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May 6, 2010 by insideout

Nye room after Carmen's help

Nye room when purchased Inn in January 2010.

As we prepare to open I am writing this blog to share interior pictures of the Inn and thank Carmen McNeil of Changes by Carmen for her interior decorating help.ย ย  Carmen traveled from Western Massachusetts to provide consultation.ย  No stranger to the Cape, she made the trip to be on-site providing consultation.ย  I recommend her to any who are in the process of decorating a new space or revitalizing existing space.ย  Her email address is carmen@changesbycarmen.com.

Thank you also to Allen at Allen’s House of Flowers for the gorgeous flower arrangements he created for our photos for the new website that is under construction.ย  He is busy doing our arrangements for our opening in May as well.

Lastly, thank you to our photographer, Christian Giannelli,ย  for his great work in capturing the essence of the Inn in his photos.ย  He will be back in early June to capture exterior shots of our cape cod bed & breakfast.

Forbes room after Carmen's help

Forbes room when purchased Inn

Living Room after Carmen's help

Living room when purchased Inn.

Flowers by Allen's House of Flowers

Flowers by Allen's House of Flowers

Sample flower arrangement by Allen's House of Flowers

Living Room comfort

April 29, 2010 by insideout

The other day I posted a copy of before and after pictures of the Lawrence room at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast.ย  Today I wanted to share a before and after picture of the Living Room.ย  After new paint, new carpets, new ceiling fans and new furniture we look forward to hosting our guests for an enjoyable and relaxing time in this beautiful living room at the Inn.

A Western facing angle of one of the sitting areas in the New Living Room

The view of the New Living Room facing North.

The Living Room the day we did inspections for purchasing the Inn.

Landscaping has begun

April 21, 2010 by insideout

What a great day.ย  Spring is in the air and the landscaping has begun.ย  The crews are busy at work bringing our bed and breakfast park-like lawns back to glory.ย  An early owner of the property, H.V. Lawrence, was a well known arborist and there are beautiful trees and plantings on the property.ย  One of the reasons we were drawn to purchase this cape cod bed and breakfast property in January was the beauty of the grounds and our desire to revitalize the Inn property both internally and externally.ย  The grounds team is working diligently and shared that some of the grounds have not been attended to in several years so the pruning was very much needed.

A few pictures of the work are posted for you to enjoy.

New stone for the front walkway through the wrought iron gate

Getting ready to pump the mulch into a back yard garden

Years of neglect of the grounds is apparent

Getting heat efficient

April 21, 2010 by insideout

For those of you interested in the mechanical side of things I am posting some pictures of the previous boiler/heating system and the new one.

The previous one has been our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast since 1959 and was operating at 64% efficiency…if the truth be told that was the year of my birth and I sure hope I am operating at better than 64% efficiency but anyways….

The new heating system is about 1/3 the size of the previous and is operating at 98% efficiency.

The old heating system was about 1500 pounds of cast iron and the new system is about 200 pounds of aluminum.

New efficient heating system

The dismantled cast iron boiler system - 1500 lbs of it!

Moving history

April 12, 2010 by insideout

Our cape cod bed & breakfast was built in 1849 when the horse and buggy were the main means of transportation and as we know that time has changed.ย  The circular driveway that surrounds Captain’s Manor Inn is marked at the front of the entrance and exit by large pink granite pillars and a wrought iron fence.ย  The pillars were plenty wide enough for a horse and buggy but certainly not for the SUV’s and trucks that adorn the roads today.ย  So following a presentation to the historical commission we received permission to move the inner most granite pillar on the entrance and the exit areas of the driveway by one foot to help make our guests access easier.ย  Today the work is underway to move the pillars ….

Ready to lift!!!

The original entrance spacing

The original exit spacing

Down and out!!!!!!!!!!!

The old and the new

April 8, 2010 by insideout

Today marked the day for the new ceiling fans to be installed in the living room, the chandelier on one end of the rom moved from the living room to the foyer and the old outdoor three canister spot light in the other end ofย  the living room moved to the trash.ย ย ย  With this upgrade you wanted to take our Cape Cod bed & breakfast back to reflect more of the time in which is was built.ย  Now in the warm days of summer you can enjoy fresh air from the neighboring sea shore as it circulates in from the windows leading to the 1900 square foot veranda to the living room of the Inn.

Notice the three can outdoor spotlight - very interesting

The chandelier in its old location

Loving the new ceiling fans with ambient light above and dimming lights below.

Early remodeling

March 30, 2010 by insideout

Can't wait for the rainshower!

A little update on our bed & breakfast remodeling completed to date:ย  removed the 1959 heating system (yes I did write 1959) that was operating at 64% efficiency and installed new 94% efficient system and blew in insulation to the top floors of the building.

Room updates so far: Nye and Forbes have new ceilings, carpets, bathrooms, wall paint (out with the wallpaper – in with the paint); Lawrence has new wall paint and carpet; Canopy and Tuscany have new carpet.

The dining and living room have been updated including paint, carpet, furniture, and elegant ceiling fans.

Read, Relax, Rejuvenate

March 27, 2010 by insideout

Sometimes you just need to get away and chill.ย  Join us at The Captain’s Manor Inn and enjoy the opportunity to refresh yourself.

This package includes:

Eight Cousins Bookstore

  • $30 gift certificate to Eight Cousins bookstore a short stroll down the street
  • Lunch at the Bean & Cod just across the street from Eight Cousins
  • an evening treat including a gourmet cheese, fruit and cracker platter with a bottle of wine
  • Full breakfast each morning of your stay
  • Afternoon refreshments daily starting at 3 pm

 

You may also want to venture a couple store fronts down from Eight Cousins to the Bellezza Day Spa for a treatment.ย  Spa treatment costs vary and are not included in the cost of this package.

Cost of the package is $102ย  added to whichever guestroom you select.

Area Activities near our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast

March 19, 2010 by insideout

A favorite activity near our Cape Cod bed & breakfast,ย  is enjoying the nearby Shining Sea bike path (0.2 miles) which is the only bikeway on Cape Cod that runs alongside the sea, providing views across salt marshes, barrier beaches, and open water. Other activities include enjoying nearby beaches or a day trip to Marthaโ€™s Vineyard via ferry shuttles that are within walking distance from the Inn.ย ย  Golf courses are plentiful.ย  Day trips to Boston (1 1/4 hours), Newport, Provincetown, Plymouth, Marthaโ€™s Vineyard, and Providence (1 hour) are some other excursion options available to enrich your longer Cape Cod vacation.

A little history

March 19, 2010 by insideout

The Captain’s Manor Inn is a bed & breakfast on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Falmouth Village Green Historic District.ย  It is listed as Mostly Hall, a name it has been known by since the 1800’s when a young child remarked to his mother “look Mom, it’s mostly hall” upon entering the massive foyer.

The Inn was the 1st summer home built in Falmouth on Cape Cod and had its own furnace for heating and a private gas plant for interior and exterior lighting.

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