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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

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Went for Christmas Tea .... and I wanted to stay

We went for the first time ever to Blithewold for their Christmas Tea service. It was the best tea... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Grounds Might Outdo the Mansion!

Blithewold brings the turn of the 19th to the 20th century to life, but in our opinion what truly... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2018
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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 3 days ago

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
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BlithewoldM, Guest Relations Manager at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded today

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

Reviewed October 11, 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
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Reviewed October 7, 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 September 23, 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 September 22, 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
Thank janetcL7018KF
Reviewed September 21, 2018

Such a wonderful place to visit. The mansion's first two floors are open to the public. They're filled with furnishings and period decor, all interesting and worthy of leisurely enjoying. The grounds are even more stunning. Amazing collection of old, rare trees and beautifully laid-out...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ProvidenceSteven
Reviewed September 21, 2018

We visited the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum and was very surprised to see the quality of the items displayed in the home and the pretty gardens. They give you optionally a audio self-guided tour of the Mansion and Gardens which is a lovely way...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Travel33871
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Nice audio tour of the mansion, free form wandering around garden, lawn, dock. Beautifully maintained buildings and grounds. Appreciate the labels on the trees and plants. Gift items were very nice, too!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lhhcooper
Reviewed September 5, 2018

This is so worth a visit. The grounds are stunning and the house has so many rooms of interesting displays. I found the kitchen display of the different sets of china to be beautiful. The dining room has a display of delft ware that is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank scronk73
Reviewed August 27, 2018

it's admittedly a self-guided tour (with a free audio tour available for those who want it), but the docents were not friendly and seemed to be preoccupied with visiting among themselves. There was also a bridal shower going on on the porch while we were...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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August 25, 2018|
Response from Grover_Ohio | Reviewed this property |
Only service animals with papers are allowed, and then can go everywhere, grounds and mansion
June 26, 2018|
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Response from wolo102 | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe dogs are allowed.
December 28, 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