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Inn at Babson Court



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 Address:       Inn at Babson Court
   53 Western Avenue
   Gloucester,
   Massachusetts,
   01930, US
  Phone:       (978) 281 4469
 E-mail:      Send Inquiry
 Web site:       http://www.babsoncourt.com

 

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  Geographical Settings 
 City Center
  Policies 
 Non-Smoking
  Room Amenities 
 Air Conditioning  In-room Phone  Refrigerator
  Business Amenities  
 Fax on Site
  Inn Amenities 
 Coffee/Tea Services- Tray-in-Bed  Guest Accessible Fully Equipped Kitchen  Laundry
 Secured Parking  Baggage storage facilities  Terrace
Each suite has a private bath, a television with VCR and cable, a telephone and a mini-kitchen fitted with toaster, microwave, coffee-maker and small refrigerator. We do not serve meals as such, but your refrigerator is stocked, and we have our very own "Muffin Bunny" (named Samuel) who delivers baskets of pastries to deserving guests in the middle of the night, leaving them on a hook outside the door. With its view past the famous "Man at the Wheel" statue over Gloucester's outer harbor, the Inn is within walking distance of beaches, parks, museums, galleries, shops and restaurants, and frequently has the best view of Gloucester's parades, fireworks and other celebrations. This ancient house overlooks Gloucester Harbor and is across the boulevard from the famous statue, "The Man at the Wheel". We believe that the oldest part of the house was built by Samuel "Cut" Stevens about 1750. His nickname derives from the fact that he also owned the "Cut", a nearby canal linking the Annisquam River to Gloucester Harbor. He was a descendant of shipwright William Stevens who settled in Gloucester in 1642 and owned a large land grant at that time which included the site of the house. During the early 19th century the building was probably a tavern. In the Civil War period it was owned by members of Gloucester's famous Babson family, who probably added the western wing. The building shows on an 1876 zoning map with the western wing, and with ownership by Fitz J. Babson. The eastern wing is more recent, dating to about 1925, during the period when our street was changed to a boulevard with many houses moving to make room, and the statue was erected memorializing Gloucester fishermen. In the 1950's it was the home of Rita Dunphy and her daughter Suzanne Silveira, from whom we (Paul Jensen and Donald Roby) bought the house in 1994. After extensive renovation while continuing use of the house as a multi-family dwelling, we opened The Inn at Babson Court in July 1999, converting two apartments to three suites of guest rooms. Our original intent was to convert other space still being rented as apartment to additional suites but that hasn't happened yet. We'll see! Each of the guest suites is named for someone we believe was a previous owner of the house. In 2001, the inn was chosen as an "Editor's Pick" by Yankee Magazine, and was featured in a segment of the Discovery Channel's Christopher Lowell Show. Amenities in each suite: Private baths, Scenic views Breakfast kitchen Refrigerator Microwave Toaster Coffee maker TV Air conditioning Telephone Building Amenities: Coin-Op Laundry Off-street Parking Fax capability Cloistered garden and fountain
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