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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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One of the great gardens

If you love seeing truly extraordinary gardens, don't miss Blithewold. Truly one of the great... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
_clbauden
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Beautiful Grounds

The gardens here are fun to explore. Each area is devoted to a particular type of garden. I loved... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eileen M
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Boston
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Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New England is located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston. Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring - and unique to Blithewold. Come...and be inspired.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you love seeing truly extraordinary gardens, don't miss Blithewold. Truly one of the great gardens of New England.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gardens here are fun to explore. Each area is devoted to a particular type of garden. I loved the rock garden area because it was so different than most sun-filled rock gardens. Great place for an afternoon excursion. It doesn’t take as long as...More

Thank Eileen M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was here this past weekend as a guest at a wedding. The cocktail hour was held inside the mansion. Though I did not get any history or an official tour of the mansion, it was absolutely beautiful. Keep in mind, there is no A/C...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You could easily spend the whole day on the expansive lawn overlooking Bristol Harbor. The mansion is wonderful, and staff is extremely pleasant and well versed on its history. A number of staff members were very helpful during our visit. The park like grounds are...More

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Blithewold M, Guest Relations Manager at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much!! I made sure to share this with all the folks responsible for your visit. Please come back to visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful grounds ,gardens,flowers, trees and great walk to Bristol Bay. Staff so very friendly, Great decks and west facing patios. Beautiful outdoor function tent with close clean rest rooms. Lets not forget the fantastic sundowns reflecting off the water.

Thank K M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beautiful estate reaching back to the golden age of yachting overlooks the eastern end of Bristol Harbor. The mansion is in excellent condition for viewing life as it used to be for the rich and famous. The gardeners are busy keeping the multiple flower...More

Thank Ibrand2015
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent 3 hours going through the gardens and the mansion. The audio tour was incredible because it gave just enough information on the various rooms and the families. The views were breathtaking. The self tour allows for you to take your time and enjoy all...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Blithewold Mansion is located maybe 10 minutes away from the Topiary Garden and is well worth the visit. There are various gardens to explore including a rose garden, English style border garden, 8 smaller gardens, a rock and water garden to name a few. Walking...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

We went on a Monday and because the Mansion is closed on Mondays the gardens were free. It was absolutely beautiful. Many things were blooming even though it was still a bit chilly. There was an amazing variety of trees and flowers and a bamboo...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

We were touring New England as our Golden Wedding trip from the UK. As a keen gardener, my wife really wanted to visit Blithewold so I e-mailed ahead to confirm admission details. We were travelling to Bristol, RI. on the Friday and to avoid having...More

1  Thank neilmac1947
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Blithewold M, Guest Relations Manager at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2018

Wonderful!! So glad everything worked out for you both.

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Skprr
27 June 2018|
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Response from wolo102 | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe dogs are allowed.
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DebEM2017
28 December 2017|
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Response from Blithewold M | Property representative |
We're extremely happy that the content on our website had the answer to this oft-asked question. The Van Wickle's rented a house in New Jersey for a few months in 1886, named Blithewald. They loved that house so much that... More
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ROGER P
28 December 2017|
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Response from Stephanb1126 | Reviewed this property |
The name Blithewold comes from "Old English" meaning happy woodland. It was the name the Van Wickle family chose in the late 19th century when they acquired the property.
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