Common Rooms & Grounds

As noted earlier, our magnificent Old Chapel Dining Room was once part of the First Lutheran Church on Cape Cod.  Besides the 14 historically working windows that allow the morning sunshine to flow in, the room comes complete with the elegant oak paneling and beams that were installed nearly a century ago.  This room has been completely renovated.  Contrasting crown molding has been added to the walls where there was none, a warm & historic Guilford green paint has been added to the walls to brighten the dining experience even more, while the old worn carpet has been taken up – and you should see the floors that were underneath!  Add in the new lighting and the local Brewster artwork and this room is now a treat just to be in!  To enhance your experience even further, each morning begins as you awaken to the aroma of a gourmet breakfast served at a leisurely hour between 8:30 and 9:30 am.  A dining experience all its own, you will be tempted with fabulous daily entrees as well as fresh fruits, coffee and espresso and an assortment of fresh juices.

Finally, there are the other elegant rooms of this incredible estate home.  On the ground floor, guests enjoy such amenities as the Grand Parlor with the ‘grand baby’ piano & fireplace.  Many times have we seen guests enjoy the warmth of the fire while reading up on the day’s news or listening to the talent of others ‘tickle the ivory’!  In our first year owning the Inn, this was the first common area that we wanted to renovate.  With the walls a darker peach and green colors with heavy curtains covering the antique windows, we added open and bright wood shutters to the windows and re-painted the room to allow the morning sunlight bring the room to life.

Our luxurious Knowles Living Room today used to be the family dining room given its proximity to the kitchen.  In 2016, this room too was renovated to add new enjoyment for our guests, complete with library and reception bars.  We so enjoy this room now as guests come down each morning to enjoy coffee & tea and then the room transforms later in the day for our wine & cheese reception on the new bar that once used to be a mostly-unused closet!

Come see the history and come stay for the experience that each of these rooms has to offer our guests during their stay!!

Steps away, you can walk out to our hilltop porch and patio for those spectacular town views while enjoying your coffee, tea or wine.  The magnificent grounds include two (2) acres of terraced gardens, as well as stands of centuries old chestnut and maple trees.  Sit leisurely out in the sunshine in our courtyard near the Grand Parlor or take advantage of our colorful Adirondack chair on the side lawn to take in a mesmerizing view of the entire Inn, including the barn and mansion.

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Old Manse Inn COVID-19 Update - CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!

Updated December 9, 2020

Dear Old Manse Inn Family,

Charlie and Brian hope that this note finds you all doing well and staying safe. We have missed many of you during this pandemic and we are certainly looking forward to seeing and hosting you all once again in 2021!!  We subscribe to the idea that we can achieve our best selves here at the Inn by working towards the common good.  This includes the safety and well-being of our guests - and our great staff too!

At the direction of the state of Massachusetts, we were allowed to re-open & host guests back in June (usually May 1st each year).  All local restaurants have been allowed to provide indoor dining at reduced capacities and take-out dining services.  Please contact individual restaurants for the services they are providing, including any need for a reservation.

Back on August 1st, Governor Baker of MA announced that all travelers entering Massachusetts - both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home—must comply with the MA travel order.  The order requires all visitors and returning residents to fill out a Massachusetts Traveler Form, unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower-risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category.  As of Sat., 11/28, the lower-risk COVID-19 states is only HI.  All lodging entities are required to inform guests at the time of booking.  The travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower risk state must quarantine for 14 days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72 hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.  As of Sat., 11/28, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, ME, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, WV and WY are no longer exempt from the MA travel restrictions.

Brian was appointed to work on the Brewster Reopening Advisory Board so that the public and private entities that make up our great town work together with the State of Massachusetts restrictions and guidelines that pertain to us.  We will be communicating those guidelines and available options to all guests as their arrival dates approach.  We will also be requesting responses from each guest to make sure individual needs are taken into account as well.  Where possible, and with some creativity, we hope to still provide all of the amenities that you are used to enjoying here at the Inn!  We feel that the precautions are the socially-responsible choice and will support a more favorable long-term outcome for the communities and guests that support us.

On  a good note, we have now received Initial Steps for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution here in the State:

If you have any questions or need more details, please reach out directly to Brian at the Inn via email ( or phone 508-896-3149). We will be monitoring the evolving situation constantly as we move forward so that we can welcome you all for a great stay!  In the meantime, we are now accepting purchases for gift certificate and also reservations the 2021 season.  We reopen for the season on Sat., 5/1/2021!

We hope you will join us as we know everyone needs that time away these days to re-charge after those months in 2020!

All Our Best,

Brian & Charlie