When my sister and I arrived we were greeted by Ray and shown to our room, the Veranda Suite. The suite had a king sized bed and a pull out sofa bed which we needed since my sister is a restless sleeper. Although it is described as a two room suite it is really one large room with a nearly room-wide arched wall opening (no door) that separates the bedroom area from the sitting area. The sofa is positioned at an angle that requires you to move it each time to pull the window shade up and down. Also, when the sofa is opened to use as a bed, it blocks the passage to the room door making it so one entering and leaving the room would have to crawl over the opened sofa bed. I was worried about needing to use the door in an emergency and decided not to open the bed.
The decor in the sitting room reminded me of my aunt's house that had "odds and ends" pieces of furniture but the bedroom part felt more welcoming. One of the closets had sweaters and hand bags stored inside. There was carpeting in the bedroom and bare wood floor in the sitting area. There was an older air conditioning unit in the window in back of the sofa. I would have liked better lighting for reading.
The bathroom was large with both a claw footed tub and shower. Towels were large and very soft. Both the bathroom and bed/sitting room were very clean. The bedroom/sitting room had four windows--two of the "older" windows had room darkening shades but the single and double newer windows had just white cotton curtains which let in a lot of light in the early morning waking us around 5:45 a.m. The king bed was very comfortable and there were ample pillows.
Breakfast is served in a large room that reminds one of a sun room. On the morning we were there, there was only one waitress to take care of the whole room plus the outdoor deck seating area which was much to much for any one person to handle. We chose our breakfast from the menu which had a large assortment of items and then waited an hour and twenty minutes from the time we ordered our breakfast until we were served. Finally, another person from the front desk came to help out. The orange juice was delicious. I had an omelet which was cooked very well and the bacon was crispy as ordered. The cranberry muffin seemed "tough" as if the batter had been overbeaten and not very good. The yogurt, granola and fresh fruit was very good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Circa 1863 - The Robert Jordan House. Stroll on walkways throughout this almost-one-acre estate that is accented by terraced perennial gardens. The Victorian home with Italianate detail was built by a Civil War veteran who became a general merchant. Accommodations include guest bedrooms in the main house and the restored Carriage House. All rooms have private bath, air conditioning, television, free WiFi - all the amenities you would expect in a fine Bed and Breakfast. A wholesome breakfast is served in the sun drenched dining room, on the garden deck, or in the formal dining room in the historic house and is included in with the room. A tranquil ambiance is imparted during a visit here. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ipswich Bed Breakfast
- Ipswich b&b