James Pharmacy Bed & Breakfast and Gelateria

Select Registry member since 2018
Tradition with A Twist.
James Pharmacy Bed & Breakfast and Gelateria
James Pharmacy Bath
James Pharmacy Bedroom 2
James Pharmacy Bedroom 3
James Pharmacy Bedroom
James Pharmacy Gelataria
James Pharmacy Shower
James Pharmacy Cafe

A one-of-a-kind Bed & Breakfast, the James Pharmacy history embodies progressive New England attitudes and bears witness to the equality, acceptance, achievements, and appreciation of three remarkable women whose success would be noteworthy even today.

A general store in 1790, the town’s first pharmacy in 1877, and later a soda fountain and ice-cream parlor where townspeople would gather. Now, this historic building has been lovingly repurposed into an elegant Bed & Breakfast by the owners of the Deacon right next door.

Three guest rooms – named for accomplished women who made their mark here – feature four-poster beds by Noir with luxurious Italian linens, modern oversized showers, gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and high-speed wifi. These modern amenities are set within quirky and private rooms devoid of right angles, revealing hand-hewn beams, white-washed original paneling, and wide-board floors.

Even the luxuriously large, modern private bathrooms have been designed to reveal elements of the historic structure. Guests and locals gather downstairs at the cafe for breakfast, lunch, pastries, the finest American and Italian coffees, and Simpson & Vail teas. As a nod to its soda fountain past, today’s patrons are treated to gelato, made daily on the premises.

And the women? If these walls could talk, they might tell tales of slavery, as told by novelist and best-seller Ann Lane Petry whose African-American parents were the original owners of this historic site. You might hear starstruck whispers about Academy-award winning actress Katharine Hepburn, an Old Saybrook resident, who visited often. And, you might overhear the sage advice of Miss Anna James, the first African-American female pharmacist in Connecticut, who ran the beloved pharmacy for 55 years.

This historic landmark is a remarkable blend of past and present with tradition and authenticity sustained by surprise and delight.

Amenities

Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBT Friendly, Limited Spa Service, Dedicated Spa Service, Restaurant On Site, National Historic Registry, Concierge Services,

Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Restaurant on Premises: Open to the public

Special Diets Accomodated: Vegetarian , Vegan , Gluten Free

Breakfast: Complimentary

Breakfast Service: Full

Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables , Set Times , Flexible Times

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Beverages , Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments , Complimentary Snacks , Complimentary Early Coffee Tea , Complimentary Warm Cookies before bed , Picnics Available

Rooms & Suites

Rooms feature four-poster beds by Noir with luxurious Italian linens, modern oversized showers, fair-trade toiletries, gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary high-speed wifi. These modern amenities are set within quirky and private rooms devoid of right angles, revealing hand-hewn beams, white-washed original paneling, wide-board floors, and historic windows with Main Street or garden views.

Accommodations: Suites

# of Rooms: 3

Beds: Twin, Queen

Room Entertainment: Cable TV

Handicap Accessible: Not handicap accessible due to historic nature of property

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Alarm Clocks, Antique Furnishing, Bathrobes, Feather-beds , Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Ironing Boards, Private Entrance

Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless, Complimentary

Front Desk/Security: OnSite, Business Hours

Corporate Rates: Yes

Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBT Friendly, Limited Spa Service, Dedicated Spa Service, Restaurant On Site, National Historic Registry, Concierge Services

Location Type

Location Type: Suburban, Small Town/Village, Coastal

Policies

Minimum Stay Required: Weekends, Holidays, Peak Season

Pet Friendly: Limited

Smoking Policy: Smoke Free

Family Friendly: No

Weddings & Events

Wedding/Events Capacity: 50-99

Events Supported: Private Parties, Ceremony, Receptions, Rehersal Dinner, Bridal Luncheon, Elopment

Wedding Services & Amenities: Wedding Planner, Officiant, Caterer, Florist, Photographer, Decorator

Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor

Business Travel & Events

Meeting Types: Business Meeting, Retreats, Social

Meeting Amenities: Dedicated Conference Center, Onsite Catering

Meeting Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor