Of the 18 B&B's we stayed in on this trip, Windsome was equal first. Clean, lovely uncluttered room, space to put bags and toiletries, a table to use the laptop or write letters on. Our host Valerie was very welcoming and provided 24 hour tea and coffee making facilities with fresh milk provided. This is always welcome on arrival after a long ddrive or hard day of being a tourist A living room (shared with one other room) was also appreciated, where we could sit and read or have our refreshments and listen to music.
The bed was very comfortable, but instructions on how to work the tap would be helpful. People who wear glasses don't wear them in a shower and this bath/shower combo tested even my mechanically able husband, especially without our glasses. I don't think in all the B&B's we have stayed in that we have come across two the same.
Breakfast on day one was lovely fresh juice, a bowl of fresh fruit and the best muffins I have ever had as well as freshly made tea and coffee. Day two's breakfast was juice followed by freshly cooked fried eggs, tomato and toast.
One of the disappointments in nearly all the B&B's is the lack of any laundry facilities, not even any information about where to get laundry done. For long-term travellers this would be excellent, even paying a small fee to use these appliances would be a help and save a lot of dripping laundry in the bathroom.
A highlight of our stay in Newport was of course visiting two of the mansions, but a guided walk through the historical part of town was fascinating but best of all was our meal at the Commodore Room at the Black Pearl Restaurant in the heart of Newport on Bowen's Wharf. Make sure you don't wear jeans and casual gear. We were looked up and down prior to being given admittance to this hallowed ground, but once in the ambience and the food were memorable. The meal was not cheap, but was better value than another restaurant nearby.
We would most certainly recommend Windsome B&B. It has off-street parking, a short drive to all sites and was just a delightful place to stay, and wished we could stay longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our early 1900s traditional clapboard home offers a serene atmosphere in a post-Victorian renovation completed in 1997. Meticulously detailed and open year round, our spacious and comfortable smoke-free accommodations include a private entrance, off street parking, private bath, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, air conditioning, cable TV, free Wifi and guest parlor with working fireplace. Choose among our two rooms, Autumn and December. ... more less