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This airbnb provided us with an experience of contrasts and contradictions. The location is fabulous, magical and unique with amazing waterfront views and easy access to the many delights of Newport. We were really happy to have the experience of staying in such a beautiful place. However, of all the airbnb's we have stayed in so far, this was the only one where we didn't feel particularly welcome. Perhaps because he was preoccupied with work, perhaps it was because it was the end of the season or perhaps through shyness but Ned did nothing more than provide us with the space. It did not help that, having clearly agreed our arrival time via the website, there was no one at the property to greet us when we arrived and no way of accessing the accommodation. To be fair, the battery in my U.S. cell phone died just as I was trying to sort this out so we didn't receive a message that Ned left in response to my attempt to track him down. When Ned finally appeared, he spent as little time as possible getting us settled in and volunteered very little information. This set the tone for our visit. The accommodation itself was generally pleasant, although quite basic and generally clean with some notable exceptions; a dirty refrigerator and a filthy coffee maker. As one reviewer previously noted, the bed was reasonably comfortable but very, very squeaky. With two people in the bed it is difficult to turn over without waking the other person up! On the plus side, the listing is accurate and we had made the booking with an acceptance of the limitations, such as a lack of Internet access, knowing that the beauty of the location is the unique selling point of this airbnb. If we were to score this airbnb out of 10 then we would give it 12/10 for location, 6/10 for accommodation and sadly, 3/10 for welcome and customer service.
Ned was a great host and great neighborhood.
"Waterfront Room" was just that; exactly what you see in the cover photo and more - beautiful and relaxing setting. Located at the edge of everything happening in Newport. We parked the car when we arrived and walked everywhere - including the Cliff Walk and several mansions. The room was clean and arranged as expected; there was a coffee pot as indicated but no coffee, cups or silverware. The bed was comfortable but very squeaky. The bathroom was new and very clean, as well. All in all a good stay and recommended.
My friend and I stayed at Ned's sweet cottage this past weekend and had the most wonderful time. Waking up to the sound of waves and looking out at the sail boats on the water was wonderful and relaxing! We arrived late the first night and the house was easy to find and get into. Ned was very gracious and left the lights on for us. It's simply furnished with a clean newly renovated bathroom. We were very pleased and definitely want to stay again in the future. Thanks Ned!
Ned was their when we arrived and was easily contactable. The room was clean and a good size with a great shower and great view. Good cupboard space too.
Ned's place is in a perfect location along the water. We loved the view with the sailboats and the bridge. It was very conveniently located on a very quaint street. It is a 15 minute walk into downtown Newport with all the restaurants and shopping. The place is very lovely; we especially liked the private entrance. Everything was clean and Ned left extra towels and blankets in case we needed it. He responded quickly when arranging check-in and was flexible when we got in a bit early. We loved our experience here, including lounging in the chairs by the water!
It is almost impossible to put into words how wonderful our experience was at Ned's. My friend and I decided to meet up in Newport for Labor Day for a much needed reunion. She hadn't really taken a vacation since her children were born (3 years) and I was stuck in the over-stressed NYC grind. We debated hotels and B&B's on the island but kept stumbling upon reviews warning of noise and crowding. We were both in this trip for the relaxation so that didn't work a bit. My friend then stumbled upon Ned's place and it was the perfect fit. Our favorite things about our stay:
- Completely quiet. Plus the fresh breeze off the water. Seriously, we slept like the dead.
- It was off the beaten path but an easy walk from town and other sites. Restaurants and bars were only about 10 minutes away. I brought my bike and was able to ride all around town, over to Goat Island, and to our favorite local beach- Gooseberry Beach.
- Amazing views. The pictures do not do the views justice. You just have to see them for yourself. Plus, there were two sets of adirondack chairs by the water and under the shade trees- perfect for a morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
- Awesome shower and newly renovated, clean bathroom.
- Huge closet to store things. Ned provides hangers, extra towels, linens, a coffee pot, iron and some other basic items. There is also a small fridge/freezer perfect for a bottle of wine and a pint of ice cream :)
- And finally, the best part, NED! Ned is a wonderful host in every sense of the word. He is just so incredibly kind. He responds quickly to texts if you have any questions and made us feel completely at home and comfortable. I had car trouble on Labor Day which would have totally undone all of the destressing the weekend provided had Ned not been there to help. Sidenote: If you ever have car trouble in Newport, visit Kent's Automotive on Halsey. Great guys. Thanks for your help and hospitality, Ned! You're the best!
We will definitly be back and I can not wait to spend more time in my new favorite place.
Ned was a fantastic host! This room is gorgeous and is literally in the perfect location. Beautiful views of the bay, we fell asleep to the sound of the waves. Ned was very helpful and welcoming. We will be back!
Ned's home by the water is absolutely beautiful! You have your own private water-front view, where I sat for hours just relaxing, and watching the boats go by. If you are looking for a place to unwind and relax, this is the spot for you! The room is simple, and has its own private entrance. Plus, it is a 15- minute walk to the area with restaurants and shops! I am already planning a visit back! It is by far one of the best airbnb homes I have been to!
Ned was a great host, very non-intrusive. Check-in took 30 seconds after a quick phone call to let him know we were in the area.
The room is a private room with a private bathroom and private entrance making it almost like an in-law apartment without a kitchen. Everything was clean and the view out of the back windows are amazing! The other reviewers are not kidding about the place being waterfront, you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves.
My girlfriend and I will definitely be back!
Ned was a wonderful guest - very communicative & considerate. Even though he was in the area for a seminar, he was particularly interested in the local "offerings" and made a point of getting out and enjoying what was going on locally. I highly recommend him as a guest.
Nice to see a family enjoy their stay so much. You all seems to have a very positive outlook on life and enjoy your travel. We would welcome you back aboard.