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“Wonderful Gem in Barre”

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The Jenkins Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 4 Barre B&B and Inns
Iowa City, Iowa
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful Gem in Barre”
Reviewed November 20, 2007

The Jenkins' Inn is ideally situated in the small yet charmingly quaint town of Barre. The Inn's owner's, Joe and David, are the perfect hosts and very talented and knowledgeable at what they do. What a wonderful experience for me...

First, the Inn itself:

1) The Inn is very historically interesting and updated with the more modern amenities (flat panel TV's on the wall, DVD players, etc.). All rooms are tastefully and delightfully decorated and not too overdone. The towels and sheets are fantastic quality, and there are plenty of towels. The common areas in the Inn are very well laid out. There is a bar/lounging area (the Salon), a reading room with computer, a gift area with an incredible array of New England gifts and other teas, culinary and sweet delights and treats of interest. Plenty of space for an Inn with - I believe - five bedrooms (including one suite). The beds are absolute sheer heaven and with luxury bedding. I also loved being able to raise and lower the windows, as they were not painted shut as in other places. Room temperatures are also controlled by individual room thermostat, which was very nice as I like it colder than Siberia when I sleep. Also, WiFi in every room.

2) The resturant: FABULOUS! The food is some of the best I have enjoyed. Breakfast is included in your rate and is a full breakfast. Fantastic coffee, a wide variety of teas served in the proper way, probably six or seven breakfast items to choose from, breakfast meats, breads, etc. Lunch and Dinner were superb every time. Service was spot on. I think Joe did the cooking and David waited on tables. They had their timing down pat. After 20 years in the business, they know their stuff. The dining room is very tastefully decorated as well and nothing is overlooked. Try the Pumpin and Tomato soup or the Creamy Corn Chowder, the house-made salad dressings, and any of the Entrees. I loved the Salmon with chutney and the Lobster Ravioli in Cream Sauce.

3) The hosts: Joe and David are very kind and thoughtful without being at all intrusive or "put out". You know you are staying in their home/business, but you are never made to feel that you are a bother - as it should be - and I have experienced this at other B&B's. I wish there were a Joe and David at every B&B where I stay, because as a single woman traveling alone, they always made me feel comfortable and very welcomed.

I would recommend taking an R & R trip to Barre just to relax at the Jenkins' Inn and nothing else except perhaps visit the Lake nearby. The Gardens and landscaping at the Jenkins' Inn are superb. I was so chilled out just being in these surroundings. I believe they have a "no children under 10" policy. As a business and pleasure traveler, I appreciate this. Perhaps I am mistaken on this rule, but there were no children there when I was there, and it was busy. Yet we were not all on top of one another. The nice layout of the home took care of the spaciousness.

I simply can not say enough good things about The Jenkins' Inn, and would highly recommend a stay there when in or near Barre.

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  • Stayed November 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 1, 2006

Nestled in the corner of the Barre Common, the Jenkins Inn can be found with it's bountiful flower gardens and quiet surroundings. Upon entering the Jenkins Inn, you will receive a warm greeting from the Innkeepers and will immediately know you have found a little piece of heaven. The rooms are spacious, exceptionally clean and impecibly appointed. The food is excellent and the daily breakfast selection which rivals any restaurant is cooked to order. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful stay at a B & B, look no further than the Jenkins Inn.

  • Stayed July 2006
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Reviewed May 19, 2006

The gracious owners of Jenkins Inn and Restaurant excel in the details. As a B & B, they pay attention to bed, breakfast, and everything else. The bed is amazingly comfortable. And they give you many choices for breakfast - all delicious. The rooms are tastefully decorated and nothing is overlooked. The public spaces are comfortable, inviting and the restaurant is a wonderful treat with many delicious meals. The owners obvious enjoy what they do and are intent on making your stay comfortable.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Additional Information about The Jenkins Inn & Restaurant

Property: The Jenkins Inn & Restaurant
Address: 7 West St, Barre, MA 01005-9171
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Barre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Barre
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Jenkins Inn & Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
c.1834 Gothic revival on the historic town common in the center of Massachusetts. Four beautifully decorated rooms with comfort and functionality for today's guests...Private bath, full breakfast and wi-fi are just a few of the amenities of our inn. ... more   less 
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