We stayed at the Belfry to celebrate our anniversary, and found the staff to be welcoming and the room (we stayed in the Tuesday room) to be warm, unique, and very memorable. The large round stained glass window above the bed was unusual and very impressive. The woodwork on the furniture was beautiful, and the stained glass details throughout the room were wonderful design flourishes.
The bed was VERY comfortable.
The room has a nice little porch off of the bathroom.
The Jacuzzi tub was very loud, but quite relaxing! It was a great touch.
We used the fireplace in the room and it threw a good amount of heat while creating a nice ambiance.
Our dinner at the bistro was first class, and the breakfasts that were included with our stay were wonderful. The home-made quick breads, fresh fruit salad, light and airy french toast, crisp and delicious waffles, generous omelets and egg scrambles, and hash browns were all impressive.
The Bistro itself has wonderful woodwork that pays homage to the old church’s past. I uploaded a photo of the carving of the Catholic offerings (host) that graced the post next-to one of the tables in the Bistro. Biblically intoned words are carved into the chair rails around the walls. It is a unique experience, and you would be hard-pressed to find anything like it anywhere else on the Cape (I would venture to guess that you’d be hard-pressed to find anything like it anywhere).
One warning, though there is a small sign posted that says to press the call button if the reception desk is unmanned, you may want to think twice. If you find the reception desk empty and press the button at the reception desk expecting to call someone on-site you may end up reaching the innkeeper’s cellular phone. This happened to my husband, and he ended up feeling rather silly, since he just wanted to find out if they had some batteries to replace the ones in the television’s remote control. You may be better served by simply taking a walk into the Bistro and seeing who is around. The staff is more than willing to help you out.
Also note that the walls were a bit thin, so we could hear our neighbors quite well.
Sandwich is a great destination for a weekend, since you can get there so quickly. Normally we would drive further down Cape, but it was Sandwich’s proximity to the bridge that made it our choice for this short trip. It was refreshing to arrive so quickly on a Friday evening.
We enjoyed walking around and visiting the small shops in Sandwich.
We were very happy with our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cape Cod’s jewel, a small boutique Inn, set in the center of Sandwich Village, is an architectural masterpiece; the Abbey, (ca.1901) a former church with six guest suites above the Bistro. Imaginative interiors, soaring space, stain glass windows. Offering a host of amenities, decks, whirlpools for two and fireplaces. Full gourmet breakfast. Offering hospitality year round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belfry Inne And Bistro Hotel Sandwich
- Belfry Inn And Bistro Sandwich, MA - Cape Cod