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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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Such a beautiful sight to see during the holiday season

I visited Blithewold Mansion for the first time in December 2017. I bought a ticket for the... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2018
LovesToTravel716
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Worcester, Massachusetts
SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTING

We stopped in after visiting the mansion. They were having a tea party there, so it kind of messed... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2017
Harry76F
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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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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  • Average2%
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  • 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 16 February 2018

I visited Blithewold Mansion for the first time in December 2017. I bought a ticket for the "Christmas Stroll" which was a guided tour around the mansion. It was absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to go back in the Spring or Summer to explore the...More

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

We stopped in after visiting the mansion. They were having a tea party there, so it kind of messed up our tour. It was self guiding but without headphones. It was fixed all up for Christmas and looking very nice.

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

We traveled to Blithewold Mansion for their wonderful Christmas experience. Every room is a gentle delight, decorated with beauty and sensitivity and great whimsy. The theme of welcoming in the 1920's was perfectly carried out by each designer. The warm sense of the family that...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

It was absolutely lovely. My daughter had a wonderful time. I thought it could have been a little more organized. The scavenger hunt was cute. Santa and the elves came. Santa was having a conversation with a worker when my daughter walked by. Def needs...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Blithewold is deeply rooted in local history and has so much to see along with numerous tantalizing events throughout the year.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Stunning views with beautiful gardens & trees. Especially loved the giant sequoias! Loved the water views too!

1  Thank Kawags
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Spent a few hours here last weekend with my husband. We used the audio tour which was fantastic! It covered both the inside and the grounds and made it so much more interesting. It was really a beautiful place and the giant sequoia trees were...More

2  Thank Cttraveler66
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

The audio tour provides a great way to see the wonderful house and grounds. Plan on spending at least two hours. The gardens are always changing through the seasons.

1  Thank David S
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Been here several times. Beautiful mansions and gardens still in bloom. They now have a auto tour included with admission. Wonderful history and vintage photographs. The staff of volunteers are wonderful. Very helpful. They have started a lunch at Blithewold. You order off a small...More

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Really enjoyed touring this lovely mansion in Bristol, RI. This estate has all of it's original furniture and a great history. Strolling through the gardens which take you down to the bayside is a treat.

Thank DebEM2017
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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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ROGER P
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Response from Stephanb1126 | Reviewed this property |
Because the van Wickles saw it as a joyful place with the multiple woods adjoining the shoreline
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