We were in Ipswich to visit a collaborator at New England Biolabs who recommended Kaede B&B from personal experience. I was staying in UME (pictured) and my colleague in TAKE, both on the front of the building. We found both rooms to be spacious and peaceful, excepting the first night when seemingly every snow plough and gritter in Massachusetts decided to reverse (beep-beep-beep) through Ipswich, but they were clearing away the previous day's snow storm.
The two requisite features of a B&B should be a comfortable bed and a delicious breakfast. The bed (in UME) was magnificent! After long hours in the lab and yet more hours working late into the evening in the lounge downstairs, it was glorious to retreat to the room and snuggle away. The breakfasts at Kaede B&B, in my opinion, should be renowned (our collaborator even mentioned how he missed them). There were ~5 menu options each morning that changed day-to-day. I am slightly ashamed to admit I had the blueberry/blackberry American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup every morning bar one, but my colleague tried the French toast and various omelettes and was impressed by all. The Japanese breakfast must be tried! It has to be ordered the day before, but was a delicious experience unto itself. I would have ordered it more than once but felt guilty about the obvious additional effort that must go into preparing such a feast.
As for the rest of my room, the sink was a great feature in the compact shower room. The shower did stump a sleep-deprived me for a few minutes on the first morning, until I realised I was changing the shower's 'volume' not temperature. I found the fixed shower head a little awkward, but all the showers I've come across in America seem only to have fixed heads. Most importantly though, the water was of high pressure, hot, and plentiful. The room had plenty of storage for cases and clothes, and lovely large mirrors. The floorboards were a little creaky in shoes, but I brought slippers so this wasn't too much of an issue. Finally the power socket location was a little awkward for charging a phone on the side table, but there were plenty of other sockets in the room.
Jason and Makiko pitched their hospitality perfectly, always managing to be friendly and at hand when needed without making us feel awkward, or disturbing us when we needed to work in the mornings or evenings. Jason was especially congenial and would often join us for a chat over breakfast, whilst we waiting for our tardy lift to the NEB, or once to share a takeaway one evening when we underestimated American portion sizes!
The whole house is filled with paintings, tapestries, vases, figurines, lamps, and nicknacks, many of Japanese influence - though not in a cluttered way. This can significantly impact commuting times between rooms as there is always something to catch the eye. After remarking on the rustic crockery used at breakfast, Jason revealed the Japanese-inspired tableware were his own creations. Towards the end of our stay we discovered that we could purchase any of the items on display in the cabinet in the breakfast room. After a rummage through almost every piece we both now have unique functional mementos of our stay in Ipswich.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay at Kaede B&B if I found myself in Ipswich again, and would recommend it to all as it was recommended to me. The 'cherry on top' of our stay, that sums up what a lovely place this is, was Jason kindly researching train times for us and offering us a lift to the station!
- Also Known As:
- Kaede b&b
- Kaede Hotel Ipswich