The building is a recently renovated, partly new, traditional wooden Connecticut house, with about ten large, airy bedrooms. The owner, Peter Starbuck (no relation, as far as we could tell, to the coffee shop chain), runs the show in an affable, extrovert but quite determined manner. The rooms were clean, although the carpet should have been vacuumed each day. Breakfasts were quirky, with Peter keeping the actual menu secret until it appeared on the table, and included items such as apple sausage, blueberry pancakes, butternut squash quiche, and good coffee, but sadly they were rather nouvelle-cuisine and there was no choice. This shortcoming was made up for by the provision of an ample afternoon tea at four o’clock in front of the log fire, when we were given Italian pastries, cheese, paté, and other nibbles, as well as tea, apple juice and sherry.
The inn is a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Kent, a neat, tidy and rather twee little town, with a range of restaurants – mostly pretty overpriced. The Appalachian Trail can be accessed within a mile or so: very beautiful but 2,200 miles long.
- Also Known As:
- Starbuck Inn b&b
- Starbuck Hotel Kent