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Historical Traveler Reviews Armistead Cottage Newport
A Super Bed and Breakfast
Armistead Cottage in Newport, Rhode Island is a must see and stay at bed and breakfast. It is in close proximity to the Mansions, Cliff Walk and downtown waterfront.
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, you'll quickly discover Armistead Cottage is a spacious home with an invitingly decorated porch. Romana will greet you at the large front door or meet you while working in her herb garden on the side of the house. It won't take long for you to realize the "gem" you've found in meeting her. Besides being an innkeeper, she's an experienced stained glass craftsman and wealth of knowledge. Be prepared for a number of pleasurable conversational experiences. Charles, her husband, is a little more on the quiet side but adds his own ambience to your visit.
Walking into Armistead's large living room you'll be amazed at the décor. It won't take long for you to see the awesome staircase that takes you up to your room. Just around the corner you'll catch a glimpse of Romana's Carrot Museum before heading upstairs to your room.
The Armistead Cottage Bed and Breakfast website displays how the home is abundantly ornamented with period furniture and artwork. On your initial tour, you'll see validation as to why you chose to spend your nights at this bed and breakfast. After visiting the website, I highly recommend that you make your reservation live with Romana to assure that you get the room that meets your needs.
We chose the Lilac Room. Upon entering it, we found it as expected, pristine, relaxing and beautifully decorated. The other rooms are just as comfortable.
The full breakfast is delicious, unique, and filling. You will not leave the table hungry. Breakfast can also be tailored to meet your dietary needs. Speaking of food, be sure to ask Romana where to dine. All of her recommendations were superior.
Whether you are new to staying at bed and breakfasts or a seasoned veteran, you can be sure that Armistead Cottage sets the standard. Not staying there when visiting Newport would be a sad mistake.
A Gem in Newport, R.I.
Our first stay at the Armistead Cottage in Newport Rhode Island was three years ago. My wife's daughter was getting married at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport and I was placed in charge of finding a place to stay after the reception. I found the Armistead Cottage on a web page, looked over everything written about the cottage and then called the owners, Romana & Charles. Not being from that area I was a bit concerned about the travel time to and from the reception area for change of cloths ( naps) and any other places that I might need to go ( ice cream.) After speaking with Romana I felt very confident that this was the place to stay and my intuition proved to be correct.
The rooms are spacious, and bed is very comfortable, full bath room and a gas fireplace in the bedroom. The home is a beautiful Victorian home that has many antiques, photos and drawings, many comings from Romana's home country in all rooms. Romana's cats are the lords of the kingdom ( Well, just below Romana in the hierarchy.) Then there is Charles's, Romana's loving, caring husband, who is constantly on the go, performing all of the "Honey do lists" that come with his position of this beautiful B&B.
Both Romana and Charles are the best. They have a GREAT sense of humor and are loaded with tales and jokes ( most about poor Charles). Both Romana and Charles can tell you about Newport, what there is to do, to see, where to eat ( and not to eat), and explain the many events that take place in Newport.
The food that they prepare for the guests is beyond explanation by words, they have to be tasted to be believed and the coffee is never ending. They both provide and listen intently to the conversation with the guests at breakfast time.
On top of staying at such a beautiful home, which is within walking distance of the many areas of town to see, meeting the other guests that stay at the B&B and the conversation that come with this, you also will now have made two great friends with Romana and Charles. Since our first stay three years ago we have often returned to stay at the Armistead Cottage B&B just to be with Charles & Romana and talk with them. On each visit we also bring along a special gift for the "Famous carrot Room." Romana is now a world renowned "expert" carrot connoisseur and collector of carrot collectibles. From the carrot that was worn in "Daddy Day Care" to the plates, snow babies, photos, etc. the room has it all, and Romana has been a judge for two towns in a foreign country to help settle a carrot argument of who grows the best carrots.
On top of the "carrot museum" Romana also makes stained glass. Romana has made us three glass works, a Santa Clause, Humming Bird and also one of our Boxer pup " Samantha."
A stay at the Armistead B&B will be a best bet for anyone who wants to enjoy a beautiful home with warm friendly owners in a beautiful town loaded with history and mansions.
Finally, a place to return to...again and again and again.
This is absolutely an establishment that personifies the words, "Touch of Class." It is spotless, inviting and cozy all in one. Romana is as charming, engaging, witty and accomidating an individual as one can hope to find. Bravo for this B&B. As that famous composer once stated, "I'll be Bach!"
Cozy & Warm
I really loved this place. It was immaculate & clean, Romana (the owner) was so hospitable and nice and our room was extremely comfortable and so was the king size bed. The gas fireplace added a special touch as did the gourmet style breakfasts we were extremely impressed with every morning. Romana made you feel like you were home with her wonderfull personality. I would highly recommend this B&B while staying in Newport. Although our stay was the winter, I noticed the house is pretty close to the water and would be really nice to stay in the summer as well.
This place was so wonderful! We were so warm and cozy here - from the in-room fireplace, to the friendly house cats and yummy cookies at night, everything was just right. Romana cracked us up! She helped us with sightseeing, and showed us the "Carrot Room," but still gave us our privacy. We loved the decor in the room and felt very comfortable staying there. Newport is a great place to visit, and staying at the Armistead Cottage was the highlight. We will definitely return!!
First class B&B
We stayed at Armistead Cottage for 5 days this summer. It is the epitome of everything that a B&B ought to be. The owners are warm, engaging and funny. The breakfasts are great. Our room was beautiful and spotlessly clean.
It is 10 minutes walk from the centre of Newport, and even closer to First Beach and the Cliff Walk (though our American fellow guests thought we were eccentric for walking anywhere!).
The Carrot Museum is a joy to behold and it was lovely to spend time sitting out on the porch.
What takes this B&B from the very good to the 5 star category is the fact that Romana and Charles are such charming hosts.
Fantastic place to stay!
My wife and I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with Romana, Charles and Halina at their Bed and Breakfast and we can't wait to go back! From the delicious breakfasts to our incredibly comfortable room to the genuine warmth of our hosts, we couldn't think of a better place to stay while in Newport. Armistead Cottage is within easy walking distance to all the sights, while being away from the hustle of the center of town. This truly was a special treat! Thanks again!
A long weekend to remember
A short walk from downtown and near the Cliff Walk, Armistead is clean, the rooms are warm and cosy, and Romana and Charles are extremely friendly, helpful, and outgoing. Delicious and carefully-prepared breakfasts are served at a prompt time each morning downstairs with other guests, creating an intimate environment. Once you are in your room however you have complete privacy. The perfect place if you like a residential feeling B&B. And it goes without saying that Romana's carrot museum is fabulous. Highly recommended.
A Bed and Breakfast like no other
The Armistead is a Bed and Breakfast like no other. It's located on a quiet street in Newport. The house is filled with antiques, nick nacks, and beautiful stained glass made by the B&B owner. It is also the only B&B that has it's own carrot museum that must been seen to be believed. The rooms are cozy and the breakfasts are delectable and creative. When you stay at the Armistead not only do you feel like you are staying at a B&B, but you also feel like you are staying with friends.
The most fun B+B
We loved the Armistead Cottage and our hosts! The room was cozy. The bed was comfy. The breakfasts were delicious and the Carrot Museum was fabulous!
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