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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

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Address: 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
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+1 401-253-2707
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New...

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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Wonderful Mini Mansion

Blithewold mansion decorates better than the Newport mansions at Christmas time. Do a tea at Christmas time, wonderful experience! Walk the grounds in the nice weather when the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Blithewold mansion decorates better than the Newport mansions at Christmas time. Do a tea at Christmas time, wonderful experience! Walk the grounds in the nice weather when the flowers are out & walk down to the water. Staff is always very eager to help/inform.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful !!!❤ and a fantastic way to spend part of your day. Fantastic setting that is right on the water which adds to the beauty of the house and gardens!!!

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We were lucky enough to get there on the last day of the season--beautiful house and GORGEOUS gardens.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

My least favorite part of the my visit was the actual mansion. I was completely enamored with the gardens, costal view and grounds. The trees and plants are well marked and the signage is clear. The house is beautiful, but I guess not my style. I guess it depends on your interests.

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Thank Ellie B
east coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

When I was a teacher I would take my students each year to view the lovely grounds as well as tour the beautiful,stately mansion. Now, that I am retired ,I continue to visit to enjoy the gardens in season and marvel at the decorations during the winter holidays. Highly recommend.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

a beautiful mansion which offers special events, concerts, etc. A beautiful venue for weddings. visitors love to wander the gardens and tour the mansion.

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Excelsior, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

So glad the the daughter was able to understand the value of saving this wonderful estate for future generations to appreciate. The gardens and unusual trees were really special.

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

This place takes you back in time. It's a waterfront mansion with impeccable views and gardens overlooking beautiful Bristol Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Wintertime it's beautiful here too!

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Hunter Valley, NSW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

A lovely venue to relax & spend some time in a late 1800s & early 1900s summer residence. The home, belonging to the wealthy Van Winkle family, is furnished with the original furniture & family photos. The garden is a delight - the design and handiwork of Mrs Van Winkle & her elder daughter. Well worth a visit.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Wow. What a gem. Visited in early September and couldn't believe the amount of color still in the gardens.

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