Our small family - my husband, myself, and our 12 year old daughter, just returned from a trip to Rhode Island and a few nights at the Murray House Bed & Breakfast. To put it in my daughter's words "IT WAS AWESOME!"
This wonderful Inn, set far enough apart from the hustle and bustle of downtown Newport (although even that is just a quick five minute drive!) and within a quick walking distance to the beach and the end of the Cliff Walk, is as uniquely special a place as you will find anywhere.
Our room had its own outside entrance that led out to our wonderful little private patio area -- and a quick jump into the heated pool! The pool is surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens, potted plants, topiaries, cushy chase lounges, more plants, a charming Koi pond with a waterfall, a hot tub, and a resident and quite friendly big old cat named Jamie.
It is as though once you pass through the wooden gate bearing the plaque "Welcome" - you step into another world where peace and relaxation abound! Our room was delightful - clean, roomy and inviting. The Innkeeper, Noreen, was most gracious and accommodating, and full of information regarding Newport and what to see and where to dine. (At this point I feel compelled to mention her recommendation of Tucker's on Broadway - a French Bistro style establishment where Tucker himself greets you and the food is to die for!) Although Noreen was always there if we needed her, the really nice thing was that she mostly stayed behind the scenes and let us enjoy our time together.
A little vase of fresh (from the garden) flowers awaited us in our room with a note from Noreen that said "Welcome. Enjoy." I can't say enough about the Murray House. It is truly a little gem that one feels lucky to have discovered. We plan to try to carve some time out this winter to take advantage of Noreen's reduced rates and go back to Newport and its mansions all full of Christmas! It is truly hard to describe the ambience at the Murray House -- but try it and you will understand...
Thanks Noreen! We'll see you soon - perhaps under some snowflakes...
The Stewart Family, Trumbull, CT.
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