As soon as you walk into the Guest Suite, you'll see the cozy living room complete with Cole & Sons Melville wallpaper. Your kitchenette and dining nook are on the first floor too. Everything you need so you can enjoy your stay!  - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
The Whalehouse is a grand Victorian built in 1855. It's the former home of Herman Melville’s sister, and this is where he used to stay while visiting her. Minutes from dowtown and ferries to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Cuttyhunk. - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
Snuggle up in the living area and watch TV, or read a good book. The space is flooded with natural light! - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
Antique elements are thoughtfully placed throughout the space,  complimenting the history of the home. - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
This barn door was salvaged from the basement and was lovingly repurposed in the living area.  - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
Cozy up on our West Elm sofa with lots of plush pillows so you can rest and relax while you're visiting. - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
Our kitchenette has everything you'll need while you're staying at The Whalehouse. - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
Large mini fridge, microwave, glasses, wine glasses, toaster oven, coffee maker, and complementary coffee are all included. And of course dishes and utensils too! - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
Please note that there is no full stove in the kitchenette, but we do provide a hot plate and pans if you need to cook something small. - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
The dining nook has an antique table with four chairs. We'll leave our guest pamphlet here too so you have all the info you need! - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
Take a map or a pamphlet! Explore our beautiful city, visit museums and enjoy the port. Get to know New Bedford! - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
As you walk the stairs to the second floor, you'll notice the wall is lined with vintage post cards from the late 1800's/early 1900's of old New Bedford. - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
The bathroom on the second floor is the perfect mix of antique and modern, complete with a small stand up shower and fluffy white towels. - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
This super comfortable queen sized bed with crisp white linens awaits you. Bedside books are provided if you want to lounge and read the day away.  - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
A mixture of soft and firm pillows allow you to sink back and fall asleep peacefully.  - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
The cozy bedroom area features this beautiful wooden fireplace that's been lovingly restored to reveal its original wood facade. Note: the fireplace is not functional. - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
The Moby Dick Trail was once a path throughout the city that marked the path on which the book is written. This original sign from the trail feels right at home in The Whalehouse. - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
While The Whalehouse is conveniently located to downtown, ferries to the islands, and our city's many amenities, you maybe persuaded spend the day relaxing in the bounty of the Guest Suites natural light! - Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford
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Gorgeous Historic Melville Mansion in New Bedford – Guest Suite, sleeps 2 with antique modern charm!
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*Top 10 Best Overnight Getaway in the South Coast and Rhode Island according to South Coast Almanac!* Experience a stay at The Whalehouse Guest Suite, a grand mansion in the heart of New Bedford's historic neighborhood. Built in 1855 and the former home of Herman Melville’s sister, the style melds perfectly with the antique character of the home.

Minutes from downtown, the Whaling Museum, ferries to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Cuttyhunk, Zeiterion Theatre, galleries & restaurants.

The Guest Suite is a thoughtfully designed two-floor apartment in the former servant's quarters of the home – exposed brick, tin ceiling and a wood fireplace give the space a historic feel with modern amenities, so you'll feel right at home.

The Guest Suite sleeps 2 comfortably, has its own private entrance, and comes fully furnished. The first floor has kitchenette, living room with a sofa bed, and a dining nook. On the second floor you will find your bedroom with a queen sized bed, a beautiful sun-filled bathroom with small stand up shower, and walk in closet.

The Whalehouse is located in this historic West End of New Bedford – conveniently walkable to downtown's amenities. Please note that while it is not directly in the city center, it is a bustling area – street noise is not uncommon.

As you arrive to The Whalehouse, you will be blown away with the ornate detailing of this historic home. The Italianate house was built in 1855 by Henry Taber, as a wedding present for his daughter Abby Taber Hunt. She and her husband and their daughter, Sarah, lived here through the 1860s. Upon moving to Western Massachusetts, they rented the home to Herman Melville's sister, Catherine Melville. The author was close with his sister and would frequent the home for visits, about 10 years after writing his famous novel, Moby Dick. As you look upon the estate, and the surrounding neighborhood, you can see how perfect Melville's words feel as he vividly describes the homes' facades. It's easy to see how he described New Bedford as "the dearest place to live in, in all New England."

During the 1950's the home was transformed into part of the Swain School of Art and Design campus, serving as the painting studios for the school. If you happen to go on a tour of the Main House, the host can show you the 3rd floor and widows walk/cupola where many of the students wrote notes that are now a part of history. In 1983 the home was transformed into a popular Bed & Breakfast for about 30 years. When the current owner, Laura, purchased the home in 2015, she promised to restore the home to its former glory, and has been working on the renovation since. Laura is happy to open The Guest Suite to visitors so they can stay in a piece of history.

Amenities

Heating
Air Conditioning
Kitchenette
Wifi
Cable TV
Smoke Detector

Reviews (107)

Excellent based on 107 Reviews

Suitability

Child friendly
Parking Included
• Your private entrance is on Orchard Street. • There is FREE parking on Orchard Street. Park on the West side of the street (the side opposite The Whalehouse). • There is absolutely NO parking on Madison Street at any time (including weekends). This parking is reserved for residents (please help us continue to have a great relationship with our neighbors by parking on Orchard Street. Thank you!)
Not Wheelchair Accessible

Getting around

• The Whalehouse is conveniently located minutes from Downtown New Bedford. We are also a short two minute walk from The Rotch Jones Duff House, and .5 miles from The Whaling Museum and Killburn Mill.
• Padanaram, Dartmouth, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Westport are all very close by. New Bedford beaches are to the south, and larger beaches, such as Horseneck Beach or scenic Little Compton, are a quick 25 minute drive away!
• Explore our working port, which is filled with shops, restaurants, galleries, the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and the ferry to Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Cuttyhunk
• There is FREE on street parking on Orchard Street, which is perpendicular to Madison. Park on the West side of the street (the side opposite The Whalehouse).
• There is absolutely NO parking on Madison Street at any time (including weekends). This parking is reserved for residents (please help us continue to have a great relationship with our neighbors by parking on Orchard Street. Thank you
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Check In: 4PM - Flexible
Check Out: 11AM
No parties or events
Absolutely no parties or events.
No pets
No smoking
No smoking in or outside of the house.
Maximum occupancy
The house can accommodate 2, with 1 queen beds. 1 fold down couch is available as well with a $50per person fee for any additional guests over 2.
Cancellation Policy
Full refund if cancelled 45 days prior to arrival.
50% refund if cancelled 14 days prior to arrival.
No refund if cancelled if cancelled within the 2 weeks prior to arrival.
Notes
Absolutely no parties, events, or photoshoots.
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Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford is a Apartment located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States. This Apartment is available for short term lodging and accommodates 2 guests
Guest Suite – Stylish Historic Melville Mansion - New Bedford has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and was listed on Houfy on Mar 2022

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