History of the Inn
of the Inn
In 1962 the Federal Government protected the Fort
Hill Area as part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. In 1988 Gordon and
Jean Avery visited and fell in love with the area, impusively purchased
the Sylvanus Knowles House and three acres of property the same day (no
kidding!), spent the next two years updating the antique house, and opened
it as a bed and breakfast in 1990. The Sylvanus Knowles House, now known
as The Fort Hill Bed and Breakast, along with the surrounding 100+ acres
of fields, forest, scenic views and walking trails is honored to be listed
on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Fort Hill Rural
Recent Awards: 2009 Cape Cod Life Magazine Best of the Cape and Islands: Editor's Choice for Best B+B on the Outer Cape from Eastham to Provincetown.
Fodor's Cape Cod 2011 and 2012, Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard Editor's Choice 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.
"The location is perfect - minutes off busy Route 6, but steps away from quiet, secluded trails that wind through cedar forests, fields crisscrossed by old stone fences and a red maple swamp. The crown jewel is the light and airy Nantucket Cottagte... you'll want to move in. Breakfasts are superb.
Frommer's Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard Highly Recommended**
"Overlooking Nauset Marsh in the scenic Fort Hill Area is the dilightfully sophisticated Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast. The spacious and pleasant Emma suite includes a living area complete with a pianno and a library of excellent books. The warm and amiable innkeepers serve up a creative and delicious breakfast prepared daily with fresh ingrediants. This B+B is a prime starting point for a walk on the Nauset Marsh boardwalks in the historic Fort Hill Area.
"You can’t beat the idyllic location of this historical inn: It overlooks the Cape Cod National Seashore’s Nauset Marsh."
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more hospitable
B&B with a more impressive location on the Cape. The charming 1868
Greek Revival farmhouse is comfortably elegant, with a dedicated living
room for guests. You could easily settle in for weeks to the free-standing
cottage, a charming space with a private garden. With a mere three suites,
be sure to make reservations early
Voted One of the Top Ten Inns Best for Star
"The most varied of all the walks is Fort Hill
Trail. You pass by the giant whale jawbone garden gate of the stately
Victorian home of whaling captain Edward Penniman. The trail leads from
the house through dark woods, across spacious meadow land, along bluffs
that overlook salt marshland and the Atlantic, past a huge rock where
the Nauset Indians used to sharpen their fishhooks, and down onto a boardwalk
what winds through a red maple swamp."
"Over the years we have been to a huge variety of
hotels, inns, and b+bs but find Fort Hill has to be the best. A great
combination of warm hospitality and privacy, comfort and elegance,
good conversation and peace, only interrupted by birdsong."
"The beauty of the accommodations and surroundings,
the marsh, the elegant breakfasts, the impeccable housekeeping, the
great conversations and most importantly the warm feelings we exchanged
with each other. As in any first love experience, we will be back"
"The exceptional was a daily occurrence. The
ambiance of your home, the gracious hospitality and the gourmet breakfasts
leave a lasting memory. I have seldom felt so at home, so cared for, and
enjoyed the sanctuary of my lodging."
"How to capture our feelings about this house,
about this incredible hospitality, about these breath-taking breakfasts
in a few sentences? That's probably beyond our humble language capabilities!"
"Your home has been the perfect spot for me to
renew and be revitalized. I loved the comfortable bed, birds in the AM,
the wonderful breakfasts, your terrific suggestions and openness to my
"Gorgeous, comfortable, tasteful, fresh rose,
all wrapped into one gorgeous suite. Gordon and Jean feel like long time
friends. There could be no innkeepers more gracious. This was the most
wonderful B&B experience we have ever had in any country."
"To wake up and hear the fire crackling and smell
the breakfast cooking: nothing could have been better, except the setting!
We have had a wonderful time wandering through the small towns and glorious
beaches, but your home has been just as enticing."
"Being very private people, we were a bit nervous
about staying a whole week in a small bed and breakfast. Boy, were we
wrong! The blissful solitude, privacy and casual luxury your home provides
is exactly what we needed to unwind and re-connect with each other. Leisurely
walks around Fort Hill, lazy days at Coast Guard Beach, biking along the
near-by bike trails, and great shopping excursions in neighboring villages
rounded out our days...and wore off a few of the calories from your gourmet
breakfasts! Is it too soon to make reservations for next year?"
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