Sarah Kendall House

47 Washington Street , Newport, RI 02840 USA (Show map)
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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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Overall
4.8

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

Early November in Newport

5 on November 14, 2017

Brian and Fran were great hosts. They served a delicious breakfast of pumpkin pancakes at their table set for the harvest season. This is a comfortable place to stay and we look forward to visiting again next year.


Beautiful house with interesting details

5 on June 13, 2017

I stayed one night and the owner was accommodating. There is a Keurig coofee in the entrance;nice touch. The porch is great and overlooks the harbor, small nice view between two house. Magnificent sunset. There are beautiful gardens you can walk through and a place to sit in the back yard. Parking was slightly tight with rocks but do-able and the driveway can fit 4 cars. I had a little porch off my room. It is a non smoking property, but some inns let you smoke on the porch. I just went to my car. The rooms were quiet. I came down for breakfast and there were some guests eating. Breakfast is a window of time. The staff heated my french toast and bacon in the microwave. I didn't say anything but I never eat anything microwaved. It was very good. I think it is better to give people a set time, to shoot for. They have brandy in the parlor and I was told to help myself; looked good but I did not get a chance. he house is also nice because it is on a quiet street. I chose to drive into town. Parking was free near harbor restaurants because I arrive half hour before restaurants closed and thy leave the lot to go home. I ate the Black Pearl; very good but super noisy. I highly recommend this b and b. Some of the rooms have bathtubs as well. Breakfast had everything, super fresh muffins, bagels of all kinds with jelly, cream cheese, fruit-grapes, strawberry, cantaloupe do not think it was organic , oj, cranberry juice and then the entree of french toast with berries and extra powdered sugar, bacon and coffee all in beautiful tableware fit for a king. Once you figure out how to open the gate and lift up on the key to open the door you will feel right at home.


A magical getaway

5 on May 17, 2017

My husband and I have stayed at bed and breakfast places all over New England and by far The Sarah Kendall House was one of the best! Sheets were soft, staff was fun and amazing, food was unbelievable, bedroom had all the comforts including a gas fireplace made for an inviting romantic atmosphere, what more could you ask for?


Close to downtown, amazing breakfast, great room I'll be back again soon. Fran and Brian are great. Just too bad they don't like football. (Kidding). Wonderful stay. I would highly recommend it

5 on February 03, 2017

Fran and Jeff Van Tienen


Quick getaway

5 on July 08, 2016

Can't wait to go back. Bryan was delightful and incredibly informative.


Wonderful Stay

5 on April 26, 2016

We just had such a wonderful weekend stay at Sarah Kendall House. The inn is so beautiful and immaculate. The views are breathtaking from the front porch and the sunset view from the tower is incredible. Fran and were very knowledgeable and kind hosts. We learned a wealth of local knowledge from our engaging conversations during breakfast each morning. The breakfast was fit for one of the mansions. There was a delicious hot entrée as well as bagels, muffins, large assortment of fruit, yogurt and juice each day. Every afternoon there were fresh cookies and brownies along with a cooler with chilled water, soda and beer. We had a really wonderful stay here and would love to come back again.


Great Experience

5 on March 08, 2016

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights starting on Friday, checking out Monday morning. We were very happy with our stay. Bryan and Fran were very helpful, friendly and gave us very good insights about the area. Our room was clean, bright and very comfortable. We enjoyed a nice breakfast each day which included a variety of fruit, bagels, muffins, granola, yogurt and juices, in addition to a hot entree. I would highly recommend this B&B to all!


Excellent Place to Stay

5 on February 15, 2016

The Isaac Room was a suite with comfortable accommodations and a great view. Breakfast should have been served in one of the mansions. Bryan and Fran provided a great tour and restaurant recommendations. Will visit again.


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.


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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

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Location

Location Type

Downtown, Oceanfront, Oceanview

Airport

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

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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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Policies

  • 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
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Brian and Fran Babcock

Languages spoken

English

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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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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • 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
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