Buy a great, historic home – or your own B&B in Bristol

The large, historic home in Bristol's downtown district has been a bed and breakfast for more than two decades. The large, historic home in Bristol's downtown district has been a bed and breakfast for more than two decades.

The large, historic home in Bristol's downtown district has been a bed and breakfast for more than two decades.

The large, historic home in Bristol’s downtown district has been a bed and breakfast for more than two decades.

The Rockwell House, at 610 Hope St. in Bristol, has occupied an exceptionally private half-acre lot, prominently sited a little more than a block north of Linden Place in the center of historic Bristol, for just over two centuries. With its cheerful pink clapboards and intricate porch detailing, it is easy to see why it has become a downtown landmark.

This superbly-crafted traditional Federal style home has six bedrooms with seven full bathrooms and one half-bathroom over a total of 4,000 square feet of living space. The home’s original architectural features have been carefully maintained, evidenced by the period window and door casings, wainscoting and other details found intact throughout the home.

The historic heart of the home is most certainly the large double formal living room, which extends from the front to the back of the first floor. Boasting 10-foot ceilings, pocket doors, mahogany inlaid floors and triple-hung floor-to-ceiling windows, it is an ideal space for entertaining and family gatherings. Yet not every room in The Rockwell House is old — it’s new in all the right places, most notably in the beautifully updated gourmet kitchen.

Rockwell House was a family home for most of its history, but it has been operated as a successful bed & breakfast since 1992. The layout remains conducive to either use, with private and separate innkeeper’s quarters accessible via a back stairway, leaving the front staircase and downstairs rooms available to guests.

The verdant and landscaped yard features a pond with a waterfall and several large, mature specimen and exquisite flowering trees. A wide front porch provides an ideal vantage point for watching the activity on Hope Street as well as the annual Fourth of July Parade. A short walk brings you to Bristol’s finest shops and restaurants, lovely Bristol Harbor, and the East Bay Bike Path.

 Just the facts

  • $609,900 (or as a turnkey business at $659,900)
  • RE/MAX Flagship
  • Fran Bidell
  • 401-864-1308
  • Fran@rihomesearch.com
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