Lodgings: Tykhe / Woodbine Cottage
I like to try and find unique places to stay when we go on trips. I'd much prefer an old house with antique decor to a plush hotel. Sometimes, it's hard to know what you're reserving online, especially after reading all of the mixed reviews (half the time coming from those who have no qualification to be reviewing anything at all). Instead of giving Yelp any more business, I'd rather give a more thoughtful look (not review) of some of the beautiful places that I've gone to, and perhaps you will choose to visit them as well!
First up is the Tykhe /Architect's Inn/ George C Mason House/ Woodbine Cottage (not really sure which one I should put as the actual name...these names all came up when looking online) at 2 Sunnyside Place in my hometown of Newport, Rhode Island. I moved away from there back in 2001, so I didn't remember this place, but the photos intrigued me. It's on a tree lined, quiet street off of Bellevue Ave, by the art museum. Tourists tend to rush to see the homes around Ocean Drive, or The Point sections of town, but this area is quite beautiful as well (there's not much in Newport that isn't beautiful I might add).
This is a private house in which rooms and apartments are rented out, so there is no concierge/front desk, which personally I like. I was texted a code to the front door and we walked right in.The downstairs is a shared space, and it is gorgeous. Luckily for us, we were there on a Wednesday night, so I'm pretty sure we were the only ones in the house (or at least we didn't run into anyone else), so I did a lot of exploring.
Our room was on the second floor. It was a large room that came with a four post canopy bed, fireplace, and oversized bathroom with stand alone tub. Decor was truly on point. Nice and girly with floral accents and wallpaper, but balanced well with blues and maritime prints. Super nice Summer time stay, but I also imagine this place would be rad to stay at in the Fall/Winter seasons because of how cozy it is.
So yeah...I would definitely stay here again. Favorite parts included:
*Cookies left out for us upon arrival
*Easy hassle free self check in/check out
*Free range of downstairs/use of fridge and kitchen
*Dark, gothic/Victorian feel in lower level
*Classy, maritime/colonial mixed with shabby chic feel in our bedroom and bathroom
*Lots of photo ops
*Cute neighborhood to walk around and look at really nice houses
*AFFORDABLE...this room was under $200...in summer time Newport, that is VERY hard to find
*House has a history to it, and owners uphold it very well
*Hilarious and slightly catty guidebook
This IS a place for people who appreciate historic homes, antiques, overall unique experience, and DIY style reservations. Probably NOT so much for those who are expecting to interact with a front desk person, need help with luggage, or can't climb stairs.
More info on the history of house : HERE
To book: HERE