Fodor's Expert Review Carriage House Inn

407 Old Harbor Rd., Chatham, Massachusetts 02633, USA See on Map

Kim MacKinnon

The Carriage House Inn, formerly the Captain Isaac H. Loveland Homestead, is an elegant historic property which was built around 1850. The six-room room inn offers a fresh, beach-resort décor, with all sorts of well-done updates, like a rooftop deck where you can spy the ocean, a sunny breakfast sunroom and a lovely outdoor patio. Outstanding breakfasts from co-owner and chef Peter Varns are a highlight.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Children must be over 16 or older.

The Chatham Light King Room in the Carriage House with Fireplace
Photo: The Chatham Light King Room in the Carriage House with Fireplace


Contemporary, yet luxurious, walls are painted in soothing hues of cream, soft blues, and greens, and each is blessedly uncluttered by frills. The former stables contain three larger and more secluded rooms with high-pitched ceilings, fireplaces, and French or sliding-glass doors leading to private outdoor areas. Comfortable Sterns & Foster mattresses boast 600-thread count cotton sheets. Local Chatham chocolates await each guest upon arrival.

The Chatham Light Room is the largest and most private room, with its own entrance, large gas burning fireplace and private garden space.

The Chatham Light King Room in the Carriage House with Fireplace
Photo: The Chatham Light King Room in the Carriage House with Fireplace


Private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers are stocked with comfortable robes and high-end Parisian bath amenities.


The living room, with a large fireplace and decorated with period furniture, is a lovely space to relax.


Breakfast begins with a fruit dish and a pastry, then a breakfast entrée, which alternates daily. Dishes might be rosemary and shallot frittata with fresh asparagus, individual chevre and dill quiches, maple baked oatmeal with bananas foster sauce and spiced rum or house-made organic oat and seed granola with local lemon-infused yogurt. At 3 pm, pastries and specialty refreshments, as well as coffee and tea, are offered.

The inn offers special cooking school weekends in the off season.

The Captains Dining Room with 18thC Period Antiques
Photo: The Captains Dining Room with 18thC Period Antiques
Chef Peter's Artisan 3 Course Breakfast
Photo: Chef Peter's Artisan 3 Course Breakfast


Getting Around

You could park your car and leave it if you are staying put in Chatham, where you can walk or bike to beaches, restaurants, shops and galleries.


Many restaurants are within a 15-minute walk, so there are plenty of options. The Chatham Bars Inn is home to the high-end and romantic STARS restaurant (11-minute walk), a fine dining spot specializing in local food. The Impudent Oyster (20-minute walk) offers upscale food in a former church.


The Sacred Cod (11-minute walk), also at the Chatham Bars Inn, is a classic upscale tavern, while both the on-site Veranda and the Beach House are wonderful places to enjoy a drink outside.


Private, luxurious and beautifully decorated, the Carriage House Inn is a romantic escape, but close enough to town to enjoy restaurants and attractions easily. Owners Peter Varns and Brian O’Connor go out of their way to make every guest comfortable and Peter’s cooking is outstanding, a definite benefit for guests.


Residential Area
Casual Chic


Phones: 800-355–8868;508-945–4688

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