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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

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Address: 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
Phone Number: +1 401-253-2707
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Last day of season

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 18 October 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.

Thank Ellie B
east coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 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.

Thank onthego321
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 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.

Thank Ann W
Excelsior, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 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.

Thank JanSMR
Bristol, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 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!

Thank OwensAdventures12
Hunter Valley, NSW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 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.

Thank Freya1958
south carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

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

Thank SouthCarolinaReverie
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We had visited here a number of years ago, but it was a rainy day and we were unable to experience the entire outdoor experience. This was a beautiful day and we had a great time. The house is nice to tour and there were guides there to answer any questions. The grounds are really beautiful, with perfect water views.... More 

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Cold Spring, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Visited the mansion, garden, arboretum on a bus trip with a group of seniors from Mount St. Mary's College in Newburgh NY. Our group consisted of 39 people so we were split in 2, one going to the gradens, the other to the mansion; reversing after 45 minutes since we were on schedule for a meal at Nordic Lodge (see... More 

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