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“Gambling and Ghosts”

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Captain Grant's, 1754
Ranked #2 of 3 Preston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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27 reviews
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“Gambling and Ghosts”
Reviewed March 6, 2012

Mohegan Sun Casino is a left out of the driveway of Captain Grant's and is 4 miles (8 minutes) down the road. Foxwoods Resort Casino is a right out of the driveway and 4.89 miles (8.5 minutes) away. If you are coming for the casino's on the weekend this is the best bang for your buck. The casino hotels are expensive ($250 and up on the weekends) as well as loud and commercial. For less then 1/2 the price you can stay in a colonial hamlet of New England and enjoy stonewalls, ponds and gardens, gas fireplaces and tales of a sea captain's house in the keeping room of an Inn built from the wood of ships in 1754.
Ted and Carol graciously accommodated our late Friday night check in and we received a free room upgrade. Ted is a story teller and happily answered all of our questions pertaining to the Inn and the area. Carol served a wonderful family style breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, sausage, and homemade potatoes and toast. Freeze dried coffee is not my favorite but the tea and O.J. were nice alternatives. I found the proprietors both pleasant and helpful and not at all intrusive.
If coming with friend's you will surely appreciate the game room with pool table, large flat screen T.V. and popcorn cart. You will also love the three story deck with seating areas, it would be wonderful for hanging out with a group. The interior of the Inn has a large front keeping room separated from the dining area by gorgeous fireplace. A guest fridge is always stocked with beer, wine and soda and the dining table always has a selection of desserts on it. Everyone will love the character of the individual rooms as well as the cleanliness and many amenities. Wi-Fi, Cable T.V., complimentary Sherry in every room, robes, fireplaces and wide-board hardwood floors are just some of the reasons this beats a cookie cutter, chain hotel experience.
The large front yard and six acres of backyard lends to a serene and country living feel. Though you will be in between two bustling casinos you will find yourself surrounded by pure New England countryside. If ghost hunting is a pass time for you and you've had no luck at the house make sure to take a trip over the stone fence in the backyard. There is a small graveyard with stones that date back to the 1700's. Worth it even if you're a none believer.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

We made a reserved 2 rooms with this BNB in February of 2011 for a vacation we were taking in September 2011. As we all know you need to book early during that time of the year for travel to New England since it is one the most traveled times. We had a confirmation on our dates and rooms and had given our credit card to book rooms. However 3 weeks before our vacation I called to confirm our rooms and was told at that time that they had sold our rooms to someone else, a large party traveling together that needed all of the rooms in the BNB. To say I was dumbfounded was an understatement. I ask how she could do that to us, we have had these reservations for 8 months and it is 3 weeks before our trip. Several upsetting phone calls later we found out the real reason we lost our rooms was due to her family traveling in from out of state to visit and she wanted the rooms for them. Her comment to us was family comes first. So beware if you book here, make sure they don't have family traveling when you are supposed to stay or you will be scrambling like us to find other arrangements at the last minute. Unbelievable!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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CaptaiGrants, Owner at Captain Grant's, 1754, responded to this review, February 28, 2012
I apologize for having to find this person new accommodations. It is true that my family came from out of state as a surprise to me. They live in North Dakota and they come to see us about once every five years. I found an inn built in 1720 that also has an excellent reputation. This person was quite irate with me but eventually agreed to stay at Roseledge Herb Farm. This person stayed at Roseledge on October 7, 8, 9, 2011. I got a call from the owner of Roseledge today saying that this person wrote this review on Feb. 19, 2012.. She also wrote a bad review about Roseledge. What I don't understand is why wait over four months to write a bad review. This woman was offered a free night stay at another time and declined.
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Pawcatuck, Connecticut
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

We stayed for two great days at the end of January. It is a beautiful old inn in a great part of the state. The staff was outstanding. Breakfasts were phenomenal! There are many things to do nearby, but we just lounged around the quaint inn. A true hidden gem. The area is ripe with history.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

This historic Bed and breakfast is absolutely gorgeous. The owners are wonderful, down to earth people. Our room was very pretty and romantic. I would recommend this to anyone!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Captain Grant's for Christmas. It was a wonderful experience. We were greeted by Ted, the owner. He helped carry our bags and showed us our room, which is in the smaller of the 2 buildings on the property. In that building are 2 rooms with wood burning fireplaces (which is what we wanted). There was sherry in a crystal decanter waiting when we arrived in our elegantly appointed, antique filled room. And, even though it was filled with period-appropriate items, it is also fully modernized with wifi, sattelite TV and great hot showers. All rooms have private baths.

Breakfast is huge. Christmas morning included a champagne toast. Eggs made with cream cheese, pancakes, homemade compote, sausage - YUM! Cookies available all day long and beer/wine in the fridges for guests.

There is a large family game room as well with pool, board games, cards and a plasma large-screen TV.

The owners also have lots of local recommendations and discount tickets. They also can their own preserves (which are available for sale).

We highly recommend this great, quaint inn!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sutton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

My wife and I just returned from a two day stay at Captain Grant's. We had a great time in a very old house that made the stay a unique experience. Seeing the low ceilings and low doorknobs showed us how much people have grown in the 250 years since the house was built. Ted and Carol really made the stay special. They are very nice people anxious to make you feel welcome. The breakfasts were great including Carol's delicious homemade compote and jam. The conversation was great and we soon felt as if we had known Ted and Carol for years. They shared the history of the buildings which was very interesting. We also visited the very old cemetary in back in the dark, under a nearly full moon which will be a long lasting memory :) Thank you to Ted and Carol for the great time we had in your home.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

The house is absolutely gorgeous! We were the only one staying in the house the night we ere there so we poked around in all of the rooms. They were all fabulous! The house has incredible history. You can actually touch the beams that have been part of the house since 1754. Despite its age, the house is beautifully restored and maintained. Everything was clean and the bed was very somfortable.

Ted and Carol are wonderful hosts. Ted made an excellent dinner recommendation and gave us cards that got us a free glass of wine or dessert per person. There was cake, cookies, beer, wine and soda in the common area. There was sherry in the room. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful.

The location was good. It took is about 20 minutes from Mystic Seaport and the casinos are even closer. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Captain Grant's, 1754
Address: 109 Route 2a # 111, Poquetanuck, Preston, CT 06365-8539
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Location: United States > Connecticut > Mystic Country > Preston
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Preston
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Hotel Class:3 star — Captain Grant's, 1754 3*
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