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“'A Room of One's Own'”

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Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Holmes Beach B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 April 2009

My wife and I have just stayed a second time at Harrington House Bed and Breakfast. We are experienced travelers, especially in the Mediterranean and the Nordic countries, with their different styles of coasts and beaches, and have long sought to find a place nearer to Massachusetts ‘to call our own.’ We have miraculously found it in Harrington House, an oasis of calm, quiet, and natural beauty. My wife grew up in a beach hotel in Denmark, and Harrington House, in a garden by the sea, fits her like hand in a glove—which we don’t have to wear. We looked long and hard for a place that gave a sense of home with a solicitous, friendly, and unobtrusive regard for the guests. We have already reserved ‘our’ room for next year—and will be doing so for years to come.

Robert and Marianne Innis
Lowell, Massachusetts

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2009

Our short stay was perfect in every way! Our room was homey, had a lovely beach view, and it was very clean. Breakfasts were gourmet and delicious! The staff is the BEST! They are so friendly and helpful, they can't do enough for you! We will look forward to returning to HH in the future!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2009

My wife and I had a wonderful 3-night stay at Harrington House B & B. Our only regret was that it was for only 3 nights. The location on the beach is terrific as are the wonderful breakfasts. The staff is friendly, courteous and helpful. We had a wonderfully relaxing stay there and can't wait to find a time when we can return!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2009

The Harrington House is a beachfront retreat where you can enjoy breakfast on the patio or reading a book in the living room of the vintage house. This is not a cookie cutter generic resort. It's more like staying with a good friend who bakes cookies. The hostess and staff are friendly and helpful, and our bungalow across the road was simple and stylish. We'll return whenever we can. We're happy there is a place like Holmes Beach and the Harrington House.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2009

Harrington B&B.....for me, it was the perfect place to stay on AMI as I went solo and desired the personal and homey atmosphere of a B&B. I like old houses...their uniqueness; charm; history and yes, imperfections. It's not a million dollar condo and no, the decor and furnishings aren't like you would find in those, but it is what it is and the amenities; people; staff; cleaning ladies; and owners and staff go out of their way to make sure you are happy with your stay.

I booked late and had to move into 5 different rooms in 8 days, but the cleaning staff moved all my luggage and accommodated me in the meantime between rooms so it was not a problem. It was my choice and it was fun to be able to experience the different rooms. Next time though....: )

The location to me was perfect. Out of the high traffic areas and quiet. A walk to several eateries; a short bike ride to others and a laundromat and shops. Don't want to walk the sidewalks? Walk the beach and take the seemingly unlimited beach access's to check out the other areas.

Oh and the breakfasts? Each day we were presented with an absolutely yummy breakfast and if you want more of their delicious oatmeal toast? ask for it, or anything else. Thumbs up chef! sunnyside up eggs with fresh salmon and dill sprinkled on top...one of my favorites. Oh and I think I left a loaf of that wonderful bread down there? Send it to me please? : )

I went without expectations knowing everything isn't always what we think it is, or want it to be, and it allows room for surprises and the practice of accepting and seeing another way. Had I not done that, my expectations and focus on what wasn't perfect would have taken away from me what turned out to be one of the most delightful experiences of my life. Yes I have traveled and stayed in a variety of accommodations, and this B&B "fit" the islands lifestyle perfectly.

Thank you Patty; Ann & Meagan and the other staff members who's names I do not know!

Sheila

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 March 2009

After reading the reviews of Harrington House on Trip Advisor, we decided to visit Harrington House as part of our week long vacation to Anna Maria Island
We were very dismayed to find that the Harrington House did not measure up to the reviews.....and the MONEY they charge! This B & B is in dire need of updating! We are frequent travelers and have stayed in many B & Bs over the years. We know that "old" can be very "homey and quiant". But when you pay $329.00 per night (plus tax) our expectations were running a bit high. As they should for this price. I am sorry to say that the quaility of the furnishings, carpet, paint, accessories, ammenities, etc. were far below many of the B & Bs we have visited at half the price. We stayed in the Huth House and could not believe our eyes at the quality of the facility. While the location was great (on the beach) it was a old lackluster track home that had been divided up into small rooms. If you decide to stay there, be sure to get rooms central to the inn and not off the property! Anna Maria Island has many more accommodatons better than the Harrington House. We reccommend Anna Maria Cottages. A great find!!! Great Location!!!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2009

I enthusiastically recommend the Harrington House! From the gorgeous location, to the homey accomodations, breakfasts to-die-for, and owners and staff that are attentive to your every need - this place is a gem.

I was very impressed with the proprietors' ability to make you feel right at home, while giving you the room to do your own thing. They take a personal interest in you yet are respectful of your space. They are helpful in suggestions for meals and entertainment - the perfect hosts that treat you like family.

The setting is splendid - right on the gulf. The beach was never crowded - beautiful clear blue water. Loved that you could borrow bicycles and kayaks anytime, at no charge. And after you take in the magnificent sunset, you can relax, pop in a movie from their library, and grab a homemade cookie or two to make the evening complete.

If you're interested in the "other side" of Florida, give Harrington House a try - you won't regret it!!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast

Address: 5626 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217-1666
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Region: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island > Holmes Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Holmes Beach
Price Range: £159 - £319 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come savor intimate charm and casual elegance of Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast, one of Florida’s most highly rated Bed & Breakfast Inns located on a tranquil bit of paradise known as Anna Maria Island. The stunning sunsets, soothing rhythm of waves on the white sugar sand beaches, and warm hospitality – combine to create that perfect getaway. Tropical surroundings and serenity top the list of amenities. Savor a new gourmet breakfast selection every day from our collection of recipes prepared by our own professional chefs. Relax in the living room, a gathering place where visitors become friends. All rooms have private baths, color cable TV, air conditioning and free wireless internet. Many of the rooms have French doors leading to balconies, overlooking the pool and the Gulf of Mexico. Once you visit the Harrington House, you will want to return again and again. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Harrington House Beachfront Hotel Holmes Beach
Harrington House Beachfront Bed And Breakfast
Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast Anna Maria Island/Holmes Beach, Florida

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