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Brewster: Brewster by the Sea Inn & Spa

716 Main Street, Phone: 1-800-892-3910 or 508-896-3910
www.BrewsterByThe Sea.com

Reviewed by: Fletch from Australia, review #1883

When: May 2007

Charming B&B on scenic Cape Cod road. Friendly hosts who have thought of everything you need for a comfortable stay..

From our first enquiry about staying with our daughter, the hosts, Donna and Byron couldn't have been more helpful. I mentioned that we would like to be close to restaurants and they emailed a good list of different priced restaurants within a 15 minute drive.

Brewster is an old Sea Captains town with beautiful old buildings in garden settings on the scenic route 6A. Although the B&B is not on the sea it is a reasonable walk or short drive away. We watched the sunset from a beach close by and it was beautiful.

The main farmhouse building was built in 1846 and the Orchard House in 1996.

We stayed 3 nights in early May 2007. We were in the Audubon Suite with 2 rooms and one bathroom which suited us. There were queen beds in each room and the mattress, pillows and linen were very comfortable. The rooms were quite small but we had our own enterance and landing leading to the bathroom. The common lounge room / breakfast room had comfortable couches if the confines of the room became too much. The beds were turned down after we left for dinner and fine chocolates left on the bed.

The breakfasts were wonderful - no need for lunch! It started with orange juice or sunrise - a combination of orange and cranberry juice, then a fruit course which were poached pears with berries and a chocolate sauce on the side - yes chocolate for breakfast! The next day was pineapple and prosciutto and the next day canteloupe, all prepared beautifully.

The main course for the 3 days were Cranberry pancakes, paninis made with sliced bread with goats cheese, provelone, tomato with a basil leaf. Home made cranberry and apricot chutney finished the paninis. The last day was ham and eggs cooked all together with potatoes on the side.

All the guests talked about the day planned and Byron and Donna advised if anyone had any queries.

There was an afternoon tea time, but we were always out at the time but still managed to take a delicious biscuit (different each day ) upstairs to nibble on.

There is a pool and a hot spa which we didn't use but were in a lovely garden setting. We were there when all the tulips and blossoms were out and it made the house look even better.

There is a guest pantry with different teas, coffee and complimentary water available at any time. Even on the last day we were presented with a bag containing water, biscuits and a little lavender bag to help us on the way - along with the bill which for us was very reasonable - $175 / night for the 2 rooms.

Two very small criticisms - the shower had restricted flow so not a great experience and the hair dryer was the old nailed to the wall type which could be replaced by a modern one kept in a drawer.

We would stay here again as it is on a very picturesque road with many art galleries, antique shops and shops of general interest. We made day trips to Chatham and Provinctown visiting the lovely little towns along the way. The hosts are wonderful - interested in all the people staying and prepared to put themselves out to help.

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