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Chateau-sur-Mer

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-847-1000
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US$ 3,000.00*
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Boston to Newport Mansions by Luxury Rolls Royce Ghost
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US$ 780.00*
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Private Day Trip From Boston to the Newport Mansions
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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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"newport mansions"
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"self guided"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok. So I went here with my best friend and of the mansions, this was the worst by far. Inside smelled mildew-y and it was very dark. When we were coming up, it looked like a mansion. The tour guide wasn't very informative and could...More

Thank Aly S
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

I thought this mansion was interesting because it was one of the oldest Newport mansions. Different parts of the mansion were in different styles. Make sure you ask about the antique fire extinguishers!

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

There is a guided tour of this house; however, there wasn't a strict/reliable schedule. It seemed to be based on waiting for a certain number of people before doing a tour. The tour guide was very knowledgable about the house and the family. It's not...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

I don't know about all the tour guides but we had an excellent tour of the mansion. The guide was engaging, informative and knowledgeable of the history of the mansion and Newport.

Thank 1900Johnny
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We really enjoyed our tour of Chateau-sur-Mer. We arrived on a rainy Monday in Newport and decided to take this tour. The mansion is modest in comparison to The Breakers, etc.; however the home is quiet charming and filled with the great history of one...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

We walked through the rain to Chateau Sur Mer. Luckily we caught the last guided tour of the day. Penny was very informative and the tour was great. The house was fascinating - incredible to think how much money went into the house.

Thank AJMglobaltraveller
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Not as elaborate as some other hames in area but an excellent and interesting home worth taking the time to tour.

Thank Robert T
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Every mansion is Newport is worth seeing. This one is lovely. The audio tour is excellent. You can choose to do a quick tour or listen to more stories about the history and life in this historic home.

Thank Sue C
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

My sisters and I were told that this mansion had no furniture in it so we were saving it for later. If we ran out of time, we thought no biggie. I'm glad we were able to see it though. Even though there wasn't a...More

Thank fruitfulvine
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

I liked the darker, Gothic style of this mansion, and Judy, our guide was very knowledgeable and added much to the tour. She was very stylish and classy, almost as if she were a member of the family, and it was a nice change from...More

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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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