Captain Haskell’s Octagon House is a unique pet-friendly victorian bed & breakfast in the historic whaling city of New Bedford, MA. Built in 1848 for Captain Haskell, the master of the whaleship Mercury, this octagonal house represents a brief obsession for the “Octagon Mode.” For a time, octagonal houses were acclaimed for economy of construction, efficiency of space use and ventilation, as well as supposedly enhancing health, happiness and sexual harmony.
Captain Haskell’s Octagon House retains its original victorian features—including marble fireplaces, Staffordshire tile hearths, oak parquet floors, carved papyrus leaf door casings, spiral staircase, the marble-floored conservatory dating from the l860s renovation, and the recreated old-fashioned city garden.
The imposing carved four-poster queen-size bed dominates this gracious and comfortable room. A pair of antique natural wicker Bar Harbor chairs, wicker glass-topped coffee table, grasscloth walls, and an antique Chinese deco carpet add to the eclectic decor.
Count ten cupolas from the bay window! Step out onto your private balcony overlooking Cottage Street and the veranda and garden below.
Each second floor room has a private bathroom with the original marble sinks and clawfoot tubs with showers. The charming bathrooms have odd-angled walls, reminding you that you’re staying in an octagonal building. Beds in both rooms are equipped with luxurious “pillow top” mattresses.
Antique Eastlake/Renaissance Revival American walnut furniture with all the trimmings—antique oriental rug, tasseled silk damask drapes, antique lighting fixtures, etc.—provide an elegant and authentic Victorian experience in this spacious room. Look up and down Union Street from the sitting area in your bay window and count seven cupolas! Standard double bed.
Climb the back stairs to the third floor to a light-filled dramatic octagonal hall and look up into the octagonal cupola. The suite includes one or two (your choice) unique pie-shaped guest rooms. One will have an antique brass and iron bed, three-quarter size (48” wide). The other will have two twin beds. These rooms share a modern bathroom with a large glass stall shower (no tub).