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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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+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This is an older house that shows the wealthy lifestyle before the excess of the Vanderbilt’s. It’s still a large house and a good contrast to the even larger cottages. The wood carving in the office is beautiful and makes the room a bit dark....More

Thank robertinSJ
Reviewed 2 October 2017

A Victorian mansion that is characterized by lots of wooden details, including intricately hand-carved wood trim. Different from the other "gilded" mansions, but worth the tour, which is lead by a docent (no audio tour).

Thank jeanawim
Reviewed 1 October 2017

A guided tour is provided, which help immensely. Our guide had good knowledge of the house the that families who lived there, without which, this would have been a short and uninteresting visit. We chose this tour because it was one of the older houses...More

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 28 September 2017

This is a great mansion to tour. It is actually a guided tour not a self audio tour. Recommend touring the Elms before this one because the guide does make several references to it. Worth seeing.

Thank kimbD5338BC
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Chateau sur mer requires that you take a tour at their time and pace, rather than listen to an audio tour as the other preservation homes have done. Additionally, the home is inland, so does not have the grand sweeping views. The home is older...More

Thank GlobalVilla9er
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

This mansion was a person guided tour, not an audio tour. The tour lasted about 35 minutes and you may have to wait for your time to come up for the tour depending on how busy it is. Of the mansions we saw this was...More

Thank Minnesota42
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Chateau-sur-Mer is the first of the grand Gilded Age mansions to be built on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. Located at 242 Bellevue Avenue, it is owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County and is open to the public as a museum. Built...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The only was to see this house is on a guided tour. The tour takes about 45 minutes and is informative. You should book the tour in advance as you may spend tine waiting for the next tour to start. We had to wait about...More

Thank Joseph L
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This is a beautiful mansion that you take a guided tour. Interesting architecture and stories about the family and stories surrounding the decisions in selection of the furnishings.

Thank Bernice N
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I just didn't enjoy this one, especially since it didn't provide an audio tour. The guide was informed, but the tour moved too slowly. Only a few rooms are actually originally decorated.

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dee l
31 August 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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