4.0 on January 27, 2014
Looking for a place to stay with a bit of whimsy that doesn't take itself too seriously but still cares for you and your getaway needs? What a great "base of operation" - Bill is a great tour guide and April knows all the places where locals hang. There is something for everyone: an historic sea captain's house, dogs welcome, many cats around (but not in the inn), lots of color, and a barn full of 50+ shiny red post-1950s cars. What's not to love?
3.8 on January 27, 2014
The inn is a large comfortable, relaxing old farmhouse. Bill was very helpful upon our arrival, suggesting activities and locations to bring our dog and where to go for dinner. The inn is decorated with a wide variety of interesting collectables, and every room has its own unique theme and were clean and stocked with plenty of towels and blankets. Our dog was welcome and it was offered to us to leave him in the room or take him-'whatever we would normally do at home'. Thank you!
5 on November 05, 2013
We travel with our golden retriever whenever we can so we were thrilled to find this wonderful B&B on the Cape. Bill and his staff are so friendly and accommodating. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The grounds are a great place to relax and play with your dog. Beautiful grassy lawns to explore, hammocks, sitting porches. Bill fixed us a great breakfast of an omelet, sausage, fresh fruit and some nice bread. He has an amazing car collection on the property called Toad Hall that was a nice surprise as well. Bill & his staff are genuinely interested in you and your comfort & experience. They are a wealth of knowledge. We will definitely be back.
4.0 on September 04, 2013
We travel with our beagle-mix (Tessie) whenever possible. That's really tough to do on the Cape during the summer. Bill and the Simmons Homestead Inn to the rescue! The Inn is very cozy (plus it's dog friendly!), but the thing that puts the icing on the top is Bill. He was very welcoming and accommodated us as if we were family. April was great, too, with recommendations on things to do AND places to eat that are dog friendly. The room we stayed in (Dog Room) was small, but comfortable. It was right on the porch, so if you're a light sleeper it might not work for you but there are 12 other rooms that more than likely will. The car museum is pretty incredible, too!
4.6 on August 29, 2013
We loved our stay at the Simmons Homestead Inn. Although we have been to the Cape many times, this was our first time (and not the last) at this B&B. Bill Putnam, the innkeeper, was very accommodating to our needs, and helped us to feel relaxed and comfortable. The room was very clean and quiet, and we thoroughly enjoyed the generous and delicious breakfast provided. Additionally, Mr. Putnam has an incredible classic sports car collection (over 50) that we marveled at. This is one place that we would absolutely recommend to our friends.
4.2 on August 20, 2013
...this one is a keeper. At the last minute we found out that we needed to bring our family dog with us on a short (3 day) vacation to Cape Cod. All of the pet-friendly hotels were booked so, reluctantly, we booked the SH Inn. Bill, the owner, does everything he can to make the stay feel comfortable for guests. Beach towels, restaurant guides and menus, even a wine hour are all provided free of charge. There are also bottled water and soft drinks provided free of charge, as well as small refrigerators for guests' personal use. We stayed in room number 1, the busiest decor of the many rooms we toured. It has a small anteroom where a pull out bed for my son made this a great value. All of the other rooms were much more tastefully decorated, and each was lovely in its own quirky way. Bill generously gave us the tour before our departure. My dog was happy, too. He was allowed in every area we were, with the exception of the breakfast room. For those who need their pets with them for breakfast, simply request one of the rooms with a private deck. While Bill won't bring your meal, you can pick it up in the dining room and bring it back. The rooms are all air-conditioned, but there is a charge for using them. While we did not need it during this trip, it was comforting to know that it was there. The nominal charge of $10 per night is reasonable if the night is muggy. Bill also hosts an antique car museum on the premises and guests receive a free tour. Walking distance to Keyes Beach in Hyannis is nice, but I prefer the beaches of West Yarmouth. We will definitely be returning.
2.6 on August 14, 2012
This was our first time staying at a B&B. The location was great. The yard, porch & hammocks were wonderful. The food was average and the room itself needed a little updating. We are hooked now on B&Bs. Feels more like home.
5 on May 07, 2012
Talk about a place that makes you feel at home. Comfortable, welcoming & fun! We will for sure be back many times.
4.4 on March 25, 2012
Very welcoming. Beautiful place and very attentive host!
5 on November 05, 2011
Bill went out of his way to be helpful. Even offered to walk our dog. Breakfast was great.
4.0 on October 30, 2011
We stayed in 2006 for our anniversary, and this time was even better. We had a lovely spacious room in the annex. Bill & his staff were friendly & easy-going. Gorgeous red cats were meticulously groomed. Jaw-dropping collection of British sportscars -- fantastic!
4.0 on October 30, 2011
We stayed at Simmons Homestead Inn over Labor Day weekend. We just adopted a puppy we didn't have the heart to leave for a long weekend & this place worked out great. Wonderful staff, very hospitable.
3.2 on October 26, 2011
Bill is charming and quirky which comes through in his decor of animal based rooms. The rooms were clean but need some TLC, however the bed was too hard for my back and by the 3rd morning I had to go downstairs to the sofa. Breakfast was fine with no choices, but put all on one plate, fruit and eggs together, would have preferred separately. The first day we did Bill's tour of lower Cape Cod which was good. We met the other charming guests and dogs (you need to be an animal lover) at wine hour. Patty, Bill's housekeeper was lovely and helpful - I was allowed to do the laundry as we had been on the road for more than 4 days! All in all a pleasant stay.
1.2 on September 26, 2011
Room was dusty and their was mold growing on the curtains and walls and lampshade. Chairs in our rooms sitting area were spotted and one was torn from wear. They don't vacuum the floors or sweep them when they clean each day. Also, found it unsettling that there are no locks on the doors to lock your stuff up while out. Breakfast, while all you can eat is limited to what is being made that morning so you better like it! Disappointing to hear a microwave going off at a B&B. Coffee was warm at best and no half and half cause the Innkeeper didn't want to serve it - so too bad if you prefer your coffee with half and half.
5 on August 09, 2011
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and advising us on where to go to see the sites. And most of all thank you for letting us bring the dogs. You have a heart of gold.
5 on July 18, 2011
Bill, thank you for everything, we loved the place, we have a nice time around. It was great for my my dog Sasha, we'll be back! Beautiful inn. Great home.
4.8 on July 03, 2011
The Homestead Inn is a wonderful place to take a break from the world. My family of 4 were very well tended to. Building is almost 250 yrs old yet is very well maintained, some area's need work but overall very nice. The caretaker is a wonderfully knowledgeable man. Knows everywhere and happy to guide you in a non-obtrusive way. Helps with everything from menu's to coupons. Being horribly allergic to cats I have to mention that there are 24 on the premises. I was vaguely aware of the odor only when I went into the caretakers Scotch room. Other than that no issue! Breakfasts were home cooked and to order-- he cooks you eat what he orders! Room for car buffs as well. I think 58 great old cars. Make sure you make at least 1 wine hour. His help, Patty is delightful. One last thought, if you sleep in #12 bring a sleep mask as large skylights will wake you up if your a light sleeper. Outstanding overall experience. Thank you Bill. You were right about the Boston Streets as well as everywhere else you sent us. Mark, Steph and the girls.
5 on May 06, 2010
Great inn - interesting and unique innkeeper and house. Plan on many more visits.
4.2 on April 29, 2010
You could spend hours reading The Walls. Bill (a very interesting Innkeeper) is clever and has put a lot of effort making this place unique and fun! Between the cars and cats there is so much to see!
4.4 on March 12, 2010
What a wonderful place to stay! Bill the innkeeper was a wealth of knowledge about Cape Cod. It is a place we will return to.
3.8 on December 12, 2009
Laid back host, comfortable inn and a great car museum (worth a stop just for that if you like sports cars). All you can eat breakfast and lots of helpful information about the area.
2.4 on October 20, 2009
Room on 1st floor at a slope. Opening at floor of shower on one side. Stained old towels, dirty, desk fan, as no A/C had built up dirt. Dirty floors, carpet, dust. Allowed dogs, a plus, but won't stay there again.
4.0 on September 02, 2009
Enjoyed my stay very much. This is my third time at Simmons B&B. Wonderful.
5 on August 20, 2009
I love this inn. The decor is fabulous and they gave me all the information I needed to make my stay enjoyable. Food was great and I felt like a princess with the canopy bed.
4.6 on August 14, 2009
We had a lovely time. One of the few pet friendly places around. Treated like one of the family.
3.0 on August 03, 2009
My husband & I recently stayed at the Simmons Homestead for a few days in July. Everything about the place was charming. Every day we saw new things in and around the house that made us chuckle. Bill was a gracious host -- who gave us all the info we needed daily fun where to eat -- what to do -- maps & directions & good tips. My husband totally enjoyed Bill's car collection. Will be returning.
5 on July 15, 2009
Host was very good and provided valuable information for dinning out and excellent directions and information on tourist sites.
4.4 on March 03, 2009
Clean, rustic, charming place. Bill is a wonderful host, friendly, open, accomodating, gives honest advice re: what to do/ where to go. Rooms are interestingly animal themed. Will definitely go back.
5 on August 25, 2008
Never heard back from the Long Dell. I was doing it the day before we were going . That was the problem. We did stay and the Simmons Homestead Inn, a B and B. Very interesting place , but you have to like animals. It is in Hyannis. Nice quiet place. bill is a gracious Host.
5 on July 25, 2008
Excellent - Bill is the quintessential host! Looking forward to a return visit.
5 on July 24, 2008
Excellent Inn to stay at!! Very pleasant staff & experience!! Be back soon!!