Innkeeper Diane Johnson, her daughter Cindy, and son-in-law John have welcomed guests to the Nauset House Inn, a delightfully old-fashioned Orleans hostelry, since 1982. And they’re super-friendly and hospitable pros.
The inn dates back to 1810. And the original fireplaces, sloping ceilings, and wooden floors add to its charm. You don’t find many houses like this anymore.
Guest rooms in the carriage house are generally larger than inn rooms, while the rustic cottage, with peaked ceiling, is quite private and cozy. Each of the 14 rooms is unique, but all are thoughtfully decorated with hand-painted furniture, stenciled walls and comfy, colorful quilts. No corner has gone untouched or unattended to.
Eight rooms have private baths, six shared (which makes it a natural for friends traveling together or parents with older children or mother-daughter combos.)
Nauset House is the only Cape B&B I know of that offers you a choice of a few yummy dishes all cooked-to-order for breakfast. Well done! And it’s served at two long tables, all the better to foster guest connections.
The pièce de résistance, though, is the greenhouse conservatory tacked on the back. Then again, for some it may be the proximity to the glorious Nauset Beach.
Prices range from quite modest by Cape Cod standards (for rooms with shared bathrooms) to what-you-can-reasonably-expect for such lovely accommodations.