We booked to stay at the Homestead as one of our stopoffs whilst travelling around New England. As with other reviews we found the website and to say the least it looked interesting.
When we got there there was no one around first of all so we had a chance to have a leisurely stroll around the grounds out the back which is laid mainly to lawn with lots of trees with hammocks hanging from them, there is a pond at the bottom and all was very quiet and serene. The house is decorated to encourage you to sit and be comfortable and chill. All very clean and charming. Then we met one of the cats and then another and then another. We're animal lovers so this was great. We finally found Bill out by the annexe who was so welcoming and friendly that we felt guilty for not arriving sooner! We were shown to our room by Bill and had the zebra room which was really lovely, mainly blue with a big four poster bed and zebra animals, zebra pictures and just about zebras everywhere. This room is a corner room based at the front and especially nice it has three big windows, 2 at the front and one at the side which when opened created a wonderful breeze through the room. After having an explore of Hyannis, we got back in time for wine on the back porch and there we met all the other guests and all accompanied by their dogs. We were told that the Homestead is popular with dog lovers as it is the only place barring one other that you can bring your dog. We spent a wonderful couple of hours chatting and geting to know the other guests who were all really friendly and interesting. Travelling from England alas we had no dog with us and in fact felt slightly left out that we wanted to go and find a place that rented dogs to you! If you are not an animal lover then this place is not for you but we loved it. Yes there are lots of cats but they are not running amok, they keep very much to themselves either out in the garden somewhere or by the annexe where Bill resides. All the dogs were well behaved and the owners were very good at making sure they were not a nuisance to us or to any other guest. Whilst drinking your wine, it's a great time to sort out where you are going to eat. They have all the menus of all the reputable places to eat and you can then leisurely go through and make your selection. Kathy, one of the innkeepers is more than happy to make your reservation for you. Bill and Kathy were great in advising of places to go and what to see. In fact he has crib sheets about everywhere and other places surrounding Hyannis.
If you are interested in cars then Toad Hall is a must as Bill has collected so many interesting sports cars over the years that he can't actually get them out of the garage anymore because there are so many so he keeps a few outfront to use for picking up people from the airport and other places. I loved being there and I can't thank Bill and Kathy enough for making us feel so welcome. We would definitely go back.