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Chateau-sur-Mer

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-847-1000
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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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Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

This smaller house may take as long as the other larger mansions to tour because it's not an audio guided tour. You're guided by a person, which is even better than audio because you can ask questions.

Thank Takemetoalaska
Reviewed 10 June 2017

I'm so glad I chose this mansion as one of the 2 I would see while vacationing in the area. The restoration of this beautiful and artistically decorated mansion has been excellently accomplished. the tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable and happy to answer questions....More

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

A Richard Hunt classic that shouldn't be missed. The collections are endless, no matter where you turn you'll be amazed. So many people just see The Breakers and Marble House, but this is real gem!

Thank James S
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Don't miss any of the Mansions, since they all posses the character and special interests of the owners. A facinating insight into the "golden age".

Thank jpatrickr
Reviewed 2 June 2017

this house is interesting but it does not have a lot of the original character on the inside because of it history and ownership. neat exterior architecture.

Thank chuck h
Reviewed 1 June 2017

A work of art and history. We really enjoyed the guide tour here. many different and unique rooms and decorating style and great history of the two sisters that liked here for many years!

Thank jazrichards1952
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This mansion is Ok. It's darker, smaller and different from the Marble House or the Breakers. The grounds and park are beautiful. We had a very enthusiastic tour guide at this tour, but we still like the idea of the self-guided tour better. Makes the...More

Thank ActiveFamilyNJ
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We visited the Chateau-sur-Mer with part of our 5 mansions ticket. This was my least favorite. The home was very dark and not near as ornate or "over the top" as the other mansions. There were some interesting "collections" of items from I guess famous...More

Thank eatsleeptour
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Chateau-sur-Mer is the smallest of the big 5 mansions in Newport - you should probably see it first. This house is much smaller than the other houses and much more intimate but that doesn't mean it's not interesting. This house was lived in year-round compared...More

Thank robbiecram
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This lovely home is excellent example of the original homes of Newport. The personal guided tours are given by very informed guides. Excellent

Thank mimitls2017
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dee l
1 September 2015|
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Response from worldexplorer0820 | Reviewed this property |
There is no food offered == it is a historic site to walk through and view. Sorry.
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