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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

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Turn of the century mansion

If you don't want to get tied up in Newport traffic during the Summer but want to walk some... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bristol, Rhode Island
Small Mansion but well worth the visit

This is a smaller type Mansion not in Newport but close by. The hosts are very friendly and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
North Providence, Rhode Island
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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...more
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101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you don't want to get tied up in Newport traffic during the Summer but want to walk some beautiful gardens and see how the rich lived at the turn of the 20th century, visit Blithewold. Very friendly, knowledgeable staff. Bring your lunch from downtown...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a smaller type Mansion not in Newport but close by. The hosts are very friendly and the place is very well kepted and many interesting facts about the original owners. Well decorated at Christmas time and is open all year round. Good to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank EdwardM1410
Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

My husband and I visited during the holidays and WOW, the place with gorgeous! That two-story Christmas tree, OH MY!! I wanted to take pictures in every room we went into so I could get ideas for decorating my home next year. A must-see!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 512pauliner
Reviewed 8 January 2019

the grounds are fantastic, the home is outstanding, the staff mostly volunteers are a joy. We love to go to the concerts they hold and go to many of the afternoon special tea events. What a gem of a place in Rhode Island. They have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Barry N
BlithewoldM, Guest Relations Manager at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2019

Wow! Thanks!

Reviewed 18 December 2018

This mansion is roughly half an hour away from the main mansions on Bellevue Ave, but it is worth visiting. They hosted a Sunday brunch - food was great and served on lovely china. Music was nice but they took a big break in the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 14 December 2018

We went for the first time ever to Blithewold for their Christmas Tea service. It was the best tea service we've had, and we've been to a few. Yes, it's light, and no, there are no "seconds"....we're not heathens, after all. But everything was delicious...their...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NoelleBailey
BlithewoldM, Guest Relations Manager at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2018

Hi Noelle, I'm so happy you had such a nice visit! And so very happy to read how you could imagine the family experiencing the property. It's quite gratifying to know that everything the staff and volunteers do here is working! We'll be looking forward...More

Reviewed 11 October 2018

Blithewold brings the turn of the 19th to the 20th century to life, but in our opinion what truly makes it stand out are the grounds. Since the nearby Newport mansions get all the press, go to Blithewold for the trees. Take photos as you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Marilyn M
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Beautiful mansion . Original contents, family history with photo's. The best grounds, with gardens , benches to roam and enjoy at your pace. Wish we would have found this first. We so loved every detail.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bon09
Reviewed 23 September 2018

Enjoyed the house and gardens Docents very knowledgeable and informative. Learned lots of the family history. House provides great contrast to the Newport mansions Beautiful view of the water

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank GregCole2240
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

We attend a wedding at the mansion. The couple was providing either steak or chicken for dinner, but they also had eggplant Parmesan for the vegetarians; that was fantastic. After the wedding, my husband and I stayed in NE to celebrate our recent wedding, and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Annette M
25 August 2018|
Response from Grover_Ohio | Reviewed this property |
Only service animals with papers are allowed, and then can go everywhere, grounds and mansion
27 June 2018|
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Response from wolo102 | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe dogs are allowed.
28 December 2017|
Response from BlithewoldM | 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