Arbor House Reviews


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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

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Tranquility and privacy with a warm welcome

4.8 on August 19, 2017

The Arbor House B&B is situated just outside of Marblehead in a quiet neighbourhood with a stunning ocean view. Jennifer and David, the hosts, are warm and welcoming people who go above and beyond to make your stay memorable. You will be pampered with home-made yogurt and jams, organic juices and snacks, and other culinary delicacies out of Jen's kitchen. The room is spacious and light, and instantly feels like home. A private bathroom and a living area with TV, audio equipment, as well as a kitchenette provide for anything you could ever need. The private patio is a haven for listening to bird-song. A truly wonderful experience! Recommended for couples.

Hospital Surgery Recovery

5 on September 18, 2016

Thank you Jennifer and Dave for your kindness during my wife's surgery. As an elderly couple (married 60 years), we needed some extra help and you were there for us, The beautiful room and food were just like home and put us at ease. Following the procedure we were unable to get out to eat, and Jennifer came through with a unexpected and delicious supper. This was above and beyond. We hope to return under more favorable conditions. Regards, Jerry and Bernie

Marblehead for 4th of July holiday

5 on July 17, 2016

My husband and I stayed at Arbor House while spending time in Marblehead for the Festival of Arts over the 4th of July holiday. Jennifer and Dave are perfect hosts, and both went out of their way every day to add to our enjoyment of our trip. The guest suite is quiet, comfortable---just lovely. The garden space is private, a lovely spot to enjoy breakfast, read or just relax. The kitchenette is stocked with wonderful homemade treats, cold drinks, coffee and tea. The breakfasts and snacks were wonderful and beautifully presented. Delicious egg dishes, homemade yogurt, granola, breads, juices, jams and fresh fruit, with accents of fresh herbs and edible flowers from the garden. Breakfast is at the guests' leisure, which further adds to a relaxing vacation atmosphere. We absolutely loved our stay at Arbor House and hope to return soon.

Thanksgiving getaway

5 on December 01, 2014

OMG! This place of David and Jennifer's was absolutely amazing. It's tucked away on a hill and has a pond with ducks just out front and a to die for ocean view steps from the private door entrance. Very nice room very clean and catered to from fresh pastries chef made daily and homemade yoghurt . Who makes home made yoghurt? I wanted to tell all that reads this that Arbor House is well worth it. It's warm and cozy, just down the road to shops and restaurants. But who needs it when Jennifer places cookies and candles on your table in your room upon your return all nice and refreshed. It's like having a cleaning chef ghost you never see and she is so delightful and loves by far what she does. I have never written a review of any sort until now. Phoenix. Surprise Arizona. 2014 happy holidays in its true form when you stay here.

Our Wedding Weekend

5 on October 18, 2013

We stayed at the beautiful Arbor House last weekend for our wedding in Salem, MA. Jennifer greeted us when we drove up and gave us the tour. The private B&B is attached to the main house but has it's own separate entrance. The suite was completely clean and warmly decorated, we felt immediately comfortable. The food more than exceeded our expectations with 3 cheese rustic spinach tarts, homemade granola, breads and snickerdoodle cookies. Because the second night we stayed was our wedding night Jennifer came in while we were off saying our vows, cleaned the suite, brought us a bottle of champagne and made it very romantic inside. The next morning's food was even more amazing with cherry ginger scones (which turned out to be my favorite thing!), fresh strawberries and maple cream. You could tell Jennifer really cares about her guests and loves to provide delicious, wholesome food for them. We will definitely tell other people about this place and probably stay there again! Thank you so much for making our wedding weekend glorious!

Absolutely wonderful

4.2 on June 04, 2013

My wife and I stay at B&B's most often for our weekend get-aways. This was one of our most enjoyable properties to stay. The hospitality, service, and accommodations, including food, far exceeded our expectations. Very quaint location and very convenient to everything. We especially liked the privacy of the room, with it being separate and removed from the main house. Dave and Jennifer were great hosts and made us feel welcomed. Their willingness to help with finding things to do and places to eat/dine was wonderful. We are looking to returning to Arbour House again very soon.

Private & Exquisite

4.4 on September 03, 2012

Single room B&B. Gourmet organic eats. Private entrance. 5-star perks like fluffy bathrobes & rich coffee. Jen & Dave are perfect hosts!

Arbor House - Excellent

5 on August 30, 2012

Beautiful area / neighborhood.. Pristine room, excellently appointed, private oasis. Delightfully presented, deliscious, healthy food / snacks / drinks. Every need anticipated and met. Most highly recommended for first and return visits.

Perfect in every way! A first class place to stay, we loved it!

5 on July 13, 2012

My daughter and I stayed here for one night at the end of June and quickly wished we could have stayed for a week. This is a wonderful B&B, perfect in every way. It's like having your own lovely apartment in the middle of a quiet neighborhood just a short walk to the beach rocks. Beautifully decorated with private driveway and separate entrance, as well as a private courtyard. Jennifer and Dave have thought of everything you might possibly need or want and are the warmest hosts you will ever meet. Jennifer had contacted me before our trip to find out about any food allergies or aversions. The breakfast she provided was so delicious--lovely fritattas, yogurt, yummy jams, bread, mango slices and blueberries, and the best homemade granola I've ever tasted! The best thing was that we could eat at whatever time was convenient for us; she left detailed directions for how to heat the fritattas in the toaster oven. There was also a microwave, coffee maker, and electric tea kettle. AC, ceiling fan, skylight that opens provided lots of cooling options, private patio was beautiful. Dave showed us how everything worked (electronics, media, wifi) and they gave us great dinner recommendations and helpful directons for arriving and leaving the area, as well as suggestions for stops along our route. There was some wine and lovely vermont cheddar and crackers for an everning snack, a selection of juices too. Truly you will feel well cared for at Arbor House! The bed was comfortable, the room was comfortable, it was a relaxing and most lovely place to stay, can't imagine staying anywhere else in Marblehead. I would HIGHLY recommend Arbor House, you won't be disappointed, and it will be a pleasure to meet Jennifer and Dave and enjoy staying in their beautiful neighborhood.

Just what I needed!

5 on March 22, 2012

Took a mid week trip to Marblehead for a mini-solo-vaca. After looking at a few other B&B's in the area I chose Arbor House because of the privacy and location. After contacting the hosts I was very pleased to hear how nice and kind they were and I was even more excited once I arrived. The room is beautiful with all the amenities I could have imagined and very clean. The stay was exactly what I needed and I left with a full stomach after tasting all the yummy food they put out for you to enjoy at your own leisure. I will definitely be back!

Arbor House B&B

5 on October 03, 2011

This was a wonderfully memorable experience -- we cannot say enough about the beauty of the place and the attentiveness of the innkeepers.

Cozy and comfy a must

4.8 on August 04, 2011

Very nice room 1 bath and kitchen well managed nice gourmet treats private entrance fenced in backyard nice owners would reccommend and comeback.

Had a wonderful time - thanks

4.6 on May 26, 2011

Jennifer and Dave made our anniversary weekend very special. The room and private courtyard were more than we hoped for. We would definitely stay with them again.

Romantic and Beautiful

5 on April 04, 2011

When looking for a B&B, I wanted small and private. This was perfect. Jennifer and Dave couldn't have been more inviting. Jennifer make us dinner reservations as soon as we got there. Dinner was great and we were greeted with a big hello from the hostess "Hope you enjoy your stay in Marblehead". The room was very romantic as we were there to celebrate my Birthday and our upcoming anniversary. Dave and Jennifer had a bottle of champagne waiting for us to celebrate. Nice touch! The breakfast and snacks were excellent. A little fruit and the scones were out of this world. Everything was so organized, and the decorations were very nice. We opted for some music but could have watched a movie or cable TV. We were impressed by everything and would highly recommend staying at this B&B.

A wonderful B & B.

5 on September 30, 2010

We had a wonderful stay at the B&B. The food was fantastic as was the total experience. Jennifer and Dave were so friendly and helpful in their suggestions of activities, yet they allowed us total privacy. They also went above and beyond with regards to returning items we left by mistake.

wonderful, relaxing, refreshing

5 on July 02, 2009

Our stay at the inn was absolutely wonderful. In addition to being well furnished, clean and quiet, the breakfasts were delicious- fresh fruit, home made breads, granola, juices, and other goodies. Also, I appreciated that the food was organic. Each morning we enjoyed our stroll to the ocean, sitting on the rocks, and absorbing the beauty. If we are ever in the area again, we will definitely stay here!!

wonderful and intimate

4.6 on June 25, 2009

A great place to stay for a quiet, intimate retreat. Great walk into marble head and by the water from the B & B. Loved it.

hospitable cottageroom

4.0 on April 29, 2009

A quiet and hospitable house and a perfect start to participate in the Boston marathon 2009! Your separate frontdoor and little garden.Real natural breakfast with a variety of fresh fruits especially composed for the protein and carboload. And also my wife as a non-runner enjoyed it here very much.

Perfect Accommodations

5 on August 26, 2008

We’re not B&B folks. We don’t like sharing baths down the hall or breakfasts with strangers. We like modern resorts on a beach. But nothing like that exists on Boston’s North Shore. Choices are limited to accommodations that reflect their history - where ceilings and doorframes were built for people of another era who were short in stature. If you find places like this boring and cramped there’s hope. We discovered perfect accommodations at the Arbor House. Run by Jennifer and Dave with meticulous attention to detail, the house features a single suite with separate entrance, garden, patio and driveway. You’re free to come go as you please unencumbered by other guests. Your hosts leave you alone unless you need something - but odds are you won’t because of all the thought they’ve put into making your stay comfortable. Imagine yourself tucked away on a quaint, tree-lined lane perched on rocks right next to the sea. Across the lane is a picturesque pond where Bull Frogs serenade you to sleep. A short walk down a path brings you to a private beach on the rocky shoreline where you can sunbathe or collect your thoughts. Inside your suite is a vaulted ceiling where a skylight brightens your morning. An amazingly comfortable bed with modern linens lets you sleep without fuss. A couch awaits in front of a big screen TV with a zillion channels. An eclectic collection of CDs and DVDs sits next to the entertainment center beckoning you to expand your horizons. Step through a sliding glass door to your private patio with table and chairs and start the day with coffee and newspaper. The next-door cat that might even say hello.Enjoy your own modern bathroom. A kitchenette adjoins your living space - its cupboards filled with scrumptious organic pastries, fruits, juices and granola - each presented with delicate attention to detail. It’s like an efficiency apartment where no detail is overlooked in making your stay relaxing, private and comfortable.

Perfect Retreat close to Salem

5 on July 28, 2008

First - we were pleasantly surprised at how close to Salem we actually were (10 minute drive to Old Town Salem). This place was perfect for taking day trips not only to Salem, but to Boston as well. The cottage (and it is a little cottage) is completely private, is a short walk to a secluded outcropping of rocks on the ocean (we spent hours there, gazing at the ocean, completely alone!) and the folks who own it are fantastic! We had such wonderful treats from Jennifer every day - and since she usually left them when she refreshed the room daily, they never made it to breakfast - we ate them when we returned to the room at night! Both Dave and Jen were very knowledgeable about things to do in the area, and I could just go on and on. The room had a DVD player which we used, a stereo, books and a little kitchenette with coffee, juices, etc. The bed was comfortable, and since we were craving a relaxing atmosphere, this was perfect. If you want to be walking distance to the village however, this is not the place. But we wanted proximity to the ocean and a more secluded atmosphere. We had fantastic stay there and will definitely stay there again.

Not Your Average B&B

5 on June 02, 2008

Terrific, homemade breakfast goodies in your personal mini-fridge. Great and homey location - nice for walking or jogging. Secluded and sunny private suite with all the modern conveniences.

Lovely location-you can smell the ocean

4.2 on May 02, 2008

A wonderful, private spot. Located in a beautiful residential area, this b&b is a gem. A beautiful room with a lovely living room area and delightful patio. The bed is so comfortable and the linens are exquisite. Immaculate. So close to the ocean, it's a short walk to a stunning ocean overlook. Anyone looking to experience true New England charm will love the Arbor House. A great value too.

Can't recommend too highly.

4.8 on December 12, 2007

I stayed at Arbor House last August and couldn't help returning for Labor Day weekend. It was healing at a time i needed it - so now my sanctuary-away-from-home, with mini-kitchen and flower-strewn terrace. The beauty, care from Jen an Dave, the peace, the cheer, the charm, the homeyness, the delicious all organic food, the Mediterranean-like views, the proximity to both beaches and town, the quality in every way, will keep me coming back summer after summer. summer.

Arbor House


  • Nightly Rate $150 - $195
  • Reviews (23) 4.8
  • Rooms 1
  • Accepts Gift Cards

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  • Phone 1-7819901326
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