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“A Mansion to Make Your Own” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
401-253-2707
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Ranked #2 of 18 attractions in Bristol
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
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Owner description: A beautifully landscaped historic mansion overlooking Narragansett Bay.
North Conway, New Hampshire
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A Mansion to Make Your Own”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

One enters the beautiful Blithewold translated.."Beautiful-woods" Mansion through the Rose Garden and under the stone-made "Moon Bridge." Equipped with a little map of the grounds, one can wander at their leisure and enjoy a self-guided tour of both the engrossing gardens including the largest Sequoia Tree east of the Mississippi and splendid flowering bushes, annuals and perennials and the gorgeous water pond as well as inside the Mansion, where guides quietly stand or sit close by, to answer any questions about the original owners of the property and their fantastic history. The grass lawn stretches down to Narragansett Bay and the sea breeze accompanies the most delightful of mornings or afternoons.

Visited July 2012
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Norton, Massachusetts
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“If you love gardens. . .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Blithewold is a small mansion by Newport standards but it is a lovely and lovingly preserved summer home. One gets the feeling it was a happy home. The self-guided tour includes spectacular gardens, formal and "natural." You can easily spend two hours wandering the house and grounds. I think it would be even nicer if the place had a little tea room selling coffee, tea and drinks. Since they don't, make sure you bring some water if you are touring the grounds in the summer heat .

Visited July 2012
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Johnston, Rhode Island
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Stately Majestic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

The owner...They were so good to preserved and deed the whole mansion to the state of RI. When you go right through it...you are entering the a place so totally different from other mansions around RI. There was this huge mirror...that when you go the the field facing the front window, you can see yourself that far...The trees...specially the "Sequoia" you have no need to go further South of California to see one. We have it right here at Rhode Island...

Visited July 2012
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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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“Come at Christmas and see what the Gilded Age looked like during the holidays!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

A beautiful period home which is fabulously decorated for the holidays. We have also come in the summer when the grounds are at their peak and they are particularly spectacular.

Visited December 2011
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“Gardens Galore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Beautiful place to visit - the gardens are wonderful

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