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Belfry Inn and Bistro
Ranked #4 of 7 Sandwich B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

My husband and I were just there for a quiet getaway. The room we stayed in was adorable and comfortable and very clean. The breakfasts were delectable especially the daily serving of banana bread. Chirs, the innkeeper, and all of the staff were so nice and acommodating. We had a wonderful stay. It was the perfect place for us to relax and also to feed our foodie inclinations. We absolutely recommend the Belfry Inne and Bistro.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

This is a charming B&B consisting of three different buildings all on one site. One is an old Victorian house, one is an old church called the Abbey that also has the Bistro and the third is called the Village. We stayed in the Village. We had a first floor room with a porch and a large bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and sitting area. The building is in need of a little updating, but it is clean and quaint. The grounds have beautiful gardens. The Bistro food is good and they have a wonderful outdoor seating are surrounded by gardens. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It is a bit of a walk to the beach, which is very rocky. The town is VERY small and lacks any real restaurants other than the Bistro -- which was perfect for us. There were some cute shops about a block away, but we were there on a Sunday so they were mostly closed.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

I booked the Belfry Inne for an overnight stay without knowing much about it and my husband and I were very pleased with the location, the accommodations, the dinner and the breakfast. Our reservations for our room and dinner were handled without a flaw at check in by Chris (not the owner). This quaint inn is located less than a mile from Sandy Neck Beach in the beautiful, historic town of Sandwich, MA. Our room was located in The Painted Lady building, one of the three buildings that make up the Belfry Inne. The room was very well appointed with fine linens, sitting area, a working gas fireplace, nooks and crannies in the bathroom and appropriately fitting and placed accessories.
For cocktails and dinner we ate on the patio surrounded by lovely lush gardens. Our waiter was friendly, courteous, attentive and easy to talk to. We had a great memorable meal...slow paced and very tasty. For breakfast, we ate inside the Bistro and had the same excellent service and great food.

Room Tip: Our room on the top floor in The Painted Lady building was borderline hot during the night even thou...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Carol W
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

We have just concluded an absolutely wonderful 5-day stay at the Belfry Inne in Sandwich, MA, the oldest town on the Cape and one of my favorites .I must confess that I arrived at the Belfry feeling uncertain, even somewhat apprehensive. My wife had booked two rooms at a very reasonable rate for a Monday through Friday stay during the first week of the summer season. But several negative reviews in Trip Advisor made us wonder if this was going to prove to be a “too good to be true” deal. Well, it wasn’t. In fact, within a very short time after our arrival, all three members of our party--my wife, my sister-in-law, and myself—came to the same conclusion: the Belfry was truly among the most unique Bed & Breakfast in which we have stayed in this country and it most certainly added to our enjoyment of the Cape. Here’s some highlights : Our receptionist, Alex, provided an excellent introduction to the Inn, patiently answered all our questions, and gave us a knowledgeable local’s spot-on suggestions about interesting sights and good restaurants in the area. Especially helpful to me were his suggestions about where I might enjoy taking photographs in Sandwich as well as in several other nearby towns. Our rooms were in a building called The Abbey, which was built in 1900 and had formerly served as a Roman Catholic church. In addition to being tastefully furnished and having very up to date fixtures and appliances, both rooms were filled with interesting, well preserved architectural details, including some of the original stained glass windows from the church and a true and very beautiful vaulted cathedral ceiling. Our room also featured an especially dramatic, visually stunning Rose or Wheel window which filtered the outside light into the room in ways that never failed to delight me . Breakfast were always delicious and served by wonderfully attentive and accommodating servers in a beautiful dining area which also had a lovely adjoining outdoor terrace. The dinner we had the next evening at the Inn’s on site restaurant was far and away the best I had anywhere on the Cape on this holiday and was excellent by any standard. Finally, each day when we returned to our room after breakfast the maid had already finished cleaning the room and providing fresh linens and sundries Like every one of the staff we met, she too was very courteous and very good at her job.

As for the negative reviews, I do not doubt the sincerity, veracity or the motives of any of the naysayers. My stay at the Belfry, however, convinced me that the negative reviews were essentially outliers, best treated as the result of the kind of miscommunication or “bad-day” problems that every inn and every innkeeper may sometimes experience. I would urge all Trip Advisor readers not to be dissuaded from staying at the Belfry because of a handful of negative comments. Give this charming Bed & Breakfast a try; draw your own conclusions, and, hopefully you will have as enjoyable a stay there as we have just had.

Room Tip: For a truly dramatic room choose the Tuesday in the Abbey. The Thursday in the same building is lar...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

We chose Sandwich as our base for a week in Cape Cod, and we chose the Belfry for our hotel. The inn is actually comprised of 3 buildings - the original chapel, and a pair of large colonial houses called the Village House and the Painted Lady. From the excellent website we chose the Kristina room in the Painted Lady, which is at the top of the house up a couple of steep and narrow staircases, so not the best for anyone with mobility problems. This gorgeous room is all corners, angles, and sloping ceilings, with a roof window which floods the room with light. The large and supremely-comfortable bed has its head made from a church pew. Ther's not a lot in the way of furniture, but a decorated chest did stand out. Tmeperature control was provided by a small but efficient aircon unit, and a large ceiling fan. There was the usual iron, hairdrier, and TV, but no fridge. The bathroom was dominated by a huge jacuzie bath, and a separate shower cubicle. This is definitely not your standard hotel room!
Breakfast is taken in the Belfry Bistro, and provided another change from the ordinary. Enough has been said here about the architecture and the conversion from a church - for the record, we thought it was extremely well done - and breakfast too is a little different, offering a daily choice of one of just 2 entrees which can vary from bacon and eggs to chicken sausage scramble. We also had an evening meal in the Bistro. Whislt we found both the food and the service very good, it all felt a little formal for our tastes - we are, after all, on holiday - but the place is undoubtably very popular, and was packed over the weekend.
Comments have been made about the staff, and we found them pleasant and courteous. But we didn't see much of them.
If your idea of perfection is large hotel with corporate fittings, and everything the same and in the same place, then the Belfry may not be for you. But if you like things a little different - quirky, even - then do try this inn. We like quirky, and we loved the Kristina and the Painted Lady.

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Additional Information about Belfry Inn and Bistro

Address: 6 Jarves St, Sandwich, MA 02563-2219
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Sandwich
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Sandwich
Price Range: ₹ 5,677 - ₹ 18,258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Belfry Inn and Bistro 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Cod’s jewel, a small boutique Inn, set in the center of Sandwich Village, is an architectural masterpiece; the Abbey, (ca.1901) a former church with six guest suites above the Bistro. Imaginative interiors, soaring space, stain glass windows. Offering a host of amenities, decks, whirlpools for two and fireplaces. Full gourmet breakfast. Offering hospitality year round. ... more   less 
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