We spent one night at the Eden Manor last Saturday for a quick weekend getaway to the Narragansett area, and I would not hesitate to return.
The house is set well back from the road, in extensive grounds, making for a very quiet stay. The house itself is a huge, gorgeous Victorian home, extensively renovated and lovingly maintained. It must have been quite grand in it's heyday. The ceilings are high, staircases are sweeping and the proportions and layout of the rooms are very elegant. The guest rooms and common areas (which are extensive) are furnished in period style and are very inviting. I particularly liked that the entire house smelled of freshly cut flowers, which grow in profusion in the gardens.
We were greeted by the innkeeper, Bernadette Eden, who runs the inn with her husband. We never met him, but we only stayed one night. Bernadette is very pleasant and welcoming but unobtrusive. We also encountered a couple of her daughters, who were lovely, polite children. We never saw or heard any dogs, as others have mentioned, but we did encounter one tiny kitten running through the house...very cute.
We stayed in Room 2, at the top of the stairs, with a view overlooking the gardens. This room has a fireplace, wonderful floor to ceiling windows, and an en-suite bathroom. The queen size bed was comfortable. Linens are all mismatched but quite clean. We asked for extra pillows and they were brought immediately. We had a dresser with plenty of drawer space, a small closet and two comfy arm chairs. There were nice lamps for reading and an alarm clock. The room does not have a TV or phone, although there is a large flatscreen TV in the common living room for guests' use.
The house has no air conditioning, which we knew in advance from reading other reviews, but we thought we could deal with it for one night, given that the price for the room ($175 for a Saturday night!) was so very reasonable for this area. When we entered our room there was a box fan in one window, and a pedestal fan. We were very hot, but with all the windows open at night and the fans blowing right on us, we were able to sleep. To be fair to the Edens, I imagine the cost of AC in this house would be prohibitive. I would happily stay here at any other time of year, but I don't know that I'd try it again during a July heat wave.
The bathroom was very old fashioned. In fact, I believe the tub and sink may be original fixtures to the house. This is fine with me as everything was in good working order. We had plenty of hot water and good water pressure. Towels are mismatched like the sheets, but big, clean and plentiful. They provide the tiniest cakes of soap I have ever seen! There were also single use plastic packets of shampoo. There was no exhaust fan in the bathroom, so running the shower added tremendously to the heat of the room. There are also no outlets in the bathroom, so I had to use my hairdrier in the bedroom and unplug the fan so as not to blow a fuse.
My only real issue here was that I don't believe our bathroom had been cleaned after the previous guest. I think this must have been an oversight since the rest of the house seemed very clean. It wasn't filthy or disgusting, but the sink and tub needed a scrub (someone's used bar of soap still in the holder), and I had to flush the toilet. I'm sure if I had asked Bernadette would have taken care of it, but as I said, it wasn't bad enough to bother us.
Breakfast is set out buffet style in the dining room, and we ate outside on the wide, covered porch, which was lovely and peaceful and had room for several individual tables. The Edens put out two hot dishes, a baked french toast dish and really good breakfast sausage, as well as fruit salad, homemade breads, bagels/muffins, cereal, yogurt, juice and coffee. Everything was tasty and plentiful.
My favorite part of our stay was returning to the inn after a long, hot day of sightseeing and falling asleep in their wonderful hammock under the pine trees. Great place for a nap! I can't remember the last time I felt so relaxed.