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The Wallingford Victorian Inn

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245 N Main St, Wallingford, CT 06492-3713
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The Wallingford Victorian Inn regally presides over the corners of North Main Street and Curtis Avenue in Wallingford, CT. Once the site of a quaint cottage sheltered by trellises and grape arbors, in 1890 the property was purchased and the cottage razed to make way for a Grand Queen Anne Victorian. Designed by the firm of Allen and Tyler Architectural Associates of New Haven, it was constructed by the C.F. Wooding Company of Wallingford, a name that to this day connotes excellence in craftsmanship, constructed at a time when execution of detail and ornamentation was a hand crafted trade. The Victorian is comprised of one dramatic hallmark of the period after another; complex patterned masonry chimneys; finials capping hipped slate roofs; multi patterned textures of shingles and clapboard; intricate relief work (grapes that reflect its humble origins), and small latticed porches, just to name a few. According to local historians, originally it was a wedding gift to Georgianna Simpson Hull and Charles Tibbits from her parents Gurdon W. Hull and Elizabeth Simpson Hull, whose father founded Simpson, Hall & Miller Company, a prominent silver manufacturer which later became International Silver. The family is steeped in Wallingford history and they were true philanthropists. No expense or detail was spared in the construction of this handcrafted home. Over the past century and a quarter the Victorian has watched over the town of Wallingford as it grew and more buildings sprung up. The dirt roads became asphalt, and horse and carriage gave way to motor vehicles. Fashions and trends flicked by in the blink of an eye. Still it stood, rising on its corner, an enduring landmark in the cycle of change. It has prospered in good times, and endured the hard times. It has changed hands and purpose, yet still stands proud. Come, step back in time with us, when work, rest and recreation ebbed and flowed with the rhythms of nature. Enjoy this remarkable property surrounded by period furnishings. Stay over and enjoy one of our five suites with exquisite attention to detail. In the morning awake to a gourmet breakfast made just for you by our chef innkeeper. Come, enjoy all this in a turn-of-the-century, handcrafted Victorian mansion, The Wallingford Victorian Inn.
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Free parking
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Interconnected rooms available
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DVD / CD player
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Safe
Seating area
Iron
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iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
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This is a gorgeous historic house, impeccably decorated. We felt like royalty. Shout out to Kenny, who made our stay perfect. Breakfasts were delicious. The town of Wallingford is charming and has lots of good food. See you again soon!
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I will start with cons, because there are not any. Nothing to add, just stay how you are. Pros: The building itself is very interesting Victorian with lots of opulent details. Not as colorful as on their website thou :) obviously build for rich family. it looks the part: very nice original or close replicas Victorian details (lamps, paneling, furniture, knick-knacks, curtains, stain glass, books, etc). The furniture might be antique, but it’s sturdy, clean and super comfortable. Bed is comfortable with plenty of pillows BA has enough quality towels and a bunch of stuff a traveler might need: toothbrush & paste, mouthwash, shaving foam, first aid, cleaning wipes, earplugs, comb, sewing kit. May be something else I did not notice. Warm water comes quickly. The place is warm and cosy despite original windows. Our suit had plenty of room, but we still went downstairs to have tea, read and play scrabbles. It was so gorgeous! And very well lit. I’m writing from another B&B up north and feel like really commending Wallingford on their exceptional lighting. It makes the place look nice and guests have enough light to read, etc wherever they decide to sit. Downstairs has library and vast seating room with grand piano with gas fireplaces and plenty of seating options. There are newspapers and lots of books (including antiques), games. Which actually was a problem: we could not bring ourselves to leave and go sleep till midnight. It just felt so good to have tea here, read something, look around and play games. A lot of “character” places are trying to get that character by adding a ton of stuff which just gets on a way and gathers dust. Not this one. They have just the right amount to make it interesting, and keep it clean. I usually hate fake flowers because they get dusty in a blink, not here. How do they do it?! Actually, it’s the cleanest hotel or, even, house I know. Yes, I’m a clean freak and I should definitely talk to my cleaning ladies... Breakfast: filling and tasty. Served in a wonderfully decorated room with a semicircular bay window. Coffee, tea, orange juice, fruits, pancakes, meat patties and scrambled eggs. You get a plate with all of it! Challenge now is not to eat it all. Also, I should add: meat was not up to the level of the rest of the breakfast. (It’s just me, trying to find a single fall with this place :) There are cute chickens in the backyard. I guess they supply those tasty eggs. And they are fun to watch. Look out for the mini-hen. She is the boss. Tea/coffee station on the second floor with a good selection. Some candy and snacks all around the place. Was very useful after a long trip. There is also a fridge with sodas, did not use it. Bottled water in rooms. Well, what else? We stayed in Tudor suit under the roof: daughter in the huge room with armchairs, desk and sofa bed. We were in a bedroom with a huge bed. Plenty of closet space. Love it that they did not add a bunch of never washed decorative pillows you have to find a place to get out of your way. Oh, I miss the place already! And it makes the poor B&B I’m in now looks like a pitiful wannabe. Yes, I found the downside: you will keep comparing all other to this one. :)
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This property is perhaps the most gorgeous bed/breakfast we have ever stayed in. It is meticulous in every detail. This is one of the few cases where the actual property looks better than the pictures. The rooms were beautiful, very large, immaculately clean, and had every amenity. Breakfast was bountiful and excellently prepared and excellently served. Think cut glass for your orange juice. Wallingford is not exactly a destination except, perhaps, for Choate Rosemary Hall. But this area of Ct. is beautiful with much to experience. I woud come back here in a heart-beat.
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There aren't any better b and b's a anywhere... and quite a beautiful building. The surrounding area has a number of interesting restaurants, they all looked quite good. The Yale art galleries are only twenty minutes away.
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Beautiful old victirian in downtown Wallingford. From the grand entrance to the game parlor to the formal dining room, it was a step into the past. It was such so homey and comfortable and elegant. Kennie the hostess was very welcoming and knowledgeable. Breakfast was served promptly at 9 am with a plate filled with quiche pancakes and fresh fruit. Beverages are avaialable everywhere including coffee (with cream and sugar. I hate when its not available). The Elizabeth Room was quaint and co.fy with plenty of pillows a cup of chocolates and even a nice bottle of wine if you wanted it ($20 cost for $15 bottle). Robes so nice they sell them so you dont have to take them but you can. The only thing to "complain about was the old forced hot water pipes and the bathroom abive us but youre in a 100 year old house so thats what you can expect. Great visit and will definitely try to stay there again when viaiting the area. Oh it is only a 5 minute walk to Choate campus.
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$206 - $353 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesConnecticutWallingford
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Wallingford Victorian Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Wallingford Victorian Inn?
Nearby attractions include Paul Mellon Arts Center (0.5 miles), The Southern Connecticut Wine Co. (0.5 miles), and Splat Art Studio (0.5 miles).
Which room amenities are available at The Wallingford Victorian Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
Is parking available at The Wallingford Victorian Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Wallingford Victorian Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Half Moon Coffee & Grlle Cafe, Tap & Vine, and Vinny's Deli.
Is The Wallingford Victorian Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Wallingford.
Are there any historical sites close to The Wallingford Victorian Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Castle Craig (6.9 miles), The Dudley Farm Museum (8.7 miles), and The Isaac C. Lewis Mansion (5.5 miles).