Proprietors of the Lamb and Lion Inn, Ali Pitcher and Tom Dott, know a little something about service and hospitality: they operated a Relais & Château restaurant in the Hudson Valley before coming here. Maybe this helps explain their excellent self-guided driving tours and all the other free perks.
This transformed Barnstable inn consists of 10 guestrooms (including the Lamb’s Retreat cottage and “BarnStable” that can accommodate families) surrounding an open-air, heated swimming pool — and hot tub.
Long hallways are brightened with sky murals, and the diverse rooms are pleasant with wicker and antiques. I particularly like room 9, which gets great afternoon sun, and the suite with a private deck, hot tub, and kitchenette.
Although all rooms are quite different, most have a fireplace, half have a kitchenette, and most have a spiffy motel-style bathroom.
Before leaving, ask to see the rare, triple-sided fireplace in the original 1740 house.
A fine expanded continental breakfast is included.