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Windsome Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #43 of 95 Newport B&B and Inns
Sydney,Australia
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43 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Close to perfection”
Reviewed 19 March 2011

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.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Tomar, Portugal
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Reviewed 13 October 2009

Just got back (2 couples) from 3 nights at Windsome and can't find a fault in the world. The two lovely bedrooms each with ample bath and a nice parlor in the middle created a true home-away-from home experience. Valerie & Patrick were attentive and efficient but never intrusive (you get your key and treat it like your own house), and the breakfeasts were just right. Set in a quiet residential neighborhood, a healthy walk or quick car ride to the main attractions, and at a great price for pricey Newport. We would go back and will definitely recommend to friends.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Boston
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Reviewed 27 July 2009

Though the outside appears a bit rundown, the rooms are extremely well kept, pleasant and clean. The response to our questions, breakfast, etc. were excellent. Would definitely return!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2008

We stayed at The Windsome B&B for 2 heavenly nights during our 3 week tour of New England, paying $105/night + tax for a midweek stay.
The B&B is located in a quiet residential part of town less than a mile (10-15 minute stroll) from the waterfront and Newports shops and restaurants.
Our room 'Autumn', was absolutely beautiful, light, airy, clean and comfortable. The room was decorated and furnished very tastefully. The bed was huge and so wonderfully comfy that it made it hard to get up in the mornings. The room had air conditioning and a large ceiling fan. A TV was hidden within an antique unit.
There are only 2 bedrooms and they share a common area with sofas, fridge, microwave, music system (with controls so it can be played in to your room), tea and coffee making facilites, books etc. A yummy continental breakfast is served in the common area, this included fresh fruit salad, homemade baked goods, coffee/tea, juice and yoghurt. Valerie, the owner, did make us delicious scrambled eggs one morning.
Valerie is a wonderful host who is friendly and welcoming and does her best to make your stay an enjoyable one without being too overbearing. Her business cards for Windsome say 'Simple Elegance' and this sums up the atmosphere she has achieved at her bed and breakfast.

  • Liked — Absolutely everything!!
  • Disliked — We didn't stay for longer.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 9 April 2008

The hosts were extremely gracious, breakfast was excellent, and the room was clean and comfortable. A nice experience at a good price.

Stayed March 2008
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Houston
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Reviewed 27 October 2006

I recently stayed at Windsome while in Newport for a conference, and it was lovely. Valerie was very gracious and flexible, especially with my 3:30 a.m. arrival! I had my own keys and could come and go with ease. I enjoyed the "continental plus" style breakfast which allowed me to eat in my room if I wished rather than joining others in a dining room. It was the perfect balance between interaction and independence. The room was comfortable with plenty of room, as was the bathroom. Location was good...a short drive to the harbor, shops, etc. I didn't ever try walking it. Very reasonable rate, and overall I would definitely like to go back!

  • Stayed September 2006, travelled on business
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woking, sussex
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Reviewed 1 April 2006

Windsome is situated in a residential area which I was a bit wary about initially. However, it was in reality very central--within walking distance as well--to all there is to see and do in town.

There are only two rooms, one with a shower only the other with a bath/shower. Both were well appointed and it is obvious that when they remodelled they put a great deal of thought into their potential guests comforts and needs. The rooms were very clean, well decorated, the bed comfortable, and the shared living room area was great as it allowed us to eat in one night--reheated the deli bought meals in microwave.

As it was off season most of the Mansions were closed and I do hope we will be able to return in 3-4 years. If that is the case then I would not hesitate a heart beat to stay here again.

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Additional Information about Windsome Bed and Breakfast

Property: Windsome Bed and Breakfast
Address: 81 Gibbs Ave, Newport, RI 02840-2216
Region: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
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 

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