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Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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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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Reviewed 4 June 2016

If you like dark wood and mostly dark rooms, then you'll love Chateau-sur-Mer. Frankly, I found it rather formal and depressing except for the ballroom, left over from an earlier design.

Thank Quertosomo2015
Reviewed 3 June 2016

This was the last of 5 Mansions that we visited. It was the only with a live person as the guide, which made the visit wonderful. The artwork was amazing. So glad they preserved this house and were able to make a real museum out...More

Thank Nancy57572015
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Peter was our tour guide and did a fabulous job of sharing the history of the house and family. Very well done. Hand carved wood is amazing!

Thank Pyrlover
Reviewed 21 May 2016

This mansion is older and smaller than some of the others, and more quirky. With time limits, I would pick a different place to visit. On a gray day It was too dark inside to see many of the features.

Thank Zmama4
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Led by a lovely tour guide. Enjoyed the guided tour for a change of pace from the self-guided tours at the other mansions.

Thank T R
Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Least favorite of those opened and offered during the mid may time frame. Too crowded for a tour guide and with such small rooms and walking areas is the one that needs to being a self guided tour. Guide was knowledgeable.

Thank golfgator
Reviewed 12 May 2016

This house predates the other grand mansions by about 50 years. It is done in a dark, heavy Victorian style that has not stood up well over the years, but has some interesting features. There is a guided tour only, no self guided tours.

Thank wisconsinwinegirl
Reviewed 12 May 2016

We really enjoyed our tour of Chateau-sur-Mer. It isn't as 'over the top' as The Breakers. I would recommend viewing this home.

Thank Avlem
Reviewed 9 May 2016

If you go to Newport to see the mansions, see this. It is worth the time, but go here before you see the Breakers, or you will be underwhelmed.

Thank John S
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Our tour of the Chateau-sur-Mer Museum showed us a very different type of architecture and muted magnificence than what we had experienced in our tours of The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms. Chateu-sur-Mer has a much "homier" feel to it, such that you can...More

Thank Al F
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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.