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3 Walbach St, New Castle, NH 03854-4416
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 11/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Value
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A UNIQUE LODGING EXPERIENCE. Our studio apartment-style rooms feature fully-equipped kitchens and in-room laundry. Whether you need a home base for visiting the Portsmouth area, are in town for work on an extended stay, or are even considering a move to the area, we invite you to experience New Castle and the Seacoast like a local. CONCIERGE SERVICES You like your independence, but sometimes you need an insider. We provide personal concierge services for all our guests during their stay with us. Looking for the best sushi in Portsmouth? Want to know where to rent kayaks to explore our islands? Want particular groceries delivered to your studio? Need information about day trips to Portland, Boston, or Newburyport? Our local concierge has you covered. NEW CASTLE & THE AREA Off the coast of Portsmouth, New Castle is New Hampshire’s smallest, easternmost town comprised entirely of islands. A quiet coastal town of just 968 residents, New Castle offers historic sites, lighthouses, beaches and outdoor activities within the serenity of a small New England village. We're just a scenic, five-minute drive to lively downtown Portsmouth – with extensive shopping, nightlife, entertainment and over fifty renowned restaurants. Directly across the banks of the Piscataqua river you will find yourself in Maine’s southernmost town of Kittery. An eight-minute drive from New Castle, this seaside town is full of eclectic boutiques, art galleries, and hip restaurants. Fresh-caught Maine lobster is a must during your visit!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Patio
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Concierge
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Wifi
Non-smoking hotel
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Dining area
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Sofa
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Microwave
Minibar
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Wedge wrote a review Apr 2022
Tacoma, Washington60 contributions16 helpful votes
Previous experiences with contactless inns have been perfunctory at best and feeling less than cared for at other times - not so here! Much care in communications from the very beginning. Upon arrival the method of entry, from parking to getting in the door, were easy, clear and went without a hitch, not bad for a building from 1820! The design team and the level of thought that went into the amenities could only be achieved by a gracious host with help from a well exercised and proven process I’ll call, “anticipatory design science” - these guests felt we cared for by the invisible hosts!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Doug is an excellent host, whether you meet him or not. He’s got this.
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Response from Abigail Draper, General Manager at Great Island Inn
Responded Apr 30, 2022
Thank you so much for your kind words! We strive to help our guests feel like they have a home-away-from-home while still able to get the support they need as we are just a call away. We're so happy you had a great stay and hope to see you again in the future at any one of our three contact-less seacoast Inns: Great Island Inn, The Inn Downtown and the Rye Motor Inn.
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Giorgia N wrote a review Apr 2022
Nashville, Tennessee1 contribution
An absolute gem. I had the most wonderful stay at the Great Island Inn in New Castle. The location is quiet and makes you feel like you're on vacation but only minutes from downtown Portsmouth and the beach. Check-in was hassle-free and convenient after a long drive. The room had everything I could need with attention to detail going above and beyond. Not to mention the room was spotless. I will absolutely be returning. Thank you for such a nice experience!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Abigail Draper, General Manager at Great Island Inn
Responded Apr 30, 2022
We are so happy you had such a great experience at Great Island Inn. We work hard with our housekeepers to make sure every room is meticulously cleaned and sanitized between guests and are so happy you noticed! Thanks for visiting all the way from Tennessee, we hope we get a chance to host you again in the future!
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Vinter85 wrote a review Mar 2022
Long Island, NY174 contributions65 helpful votes
We just came back from a 3 night stay at Great Island Inn. We loved that we had a studio apartment all equipped with everything we would need. This was our first time staying at place like this. You basically are on your own like renting an apartment. I was skeptical but we were extremely pleasantly surprised. Doug was very nice. We had a minor issue and he was on the scene immediately to accommodate us. We were glad we packed our coffee and breakfast items because Henry's next door is closed. Doug said it closed due to Covid. The town of Portsmouth isn't far but not easy to grab some coffee and an egg sandwiches to bring back to the room. The bed was extremely comfortable and so were the pillows. It was nice to have a dishwasher and washer and dryer in our room. There are items in the room to purchase such as water, beer, wine, alcohol and snacks. Prices were reasonable. We did travel off season and would have liked to have nicer weather to walk around the neighborhood. It was very quaint and well kept. We really enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Doug Palardy, Owner at Great Island Inn
Responded Mar 29, 2022
Thank you for choosing us for your time on the Seacoast. Glad you enjoyed the set up of our apart-hotel and it's advantage over standard hotel rooms. Good news for your next visit is that come mid-June, That Islander Cafe will be opening up in the former Henry's Market next door, so breakfast and lunch options on the island will be returning. We look forward to having you back!
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LongIslandMommy042 wrote a review Aug 2021
Long Island, New York38 contributions19 helpful votes
We took both rooms on the second floor (Suite # 3 and #4) for four days in August. My husband and I took one with a distant water view, and our adult sons shared the other. Both suites were immaculate and well-stocked. The kitchen is equipped for cooking (plates, cutlery, cups, pots and pans), the bathroom has a full washer and dryer which was great, and the beds in both rooms were very comfortable. We usually made breakfast there and then ate dinner wherever we were or did take out from one of the many restaurants in Portsmouth. There is a little spot next door to the Inn called Henry's Market that serves breakfast and lunch (and they make awesome cappuccino's! The backyard is set up with a grill, tables and umbrella, chaise lounges, etc., so on a nice day you can bbq and eat downstairs. New Castle is a quaint, picturesque village that is perfectly situated for sun and fun as the beach is right there, as well as fun day trips to other places. My husband and sons went to Maine on a fishing excursion one day (you're not very far from Maine) and hit a lobster pound on the way home. We had a local whale-watching tour set up; they visited the WWII museum in Wolfeboro and the USS Albacore submarine museum in Portsmouth. We also drove to Salem, MA one night for dinner and a great night-time tour with a guide who explained the sights and history (it was about an hour's drive). We did something different every day and my family really enjoyed it. The room is stocked with wine, beer and other goodies and all are very reasonably priced. It's a dog friendly hotel and pet sitting can be arranged too. We had a lovely stay at the Great Inn for a quick family trip before our boys went back to college. Shout out to Abby who was always super helpful. I highly recommend The Great Inn, and we look forward to going back!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Doug Palardy, Owner at Great Island Inn
Responded Aug 29, 2021
Pleased to hear you enjoyed out little slice of the NH Seacoast. Thank you again for choosing us! We look forward to having you and your family back again soon.
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Jennifer Wells wrote a review Jul 2021
Troy, New York3 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I had the opportunity to stay at the Great Island Inn July 28th-30th. All I can say is WOW! Our room ( #4) was beautifully decorated and spotless. Doug thought of everything…from a washer/dryer to beach towels and chairs available to use! We also loved the close proximity to Portsmouth. There was a great beach within a 5 minute walk from the inn. Right next door is a great little spot for homemade breakfast sandwiches. The inn has a parking lot right behind it for easy parking. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Great Island Inn! My one complaint is that our stay wasn’t long enough. We hope to return very soon!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Some streets in New Castle can be narrow. I suggest not bringing a large pick up truck. A smaller...
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Response from Doug Palardy, Owner at Great Island Inn
Responded Aug 15, 2021
Thank you for the kind words Jennifer. So happy you enjoyed our unique property on the island. When you return we look forward to having you for an extended stay! Thanks again for choosing us.
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Sharon R wrote a review Jun 2021
New Jersey40 contributions11 helpful votes
We recently visited from May 26 thru May 30 and stayed in Room 5 - a gorgeous Queen suite overlooking the water. It was absolutely fantastic - we are already planning a return visit !! We appreciated their contactless check in/out - so easy and so very convenient. We also absolutely loved that they didn't have daily housekeeping - this was a huge plus for us because we were not pressured to be out each day by a certain time and could really relax in the room. And the room - wow ! It was lovely with a beautiful view of the water and windows that opened to allow in the sea breezes. The room aesthetics were so calming and there was such attention to detail in the choice of furnishing and decoration - it was soothing, comfortable and welcoming. It was well equipped with everything you could want in the kitchen, bathroom and even for a beach trip with towels and beach chairs readily available. Doug's online suggestions for dining out were spot on too - the area has a great food scene. It really suited us staying outside of Portsmouth because we found it so easy to take a short drive in, park in the Hanover parking garage in the middle of town, visit restaurants or bars, then drive back to the Inn for a quiet and peaceful night. We loved being able to stroll down to the beach or just wander around the streets of New Castle soaking in the lovely houses and gardens. Can not recommend it highly enough.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Doug Palardy, Owner at Great Island Inn
Responded Aug 3, 2021
So happy you enjoyed your stay with us Ryan! As a New Castle resident myself, I agree, having all that Portsmouth has to offer just a few minutes away is lovely, but being able to come home for a quiet night on the island cannot be beat. Look forward to having you back again soon. Thanks again for choosing us!
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Eileenalannah wrote a review Feb 2021
12 contributions4 helpful votes
A wonderful respite spot in February. The room was well equipped for cooking for a Celiac, had a washer/dryer, lovely linens and a comfortable bed. The neighborhood of houses from the 1700's made for great walking. A beach just three minutes away. Thank you, Doug
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Room Tip: Room 5 has a great water view. Top floor but worth the stairs.
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Response from Doug Palardy, Owner at Great Island Inn
Responded Mar 3, 2021
Thank you so much Eileen. Great having you as our guest on the island. We look forward dot having you back to one of our Seacoast locations again in the near future!
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Jolanea B wrote a review Feb 2021
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I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Great Island Inn. Every inch of the space is thoughtfully and beautifully designed. I was looking for a cozy, comfortable, quiet, and immaculate retreat, and I got it. The bed was comfortable and the heated bathroom floor was a pleasant surprise. I had a view of the ocean from my room. The inn is a short walk to a park where you can sit and look at the ocean and listen to the waves crash against the rocks. This is a great place for cyclists. I rode my bicycle from the Inn up the coast of Maine to Perkins Cove, Ogunquit. The Inn's owner recommended a stop at the Foot Bridge Lobster. The lobster roll and fries were fantastic.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Doug Palardy, Owner at Great Island Inn
Responded Apr 6, 2021
So happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us on the island and the surrounding area! We hope to see you back on one of your future trips to the Seacoast.
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angiecatt wrote a review Jan 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We were looking for a last minute stay and were delighted to find this little hideaway. Lovely area to walk and explore. Beautiful nautical decor, with everything you need to enjoy your time here. Having traveled here to be near a daughter in labor, we got the news a couple hours after arriving that the baby girl has arrived! Having Champaign already chilled in the fridge to pop was perfect! We hope to be back to enjoy this beautiful, cozy, exceptionally clean and inviting studio!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Doug Palardy, Owner at Great Island Inn
Responded Aug 3, 2021
Thank you for the kind words Angie. We look forward to having you back again when your travels bring you to the Seacoast!
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NelsonVNile wrote a review Aug 2019
Chestertown, Maryland157 contributions99 helpful votes
The Great Island Inn is a delightful two hundred year old inn renovated to provide a comfortable and well located destination. There are several restaurants nearby and the beach is a short walk away. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. Pet friendly.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from P0rtAle, Owner at Great Island Inn
Responded Aug 18, 2019
Thank you for the positive feedback Nelson! I appreciate you for choosing us for your time on the island. Come see us again soon!
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PRICE RANGE
$245 - $462 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesNew HampshireNew Castle
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Great Island Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Great Island Inn?
Nearby attractions include Portsmouth Historical Society's Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center (2.3 miles), When Pigs Fly Company Store (3.5 miles), and USS Albacore Museum (2.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Great Island Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a concierge.
Which room amenities are available at Great Island Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Great Island Inn?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Great Island Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Great Island Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Green Elephant, Beach Pea Baking Co, and Ristorante Massimo.
Are any cleaning services offered at Great Island Inn?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Great Island Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Great Island Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Strawbery Banke Museum (1.9 miles), Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden (2.2 miles), and John Paul Jones House, part of the Portsmouth Historical Society (2.3 miles).
Is Great Island Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.