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“A Yankee Treat - with a Welch Flair”
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Putnam House B&B
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Putnam House B&B
Ranked #1 of 1 Sutton B&B and Inns
Northern Utah
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A Yankee Treat - with a Welch Flair”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

My wife and I stayed four nights in mid October 2012. We had a delightful experience. The charm of the 1700's farm house was everything we imagined. The breakfasts were far superior to any B&B we've visited previously. Our Welch hosts were absolutely charming - not to mention helpful in every way.
We are already looking forward to our next leaf-peeping trip to Central New England.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ogden, Utah
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

We recently stayed several days at the Putnam House B&B. Located on a hilltop in scenic Sutton, Massachusetts, the house is a restored 1737 New England farmhouse with attached (huge!) barn which has been painstakingly restored to its former beauty. With the exception of necessary updates such as a modern kitchen (but still with the old floors and barnboard walls) the house looks much like it would have in the 18th century. We stayed in the Carriage House, which connects the main house and the enormous red barn. This suite consists of a comfy bedroom with queen bed, full bath, dining area and living room, and a small kitchen. Attached is a large solarium filled with tropical plants. Innkeeper Margaret Bowden and husband Martyn provide a homey, comfortable atmosphere in their guest rooms. The furnishings are a mix of colonial and eclectic, generously sprinkled with pewter, pottery, artwork, seashells and assorted whimsies -- obviously the product of a lifetime of collecting little treasures. Everywhere there are books - art books, literature, essays, and history. Three rescued dogs also make their home with the Bowdens, but their presence is not obtrusive.

Margaret serves up a breakfast to die for, or perhaps from. This is no chain-hotel "Continental breakfast" of stale mini-muffins and dry cereal! A typical breakfast begins with baked fruit, fresh-squeezed orange juice, spiced cider, and a big pot of hot chocolate made from scratch. Then comes a rich egg casserole loaded with fresh veggies and herbs she grew herself, savory homemade sausages, and assorted muffins, also studded with fresh raspberries from the bushes growing just outside the solarium in the stonewall-surrounded back garden. She even accommodated my gluten sensitivity with an assortment of specially baked treats and gluten free toast. The food is wonderful, filling, and nutritious. With a breakfast like this every day, lunch is no longer a necessity.

Unlike some so-called B&B's where the owners never even make an appearance, the Bowdens have lived in this house for 40 years. They are very familiar with the area and points of interest, and love to share information about the surrounding area and its history, especially their beautiful home. They graciously gave us a tour of the house and explained in detail the exhaustive renovations which brought back each room as close as possible to its original design and appearance. A professor at Clark University, Martyn is also a history buff and a writer, as well as heavily involved in the local soccer scene. Margaret enjoys birdwatching, gardening, and - obviously - cooking. They are a charming and delightful couple.

The accommodations are comfortable, the food superb, and the innkeepers friendly and engaging. We will definitely return here on a future stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

My husband and I arrived at the B&B at 6pm only to be told that they had double booked for that night. The owner was anything but helpful offering no suggestions apart from go to Auburn, a five mile drive away, as "there's a La Quinta there" no directions for us or anything. As it turned out hotels in the whole area were full and it was only after a very kind receptionist at another hotel telephoned around for us ( as we didn't have mobile phones) that we eventually found somewhere, 15 miles away! I am appalled that the owner of Putnam house didn't do this for us but just left us on the doorstep with nowhere to go and only half an hour of daylight left. Our booking had only be made a week or so before our arrival and I had e-mailed her twice and telephoned from the UK with our credit card details. How this happened I do not know apart from utter incompetence on her behalf but it would have been slightly more forgivable if she had shown some compassion and helped us to find an alternative place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

On our way from Boston west we stayed at the Putnam House and were very happy with the accommodations in the Carriage House, formerly a real Carriage House converted to a suite. Our rooms included a bedroom with queen size bed and private bath, a dining area, living room with TV and a small kitchen area. We were very comfortable and could have stayed longer. The breakfast was abundant, homemade and fresh. Margaret went out of her way to ask what we liked. Fresh coffee, fresh squeezed orange and apple juice, fresh muffins and coffee cake and a egg quiche. Far more than we could eat, but very nice.
Margaret was more than accommodating once she learned that we wanted to visit the Vaillancourt Folk Art studio, she called them up and told them we were coming. It is the most amazing place. A small family owned business that creates extraordinary chalk ware figurines from antique chocolate and ice cream molds. The figurines are all handcrafted and very time intensive to create. Stores like Nordstroms carry the Santa Claus' for the Christmas season. Judy Vaillancourt, the artist, her husband and their son each greeted us and gave us tours. They all new Margaret, she told us her son used to work there. It was an extraordinary and unexpected treat to find this place and I would recommend that you not miss it or the Putnam House.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Groningen, The Netherlands
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

We had a lovely stay in this beautiful B&B. The rooms (we were in the Carriage House, which is really a suite rather than a room) were very spacious and comfortable, with a handy kitchen and great views. Although you have a separate entrance, you still feel part of the house, as you're not in a separate building. Margaret cooked us a wonderful breakfast each morning and we had some nice chats. She has great recommendations for goings-on in the neighbourhood or sights further afield. A beautiful, quiet spot to completely relax!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Solihull, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2011

We stayed at Putnam B and B on our way back to Boston after seeing it recommended in the Lonely Planet. It is a lovely little place, a huge suite as opposed to a B and B room. The owners are really friendly and chatty, and great to hear about their experiences in the states as they used to live in the U.K. as we do now. Good recommendation for dinner, a pizza place that is so busy and great pizza. Breakfast was delicious and really appreciated the effort made given as I am vegetarian to make sure I had plenty to eat. The price in comparison to what we paid at other B and Bs was amazing considering the service we had. I would most definitely recommend.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2010

I traveled with en elderly parent and followed the lonely planet to this B& B as we drove across MASS, and we ended up having a very memorable time here in this 1737 farm house in a raining Nov day.

Martin and Margaret were warm and helpful - he is a college professor. We got to know their very loving dogs, pre-viewed a page from Martin's coming book and ended up visiting the private side of their home. Our room looks exactly like the picture shown on their website. The room was NOT small at all; in addition to a double bad, it even has a single feather bed.

Most of all, the breakfast was more than I ever expected. I had mentioned that my mom loves oatmeal in advnace when I was asked about our dietary requirements. Boy, I certainly did not expect to see what Margaret had for us: the most beautifully presented oatmeal I have enver seen with at least 6 different berries and nuts on her elegant English china AND a freshly baked quiche ! Martin told me that she got up at 5:30AM to do all these !

They do not accept credit card, and the rate was very reasonable - we paid $75 and had a wonderful time to know this very nice English couple and got a little taste of thier real coutry living.

  • Stayed November 2010
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Additional Information about Putnam House B&B

Property: Putnam House B&B
Address: 211 Putnam Hill Rd, Sutton, MA 01590-1118
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Sutton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Sutton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2

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