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 Cape Cod's Finest

Right, I don't know about you but sometimes one just can't wait until the summer months for a little vacation.  Why not treat you or your family to a venture to Cape Cod's finest small inn,  The Captain's House Inn,

This Bed and Breakfast established in 1839 started out as the grand home of Captain Harding, a well-known sea captain from Chatham, his wife Lydia, and their nine children. Many of the rooms are named after his daughters (Eliza Jane, Mariah, Hope and Hannah Rebekah) and some of the ships he and his son, Joseph, captained (Whirlwind, Wild Hunter and Northern Light).
The Harding family was well known in Chatham and Cape Cod. There are several roads, buildings, and the largest beach in Chatham, named after him.

Second Owners
In 1915, Mariah, the youngest daughter, sold the home to Daniel Manson, a shipping magnate from Salem, MA. Manson used the Captain's House as a summer residence and in 1928 moved the "bowroof" cape on to the estate. The Cape, now known as the
Captain's Cottage was Manson's retreat, where he entertained many of his cronies with bourbon and poker. Daniel's son Joe founded Chatham Ford on Main Street in the 1930s.
The Manson family sold the estate that included a 20-acre farm and several cranberry bogs to the Palmer family in the early 1950s. Mr. Palmer, who was a dentist, subdivided the property and much of the estate was converted into single-family dwellings along Palmer and Manamock Drives.

Boarding House & Inn
The Runyon family purchased the remainder of the estate comprising 2 acres in 1972 and opened a boarding house in the main building catering to families in the summer months.

In 1983, the Eakins purchased the property and turned it into an inn with 8 bedrooms. During their 10-year tenure they converted the barn and stables into the 5-unit Carriage House and the Captain's Cottage into 3 units. The tool shed became a dormitory for young girls from England and the continent who worked as wait staff, front office, and housekeeping. During this period the Eakins greatly improved the property to the point that in 1986 the Inn was awarded AAA Four-Diamond status.

Recent History
Dave McMaster, a retired Navy Commander and ex-corporate CEO and Jan, his English wife, assumed “Keeper of the Inn” responsibilities in 1993. They added the luxurious “Stables” building in 1997 and equipped all of the rooms with fireplaces and TV/VCR combinations and seven of the rooms with whirlpools. The McMasters continued to improve the inn, maintaining its AAA Four-Diamond status throughout their thirteen-year tenure.

Jill & James Meyer bought the Captain’s House Inn in 2006 after a two-year stint at the Carriage House Inn, just next door. James’ education in hospitality administration coupled with Jill’s degree in entrepreneurial studies and marketing as well as their prior inn keeping experiences have equipped them to maintain the high standards guests have come to expect when staying at the Captain’s House Inn.

As you can see by the photos this is a wonderful place to stay.  It has the warmth and charm that you'll never get in a cold hotel. 

Among the Captain's House Inn's many amenities is the English Afternoon Tea. They offer a Cream Tea or an English Afternoon Tea which can be served in the dining room, on the patio or in the privacy of your own room. Their complimentary Cream Tea consists of scones, cookies and delectable cakes.
Tea on the Patio ?

Tea In Bed ?

Do yourself a favor and join Jill and James Meyer at Cape Cod's Finest Small Inn. or call 1(800)315-0728.

2008 Editor's Pick Destination Insider Best of Cape Cod
2007 —
Captains House Inn selected as a recommended property by Bed and
2007 —
Captains House Inn named a great bed and breakfast for afternoon tea by I Love Inns.
AAA announced that The Captain's House Inn, a Cape Cod bed and breakfast, was honored with a Four Diamond award for the 20th consecutive year. rates Captain's House Inn #1 of 11 Inns and B&Bs in Chatham.
2005Cape Cod Travel Guide awards Captain's House Inn the “Best Inn on Lower Cape” award for the sixth consecutive year.
2004Yankee Magazine selected the Captain's House Inn as one of their 2004 "Editors Picks."

September, 2008 The Wall Street Journal - Off the Beaten Track.

August 2008, Travel and Leisure - The Best of Cape Cod. "We found that the inn actually delivers on the hype. From its attractive setting to well-appointed rooms to welcoming staff, the inn leaves nothing to chance in ensuring guests' comfort."— Ellen AlbaneseBoston Globe.

As recommended in An Explorers Guide by Kim Grant
"The Captain's House Inn is the consummate romantic getaway. It makes you dream of coming back."
Jill Rigby, Travel Editor, Toronto Sun

"Regarded consistently by respected lodging reviewers as the Cape's best-run hostelry, the inn owes its high standing to proprietors Dave and Jan McMaster, who continue to bestow loving attention on the gorgeous two-and-a-half acre grounds and vintage buildings." — Bill Gleeson, author of Weekends for Two in New England and 50 Romantic Getaways

"For my money, Chatham's most perfectly charming inn." — Lisa Legarde, Frommer's New England

"The Captain's House Inn is one of the best run inns in all of New England" — Christina Tree and Kimberly Grant, Best Places to Stay in New England

 ". . .the best places to stay here (Cape Cod) is the landmark Captain's House." — Michelle Richmond, Going Places, Middletown Press, May 2001

Posted By O. C. Cavanaugh

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