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This stately Greek Revival building, built in 1820 as a private home, has one of the most dramatic facades of any house on the Cape; it sits near the Botanical Trails and has its own fine gardens, patios, and tree-shaded lawns. Today, the nine-room inn offers a luxurious getaway, with beautiful and tastefully decorated rooms and a delicious full breakfast.
Tip The inn offers a fun “indulgences” menu (items cost an additional fee). Guests can order anything from a box of luxury hand-made truffles to a personalized birthday or anniversary cake to a luxury picnic pack for two, with freshly-made sandwiches, Cape Cod chips, home-made cake, fruit and soft drinks.
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Each room is unique. On the first floor, Room One has a mahogany king-size four-poster bed, antique furnishings and provides a comfortable respite in a classic setting; upstairs, Room Five opens to a stunning private balcony. Some rooms are on the small side, but don't feel cramped because of lots of natural light and views of the gardens.
You Should Know No children under the age of 14 are allowed.
Like the bedrooms, the updated bathrooms are all different. Some have two-person soaking tubs or bubble jet tubs, while others have large two-person walk-in showers with rainshower heads. Molton Brown amenities are stocked in each.
Common areas include a large comfortable living room with a fireplace and couches and chairs to relax in, plus a large library filled with books and games guests can borrow.
A deluxe included breakfast is served in the morning room overlooking the gardens or outside on the terrace. While the menu changes daily, everything is house-made with local produce. In addition to coffee, tea and fresh fruit juice, items might include a triple-berry parfait with Greek yogurt, homemade cranberry granola, egg, bacon and cheese strata and banana streusel bread. Freshly baked cookies are offered in the afternoon.
You can easily park your car and walk or bike to restaurants, shops, galleries, beaches and other attractions.
The inn offers recommendations that are just steps away. The Old Yarmouth Inn’s restaurant (1-minute walk), dating back to 1696, serves tasty New England dishes in a lovely dining room. The inn keeper says that the “wonderful baked stuffed lobster … is a personal favourite.” The inn also recommends Inaho (5-minute walk), which offers Japanese cuisine in an authentic atmosphere.
The Tavern, also at at the Old Yarmouth Inn (1-minute walk), with its wood-paneled walls and fireplace is a cozy place to get a drink. The Naked Oyster (11-minute drive) offers fresh oysters from their own farm in Barnstable Harbor, along with a variety of other tasty seafood and other dishes.