Sarah Kendall House

47 Washington Street , Newport, RI 02840 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Across from historic Hunter House in Newport's Point Section. This eloquent empire Victorian frame home was built in 1871 for Sarah Kendall, wife of a wealthy shipping merchant. Your hosts, Fran and Bryan Babcock, have furnished this bed and breakfast tastefully with eighteenth and nineteenth century antiques and family heirlooms. The air conditioned guest rooms (king, queen, double bed, all with private baths) overlook Narragansett Bay, Hunter House where George Washington spent much of his Newport days, or the manicured gardens. Just a five minute walk to the attractions of downtown Newport. The Point neighborhood is one of Newport's most fascinating neighborhoods, where perfectly preserved Colonial homes exist side by side with spectacular Victorian mansions.




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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Quite simply the best B&B we ever stayed at

5 on September 22, 2015

Our stay at the Sarah Kendall House came about as a weekend getaway for our 30th anniversary this past August. We couldn’t have been more pleased! This charming house is beautifully and lovingly kept by owners/innkeepers Fran and Bryan, who have deep roots in the community and an extensive knowledge of Newport, past and present. They are engaging and lively conversationalists, they are truly “real people”, and we enjoyed them immensely! The home’s location is ideal, in a quaint historical residential neighborhood, across the street from the bay, within walking distance to downtown Newport. The history is everywhere. We stayed in lovely The Point Garden Room, which had a small balcony overlooking the garden. It was perfect … relaxing and comfortable. Breakfast is served at a beautifully and bountifully set table with more items than you could possibly sample all in one sitting, including delicious hot dishes from the kitchen... waffles, eggs, bacon, etc. But, as delicious as the breakfast was, it was the bagels that caught my attention. I’m a native New Yorker, so I know bagels, and believe me, the bagels at Sarah Kendall House were the best I’ve ever tasted in…ever! Being it was our anniversary, our hosts thoughtfully remembered us with a bottle of wine and a dish of home-made chocolate covered strawberries. This special touch was very much appreciated, thank you Fran and Bryan. There is plenty to see in do in Newport and we got to some of it. But honestly, I’d have been just as happy to sit on the front porch of the Sarah Kendall House the whole time, catching the breeze, looking out at the bay and waving to passersby. It is just that pleasant and relaxing. We give the Sarah Kendall House our highest recommendation, and look forward to staying there again soon. Thanks again, Fran and Bryan.

Excellent B&B in good location

5 on July 01, 2015

Very nice Victorian B&B located within walking distance of town. The owner, Bryan, is very informative and pleasant to talk to..The house is over 100 years old and is in very good condition and quite charming. Having warm chocolate chip cookies and cold beer and soda is a nice extra. Highly recommend this B&B if you are staying in Newport.

Part of the Family

4.6 on November 19, 2014

We had the pleasure of staying in this B & B in October. From the moment we arrived we felt like part of the family. Rooms extremely clean and nicely decorated. Each day besides the typical breakfast foods of muffins, fruit and yogurt we were served a freshly prepared breakfast. One day it was pancakes with our choice of walnuts, blueberries, chocolate chips, next scrambled eggs in sausage, and French Toast and bacon and cooked to perfection. The hosts are very charming and offered dining advice and attractions that might be of interest. This B&B is walking distance to all of the Newport attractions. If you are planning a trip to this area I highly suggest staying at the Sarah Kendall House.


5 on March 11, 2014

A wonderful place to rest the body, mind, and soul. "A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part."

First time in a B&B

4.6 on February 27, 2014

This was our first time staying in a bed and breakfast and we could not be more pleased. The room we stayed in (Point Garden) had a lovely balcony off the bath that looked over the garden and the room had several time appropriate pieces. Very clean and comfortable rooms. Also, the tower is something not to miss! The views of the harbor are spectacular. The breakfast was outstanding. Great fresh bagels and muffins from Bryan's bagel shop and a delicious spread of fruits, eggs, hash browns and meat. Bryan was extremely knowledgable about Newport and it was a delight to converse with him and the guests during breakfast. We would return in a heartbeat!

Wonderful get away

5 on February 03, 2014

My husband and I stayed her for our anniversary and it was just perfect. Very well maintained stunning building in a great location. Quiet side street but within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants in Newport harbor. The Inn was very clean and comfortable. Very enjoyable winter get away.

What a B&B should be!

5 on February 01, 2014

We could tell it was going to be a great stay the second we arrived. Bryan, our host, cordially greeted us and within minutes we were introduced to other guests and started the tour of the house. The collection of antiques is amazing and Bryan had a story to go with each one. We stayed in 2 different rooms during our stay and each room had a decor that show cased unique furnishings. The inn looks across the street to the ocean. The most magnificent view was from the tower. Bryan warned us not to forget to bring our camera. There are common areas and nooks throughout the house where one can tuck away and read, play games or sip brandy. There was a bowl of fruit and cookies in the foyer during the entire stay. I never made it past the cookies without taking one! Breakfast was a royal spread which always included something hot from the kitchen along with other fixings which included fresh bagels and muffins from Bryan's Bagel shop that were on the table when we arrived at the dining room. Bryan is a native of Newport so he is able to share town history, recommend restaurants, and advise you on sights to see. In summary we had a great time. Check it out! A&B Smith

Great place

5 on January 17, 2014



5 on October 16, 2013

The accommodations just perfect and very comfortable. Breakfast absolutely delicious and plentiful. Brian and Fran very friendly, great host and very welcoming.

Outstanding! We will be back

5 on August 09, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Sarah Kendall House early in July to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We had a lovely stay. The house is beautiful inside and out, clean and spacious, but most of all, Fran and Brian were very accommodating as they served such wonderful vegan breakfasts. We would definitely stay at this Bed and Breakfast again!

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Rooms & Rates

The Getaway

The Getaway is a quiet getaway with a rooftop view, queen-size bed, and walk-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $275

Isaac Kendall Room

The Isaac Kendall Room offers a luxurious king-size bed, a bathtub perfect for relaxing, a shower, and glorious views of the harbor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $375

Point Garden Room

As the name implies, the Point Garden Room provides its guests with their own porch overlooking our picturesque garden. It has a walk-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $130 - $295

Sarah Kendall Room

The Sarah Kendall Room is named for the lady of the house and features a queen-size bed, bathtub, and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $295

Tower Suite

The Tower Suite on the third floor has it all - a sitting room, a view of the harbor, a king-size bed, walk-in shower, and more! Small room with a separate twin bed

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $195 - $375


Location Type

Downtown, Oceanfront, Vista oceano


Providence, RI (PVD-T.F. Green State) 35 miles

Directions to property:

I95 south to exit 3 (North Kingston) follow to Newport exit. Over Jamestown bridge and Newport Bridge. Take Downtown exit. Bottom of exit make first two rights to water. Nine blocks on the left Green Victorian 47 Washington Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Night life, Ocean, Picnic area, Religious Services, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , beach bags,towels and sunscreen in each room. Beach chairs are also available upon request

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Parking, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Walk to mass transit, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Boating, Fishing, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3 pm-9 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 3 days on holidays, 2 days on weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1/2 stay
  • Cancellations: Two weeks prior to arrival date - less $50 cancellation fee. no refunds for early departures



Brian and Fran Babcock

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About the innkeepers

Previous owner of The Chanlor at Cliff Walk and Spiced Pear for 25 years rated #18 in the world Travel and leisure. We have full knowledge of satisfying guests for long or short visit. Gourmet cook for our breakfast and afternoon treats. Native Newporter with knowledge of where to dine,beaches ,sailing tours and where to find historic sights.

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  • Time Served: 8-9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , vegan and glutton free

Signature Dish

eggs benedict