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The Richards
Ranked #5 of 10 Narragansett B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 3, 2012

We arrived at the Richards for a 4 day weekend. We stayed in the Lavender Room which actually turned out to be a wonderful 2 bedroom suite (one larger room with queen canopied bed, nice bathroom with claw tub and separate bedroom with twin bed). It was very spacious, clean and quiet. The house is loaded with history and our hosts, Nancy and Steve, were very happy to share the history and folklore surrounding their home. Breakfasts were delicious, something very different and delicious every morning. The home is very unusual and elegant; lots of stonework and beautiful grounds. There is even an arbor path where you can walk through a trail and wind up on the ocean. Nancy and Steve are so much fun to speak with and love to tell/share stories about the house, their past, etc. They are very down to earth and it feels as if you are staying with dear friends. As I've gone away with my daughter to B&Bs for over 20 years, I know what I like and what really falls short. This B&B is up there with the best of them.

Room Tip: If you like additional space, request the Lavender Room.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Linda R
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

I have just returned from a most delightful weekend at the Richards. Those who appreciate beautiful detail will not be disappointed. From the exquisite floral wallpaper to the gourmet breakfast spread, the Richards is nothing short of luxurious. I found every minute spent there nearly dreamlike. The beautiful airy lawn is something out of a Styron novel and Mr. and Mrs. Richards treated my girlfriends and I like family. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this magical spot and will long be dreaming of my weekend spent amidst its blue hydrangeas and saltspray roses.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Diane W
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

Recently spent an anniversary weekend at the Richards in the "blue room". The room was great...nice comfy bed and spacious bath! Nancy made a delicious breakfast each morning that included warm homemade muffins, fresh fruit, an egg dish one day and yummy blueberry pancakes the other. Nancy and Steve were terrific hosts and we learned a lot about the home and the Narragansett area. The conversation flowed easily at the breakfast table with the hosts and guests. We enjoyed sharing this time meeting new, warm, interesting people. The gardens and grounds are truly beautiful and a result of Nancy's labor of love. Take a walk on the path from the yard to the ocean. Sitting on the rocks and watching the ocean waves is a nice way to spend a reflective and peaceful time. You can't beat the location too! Centrally located to everything making it really easy to explore the area.

Room Tip: All the rooms had their own private bath except for the yellow room. The bath for that room was in t...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

Excellent room, gardens, breakfast, conversation....What more could you ask?

Room Tip: They do have an elevator if you have trouble with stairs...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank J D
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

I've been staying with the Richards a few days each summer for the last few years and have had a wonderful time every time. The house is huge and well-designed as a guest house, with high ceilings, spacious suites and lots of air. There's a timeless feeling to the place that's very tranquil and calming. Yet they do have good Wifi so one isn't completely cut off. The location is great with walking distance to the ocean and a short hop to lots of scenic spots. Nancy cooks a terrific breakfast every morning and the atmosphere around the table is convivial, with people from all over trading stories about their local exploits. This is a place to savor the real Rhode Island.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Jeffrey S
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

We stayed at The Richards for a friend's wedding in Late October 2011. The house was nice, furniture, bedding was ok. As another reviewer mentioned, there were no TV's, so if you're going for a getting away from it all vacation you're in luck. We knew everyone staying in the house the weekend we were there as it was all members of the wedding party so we were not so concerned about not having locks on the doors but that would have bothered me if I wasn't staying with all friends.
The downside of this b&b is that the owners never seemed to leave us alone. Everytime we went anywhere in the house they would just pop up and start talking to us and not stop. And the conversation topics were sometimes strange. Since we were with friends we wanted to hang out together, not with two strangers.
Another annoying thing was that breakfast was at a set time every day. If you were late you didn't get anything. And the set time was early. If you didn't want to go to breakfast the hosts acted offended. It was very uncomfortable.
There was also an awkward encounter when we were asked to pay our bill (by cash or check) two days before we left. As we were leaving the house to attend a wedding event out popped one of the hosts and said, oh can you pay now? It was very strange and made us feel unwelcome.
In all it was an overall uncomfortable experience and i know my other friends who stayed there felt the same way.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

Our family greatly enjoyed our stay for a week at the charming home of Nancy and Steven Richards in Narragansett near the shore. The house is located in a quiet, beautiful area, yet is conveniently close to many places of interest.

We occupied the suite with two bedrooms, a sitting room and a private bathroom; all the rooms were clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated.

The Richards are friendly, interesting people with whom we chatted often and who advised us about attractions and restaurants in the area.

Every morning, we looked forward with happy anticipation to breakfast for the delicious food prepared by Nancy and the engaging conversations led by Steven with the participation of the guests. Nancy baked a different kind of muffin each day accompanying fresh fruit as a prelude to the main dish. The publication of Nancy's cookbook is eagerly awaited.

The Richards also maintain a beautiful, inviting garden that includes a small pond with fish.

Our sixteen-year-old son was not eager to go on vacation with us but now enthusiastically looks forward to returning to the Richards' bed and breakfast in the future.

We wish to thank the Richards for a pleasant and restful vacation.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Richards

Address: 144 Gibson Ave, Narragansett, RI 02882-3949
Location: United States > Rhode Island > South County > Narragansett
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Narragansett
Price Range: $60 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
English country house furnished with a collection of antiques. The property is on a quiet road with beautiful gardens including a shade garden, a white garden and a koi pond. Quiet and relaxing setting. Full breakfast is served. We now have airconditioning and Wi-Fi! ... more   less 

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