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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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Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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 4 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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.

2  Thank Carol C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chateau-sur-Mer is one of the mansions located just off Bellevue Avenue. It is a beautiful home but is not as grand as some of the other mansions in the area.

Thank Cac1234
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Chateau-sur-Mer is the earliest of the Gilded Age mansions in Newport. Built in 1851, it kicked off a time of lavish parties on a grand scale. Other mansions in Newport that were built later are grander and more appealing today. Chateau-sur-Mer has a very dark...More

Thank Wanda R
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

This house is not an audio tour and doesn't have as many rooms however it is still a must see. The guides are very well knowledges in the history of the home and residents that lived in it. Lots of little details answered that you...More

1  Thank Fourdogs1
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This mansion is very different from the opulent mansions like the Breakers and The Marble House. However, this house has many wonderful traits to it. Specifically, the wood carving in the dining room and the architecture were exceptional. The tour guide was great, both very...More

2  Thank BilB126357
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

This home is different from the later Mansions like The Breakers, The Elm, etc. as it built much earlier, it is richly appointed with custom works from around the world. The small tours are guided by a society member who has great knowledge of this...More

2  Thank Skip R
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dee l
1 September 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.