Need to know
33, including 2 suites.
11am; earliest check-in, 3pm, but both times are flexible, subject to availability
Double rooms from $455.00, excluding tax at 13 per cent.
Rates include a generous made-to-order breakfast with eggs benedict, Maine lobster hash and pancakes on the menu.
Chat up fellow guests during the convivial afternoon tea that’s on offer daily from 3.30 – 5.00pm in the Agassiz Mansion.
The hotel is closed annually January 1 through 16.
At the hotel
40 acres of grounds, private beach, bikes to rent, board games, lawn games and fishing gear on loan, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a flatscreen TV, DVD player, a minibar stocked with locally-made snacks, tea and coffee making service and Farmaesthetics bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Fitted with rich dark wood panelling like the cabin of a spiffy sloop, the Turret Suite – with an ocean-facing soaking tub and telescope lookout nook – is a romantic roost within the original mansion. For more privacy, head towards the beach to either the Premier Beach Cottage or Superior Beach House. These classic New England-style cabins have quaint decks, tubs-for-two and are just a hand-in-hand stroll from the sandy swath of shoreline.
Castle Hill’s two-room spa aptly named The Retreat, offers custom treatments using the Rhode Island-based line of organic and natural products from Farmaesthetics. Target stress with a facial massage (what clenched jaw?) or detoxify with a lavender-infused saltwater soak.
Don’t weigh down your weekender bag with a bulky beach towel –simply snag one from the stack set out at the beach cabana.
The hotel is completely non-smoking. There’s no fitness centre on site, but ask for the free passes to the gym and pool at the nearby Newport Marriott.
All ages are welcome in the Beach Cottages and Beach Houses. Only over-13s are allowed in the Agassiz Mansion. Pack‘n’plays are available for free and the Beach Houses all have a pull-out sofa.