Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol

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Garden Historic Site
An authentic example of the American Country Place era, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum features a large home and landscaped gardens. Tour the 45 rooms of the mansion filled with authentic furniture. Outside you will see more than 300 species of plants, both native and exotic. The estate features magnolia, katsure, oak, beech, and sequoia trees. Walk among the roses and orchids, divided by little stone walls and rocky roads. The site also offers a greenhouse, a tennis court, and a golf course. By using our Bristol vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum and other attractions in Bristol.
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  • What we got to see of this mansion was lovely. It was very well restored. However, large parts of the house were inaccessible so I did not get to see as much as I wanted or expected to. The gardens ar...  more »
  • It's clear that this house was designed to be a family home and my imagination was sparked by the openness of the views to the Bay, the use of space, and the details about the family that lived here. ...  more »
  • While the mansion is quite lovely, the gardens this time of year are even lovelier set in an arboretum. 12 Fairy Houses using plant materials were set in the gardens, each more creative than the previ...  more »
  • My husband and I were just married at Blithewold and we had an AMAZING experience. Karen Bellavance and her crew run a tight ship and made sure every detail of the ceremony was carried out perfectly. They worked well with the caterer and vendors, as well as with us throughout the planning process. We live across the country, which can make coordinating efforts a bit of a challenge, but we felt we were in good hands with Karen. She even took phone calls with us well after east coast business hours as needed to ensure we were all on the same page. We hired a band that has never worked with Blithewold before. There are some constraints around decibel levels as the mansion is in a residential area, but everyone communicated well and our evening was perfect (read- super fun dance party). The grounds and reception- Blithewold is gorgeous. We were married in the garden area facing the water. Even though it was mid-October, the flowers in the garden were colorful and beautiful. The tent is already decorated with lights strung across the top which add a pleasant ambiance. There is a lovely bridal suite where my bridesmaids and I were able to finish getting ready. The bathrooms were clean and well kept. Our photographer was like a kid in a candy store taking our pictures in various parts of the mansion grounds. The sunset was breathtaking and added to the beauty of the evening. All in all, we had a wonderful experience. We both agree that the wedding and reception far exceeded our expectations.
  • Great gardens and arboretum. We sat and read for hours.
  • Nice mansion and beautiful gardens to spend a couple of hours. Guide said that the decorations are very good during Christmas
  • Went to the first music event last night , excellent music ,{ Little Compton Band} beautiful grounds . What a lovely way to send a Wednesday evening. Looking forward to the summer Wednesday evenings from 6-8 PM
  • Our entire family visited both during the summer for a concert, and during Sparkle. What a beautiful place with lovely, helpful people. The Christmas trees in every room, the welcoming atmosphere. A really magical night during the holiday season. Don't miss it!