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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 1 week ago

This was a nice tour, the guide was informative and the house nicely staged. Many of the items are acquired and not original.

Thank Pat C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chateau-sur-mer is one of the first mansions built in the pre-guilded age. Its outside structure is not all stone like the larger mansions. The interior is rather dark yet elegant. It did not have the same over the top feeling as the Breakers or...More

Thank hockeychief
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the only "home" that had a docent to take you through and explain and answer questions. Of course the home is very ornate and this one had had several different architects come in and change things a bit here and there so sometimes...More

Thank iluv2travl
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favorite mansions, I loved the architecture, everything about this place was magical to me.

Thank Fernanda E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house is a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture, wallpapers (in some main rooms are still original and gorgeous) and ceramics as well as Chinese porcelains and Italian woodwork. It was the most palatial residence in Newport from its completion in 1852 until the...More

Thank tk3232
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The house itself was beautiful and it was darker than all the others but because it wasn't self guided we had a tour guide who was very unenthusiastic which made the experience worse

Thank ashme7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chateau-sur-Mer unlike many of the estates of Newport had the distinction of being an all year Estate. One room was better then the other which is my personal opinion. This is a guided tour which takes 45 minutes to 1 hour in length.

Thank YourTravelingMan61
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This home is interesting but not as magnifiecent as the other mansions on Bellevue Ave. The wood work is dark and the home has had several changes over the years. I like homes that are light and open.

Thank Jean W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I liked this house on the 5-house tour as it was a bit different from all the other mansions I saw. This one was a prime example of old money, as compared to all the other examples of new money. It has the feel of...More

Thank schmayla98
Reviewed 16 June 2017

When we stopped here, a tour was just beginning - lucky! There were no self-guided tours on a tablet or tape, which made it somewhat a disappointing experience. The tour guide seemed bored and didn't want to really expound upon much as we were shepherded...More

Thank SeniorTravelME
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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.