I am a cyclist from the UK spending a few days cycling in the Newburyport area. This B&B was an ideal base. It's at the quieter end of town on the road to Plum Island with very little traffic passing during the evening and at nighttime.
The exterior of the property belies its interior. The outside of the B&B looks unappealing from the road but once inside its very different. I found the interior to be quaint with its original floorboards and staircases. The rooms aren't en suite but this isn't an issue for me. My room had interesting decor and was clean and comfortable. The B&B only has two bedrooms and I had the one at the back. This had lovely views over the estuary towards Plum Island which was especially atmospheric after dark with the twinkling lights in the distance. So nice I didn't draw the curtains! Most important for me was that it was quiet making for a good nights sleep. Just be aware that there is a water treatment plant at the rear of the property and visible from the rear bedroom. This wasn't an issue for me in practice as there is still the fabulous view beyond. I didn't experience any smells.
The hosts, Chuch and Anne, were very friendly and obliging. I was staying alone so it was nice to have someone to talk to when I returned in the evening or over breakfast. I was intrigued by what they told me about he history of the house. Breakfast was more than adequate consisting of fruit, cereals, toast, bagels, boiled eggs and tea/coffee. I don't particularly like English style cooked breakfasts so this suited me fine.
I'd definitely return to the B&B. If you are looking for luxury accommodation with en suite facilities this B&B may not be for you. I'd far rather stay in a place with character like this than some clinical, sanitised accommodation. But at the price point I think it represented good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming Bed and Breakfast in an 1845 riverside home in Newburyport, MA. Located a short walk from the historic downtown, our B&B offers two guest rooms decorated with European and African art and a shared bath. A generous breakfast is included. Parking is available behind the house. Non smoking. No pets. Check in after 4:00. Cancellation policy is 72 hours in high season. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 167 Water b&b
- 167 Water Hotel Newburyport