This visit we went to Chateau sur Mer, Chepstow, Kingscote and Isaac Bell House on the Saturday of the Newport Wine & Food Festival. The only property we have seen before was Chateau sur Mer, all the others were our first time visiting.
Reading some of the reviews, we were not surprised that some of these properties are not visited as they are not as ornate/large/well known in comparison to The Breakers and Marble House. This is such a shame as these properties were just as interesting from a historical and architecture / interior design perspective. Each home had some interesting pieces of furniture or decorative pieces, many with an interesting story attached to it.
It would be nice to be able to see these properties at your own pace, rather than have to be crowded with a group (in some of the spaces) on a guided tour.
As other reviewers indicated, there is very little decoration/furniture inside the property. Before the Preservation Society acquired the property, it was an assisted living facility. Fortunately, the beautiful woodwork was not altered. Note: We went on the 2pm tour and they only allowed a dozen people, so we saw at least 12-15 people turned away.