The Villa has eight rooms with unique names and is a Mediterranean-styled bed and breakfast. The property is located in Rhode Island near the city of Westerly. Six of the rooms reside in the main house, while two are in the carriage home in the back. A pool and jacuzzi connect the carriage house and home. Breakfast is served at the establishment and has a menu with options changing every day. Michael and Betsy are the owners of the Villa and enjoy getting to know guests and helping make a romantic, relaxing, or comfortable stay for patrons. The home originally built in the 1850s has gone under major renovations and has been brought to modern standards around 2003 when Michael first purchased the property.
Located in Westerly, Rhode Island, the Villa is a two-story home with orange tiled roofs and white stucco walls following more traditional Mediterranean architecture. The property has several acres with a large backyard and a small cottage home following similar architecture to the original house. There is parking on the north side of the home and access to the backyard. Connecting the home and carriage house is a large pool and jacuzzi area. Chairs, tables, and umbrellas have been set up around the pool for socializing. Areas with flowers and small shrubbery surround the pool as well, offering guests an area where they may relax, read or talk with other guests. Next to the pool and jacuzzi farther south, there is a koi pond with more foliage and a garden area meant to help guests feel comfortable outside. On the other side of the koi pond is a grass area with a gazebo in the back corner.
There are six units inside the home and two in the carriage house. The names of the rooms in the main home are Rosa, Venezia, Cielo, Roma, Positano, and Tuscany. The Blue Grotto and Verona are the units in the carriage house. The rooms have been described as having a modern yet elegant atmosphere. Each of the rooms is decorated and styled according to the name.
Each room comes with the following amenities- a private bathroom with bathrobes, soaps, shampoos, iron, and ironing board. Rooms also come with Wi-Fi, internet, TV, a microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker. All rooms have air-conditioning and housekeeping as well. The area has various activities for visitors, and many activities are near the Villa. There are several casinos in the area; Foxwoods Resort & Casino and Mohegan Sun near the property. There are also several museums Submarine Force Museum, Museum Florence, Griswold Museum. Various wineries are within a short distance, and many local restaurants can be found in the area.
Michael and Betsy, the owners of the property, are motivated to give guests a good time and help them to rejuvenate from the worries of the world. They try to provide guests with a stay that will help them to relieve stress and make memories. Breakfast is served every day by the owners, who provide menus to their guests. When patrons order, they are able to request special accommodations for any dietary needs or restrictions. Breakfast generally starts at 8:30, but guests may choose when they would like it and where. During the warmer months, visitors may have breakfast outside by the pool, year-round patrons may have it in their room or in the main dining room.
One guest said of their experience at the Villa, "the Villa Bed & Breakfast is a quiet and secluded place. Perfect for rest and relaxation. My husband and I stayed in the Blue Grotto room. It was lovely. The service is excellent, and the breakfasts were amazing." Betsy and Michael enjoy talking with guests and getting to know them and also respect guest privacy, making an effort to help couples have their romantic getaway. Children are not allowed at the inn, which has a 21 or older policy, with many of the guests being couples of various ages. Pets are not permitted on the property, same with smoking. The owners ask that visitors be respectful of one another and keep loud noises to a minimum at night.
The Villa was originally built in 1850 and was a place of residence for some time. Later in the year 1938, there was a large hurricane, and the house was destroyed. Shortly thereafter, the estate was rebuilt. The house continued to be used as a residency for various families. In 1974 the home became converted into a bed and breakfast, renovating rooms and adding private bathrooms and other amenities to the property.
In 2003, the current owners Michel and Betsy bought the property, and Michael began to work on the home. He brought the home to modern standards, including the carriage house, and renovated the rooms to give them a slightly more modern feel but kept some of the older atmospheres. Michael has been in the hospitality industry for 30 years and has worked with many people. He has enjoyed getting to know new people and continues to enjoy working at the Villa.