For a slice of historical seaside charm, a visit to Cape Cod’s oldest town is a must. More friendly bed-and-breakfast than ‘hotel’ there have been rooms on the site of the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich for over 300 years, so we reckon they know a thing or two about hospitality.

The Dan’l Webster Inn is named after the Boston lawyer and later US senator, Daniel Webster, who kept a room here at what was then a traditional tavern, in the early 19th century. From your intimate Cape Cod base, you can go beachcombing on Sandy Neck Beach, make the short drive to the Shining Sea Bikeway Trail and soak up the views with a picnic at the Marina Park. The 48 traditionally furnished rooms – some with sleigh or four-poster beds – are either in the main building or adjoining wings. Superior and deluxe rooms are closest to the Beach Plum Spa and courtyard and gardens while second-floor rooms are closest to the Main Inn. The popular Jarvis Suites come with an oversized whirlpool bath, and a two-person walk-in shower. Making the most of its manicured grounds and charming spaces, the Inn has a choice of settings for diners, including alfresco garden and terrace, and conservatory dining – particularly lovely under moonlight. We also recommend the atmospheric Tavern. An authentic replica of the two-centuries old tap room frequented by Daniel Webster, it also served as a base for local Patriots during the Revolution.

3.5 stars