We arrived around dinner time and thought the outside of the house was beautiful -- they have a wooden porch with chairs for relaxing when the weather's nice. We were welcomed by John and Paula, both of whom were very friendly, and given a little tour of the house and our room by John, who loves to chat with guests. We stayed in the Little Star, which is a beautiful little room with a gorgeous featherbed draped with gauzy curtains, and a working fireplace. The single drawback to the room was that the tub (a beautiful claw-foot) is indeed freestanding with nothing to protect the floor from splashes -- we only stayed one night and didn't use it, but if we planned to stay longer I would probably opt for one of the larger rooms with a different bathing arrangement. However, I knew about the tub from the photos on their website, and I chose the Little Star anyway, since the rest of the room was so beautiful.
The featherbed was amazing -- incredibly comfortable and warm, with a soft, fluffy down comforter on top. We took a nap before going out for dinner, and I believe that Paula refluffed the feathers for us before we returned. They had also started a warm fire in the fireplace for us before we arrived, and it had burned out by the time we left for dinner -- to our surprise, we came home to a blazing fire that they had rebuilt for us! It was pretty cold outside, so that was very thoughtful of them. The house is completely silent with none of the settling noises you might expect in older buildings, and everything we saw was very clean. They do have one elderly, sweet dog who mostly keeps to herself and stays on the first floor (bedrooms are upstairs) and a couple of cats that hid pretty much the whole time we were there. There was no evidence (hair, smells, anything) that there were any animals in the house -- I think they're very diligent housekeepers. They used to have several more cats than they do now, which may have factored into previous reviewers' comments. I'm extremely allergic to cats and had brought an arsenal of allergy medications, but I didn't take a single thing because I didn't have a single symptom -- that is highly unusual for a house with cats, no matter how diligently the owners clean, and I think it's the best proof I could offer of the cleanliness of the house.
Breakfast was delicious -- challah french toast with Vermont maple syrup was the main course, and it was some of the best french toast I've ever had. We were planning to spend the afternoon walking around downtown, and they let us leave our car parked in their driveway all afternoon so that we wouldn't have to look for parking, even after we'd already checked out.
Downtown Annapolis is only about 3 blocks away (an easy and scenic walk) and there are dozens of restaurants and little shops, a harbor, marina, and the State House and other historic buildings within easy walking distance. As I mentioned, the Charles Inn has a driveway for guest parking, which is great since the neighborhood seems strict about permit parking on the street.
It was a great weekend, and we'll definitely stay there again the next time we visit Annapolis!
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