Gallery and Testimonials
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum is a beautifully landscaped 33-acre historic property situated on Bristol Harbor offering sweeping views of Narragansett Bay. A 45-room mansion, heirloom trees, 11-acre Great Lawn, seven historic gardens, and the sea combine to produce an aesthetic experience that is both exciting and refreshing.
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Wedding Date: September 26, 2014
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful venue to hold our wedding. Karen and team ensured that the day ran flawlessly. They were organized, calm, and eased any nervous jitters that we had throughout the day. Karen was extremely helpful and responsive throughout the planning process, always answering e-mails right away and addressing any questions that I had with patience. Everyone commented on how amazing our venue was. From the North Garden where the ceremony was held to having wedding photos taken in the bamboo and along the water, to watching a gorgeous sunset from the reception tent, it was a day that we will never forget. I cannot recommend this venue, along with Karen, highly enough to brides and grooms. It is a spectacular site!
- Laura (Bride)
Wedding Date: September 19, 2014
Cannot thank you and your staff enough for all your help on Saturday, Sept 19, 2014. Wedding was fabulous, not one thing went wrong. Couldn’t have gotten more praises over venue and your Staff. Once again, thank you so much!!
-Parents of the Bride
Wedding Date: September 5, 2014
I just wanted to write to thank you for all that you did to help make our wedding the most amazing night of our lives!! We got SO many compliments on how beautiful the venue was (one guest said it was the most beautiful wedding venue she has ever been to!) Thank you also to your wonderful staff for keeping the night running smoothly. At one point we had an issue with the transportation for the guests, and your staff was so calm and professional in dealing with it. We didn't worry about a thing the entire night. So thank you again for everything, and I will be sure to recommend Blithewold to any future brides I meet!
Blithewold is an amazing place to get married. The staff is extremely professional, and Karen is very responsive and wonderful. I would definitely recommend it. It even rained on my wedding day so the guests did not get to fully experience the beautiful grounds, but I'm still so happy we got married there. The tent with its stone flooring was the perfect place to have the reception out of the rain.
-From the Bride
Wedding Date: August 30, 2014
Thank you so much for all you help (and patience) in planning what turned
out to be the perfect day! Our bride was beautiful, the mansion was an
amazing backdrop and the sunset was breathtaking! So many of our guests
raved about the setting! It could not have been better!
-Parents of the Bride
Wedding Date: August 22, 2014
The best place in the northeast to have a wedding. I had guests from all over the country and world...and they could not believe that a gem such as the Blithewold exists in RI. The staff is top notch; true professionals.
-From the Bride
Wedding Date: August 8, 2014
I just wanted to send you my heartfelt thank you for a perfect wedding. Everything was beautiful – Blithewold truly is the most gorgeous place for a wedding. Lisa and Tom were so happy, and said everything was even better than they could have ever imagined. You and your entire staff are the VERY BEST. Everyone was so nice, so helpful, and just a delight to work with. Please thank them all for me – we truly appreciate all their hard work. All of our guests have been telling me that this was by far the best wedding they have ever been to. I hope you have a wonderful summer. I wish you all the very best! Thank you again for everything…
- Sue (Bride)
Wedding Date: July 26, 2014
We would recommend Blithewold to any couple looking to get married. Beautiful grounds and professional, flexible staff. The weather was perfect but we had the mansion as a backup. The guests didn't have to deal with the hassle of Newport traffic. I couldn't imagine getting married anywhere more beautiful. This is where you will want to start your life together.
-From the Bride
Wedding Date: July 20, 2014
When my husband and I got engaged in January, my first stop searching for venue location was Blithewold. There was snow on the ground, and we could barely venture out on the grounds without snow boots on. Karen provided us with pictures,and videos to get the feel for the location during the summer months. I couldn't have asked for a better location and an amazing team for our day.
Every single one of our guests commented on how beautiful the mansion and grounds were. It was the first time many of our guests had been there, even though both our families are local to RI.
Karen was great to work with, organized and calm throughout the whole planning process. Her team was so responsive to any requests we had throughout the event. I cannot say enough good things about this venue.
-From the Bride
Wedding Date: July 6, 2014
I'm so glad we picked the Blithewold for our wedding reception and ceremony site. Karen was so organized from the first day we met her and worked closely with my planner to make sure my wedding day was flawless. Our guests couldn't stop complimenting us on the venue, the water views, the lush gardens, and the over all outdoor summer wedding we threw at Blithewold.Wedding Date: June 28, 2014
The grounds are so beautiful, the tent is amazing and Karen is best of all! She worked tirelessly to help us organize our wedding reception. She was always quick to respond and if she was unable to meet with us she organized for someone else to meet us at the time most convenient to us. We were blown away by the beauty of the venue once they had set everything up for us. All the staff there were so helpful from beginning to end and we really felt that our every request and whim was granted. We are so grateful to have had such a stunning venue to celebrate our special day!
-From the Bride
Wedding Date: June 22, 2014
My wife and I had been looking for different places to get married, but weren't committed to anyplace yet. When we turned the corner into Blithewold's driveway, our jaws dropped from how beautiful it was. The huge, beautiful grounds with the gorgeous building took our breath away. We walked in for our meeting with Karen Bellavance, who took us on a tour of the house and explained the location of the ceremony (Overlooking the water as we said our vows... how perfect?) and the tent for the reception (again, with water and sunset views!). She showed us a marketing video that allowed us to see the grounds in different settings and picture albums of previous brides. We were completely in love and Karen was so incredibly helpful with answering all our questions. All of our guests were equally in love with the location, they all kept commenting on how beautiful it was. During cocktail hour and as the sun was setting, our guests roamed the grounds to enjoy a special romantic moment away with their significant others. On the day of the wedding, Karen was there with her staff to make sure everything went smoothly. They guided our guests to their seats and made sure everyone was accommodated. Any time we needed anything, Karen and her staff was one step ahead of us. They were flexible when some of our pictures took a little longer; took it right in stride and still allowed our entrance to go smoothly. They kept constant communication with the vendors - half the time something was being taken care of that we didn't even realize! It was just incredibly perfect and we couldn't have been happier. Beautiful pictures, beautiful weather, beautiful location!
- From the Bride
Wedding Date: June 14, 2014
Karen- as I said to you prior to your exit on Saturday, we cannot thank you enough for the amazing job you and your staff did. Everything was so well orchestrated and flowed in a seamless manner. Your attention to detail allowed us to savor every moment of a spectacular evening!
- Francine and John (Parents)
Wedding Date: June 14, 2014
I cannot thank you enough for helping to orchestrate the most amazing wedding ever! Every detail was accounted for and I can't wait to see all of my pictures to relive it all again!
Wedding Date: June 7, 2014
We just wanted to send a quick note and say THANK YOU so much for everything. It was an incredibly memorable wedding day for us - couldn't have asked for anything more :) We received so many compliments on how beautiful the grounds were! Also, please send our sincere gratitude to Cara and the rest of the Blithewold team, all of which who were AMAZING for the entire night. They played a vital role in making sure that everything ran smoothly and helped to make our night just perfect!
Tim and Jess
Wedding Date: May 26, 2014
We LOVED having our wedding at the Blithewold. It's a gorgeous venue and the staff is very helpful and friendly. If you're looking for an outdoor venue with lush gardens and scenery and great photo ops, this is a great choice. They have a tent on the property that is used in rain or shine for your reception, so you don't have to worry about anything - they set everything up for you, and they have an excellent Plan B if it rains on your day. Aside from the beautiful venue, one of the reasons we chose Blithewold was because we knew they were prepared for anything. We felt well taken care of and our day was perfect. (And I never use the word perfect.)
Wedding Date: May 25, 2014
From the moment we saw Blithewold we knew it was the place for us. Even on a dreary November day it was beautiful. We had an absolutely perfect wedding day from start to finish, and I couldn't imagine a more perfect setting for a wedding. Karen was wonderful to work with leading up to our wedding. She ran the entire rehearsal and let us drop off a lot of items the day before. On the day of, Karen and her staff were awesome - they did a great job of ensuring that the entire night ran smoothly.
Wedding Date: May 17, 2014
Blithewold is the perfect venue to get married. The rolling lawn down to the bay, gorgeous tent with permanent stone flooring, and meticulous gardens make for the perfect backdrop for any party. With the ceremony site in the west garden facing the water, the sun sets as you are saying your vows. There are tons of perfect spots to get your photo taken- my favorites being the bamboo garden and shaded pathways. The staff was friendly, easy to work with, and extremely well organized. I didnt have to worry about anything during the day. The Blithewold staff worked closely with my caterer, band, and photographer to make sure everything ran smoothly. It is also great that there are wonderful rain contingency plans in place. I would choose Blithewold a million times over again.
Wedding Date: May 16, 2014
Thank you sooooo much for everything! Everyone has been raving about the venue and all of the staff :)
Wedding Date: May 10, 2014
Manny and I headed off to Hawaii for our honeymoon on Monday after the wedding. We are just now getting back in the swing of things which is hard to do after such a beautiful wedding and honeymoon.
Thank you so much for all that you and Karen and the team did on our wedding. Manny and I could not have been happier with the way everything came out. The place was beautiful and I can't believe it didn't rain!!! We had such a wonderful time at our own wedding...we truly enjoyed the day and evening as much as we possibly could! Our guests were so happy with the beautiful venue and the wedding...everyone had such wonderful things to say about it all. The wedding was everything I imagined and more. It was exactly as I had envisioned it and then some...truly a fairytale dream come true.
Thanks again for everything, fixing my ripped dress included:) you guys were amazing and I couldn't be happier.
Wedding Date: May 3, 2014
I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for such a beautiful wedding on Saturday! It was a great evening and everything was so perfect, we could not believe it. Everyone has been calling, emailing and texting about how beautiful Blithewold was and how nice everything was. It started with such a beautiful day, thank God, and everything until the end was great! Everyone had a great time and just wanted to say thanks again for all of your help with the planning.
- Mother of the Bride
Wednesday, April 15
- Wednesday, October 07
Wednesday Walk-Around, a Guided Tour of Blithewold
Thursday, June 04
- Wednesday, September 30
Bristol Explorer Pass
Saturday, August 08
- Saturday, October 10
Saturday Strolls : A Guided Tour of Blithewold
Saturday, September 12
A Walk with the Director
Friday, September 25
A Sustainable Rose Garden
Thursday, October 08
Gardener's Day 2015 : Style- Inside and Outside the Home
(Aug 06, '15)
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(Jul 27, '15)
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North Garden inventory
(Jul 17, '15)
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