Rarely does one find a bed and breakfast that welcomes children. Much to our delight, Ruth and Skip, proprietors of the Seagull Inn on beautiful Marblehead Neck, were not only welcoming to our two young children, but they (literally) opened their toy boxes and made our children feel as welcome as we were--which is to say, as welcome as old friends. Skip and Ruth had us cared for from the moment we walked in the door: Cocktail hour glasses of wine, snacks (including Skip's homemade cheese spread), and accompanying conversation, not to mention the sort of encouragement only friends would offer as we searched for a new house, helped us to feel at home. They even introduced us to another couple who recently relocated to Marblehead, giving us a wonderful jumpstart as we try to find our way in a new community.
What about the inn itself? The accommodations were at once luxurious and cozy, the breakfast, filling and delicious--from Ruth's scones and Skip's biscotti to fresh fruit and a variety of cereals and other delicious goodies, including homemade granola. The sea-view location was nothing short of ideal, even when the rain came down. I'll never forget our walks to Castle Rock to see the waves crash, and in the other direction, Chandler-Hovey Park, with its expansive views of the harbor, old town Marblehead and beyond. The inn and its surroundings are, in a word, magical.
The only downside was we had to leave! As my husband put it, we arrived as guests, and left as friends. We look forward to seeing a lot more of Ruth, Skip, and the Seagull Inn when we relocate to Marblehead, and will be sure to send all of our visiting friends and relatives.
Thank you, Ruth and Skip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On beautiful Marblehead Neck near ocean and harbor, this old New England inn has been restored with cherry floors, Shaker furniture, and original paintings. Comfortable and private guest suites, expandable for families. Water views from porch, dining room, some suites. Beautiful gardens. Kayaks and bikes free for guests. Beaches nearby. All rooms have private baths, TV/VCR/DVD, phone and refrigerator. ... more less