I've been meaning to write this review for quite awhile. My family is Swedish, so I was randomly searching for restaurants nearby that might serve Scandinavian-style food when I came across the Little Gnesta website. Imagine my surprise to find an entire B&B devoted to Swedish style, simplicity and comfort less than 2 hours from my house. My wife and I traveled to Newport in January and stayed in the Umea room. As the only guests at the time, we had plenty of time to talk with Ruth, who is a very entertaining conversationalist and a wonderful host. Ruth largely remodeled and decorated the B&B by herself, and did a fantastic job. The rooms are all tastefully decorated and immaculate. Our bathroom was especially neat and stocked with various shampoos and washes, many made locally in Newport. Her breakfast was also authentically Swedish, with delicious local cheeses, yogurts, breads and her homemade granola. With Netflix, a well-stocked library and an extremely comfortable Carpe Diem bed (I'd go back again just for that!) we easily could have stayed all weekend in the house, but Ruth gave some great recommendations of places to see both in Newport and beyond. We walked around the downtown and ended up driving to the Parker Pie Co. in W. Glover for dinner - a great place if you like pizza and/or craft beer.
This review sounds so effusive, I wouldn't blame you if you thought the owner wrote it! But truly we had a great time and will definitely be back on our next trip to the NEK.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Swedish-inspired B & B on the isthmus that is downtown Newport, just steps from international Lake Memphremagog. Four simple, yet elegant rooms, combine Gustavian and Swedish-country design elements where you'll sleep "Scandinavian" with fluffy comforters atop queen-size Carpe Diem beds imported from Sweden. A simple buffet breakfast of crusty breads, granola, yogurt, meats and cheeses. Walk to dining and shopping. Free Wifi. Private baths. Bike trail along the lake to Quebec, Canada (6 miles) only two blocks away. Some French spoken. ... more less