kids if they did not like the animals carved into the wood. It is always interesting to see how the other half lives.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

This was by far our favorite mansion. It seemed so much warmer and there were photos of the family on vacation together- clearly having a great time. This mansion felt more like a home. For me it's grandeur was understated. Wish more of it were open- like the servants quarters. There was wood paneling and carpeting. It just seemed to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

This was the last one we were able to see since kingscoate was closed for renovations . Buy the pass which allows you to see 5 properties . It is good for a year .this was our only guided tour .anita was a good guide and able to answer questions about the art work in the home . This is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

Guided tour felt a little long as sometimes more information shared then I was interested in. Would have prefered self-guided and option to learn more when the interest was there.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Chateau-Sur-Mer was once the largest of the Newport mansions. It was first completed in 1852 in the Italianate style but was subsequently remodeled and expanded by architect Richard Morris Hunt in the French Second Empire style. Even with this expansion, it was eclipsed in size and grandeur by the wave of mansions such as the Marble House and the Breakers... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

This is a stunning place to visit. A french style country estate in the heart of Newport near the start of the mansions walk. Great piece of history and architecture.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

Every one of the Newport Mansions has something special and a little bit different about it, this one is no exception. Guided tours run, I guess, on the half hour or 45 minutes and take just under an hour. The waiting area is setup with things to read and a video to watch which helps to fill in time. Well... More 

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

Although Chateau-sur-Mer is not as large or opulent as some of the other Newport Mansions - it is definitely worth the trip. The tour is guided and provides a lot of insights about previous owners and the Gilded Age.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

I returned to Chateau Sur Mer yesterday after my first tour there over 10 years ago. It reminded me why this is one of my favorite mansions at Newport. Please don't miss this if you are viewing the mansions on Bellevue Avenue. Why is Chateau Sur Mer one of my favorites? It's older than the other mansions and has a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

A beautiful mansion. Not quite as opulent as Marble House or The Breakers, but well worth a visit. Do note that they do group tours for this attraction instead of the recorded tours. My favorite part of this mansion was the Moon Gate complete with the monkey seat. You'll have to visit to find out more about that!

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