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Windsome Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #40 of 95 Newport B&B and Inns
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“Very accommodating hosts and lovely room”
Reviewed 12 October 2012

Right from the start I found Valerie so accommodating. We had an early start but she was very flexible about when we could have breakfast. And it was Patrick who we met whilst we stayed who was very friendly and equally accommodating.
I certainly felt like we had our own space and the room seemed newly decorated and a good size. The room was spotless and the bed very comfortable. I think this place is great value and would certainly stay again or recommend.

Room Tip: The autumn room is off from the stairs, the other room is off from the sitting room.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

This is a no frills B&B. Room was very nice and very clean! It's really simple in terms of layout- 2 rooms and a small living area. Breakfast is left for you in the morning (fruit/yogurt or eggs) Location is pretty good...2 minute drive to beach and 3 minutes from town (not sure what walking distance is).

It's not a fancy B&B by any means but it's perfect if you just need a nice room to stay in while your exploring Newport.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2012

The property was nice and clean. Valerie was also nice. I do have to say it was a little less than we expected from a B & B experience, but not bad. We were given blueberry muffins and fruit and a pot of coffee that was left on the table before she left for work. I did have to reheat my coffee only to discover there wasn't enough sugar for the three of us to have coffee, and there was no one to ask for more. I guess I'm just used to staying where people are home to provide breakfast when you wake, and are there if you need something and this is not that type of place. There was no shampoo or conditioner, which we have become accustomed to where we stay. It was just the little things that we missed. I would still recommend as long as people know what to expect. Again the rooms were nice as was Valerie, the amenities were just a little less than we expected.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

We just spent 2 nights in the Autumn room last week. We really liked the room and everything that Valerie and Patrick provided. I'd echo other comments about their graciousness while giving you your space. In fact, we never did see Patrick. The room rates are also very reasonable, and the breakfast was more than adequate - and tasty. The only drawback for us was that the Autumn room is very light very early in the mornings. Coming from the midwest, we were used to it getting light about an hour later than it gets light on the east coast. We don't often stay in B&B's, but we'd certainly stay here again if we had the chance.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Texas
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

I stayed in the Autumn Room last summer. Valerie and Patrick were gracious hosts who went out of their way to send me off with tasty omelets and fresh fruit each morning yet who also were quite content to leave their guests to themselves. Quite a refreshing change from some B&Bs where the hosts hover and push.

Having breakfast either in the morning room or in my own room was nice. Valerie recommended a local restaurant (Flo's Clam Shack) for me that was off the Newport tourist path. It was a fun place with v good food. Much more my style than the more formal restaurants. (Having said that, UpScale was quite good. If you are one or two people, I suggest sitting on the tiny balcony.)

Back to the B&B: The Autumn room was a wonderful quiet room to come home to at the end of long days of gadding about Newport. The bed was comfortable, and the sheets were cool to sleep in after a long summer's day of walking. I also appreciated the wi-fi.

All in all, the Windsome B&B is a wonderful place to stay if you want a place with just the right mix of attention and independence.

Stayed August 2010, travelled solo
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Sydney,Australia
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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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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 #40 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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