History of The King’s Inne and our surroundings
Built in 1832, originally a private residence, The King’s Inne has operated as a Bed and Breakfast for many years. The house, which stands in the corner of Route 6a and Vesper Lane is opposite the famous “Three Sisters” historic houses (built 1634) and steps from Cape Cod Bay and the historic port of Yarmouth.
Rumor has it the house was once owned by a wealthy businessman and his wife who employed staff that lived on the premises. At the time of his death, he bequeathed the house and its contents to his maid and left his wife destitute. We cannot, however, confirm this.
From 1953 to 1963 the house was owned by grandparents of a frequent guest of the inn- Sol and Sadie Adler who successfully ran it as a Bed and Breakfast with eight guest rooms – mostly with shared baths.
The Cantwells acquired the property and established a law firm prior to Mary Baker’s ownership in 1998 when she converted the house back into an inn and the rooms into three suites providing guests with spacious accommodation and private baths.
As The King’s Inne current owners, we are continuing the inn’s long tradition of hospitality and aim to enhance the inn as time (and finance) permits. Recent renovations include replacing all the windows with historically accurate, energy efficient units, a new roof, some updated bathrooms and a totally renovated dining area. Any renovations are in keeping with the historic value of the property. Paul’s ongoing project is the garden which evolves through the seasons and has earned many compliments from guests and locals alike.
Our inn is surrounded with wonderful historic buildings homes and museums:
On the opposite side of Vesper Lane is the Barnstable County Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1833 in which was originally an apothecary. Formerly part of the Otis estate, it stands complete with carriage house and Chauffeurs quarters.
Just along Route 6a is a cluster of places of interest such as “Hallets” – the longest running family owned soda fountain in the US, The Bang’s Hallet House, Edward Gorey House celebrating the life of the prolific author, playwright and illustrator and Kelley Chapel - a wonderful setting for an intimate Cape wedding set within a secluded meadow in acres of nature trails which lead to Millers Pond.
Last updated: March 22, 2013
The King's Inne - Where New England history meets Old English hospitality