My husband and I have travelled all over the world and stayed in everything from hostels, to big hotels, to all inclusives and flats, and I have never been so excited by an establishment that I felt the need to write a review.
The innkeepers, Maureen and Tony, have lovingly and painstakingly restored every inch of this historic and breathtaking house. As a result, the inn has a beautiful, classic Victorian feel, while it is gleaming, fresh and new at the same time. They have gone above and beyond with their attention to detail, providing every elegance of old world charm, and combining it with touches of modern luxury that leave you feeling like pampered royalty.
We were able to tour all of the spectacular rooms, each with their own unique personality and feel, and all, again, newly refinished. We ourselves stayed in the Tower Suite, in the actual tower of the building, and the only room on the top floor. The majestic bed with hungarian goose down pillows and blankets, the cozy sitting room with fireplace and flat screen tv/dvd player, and the amazing bathroom with gigantic marble jacuzzi tub, its own chandelier, and deluxe shower are all fit for the finest five star hotels.
The term bed and breakfast does not cover what you get here. We were greeted with fruit and cheese platters and sparkling cider (Maureen knew my husband and I were coming to celebrate the upcoming birth of our first child), and the food just kept coming. There was more fresh fruit, the most heavenly scones I've ever tasted, muffins, crumb cake, and more put out during the day. At night, we would come home from diner to find desserts, warm and fresh - homemade cookies, petit-fours, mini blueberry and white chocolate cheesecakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and always available gourmet coffees, teas, and hot chocolates. The breakfasts were an event to remember. The meals start with Maureen's fresh baked good of the morning, followed by a beautiful parfait, or gigantic fruit salad, and the entrees! Asparagus frittatta, or the incredible french toast stuffed with mascarpone cheese and fresh blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. This pregnant woman was in culinary heaven, and my husband ate until he was in pain and literally unable to take another bite. Everything was irresistible, and fresh from Maureen's magical kitchen.
Cleanliness is always something I worry about, no matter where we have stayed, but not at the Tower. It is immediately apparent that the place is scrubbed totally spotless between each visit. You would think you were the very first to step foot in the inn.
The inn is just a block or two away from the beach, and a two minute drive from any given restaurant or the boardwalk. I can't say enough good things about it. We felt we were welcomed into Maureen and Tony's lovely home, and not only had a blissfully relaxing weekend, but made friends in these two that we hope to come back to visit again year after year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tower Cottage Bed and Breakfast Inn is the perfect alternative to local hotels or motels for guests who prefer a quiet B&B style retreat, mini vacation or romantic bed and breakfast getaway. The new upscale restoration is the culmination of a multi-year renovation project. The newly restored luxury Inn epitomizes the charm of a by-gone era, and features elegant and refined style of a small deluxe European hotel. ... more less
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