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“Pretty ocean view”
Review of Talcott House

Talcott House
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Talcott House
Ranked #5 of 6 Westbrook B&B and Inns
Short Hills, NJ
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Pretty ocean view”
Reviewed 17 July 2010

My husband and I spent two nights here in July. We have stayed at dozens of B&Bs, and found the Talcott House to be quite atypical. The owners were not home when we arrived, but our keys were hanging on the door, so we checked in. We really liked our room, Room 3 (as well as the other two) as it was light, nicely decorated, and had a direct ocean view. Although the rooms face the street, which runs along the beach, there is not a lot of traffic, so it's fairly quiet. But other than the nice room, this did not feel like a B&B, more like renting a room in a house. The owners were hardly there at all--we never saw either of them our first night, and there wasn't even anyone to ask about a recommendation for dinner. When they were there, they didn't really engage the guests (us and one other guest our first night, just us the second). Both Lucretia and Jim seem very nice, but they both have other full-time jobs, so little time to act as hosts. Breakfast was minimal--juice, berries, granola, nothing hot--we ended up going out for lunch. If you just want a room for the night (or two, since there is a two-night minimum) and don't care about breakfast or having maid service, and want to be alone, Talcott House may be a good choice. For us, coming at the end of a ten-day vacation staying at some wonderful B&Bs (read my other reviews), it was a bit of a disappointment.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2008

This place is the best. I've had to take sleeping medication for the last couple of years. I stayed here & finally got a GOOD night sleep without them. I slept like a baby. To wake up & see the water & hear the sounds of the tide coming in you can't beat.

Lucy, you are the best

Stayed July 2008
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Berea, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2008

Back from CT including a 3-night stay in Room 3 at Talcott House. The view of Long Island Sound even surpassed our expectations, and the design aesthetic was an Architectural Digest sort of simple elegance. A busy realtor, who by her own admission is juggling plenty, is now the innkeeper, so the TA review from 2005 is no longer applicable. Certainly, however, the continental breakfast is more than adequate and prettily spread in the enormous and stylish 25' x 50' common room. Even oversights like the lack of a clock or hair dryer in our room (remedied upon our request) or housekeeping shortcomings (failure to make the bed, replace towels left on the floor as directed for that purpose, empty wastebaskets) -- these are secondary to the deep pleasure of waking to the panorama of the sun-spangled sea. For those who would choose a peerless view of the Sound over the personal touch generally provided in B&Bs, Talcott House may be a good choice.

  • Liked — View of Long Island Sound
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2005

I priced a few of the B&Bs in Westbrook and all were about the same price. But, the Talcott offers an oceanview, an amazing breakfast, and one of the nicest hosts (Barbara) that you could ask for. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Property: Talcott House
Address: 161 Seaside Ave, Westbrook, CT 06498-1804
Region: United States > Connecticut > Westbrook
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Ranked #5 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Westbrook
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Number of rooms: 4

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