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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: A beautifully landscaped historic mansion overlooking Narragansett Bay.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

With great views over the adjacent coast line and a garden that contains both formality and natural landscape areas Blithewold Mansion sits in a great location. While the house is not as grand as some others in Rhode Island it does have a quality the others lack, that of homeliness. With something to please the whole family and marvellous, friendly... More

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Barnstable, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Visited this beautiful place today. I was the only one there except for some staff and workmen. It was incredibly beautiful and quiet. I am a RI native and only just discovered this today. Don't miss this exquisite place.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We went a lot of places on our trip to Newport. This place was awesome, a complete surprise and a don't miss. To explain - we were able to see a beautiful mansion, that you could walk around and really look at the items, without a policeman or a barricade. The staff was SUPER friendly and answered every question. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

What a beautiful mansion nestled along the bay in Bristol Rhode Island! We stayed in Newport and came across this place online while searching for other historical places in the area. Best part - you are ALLOWED to take pictures inside the house! Grounds are beautiful, and it is also a great place to dine for a picnic, take a... More

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Norwell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Looking to step back in time and have a glimpse at "recreational" living? Skip the ostentatious mansions of Newport and be sure to visit Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, RI. This elegant, yet understated historic home dates from 1908 and features an extensive collection of period pieces. While the mansion is beautiful, the main attraction is the acres of fabulous gardens... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

One of my Rhode Island sisters took me here on a visit this last September. $11 to get unlimited access to the mansion and grounds, which are breathtaking. The Bamboo forest and sequoias are easily the main attraction, but there are numerous species of plants to admire. The house is gorgeous too. The docents are very knowledgeable, and even shared... More

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Last visited several years ago during the daffodil festival. This time, friends invited us to see the outdoor sculptures. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, we wandered the grounds for a couple of hours. The sculptures are a nice addition. Lots of flowers still blooming and gardens were a treat. The bamboo forest remains my favorite spot, but no breeze to... More

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

attended this venu for my colllege reunion. Love it and each time I visit it only gets better! It is beautiful and the grounds are well maintained no mateer what time if the year. It has beautiful views of the bay. It is not tacky like some of the Newport mansions. i would recomend it for any event. It is... More

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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Did a Walk Around Wednesday tour through Living Social, and it was wonderful. Even though we live near Blithewold, we have never visited the mansion and grounds. The tour guide was excellent and as a nice touch, ice tea was served half way through the tour. We were all sitting on the porch overlooking the grand lawn and the water.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol, RI is not like the glitz, over-the -top mansions of Newport. The elegant, well conserved mansion and nationally recognized garden with breathing views of Narraganset Bay offers the perfect, relaxed afternoon stroll among beautiful flowers, trees, bamboo forest, greenhouse, vegetable garden and much more. The home of the VanWickle with the original furnishings, the... More

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