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“Great Stay! We are coming back in September!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chez Sven Bed and Breakfast

Chez Sven Bed and Breakfast
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Chez Sven Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #7 of 10 Wellfleet B&B and Inns
Whately, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Stay! We are coming back in September!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2011

What a great visit to the Cape! We were both stressed out and needed a break, and we found Chez Sven when we were randomly searching Bed & Breakfasts on-line. We stayed in the Green Room, as the other rooms were booked solid pretty much right through the summer. The B&B is lovely, nestled in the scrub woods off of Route 6. Far enough away from the traffic so that you do not hear the noise, but so conveniently located as to make visits to the beach and Wellfleet center very easy and quick. If you get a beach pass for your car you can visit any number of beaches in the area for a very reasonable price. Ask Alexandra & Sven how to get one before you arrive or when you get there.
The room was lovely, the bed was super comfortable with very soft sheets & quilt, lots of pillows to choose from and extra blankets in the room if you need one in the night. They have a great selection of books if you forgot yours. The room was very private with it's own entrance and parking spot. Breakfast was fantastic, with all organic produce & granola. Yogurt with mixed fruits, blueberry juice, freshly baked scones, lovely dishes, silver spoons, and truly some amazing coffee. If you are like us, and fear watered down weak coffee, you do not have to worry about it at Chez Sven! The coffee is robust, full, rich and lively. I cannot remember who Alexandra said she gets the coffee from, but it was fair-trade and organic. Really excellent and freshly ground each morning.
Someone else in a review had some complaints about worn furnishings, and the lived in kitchen & sitting room.... I beg to differ in our opinion here. It didn't seem to me that anything was worn or in disrepair at all. Our rooms felt fresh and clean and airy, the carpet was a lovely pastel green with other pastel patterns and didn't look worn out to me at all. There is a nostalgic feel, sentimental with antique silverware, carved wooden egrets, but still there is a modern clean feel. The kitchen is warm and inviting, and was clean and tidy when we had to have our breakfast inside one morning due to rain. Alexandra was gracious and very attentive to our needs, and we had great conversations with her during breakfast. She is very concerned for the environment and champions her causes without being preachy, more in a factual manner. This concern translates into the way she operates her B&B and cares for her guests, using natural cleaning products and offering organic local produce. We were very appreciative of her care and knowledge about being "green". I have a slight chemical sensitivity, especially to strong perfumes and cleaning agents. I did not have any issues at all with sheets, towels, soap, or anything I came in contact with at the B&B. I know this is an important issues for many people, so you can be pretty sure that you will not be affected by any cleaning agents that are noxious. Although I'm sure that depends on your level of sensitivity!
Anyway, to sum this up before I write a novel, Chez Sven is an excellent choice, we have already booked the Seagull suite for September!! See you there,
Best,
Briana & Jeff
(Thank you Alexandra! & we can't wait to meet Sven in September)

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2011

I stayed at Chez Sven on an impulse. They'd had a cancellation on a holiday weekend. I needed a break. So I committed and made the drive. I'm so glad I did. The B&B is in a great, quiet location. The gardens are beautiful. The grounds serene and calming. Sandy and Sven are the most hospitable B&B owners I've ever met--and I've met many. Sven even entertained my young daughter by pretending to be different monsters, getting her to laugh non stop. I thought Sandy and Sven were graciously accommodating. One other couple who was staying there made special requests for the breakfast, and Sandy made it happen. I personally love the green nature of the B&B. It's nice to stay in a place that I know is not harmful to the planet. Everything served at breakfast was fresh, organic and local. Only non toxic cleansers and shampoos are offered in the rooms--and most if not all are made locally. The B&B is about a 3-5 minute drive from an ocean beach and within walking distance of a pond that one can swim in. I can't think of a better place to stay. I can't wait to go again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AlisaBow
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Sharon, MA
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294 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2011

There are definitely lots of positive qualities to Chez Sven: the quiet location up a dirt road off of Route 6, only a few minutes' drive from Wellfleet Center; the lovely gardens surrounding the house; and the pleasant proprietors, Sandy and Sven, who (as Sandy said) give people lots of space and privacy. All of that makes for a very relaxed setting.

That said -- and we say this with some reluctance -- we were much less enthused about our stay at Chez Sven than others who've reviewed the B&B on Trip Advisor. It didn't help that Sandy was very much under the weather during our visit and that, as a result, the "wholesome breakfast" that we'd been looking forward to sampling (based on other reviewers' comments, as well as the description on the B&B Web site) wasn't part of our stay (except for the homemade yogurt).

But even apart from that, the B&B was much less of a value than other B&Bs we've visited on Cape Cod. While we understand the charm and coziness that some people find in well-worn furnishings (e.g., the well-worn rug in our room, the Green Room) or cluttered common spaces (e.g., the very much lived-in kitchen or the small sitting area off of it), these qualities came as a surprise to us, given the impression presented on the B&B Web site and (again) the comments of other reviewers. In the end, while we still managed to enjoy our stay, it left us feeling that we paid somewhat more for our visit than was warranted.

If you're looking for a relaxed getaway in a rustic setting where you can stay with some very nice and interesting people, then Chez Sven is worth considering as an off-the-beaten path option in Wellfleet.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2010

Wellfleet is a gem of a town & Chez Sven's is well located, although we missed the turn-off to the Old King's Hwy (low hanging branch). Bring your bikes - makes beaches accessible and great for end of day trips to Long Pond for a swim . The innkeepers are very accommodating, very responsive. We booked the Green Room. We asked about DVD player, which not part of room, but they accommodated us by finding one, which added to our stay. The offer of fresh towels would have been welcomed, given the humidity, beaching & biking. Access to a indoor or outdoor sitting area would have added to our stay as well.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank FrodoBiggles
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Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2010

We will be back. The morning swim (Dyer pond) before breakfast (exellent!, and outdoors if you choose) was very enjoyable and refreshing...highly recommend it when you stay at chez sven (bring ORGANIC MOSQUITO REPELLENT.."it works" since there is a 12-15 minute wooded hike to the Dyer KETTLE pond....its worth it.). Clean, friendly and good conversation, nice gardens. We stayed in the Green Room, very satisfied. Suprising cool during hot days and nights at this spot. Very private and quiet, only 15-20 minutes to Provincetown.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank theborg1111
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Wiscasset, Maine
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2009

What I really like about the Irving House is that they try to include everything to make your stay pleasant- no extra charges. Free parking, high speed internet, much improved breakfast with hot entree, museum passes, snacks all day, even wine and cheese and free books to take home! Nice outside decks in good weather. They really seem to care about you. Knowledgeable people at the front desk are happy to recommend restaurants, call a taxi, etc. Rooms have been recently refurbished.
They are also 'Green'- just installed solar hot water panels on the roof etc. I'll be back.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank happytourist79
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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
27 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2009

After a week in the General's Green Room, it was hard to leave our new 'home' on Cape Cod: a charming clapboard cottage down a track in the middle of the woods, just outside laid-back Wellfleet. Sandy and Sven are incredibly welcoming, interesting, helpful hosts, and the sympathetic, yet spotlessly fresh decor in the rooms fits the place perfectly. Their green credentials are second to none, and Wellfleet itself is a great base for a trip to the Cape, too.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank southlambeth
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Property: Chez Sven Bed and Breakfast
Address: Old King's Hwy, Wellfleet, MA 02667
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Wellfleet
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Ranked #7 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Wellfleet
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Number of rooms: 2

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