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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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We went on a Monday and because the Mansion is closed on Mondays the gardens were free. It was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
ratchel12345
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Slidell, Louisiana
GOLDEN WEDDING TRIP

We were touring New England as our Golden Wedding trip from the UK. As a keen gardener, my wife... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
neilmac1947
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Llanbedr, United Kingdom
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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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“bamboo grove” (14 reviews)
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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

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 3 weeks ago

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

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Blithewold M, Guest Relations Manager at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On St Rt 114 this lovely historic home and vast gardens is well worth a visit. We thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon tour and were very impressed by the floral variety and beauty as well as the great trees. Veery peaceful.

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Blithewold M, Guest Relations Manager at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad you had a relaxing time with us! Peace, Tree et al

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Historic estate home on scenic route 114 on the approach to the My Hope Bridge. Membership supported museum. Open year round. Tours are offered. There is often music...live holiday music in the parlor, outdoor concerts in the warmer months. Christmas is with decorations from the...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2018

Beautiful gardens with gorgeous flowers, a giant sequoia tree,a bamboo grove, rock garden and water garden. It is a very serene place with plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the view. The estate sits on Narragansett Bay which provides a wonderful backdrop. The mansion...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

We expected this to be great and it blew us away! What a tremendous location. The gardens are surprising and vast.

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Reviewed 15 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 30 November 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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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
27 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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Because the van Wickles saw it as a joyful place with the multiple woods adjoining the shoreline
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