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Newport House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #8 of 22 Williamsburg B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We stayed at Newport House, a replica 18th C home with 21st C comforts, 10 minutes walk from the historic centre.. John and Cathy Millar are a mine of information about local 18thC history, politicians and architects, and the care of their garden, birds and bees. They are make it all so interesting

Their activities include English Country Dancing, which they host, and the building of replica 18thC warships - and more besides.

We thoroughly recommend a visit..

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

For sure a visit to Williamsburg is the experience the history of the place and the country. The experience will be richer If you stay at the Newport House. Your hosts Cathy and John Millar will make you welcome and in their home and recount fascinating tales from related history. John is a historical researcher and writer and brings a very human perspective to historical events. The house itself is modelled on a period design by an architect about whom John has written extensively. It is situated a comfortable ten minute walk from the historical centre (where you will walk much further and longer)The rooms are period style and comfortable.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

My husband was recently in Williamsburg and found this wonderful place...

The Newport House Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg, Virginia has only two guest rooms; if you’re lucky enough to book one of them your accommodation is ample, secure and warm (in winter). The rooms are large, the beds are firm, comfortable, and richly covered. I visited in January and didn’t need the electric blanket. The shower and bath facilities super-clean and the shower runs hot, rich and with greater volume than we’re used to. The television and its accompanying combination VCR and DVD player are more than adequate and there are many interesting historic movies and documentaries available (if one wishes to sit inside and watch TV). The well-appointed and decorated rooms are situated directly off the ballroom, a large, upper story dance floor where the proprietors John and Cathy Millar host traditional dances on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The extra bed in the room is a plus, for those who might bring a friend or a child (or those with a penchant for throwing overcoats onto a bed instead of hanging them properly in the oversized closet - guilty). Otherwise, an extra bed is of no consequence, is it? One reviewer complained mildly that there is no exterior lock on the bedroom door. That’s because the door latches are a significant hardware design component, appropriate for Newport House. There is a lock from the inside, but the house is completely secure, the Millars are always present and vigilant and the neighborhood is completely safe. The absence of a hotel-type bedroom door lock matters not.

Breakfast was an elegant and easy affair, highlighted by John’s fascinating stories. The fruit was well-chosen, ripe and sweet and simply-prepared. Pancakes were made after colonial recipes and the waffles and their savory toppings are memorable. Scrambled eggs were perfect. A simple high-carbohydrate and fruit breakfast with juice, coffee, tea and chocolate is a sensible prescription before of a day of walking. So, after a good night’s sleep, inspired by John with a renewed sense of history and satisfied by a fabulous breakfast, Newport House is a perfect place from which to embark upon one’s Colonial Williamsburg adventure.

Williamsburg is an easy walking experience and it’s true, Newport House is only a 5-minute walk from the edge of the historic town site. Almost the whole town is virtually flat. It’s nine-tenths of a mile from Newport House to one center of historic Williamsburg, the Governor’s Palace. It takes about 18 minutes unless one is distracted en-route by the unique and underrated DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum or the locally renowned Berret’s Seafood Restaurant. If one then walks from the Governor’s Palace to the Capitol the route across the Palace Green and along the E. Duke of Gloucester Street covers six-tenths of a mile and requires another 12 minutes. (But it takes us half the day because the history, the characters, the restaurants and the shops distract us.)

By comparison it’s nine-tenths of a mile from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor center to the Governor’s Palace, past the Great Hopes Plantation, an attraction that’s equally as fascinating as the DeWitt Wallace Museum. Hurrying along, to walk the full eight-tenths of a mile along E. Duke of Gloucester Street from the Cheese Shop in Merchant’s Square to Christiana Campbell’s Tavern (where we enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner) takes 16 minutes, every one of them an enlightening reunion with the history we should have learned in school.

Newport House, built by the Millars after a design by the American colonial architect Peter Harrison, is a remarkable personal achievement, a kind of embodiment of John’s and Cathy’s gregarious love of life and our shared history. If you like to be engaged in the communities you visit, your time at Newport House with John and Cathy will be inspirational.

John and Cathy are exceptional hosts. John is a published historian, an authority on Peter Harrison and a gifted storyteller. His morning breakfast discussions are a rich complement to one’s comprehension of historic Williamsburg and of the re-enactors on the Palace Green. Beyond this the depth and breadth of his interests are surprising and the quality of his delivery fascinating, especially if one maintains an interest in our early sea faring adventures. Cathy is well-versed in local gardening, wildlife and the historical development of the Virginia Peninsula. The Millars love the greater community of which they are an essential part. The two of them together make a vivacious and inviting conversational team. Their home is bright and warm and by my experience their guests could not find a more convenient or comfortable place to stay or better service and support than Newport House.

Room Tip: There are two guest rooms and both are great.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

If you're visiting Williamsburg, be certain to book a room at Newport House Bed & Breakfast! Under a mile from the Historic Area, Newport House is simply ideal. The pleasure starts with private, off-street parking just feet from your accommodations. Next, you're greeted by the wonderful Millar family - John, Cathy, and their son Ian (when home from college). John has an encyclopedic knowledge of Colonial history, and is a highly entertaining storyteller. Cathy is also the perfect host, exuding a warmth and hospitality that will make you feel right at home. The guest rooms are very comfortable, and furnished with period antiques and reproductions. Breakfast is wonderful, with pancakes and waffles made from scratch - accompanied by a selection of delicious syrups! - fruit, bacon and sausage, coffee and tea... and John's marvelous storytelling. There's a lovely garden, and a house bunny if you're pet-deprived. It's rare to have a the opportunity to stay in truly historic surroundings, combined with such comfort and hospitality. Tell your friends and family - and book now!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

A very convenient location if you are visiting Colonial Williamsburg. I loved having a safe place to park my vehicle just footsteps away from the front door of the inn. The innkeepers were so interesting and wanted to help and please us during our stay. Both of them had such interesting stories to share and we were able to share our stories with them. They have so many interests that it is so easy to talk with them. The house is very beautiful filled with so many wonderful items that one could spend hours looking around. The ballroom is something one would never imagine in a home, A MUST TO SEE. Breakfast was exceptional. The exterior of the house and gardens were very well maintained. I would highly recommend a stay at this unique inn.

Room Tip: Only two rooms are used for guests-both are beautifully decorated and spotless. The ballroom is rig...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We enjoyed our stay in Williamsburg. The Newport House B&B is only a short walk to colonial Williamsburg and is in a great location. However, we have some feedback that we feel is worthy of sharing.

John, the innkeeper, knows his history very well but was almost too eager to share stories and historical accounts with us. He wasn’t afraid to share his thoughts on politics, the economy (which is why we got such a ‘great’ deal) and he tried convincing my wife from New Zealand on why New Zealand needs nuclear power over our breakfast. Throughout our stay, he seemed too eager to share his accomplishments/knowledge/opinions instead of making us feel welcome as guests. In this regard, the Newport House was in stark contrast from other B&B’s that we had stayed at during our trip.

While we never felt unsafe, we were surprised that the guest rooms were not lockable from the outside. Especially since John held a dance open to the public in the hall outside our room during the first night of our 2-night stay.

Most disappointing, however was what happened after our stay. After we left the Newport House to continue on our trip to Washington DC, we accidentally left two packages of special chocolate biscuits (Tim Tams) in the small fridge in our room. We had brought them with us from Australia for my father’s 80th birthday the following week. We realized the following evening that we had left them in the little fridge in our room and had emailed John to see if he could send them to us. We were surprised to find that without attempting to contact us (John had our contact details from our reservation), in less than two days one package was already gone and they had already started into the second. While he graciously sent us what had remained, we were disappointed they would have eaten them without trying to contact us first.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newport_House, Owner at Newport House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2013

We're sorry your stay didn't live up to your expectations. We are noted for being the most historic B&B in the area and most of our guests come here to experience this historic town on a limited time budget so we feel it is our job to help guests maximize that time.
We have only 2 guest rooms and the guest doors are historically authentic and can be locked from the inside. We live on the premises and are always present with the dancers so there is no risk to the bedrooms.
We frequently mail items left behind to their owners even though at times the cost of postage outweighs the value of the item. Our son was home from college and unwittingly sampled the cookies when they'd been brought out to a common area while the room was being cleaned. We were unaware of their special significance and paid for their shipping when it was discovered.

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Reviewed 29 December 2012

Based on the reviews, we expected a charming, historic, Williamsburg home. What we got was a dated, not completely historic, and awkward experience. We really wanted to like this B&B but had trouble on many fronts. The location was billed as within walking distance, but was really not near enough to Williamsburg to be considered easily walkable. Although the hosts were pleasant, we had to endure a long orientation tour of our host's interests and achievements. While interesting, it was not our primary reason for staying in Williamsburg. Our room was disappointing, with some historical aspects but other (most notably the bathroom and vcr) were well used and dated. Did I mention the old electric blankets? Even the towels had seen far better days. Breakfast was nice, but high in carbs and low on protein. A small bowl of fruit, one waffle and 2 pieces of bacon were not up to the standard we have come to expect at our favorite B&B's. I would not recommend this place as a romantic getaway for couples, as there is an additional permanent twin bed in both rooms. For the money, I would stay inside Colonial Williamsburg next time.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newport_House, Owner at Newport House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2013

Newport House is 600 yards from the historic area; we had assumed that was within walking distance.
Sorry the electric blankets offended you...they were brand new. Many of our guests are pleasantly surprised to find electric blankets plus historic Hudson Bay blankets on the beds during the winter season as they help take the chill away after spending a lot of time outdoors in Colonial Williamsburg.

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Additional Information about Newport House Bed and Breakfast

Address: 710 S Henry St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4113
Region: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #8 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Williamsburg
Price Range: £117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Of the twenty-four Williamsburg Bed & Breakfasts, Newport House is the only one with 18th Century History as it's central theme. Newport House Bed and Breakfast is where your real colonial adventure begins. Your hosts are not merely fine Innkeepers, but authors and historic sailing ship designers. ... more   less 

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