Guest Rooms

Located in downtown historic Exeter, and directly across from the Bandstand, where the oldest brass playing band in America plays every Monday during the month of July, the Inn, built in 1809 in the Federal style, offers eight unique guest rooms, seven of which with a fireplace.  There are two large suites, each with a king bed and two twin beds in a separate room, two junior suites with king beds, (one with a Jacuzzi tub), and two rooms with queen beds.  

The remaining two are on the top floor, with queen beds, and each with a kitchenette. Roll-out beds, by request, may be easily placed in most rooms (please discuss this option when making reservations).  Enjoy one of our many special packages, like our Romantic Escape: indulge and be spoiled!  Check-in is between 4 PM and 6 PM and check out is at 11 AM.  If you are checking-in later than 6 PM, please notify the Innkeeper when making reservations.  

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Exeter Suite

The Exeter suite is located on the first floor. It is located immediately upon entering the back door of the Inn. It has two rooms and perfect for a family, able to accommodate up to six people. The suite is handicap accessible and it is also the only room that is ‘pet friendly. 

The main room, with its king-size four-poster bed, has an imposing walk-in
fireplace and intact beehive oven. The fireplace is superimposed by a replica mantle reminiscent of an early 1800s kitchen. The whimsical sofa (turns into a bed) along with a 1792 Chippendale desk, tables and chairs, complete the first room. The second room has
two twin beds and gives access to the suite’s bathroom with a bathtub. With fine antiques, paintings and prints depicting Colonial life, the Suite is the most colonial room in the Inn and a veritable museum.

The Suite is named for our historic Town, founded in 1638 by the Reverend Wheelwright. Exeter is also home to the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, founded in 1781 and is considered one of the loveliest twenty-four towns to visit in New England.

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Wheelwright Suite

The Wheelwright Suite, is located on the rear of the second floor’s Lincoln Wing, making this suite the most private room at the Inn. The suite, with its imposing four poster king bed, and palace-style oriental rug, blue silk window treatments, along with fine antiques and works of art, showcases how Esquire Sullivan would have lived in the early 1800s.

The second room has two twin beds connecting to the Suite’s private bathroom with a tub. The suite also has a small study with an original Waldorf Towers antique desk, juxtaposed with a beautiful modern bar with a refrigerator. With its original Federal-style mantle and gas fireplace, period lighting, including two Wedgewood side table lamps, and other fanciful decorations, the Wheelwright Suite is the perfect escape.

Named for John Wheelwright, a Puritan clergyman in England and America, he is best known for having been banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the Antinomian Controversy, and for subsequently establishing the town of Exeter, New Hampshire. Raised in a well to do family, he attended Sussex College where he was a
close friend of Oliver Cromwell. He left for Boston in 1636, and although warmly welcomed, he soon fell out of favor and was banished from the colony. 

Wheelwright went north with a group of followers during the harsh winter of 1637–1638, and in April 1638 established the town of Exeter in what would become the Province of New Hampshire. He returned to England in 1655 but after Cromwell’s death, he once again returned to New England and became a minister in Salisbury, Massachusetts, where he died.

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Adams Suite

Located on the second floor, Adams Junior Suite overlooks the Bandstand and the historic downtown. With windows facing west and north it has lovely natural light throughout most of the day with incredible sunsets looking west on Water Street. It features a French cane king size bed, period pieces with a writing desk from the original Waldorf Towers. The focal point is the lovely fireplace with its Federal-style mantle and the Chinoiserie armoire.

The junior suite is named for John Adams, the second President of the United States and one of the most influential of the Founding Fathers. A signer of the Declaration of Independence, Adams counted on the support of the three representatives from New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton and General William Whipple, a good friend of General Sullivan, the Father of the man who built the mansion in 1809.

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Phillips Suite

Phillips junior suite located on the second floor overlooks the Bandstand and the historic downtown. With the original crown molding and fireplace mantle, along with the imposing king size four poster mahogany rice bed and other precious antiques, Phillips impresses and is extremely popular with our honeymooners!

Named for Dr. John Phillips, founder of Phillips Exeter Academy in 1781, Dr.
Phillips was a merchant, banker and most of all a public servant. Dr. Phillips’s father, the Reverend George Phillips, arrived on the Arbella with Governor Winthrop in 1630. Dr. Phillips also played a key role in financially supporting his nephew Samuel Phillips to found and write the charter for his own school in Andover, Massachusetts in 1778. The two schools share an academic and athletic rivalry since their founding.

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Abenaki Cottage Suite

The Abenaki ‘cottage’ located on the third floor, faces west with incredible sunsets and sweeping views of the historic downtown and the Bandstand in front of the Inn. With its vaulted ceiling, original hand-hewn oak beam rafters, and wide plank wooden floors, reflecting the origins of the 1809 home, the ‘cottage’ boasts distressed barn board walls, custom designed cabinets with a lovely granite counter and copper sink. The queen size bed with custom made bedspread reminding one of a Native American Indian tapestry, is strategically placed and blends into the distressed barn boards. 

Of note is the original fireplace juxtaposed by very modern bedside lighting and dimmer spots highlighting the beams and wonderful Remington statues while the desk is an original from the Waldorf Towers. With its private bath with custom cabinets and a continuation of the Native American theme, the ‘cottage’ is perfect for long term stays.

Named after the Native American tribe and First Nation, the Abenaki are one of the Algonquian-speaking peoples of northeastern North America. The Abenaki live in Quebec and the Maritimes of Canada and in the New England region of the United States. They are one of the five members of the Wabanaki Confederacy. The word
Abenaki means “People of the Dawn Land”.

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Squamscott Cottage Suite

The Squamscott ‘cottage’, located on the third floor of the Inn, provides guests with an oasis of tranquility and simple elegance. With its own kitchenette, this is the perfect place for those requiring long term stays: nurses, relocation, doctors, PEA families, or the world traveler just wanting to stop and stay. 

Beautifully refurbished to highlight its vaulted ceiling, original hand-hewn oak beam rafters, and wide plank wooden floors, along with the simple brick fireplace, Squamscott Cottage is surely to please: with five windows overlooking east, south and west, it is bathed with natural light. The fabrics selected for the window treatments as well as bedspread and accent pillows highlight the heritage of cottage’s name: colorful oranges and subdued greens! The room also boasts a beautiful collection of late 1800s English earthenware.

Named for the Squamscott Indians, translated as “at the salmon place’ or “big water place’, this Native American tribe was present in these areas for thousands of years until the English settlers displaced them in the early 17th century.

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Tuck Room

The Tuck Room is elegantly restored in colors of honey and mustard with its
hunting scene fabric canopy and drawn curtains. Its original floors and Federal-
style fireplace are enhanced by floral and landscape 1800s oil paintings, an
antique headboard, a Chinoiserie writing desk and a sumptuous wing chair.

Named for Amos Tuck, best known for being thrown out of the Democratic Party in 1844 due to the Party’s pro-slavery leaders, and, in 1853, forming the Republican Party at the Blake Hotel in Exeter. A close friend of Abraham Lincoln, he is often credited for getting Lincoln elected President.

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Wentworth Room

The Wentworth Room has been refurbished in elegant colors of rich blues enhanced by prints and old painted boards of exotic birds. With its French draw desk with golden tones, the off-white bed and tapestry window valances, you will find an amazingly comfortable and elegant space.

Named for Sir John Wentworth, born in Portsmouth and a classmate of John Adams at Harvard, he was the last colonial governor of New Hampshire.

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Suites & Rooms Comparison

Suites & Rooms
Bed Size
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Fireplace
Floor
Exeter Suite
King Bed, Two Twins & a Sofa Bed
Bathtub & Shower
Yes
1st Floor
Wheelwright Suite
King Bed & Two Twins
Bathtub & Shower
Yes
2nd Floor
Adams Suite
King Bed
Bathtub & Shower
Yes
2nd Floor
Phillips Suite
King Bed
Walk-in Shower
Yes
2nd Floor
Abenaki Cottage Room
Queen Bed
Bathtub & Shower
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3rd Floor
Squamscott Cottage
Queen Bed, Pull Out Twin Sofa Bed
Walk-in Shower
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3rd Floor
Tuck Room
Queen Bed
Walk-in Shower
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2nd Floor
Wentworth Room
Queen Bed & a Twin Pull Out Sofa
Bathtub & Shower
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2nd Floor
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