Named for the sea captain who had the home built in 1866, this gracious inn retains its aged elegance with original ornate plaster ceiling medallions, marble fireplaces, and sturdy yet graceful construction. Artful and rich breakfasts are served on the screened-in porch overlooking the pool in warmer weather; enjoy your afternoon tea and cookies on the large front porch. It's a short walk to Breakwater Beach on the bay, even shorter to the ice cream shop next to the Brewster General Store.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Children must be over age 14 to stay at the inn.
Antiques decorate the 10 beautifully appointed guest rooms, all of which sport fireplaces and luxurious 600 thread count sheets on the beds. Three rooms upstairs have their own private sunrooms, perched above the trees and the pretty back lawn.
Guests can book en-suite treatments, such as facials and massages, which features all organic jojoba oils and skin products handcrafted with local organic cranberries and sea salt.
Each room has its own private bathroom, some featuring whirlpool tubs. Artisan handmade amenities are included.
There is a comfortable living room to relax in, but by far the wide front porch with its rocking chairs or the screened-in patio are the most popular spots to kick back in.
The inn has a lovely solar heated saltwater pool. Towels and lounge chairs are provided.
Owner and chef Donna offers an outstanding three-course breakfast, using seasonal and local ingredients, with herbs and vegetables from the inn’s gardens, fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, and lobster from Cape Cod for the special Lobster Benedict Saturday breakfast. Dishes might include homemade cinnamon rolls, tomato tartlets, mini cheese soufflés or frittatas filled with fresh vegetables. Scrambled eggs and toast, granola and yogurt or oatmeal are always available. In the afternoon, cookies are laid out for guests to enjoy.
The inn is walking distance to Brewster, with its beaches, shops and restaurants close by. You’ll need a car to explore other towns, the Cape Cod National Seashore and other attractions.
The inn’s owners recommend the Brewster Fish House (10-minute walk), saying, “This is a local favorite and for good reason! A unique, eclectic menu with an emphasis on local seafood is changed seasonally.” Chillingsworth (2-minute drive) is another pick, offering “creative modern French cuisine. We recommend the bistro (open for lunch and dinner) for a more casual American à la carte meal.”
The Lost Dog Pub, (9-minute drive) is, according to the inn's owners, “A fun little pub just down the street specializing in homemade pizza, clam chowder, burgers and fish cakes. Entertainment is available on some weekend nights during the summer.” A closer option is the Woodshed (2-minute walk), a lively spot for drinks with nightly live music in season. The Chill Bistro and Bar (2-minute drive), also located at Chillingsworth, offers a specialty martini list and bar menu in a casual setting.
WHY WE LIKE IT
From its excellent location, close to beaches and to town, to its wonderful breakfasts and luxurious rooms, the Captain Freeman offers a lot to enjoy. Owners Donna and Bryon are committed to making every guest feel special and they maintain the historic property meticulously.