We're almost reluctant to write a great review on the the Francis Malbone, as it might encourage more people to go! Great for them but not for us, though we hardly think it is a secret. This is our third trip there and even though we've been to numerous B&Bs in this country and in England and Ireland, the Francis Malbone is without a doubt our favorite. From the moment you check in to the moment you leave, you are pampered and treated like family. The breakfasts are scrumptious and the afternoon tea is like nothing we have ever seen before( who needs lunch when you are constanly been fed with delicious homemade food).
Our first year we went by ourselves, giving our visit as a Christmas present to each other. The following year friends of ours decided to do the same thing and joined us. This year we had five couples and we all want to return again next year, probably with more of our friends!
The owner, Will, is always checking on us and making sure we are having a great time. He is very proud of the Francis Malbone (and should be) and loves to tell us about the history and the renovations they have made! If you get a chance, speak to him and he will tell you fascinating stories.
Ann Maria, what can we say about her? She is the manager and is one of the main reasons, we return! She is by far the most genuinely kind and helpful person you could ever meet. Nothing is too much trouble for her and she always has a smile on her face! When I mentioned that friends of ours were going to Ireland (she orginally comes from there) she wrote down a list of restaurants and pubs they would like near to where they are staying and not far from where she grew up. Who does that? We absolutely adore her!!
Will, you have a gem in Ann Maria and I'm very sure that you appreciate her as much as we do. If she ever left, we would be devastated! Hold on to her!
We also want to thank Elizabeth and Sue, who were also wonderful, again making our stay there very special.
Thank you again for your hospitality and we will definitely be there again next year....
Charlie & Ginger Tandoi
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