After an amazing tour of American Civil War battle sites in Virginia and nearby states, I promised my family a relaxing surprise on our way to Massachusetts. They were not disappointed! A gloriously sunny day in April saw us waiting at the dock for our boat. Chris took us out round the island to see the seals: knowing it was a surprise, he didn't mention the lighthouse at all! The girls guessed where we were going as we rounded the island but my husband didn't realise until we docked! Thank you, Chris.
It was the start of a perfect break. After introducing us to the facilities, telling us about the island and cleaning up after the geese and gulls, Chris and Ethan left us to settle in. We had the upstairs apartment which was fully equipped with everything we needed, including board games and jigsaws. We made the most of the day: exploring where we could, visiting the lantern and balcony, kayaking, beachcombing and relaxing!
Chris and Ethan came back in the afternoon to do more volunteer work and even found time to sit and chat with my husband and the couple from the downstairs apartment. It was a perfect day. We would have been happy to stay for a week but didn't have the time.
I can recommend this holiday to almost everyone: from those who need their creature comforts in the Apartment to the hardy ones, happy to manage the basics in the Fog Horn Building or the Barracks Room. The pampered few may find it too basic!
It was a wonderful experience for us. We would like to thank everyone involved in this venture for providing this amazing opportunity - truly, a dream come true!
Downsides: we found it difficult to find a food store in Newport. Leave plenty of time for this if you are touring. Eating outside would have been hazardous with the gulls: we retreated indoors, but it was all part of a very enjoyable experience: one we will never forget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stay at a 19-century lighthouse on Rose Island - be willing to rough it and pitch in with the chores. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rose Island Lighthouse Hotel Newport