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Welcome to Melville House

"One of the loveliest (bed and breakfasts in New Bedford)"

In the 1860's Herman Melville often visited New Bedford, Massachusetts and enjoyed the comforts of his sister's home. Now his experience can be yours.

The Melville House stands on an historic street lined with stately federal and Victorian mansions built by 19th century sea captains. This restored 1855 Italian Empire house, originally built as a wedding gift by a wealthy sea merchant for his daughter, was once owned by Herman Melville's sister, Katherine and her husband, engineer and poet John Hoadley, who had become close to Melville.  Read more...

Herman Melville Room

The Herman Melville Room A stately room with a nautical flair, you'll feel relaxed and comfortable reading a good book.
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Frederick Douglass Room

The Frederick Douglass Room Warm tones imbue this suite with a cozy quality perfect for an afternoon nap on a lazy day.
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James Arnold Room

The Garden Room The ground floor James Arnold Room celebrates New Bedford's horticultural heritage.
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The City That Lit The World
Street view of New Bedford, MA.
New Bedford Harbor

New Bedford was the mid 19th century’s preeminent whaling port and for a time “the richest city in the world.” Come stroll down cobblestone streets, visit the world’s largest whaling museum, tour a whaling merchant’s home and whaleman's chapel, and walk a 19th century schooner’s decks. Walk in the footsteps of Herman Melville and Frederick Douglass and learn about a remarkable era.
Originally built as a bank in 1854, the National Park Visitor Center sits in the heart of New Bedford's historic district.

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Buttonwood Park
Buttonwood Park
Buttonwood Park

The largest and most visited public park in New Bedford is often referred to as the "Crown Jewel" of the New Bedford Park System. The original master plan for the park was developed in 1895 by Charles Eliot of the famed architectural firm of Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot. In 1988, a new Olmsted-inspired master plan was adopted, serving as a blueprint for park improvements. In 2000 the park and parts of the neighborhood surrounding it were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Melville Connection

Herman Melville photo
Find out more about the historical connection between our home and the famous author Herman Melville.
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Healing Offerings

Stan Palys works as a natural healer in the house, which may contribute to the inn's peaceful aura.
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Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates Available
Purchase gift certificates for friends and family — for accommodations, or for healing sessions.
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Breathe Easier

The Melville House is a smoke-free establishment and all rooms feature separate air-conditioners during the summer months allowing you to choose your preference.

Horticultural Heritage

Whaling merchants returning from distant shores, brought back plants from around the world, resulting in the establishment of the first American plant nursery right here in New Bedford.

Reserve a Healing Session

While staying at Melville House you may book a hands-on healing session while lying on our special pad filled with hundreds of amethyst healing crystals. Or soak your feet in our "ion cleanse" detoxifying footbath.

Green & Organic

We are the longest running B&B in New Bedford and have been eco-conscious since the beginning, offering organic foods and many natural amenities.
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