Touring the Newport Mansions – Part Deux


As I mentioned in my previous post, this year for my birthday we decided to tour some of the mansions in Newport, RI. The second house on our stop was the Chateau Sur Mer or Castle on the Sea. I was more excited to visit this house than I was the Breakers. While the Breakers is definitely beautiful and impressive, I found the Chateau more to my tastes.

The Chateau Sur Mer, built in 1852, was actually the very first of the Newport Mansions during the Gilded Age. It was also the largest until the Vanderbilts built the Breakers. The architecture of the house was built in the Victorian stye and most of the furnishings and decor are in the French Second Empire style.

While the house is very dark and constructed of mostly dark woods and marble, as your see in the video, it has a very nice flow to the design that I loved. The ballroom in particular reminded me of a room from Versailles. It was one of the few rooms with a lighter atmosphere and very French inspired decor.

Parts of the house gave me a very Addams Family, haunted mansion vibe, which you can tell from the video below. I actually talked with a psychic friend after my visit, who told me that this house and the Breakers are both very haunted. I can believe that.

Some interesting facts about Chateau Sur Mer:

  • The house sat abandoned for many years due to the fact that the two daughters of the original owner never married, so there was no one to pass the house onto when the passed.
  • The Preservation Society of Newport County, which was actually started by one of the daughters, purchased the house in the 1960s at auction for a whopping $230,000 however it cost them over a million dollars to repair the roof.

Check out my video below of the Chateau Sur Mer and let me know which house you liked better!


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