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“Quiet b+b with taste!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Old Manse Inn

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The Old Manse Inn
Ranked #4 of 9 Brewster B&B and Inns
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Taunton, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
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“Quiet b+b with taste!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

I have stayed at several different b+b's at this point, on the Cape and elsewhere, and this is hands down my favorite. Never have I seen a b+b so tastefully kept. We stayed in the Vineyard Room, one of the newer (I believe) deluxe rooms, and it was beautifully decorated and just plain immaculate. Some b+b's can be pretty frumpy, with the drapes matching the wallpaper matching the bedspread (yuck!), but this one was anything but. Comfy, quiet, relaxing, modern. The common areas were also gorgeous.

AND the breakfast. Oh my gosh, the breakfast! It was so good. We definitely got our money's worth each morning, and it wasn't just your basic bacon and eggs. I'm talking gourmet, mouthwatering, eat-till-you're-stuffed breakfast. The food alone makes this place worth it, but add in a great location, a relaxing atmosphere, and a pair of awesome innkeepers, and you'd be a fool to stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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TryItOnceAtLeast, Owner at The Old Manse Inn, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
We really want to thank you so much - and we are really happy your stay with us was your favorite experience. That means a lot to us as new innkeepers! The Vineyard Room is one of our Luxury Rooms, and being one of 2 rooms in the re-furbished barn, it does have a newer feel to it. The barn, up to a few years ago, was a real barn, complete with bats! While the outside look remains the same as it was built many, many years ago, the inside has been completely re-built. We have also just upgraded the bedding in both Luxury Rooms as well. You will not want to get out of bed! These rooms are quieter too for those folks looking for that quality.

As for the breakfasts, there is no plain bacon and eggs here - unless that is what you want! The 2-course breakfasts we serve allow us to provide some flair to our guests than what they may be typically used to. However, we just served oatmeal and fruit to some guests as well that were looking for an early start to reach their ferry to Nantucket. Staying at the Old Manse and Brewster, being in the middle of the Cape on the bay side, allows our guests quicker access to all of Cape Cod within a reasonable time, especially as the high season begins. We cannot wait to have you back to try some of our new recipes and just enjoy the relaxing parlor or living room porch!
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Lincoln, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

Brian and Charlie made the experience the best it possibly could be! Also, Brian's cooking is fantastic & filling; delicious fuel to keep us going most of the day. The rooms and decor at the Manse are perfect and blend well with the atmosphere set by Brewster, which I believe might just be the friendliest town on the Cape! I highly recommend staying at the Old Manse!

Green Features: They are very conscious of the environment, and have several practices to reduce your carbon footprint while you enjoy a leisurely and pleasant experience, including complimentary bicycle use!
  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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TryItOnceAtLeast, Owner at The Old Manse Inn, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Thank you so much for your response! We are trying to make both Brewster and the Old Manse Inn the best experience they can be for our guests while they are here. Being at the 'hub' of the Cape, that opportunity is all the more easier because we are central to most of Cape Cod in any direction. Our complementary bikes are a great way to see a good portion of Cape Cod with miles of rail trails just minutes from leaving the driveway. We are happy to hear that our breakfasts fuel you up for the day. The Spring air now is just wonderful this time of year with the many sunny days we have had recently. Please come back and stay with us again real soon!
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Covington, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

My partner and I, along with our very best friends from New Orleans, stayed 2 nights at the Old Manse Inn this past weekend.

Our friends had the pleasure of spending part of their honeymoon there in November, loved it and wanted to go back.

I still looked at TA and saw that the Inn had changed hands but received great reviews. So, off we went.

Suffice it to say, we've stayed in some questionable B&B's down south. The Cannonball Room (which had exactly what the name implies, a cannonball stuck in the wall), a scary Teddy Bear room, which nowhere did it say that Teddy Bears were the featured decor, and other type rooms that left much to be desired.

However, The Old Manse Inn is having none of that! They are detail oriented, guest centric in their approach, and incredibly charming. Combined with the beauty and cleanliness of the rooms, makes this Inn in a league all by themselves.

We had the West Wing - Suites 10 & 11. Big, beautiful rooms with absolutely delightful furnishings. The beds are heavenly. So much so, we bought sheets!

The suites had fireplaces, plenty of closet space, flat screened TV's, king sized beds.

Right outside your door there is a fully stocked coffee station with tea, cookies and port provided.

There is a full sized refrigerator as well which they, graciously, allowed us to fill with all manner of beverages of both cocktail and soda.

Every morning a gourmet breakfast which is as good as any "high cotton" restaurant.

The common areas of the home are inviting, stocked with all manner of games, there is a piano, plenty of comfortable seating and lovely music.

There is nothing negative about the Inn. Nothing.

The innkeepers, Charlie & Brian are as gracious and accommodating as they come. Miss Leigh was never without a smile and Rufus, well, Rufus, is just an added bonus.

The Inn is located such that P-Town is an easy drive as well as Hyannis and all points otherwise.

We are looking forward to coming back and bringing over people with us.

It's just that good.

So, if you're reading this, go ahead and book. You won't be disappointed!

Room Tip: The suites in the West Wing offer a bit more privacy and the Clawfoot tub in #12 should be an attrac...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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TryItOnceAtLeast, Owner at The Old Manse Inn, responded to this review, May 11, 2014
We so enjoyed having the four of you stay with us - and all the way from New Orleans too - via Connecticut! You all were such fun and we so much enjoyed having you here with us. Sorry, no cannonballs here at the Old Manse though! lol
We have so loved having guests like yourselves who are from far and wide - or practically neighbors from different towns in Massachusetts too. Our luxury rooms that you stayed in - Vineyard & Nantucket - were perfect rooms for you all travelling together. Guests have told us how comfortable the new bedding is. I like to think of the sheets as a cross between silk and flannel! You do not want to get out of bed! What is so terrific about these rooms, which are located in the refurbished barn, is that you do not have to leave the barn to get the same amenities offered in the main house, as they are provided for you there as you noted.
I am glad to hear we live up to the high expectations as well from our neighbors to the South in the cooking department; that is great to hear, as I have heard of some terrific breakfasts being had in New Orleans!
We are glad you were able to meet Rufus too - the Old Manse mascot now. He is so fun at 4yo being a very smart border collie / terrier mix. Some guests have asked to see him when they come and stay.
As you noted, we like to think of the Old Manse and Brewster being at the 'hub of the Cape'. Situated where we are, it is an easy drive to all points on Cape Cod and the Islands without being too far at one end of the Cape or the other, with great restaurants within just a half mile and quite a few more within 5 miles!
We cannot wait to have you back again. Do not be too surprised if we follow up on your offer to come visit New Orleans as well!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Old Manse Inn for one night, April 25. The new owners, Brian and Charlie, are fabulous, as was everything else about our brief stay. The complimentary beach chairs allowed us to enjoy an afternoon visit to the Robins Hill Beach which is just down the road. We stayed in the Rose Room, which was immaculate, and the queen sized bed was very comfortable. Added bonuses in the room were lovely glassware, complementary spa robes and a small TV which allowed us to watch the end of the Red Sox game in the privacy of our room before we went to bed. Breakfast, prepared by Bryan, was fabulous. We requested and were granted a slightly later check out to work with our schedule. We would definitely return and recommend this inn to anyone looking for unmatched charm and hospitality in beautiful Brewster on Cape Cod.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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TryItOnceAtLeast, Owner at The Old Manse Inn, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Thank you so much for writing! We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay. The beach chairs are a great way for us to show our guests that we want them to enjoy their time with us. Don't forget next time that we also offer complementary bicycles and many guests have used them to ride the rail trails near the inn to explore Brewster and the Cape at large. The room you stayed in, the Rose Room, is one of our standard rooms, and if you liked that room, we hope you come back to try one of our deluxe or luxury rooms that have even more upgraded amenities waiting. As for early check-in and later check-out times, we try to do our best to accommodate guests when the room is not occupied the night before or being occupied after, respectively. In a small way, I hope it lets our guests know that we understand their circumstances at that time.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

My wife and i spend a lovely overnight at the Inn. The inn keepers-- Brian and Charlie-- werer among the nicest we have ever met, and made us feel very welcome. The room (deluxe) on the ground floor was absolutely wonderful, anf breakfast was delicious. We were there "off-season" (mid April) and found Brewster to be a quiet and lovely area of the Cape. We recommend the Old Manse Inn highly to anypone looking fro a beautuiful B& B on the Cape.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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TryItOnceAtLeast, Owner at The Old Manse Inn, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay in the Chart Room, our first floor deluxe room! Being one of our deluxe rooms, the bedding has been upgraded. The Captains, Blue and Nauset rooms are also slated to have upgraded / enhanced room amenities this year - before our most busy season begins too!
We often here from our guests that Brewster has a great location because it is a 'quiet and lovely area of the Cape', as you mentioned, away from the traffic and crowds of other areas of Cape Cod, especially during the high summer season. We do, however, like to call Brewster the 'Hub of the Cape' because of its central location and proximity to all that the Cape has to offer. We are a relatively short drive to Provincetown at one end but also close to Chatham and to the ferries going to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in Hyannis and Harwich Port as well towards the other end of the Cape. We hope you come back soon - for the new breakfast recipes we are trying - and the serenity!
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Contoocook, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

My husband and I come to this Inn twice each year in the off-season in order to enjoy the quiet and beauty of the cape without the summer crowds. This past week was our first time with the new owners and we were pleased to see their efforts to make the Inn their own, without taking away from its wonderful historical character. The rooms are comfortable and the beds have always been equally comfortable. Typically I have trouble sleeping in strange places, but never here! The breakfasts are very filling and taste great! My husband has significance food allergies and Brian and Charlie went out of their way to accommodate him. We felt like family. If you like privacy and appreciate a beautiful setting this is where you want to go! Away from all the traffic, but easy access to great restaurants in the area.

Room Tip: The rooms on the third floor are fantastic but be prepared to climb the stairs!
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Green Features: They participate in the water conservation program.
  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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TryItOnceAtLeast, Owner at The Old Manse Inn, responded to this review, April 20, 2014
Thank you very much for your kind words! We are so happy that you came back again this year to meet and stay with us as the new owners / innkeepers.
As you noted, we are beginning to make upgrades and changes to both the main gathering areas of the inn as well as the guest rooms, but also keeping the historical character as you noted. Our hope with the upgraded bedding, new Bluetooth/USB clocks in some rooms, etc. is to enhance the stay of our guests while the more nautical appearance of the new paint in the Parlor is meant to open up & brighten that space for the use by our guests. We hope that you will come back to see even more changes as time goes by!
We also continue to try new breakfast recipes, including Crab Eggs Benedict with a Chive Hollandaise that we served just this morning that you will have to try. We offered the traditional Eggs Benedict for those that cannot have shellfish.
We feel like each guest is an extension of our family and we are glad to hear that you feel the same way!
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

This is a wonderful B&B. The breakfasts were exceptional, and the owner gave great advice about a great restaurant our first night. There were cookie and drinks available in the evening, and games in the living room that were fun to play. The rooms were lovely and the innkeeper was just wonderful. I'd highly advise visiting!

Room Tip: The Captain's Room had a lovely bathroom with a tub.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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TryItOnceAtLeast, Owner at The Old Manse Inn, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words! We are always happy to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay with us as that is always our goal. We are thrilled to let you know that we have already begun upgrades to more rooms with new bedding (including the Captains Room you stayed in) and have painted the parlor with lighter, more nautical colors in keeping with the Sea Captain history to enjoy those cookies and drinks. We hope that you visit again real soon now that Spring is on the horizon and so you can see all of the new changes!
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Property: The Old Manse Inn
Address: 1861 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631-1826
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Brewster
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Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Brewster
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Manse Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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This exclusive bed and breakfast establishment offers twelve well appointed guest rooms and three luxury suites, each with its own private bath, AC, flat screen DVD/cable TV. The inn is situated on Old King's Highway (Rte 6A) in the historic seaside village of Brewster. ... more   less 
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