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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 4 days 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 6 days 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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
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dee l
What type of breakfast is served?
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.