Brimblecomb Hill B&B

33 Mechanic Street , Marblehead, MA 01945-3448 USA (Show map)


Built in 1721 (eleven years before George Washington was born!), Brimblecomb Hill B&B is a warm and charming antique home located in the heart of historic Marblehead. All rooms are located on the first floor and provide guests with ease of access and private comfort in any of New England's beautiful seasons.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.2

2017 review

5 on May 29, 2017

Stayed at the Brimblecomb this past weekend and all the great reviews listed in the past still hold true today. Gene is a terrific host! A great little town to visit... all the New England charm you can ask for without the hassle of having to get on a ferry to get there. Old Marblehead is lovely, and this B and B is in a location that makes enjoying the experience an easy walk. We can't wait till next year!

Happiness is......

4.8 on August 21, 2013

Finding the Brimblecomb Hill B&B. My husband and I give high grades to this B&B - the proprietor, the ambiance, the service and the location. It is all one could ask for and more. We look forward to our next visit.

Brimblecomb Inn is real Marblehead's spirit !

3.4 on July 22, 2013

Marblehead is really a place to discover ! The little inn held by Gene Arnould is in the historic heart of Marblehead, near the sea, the port, some parks and nice shops. The historic caracter of the house is well preserved, but in a convivial manner. Gene serves fine local croissants and muffins each morning. He is a most sympathetic host, of agreeable conversation without at all being invading. You can rely on the advices inspired by his large culture and also of his knowledge of the region. Make a visit to his Gallery near the Inn : there is a great selection of marine paintings. The Brimblecomb Hill B&B was perfect as an anchor point for our 2 days in Boston. The two rooms with shared bathroom are rather small but adequate if the inn is but a start and return point for your excursions. The little living room or the shady backyard can compensate for relaxation moments. The main room is more spacious and offers shelves full of books. It is more exposed to traffic noises, but the street is far from being a boulevard.... All rooms are equipped with AC units.

Great Find!

5 on October 08, 2012

This bed & breakfast is superb! The price is great, the location is central, and the house & rooms are gorgeous! Highly recommended!

Great Romantic, Cozy Getaway.

4.8 on July 26, 2012

Fabulous overnight. Innkeeper, Gene arnould, is welcoming and a great source of information on Marblehead. His inn is cozy. His art & book collection are fantastic. Plus, Keith Richards was once a visitor!

Perfect for us!

4.4 on July 17, 2012

We were so delighted to have found this little jewel. Far enough away from Boston - but only 40 minutes by car, located in a well-situated & compact seaside location. The room was perfect for us - a library bedroom, complete with reading light and rocking chair AND a small, perfectly picked collection of Dylan Thomas (so we really felt at home!). The resident cat just topped off things nicely. Gene was very welcoming and extremely helpful, making dining suggestions (all good) as well as advising on our day trip to Boston. Our only small criticism was the lack of hot water in the dining area outside of "breakfast" hours - we Welsh do like a good cup of tea at regular intervals - dawn til dusk! But the morning muffins were an excellent compensation. We will certainly be beating a path to Brimblecomb House if the opportunity arises again to visit New England.

Vacation at Brimblecomb Hill

4.6 on July 20, 2011

This quaint and historic B&B was a perfect place to stay and Gene is a wonderful host. We would definitely love to visit Brimblecomb Hill and Marblehead again.

Brimblecomb B&B Offers History, Comfort, and Convenience

3.8 on July 02, 2010

My daughter and I recently stayed at the Brimblecomb Hill B&B for four nights in the Isaac Mansfield Room. The B&B is at the heart of historic Marblehead in a lovely, safe neighborhood only a few blocks from the waterfront with its restaurants, museums, beaches and Fort Sewall. The room was spacious and fitted with nice antiques, a huge assortment of books, and a modern ensuite bathroom. Gene is an ideal host -- he checks in on guests periodically to make sure that all is satisfactory and provides great advice on local attractions and restaurants -- but otherwise guests are given their independence. He makes an admirable pot of coffee and continental breakfast in the morning, and provides the daily newspaper to read over breakfast. As parking space is a bit of a challenge in the historic area of town, Gene provides a parking pass to a parking lot across from the B&B. We didn't need to use our car much anyhow, as we most sites are conveniently close. Should we come this way again for a vacation, we would definitely reserve a room at the Brimblecomb Hill B&B.

Brimblecomb Hill B&B

4.2 on December 09, 2009

Pleasant, private and a wonderful B&B. Thanks.

Fall visit/vacation

4.2 on October 27, 2009

We enjoyed the hospitality of our host, Gene Arnould. The accommodations were warm and welcoming.

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Location Type

Downtown, Oceanview, Suburban, Village


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 20 miles

Directions to property:

From Rt 128 take exit for 114 to Salem into Marblehead - (this becomes Pleasant St.) Pleasant Street to Washington St. left on Washington to Mugford; Mechanic St. is 1st right. From Boston, take 1A north to Lynn, then 129 into Marblehead (this becomes Atlantic Avenue). Right on Washington Street to Mugford; Mechanic St is 1st right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ruins

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Board games, Conference Rooms, Fireplace, Piano, Telephone

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Library, Private entrance

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: +/- 1 P.M.
  • Check Out:: 11 A.M.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum weekends April -Dec./ 3+ some holidays
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: MC/Visa over phone/check within 3 days.
  • Cancellations: 2 weeks before check-in date for any refund; less than 2 weeks refunds made to extent able to re-rent space. Early departures treated as partial cancellations. All refunds subject to 10% service fee of deposit.
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Gene Arnould

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About the innkeepers

Owner is art dealer, produces jazz concerts in annual summer series since 1985.

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8:30 - 10:30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room

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