The Belfry Inn consists of three buildings set on Jarves Street, Sandwich Village, Cape Cod. They are named; The Painted Lady Bed and The Abbey and The Village Inn. In 1992 when Christopher Wilson financial planner/trust banker and innkeeper wannabe, first spotted the ramshackle , tumbledown former rectory on Jarves street in historic Sandwich Village the project was complete.
For over thirty years, The ‘Painted Lady’ (a term used for the Victorian homes painted in five to seven colors) languished along tree-shaded Jarves Street-forlorn, tumbledown, a relic, a faded beauty. Many believed she was past her prime. “Awfully sad,” villagers and visitors mumbled, shaking their heads, as they ambled by. Wilson’s foresight, architectural vision and sensitivity to the town’s past revitalized what might, by now, have been a mere memory. The eyesore of an old rectory evolved into the first of three buildings compromising The Belfry Inn and Bistro, a landmark hostelry and dining establishment.
Purchased from the Arch Diocese of Fall River in 1993, The Belfry Inn & Bistro opened for its first guests in December 5, 1995. The Bistro was located on the first floor of what is now The Painted Lady, with its small fireplace bar and three intimate dining rooms; it served a pre-fixed dinner menu. Tented weddings were held in the rear garden area. Nine guest lodging suites were created upstairs, in addition to the owner’s quarters of three bedrooms for Wilson and his two sons, Christopher and Alexander.
In 1998 Wilson completed the purchase of the former church, Corpus Christi. During 1999 the Bistro was moved from the original location to the Abbey. In order to distinguish the two buildings for its lodging guests, the rectory became known as the Drew House. During the next several years the former dining rooms at the Drew House went through a transformation, first being utilized as common areas, then as two additional guest suites.
Then, in 2005, with the creation of the Painted Lady Café, the interior was completely remodeled to reflect the whimsical and eclectic dining menu. During 2006 all the guest rooms were transformed from the Laura Ashleyesque style to more colorful “summery” crisp feelings of the Painted Lady Café below. The dominant green color scheme of the late 1980’s was replaced with burgundy, lavender, red, yellow and pale green palettes.
In 2011 the Painted Lady was again transformed with the two first floor dining rooms being made into two new guest rooms. The Café was merged with the bistro to offer lunch and a lighter fare menu. The Painted Lady Bar and dining area was again redone in 2013 to reflect a more contemporary feel, with the opening of CW’s Cocktail and Wine Bar. CW’s offers a cozy interlude serving wine flights, cocktails and a tapas menu.
The Abbey was built in 1901 and is the third Catholic Church in Sandwich. The first was located a block down on Jarves Street, now MacDonald’s Gift Emporium. The second was located on Church Street near the glass factory. In the late 1800’s, the Abbey was badly damaged in a storm and the property location on Jarves Street was purchased. On July 5, 1901 the new Corpus Christi church was consecrated.
The interior of the Abbey was transformed from an open space with an aisle leading to an altar, with sixteen sets of pews on each side, to an intimate dining space. A second floor was added providing space for four guest rooms and additions on the two rear roofs provided two additional rooms. The Abbey is an architectural and aesthetic tour de force. This grand space has been segregated ingeniously and imaginatively into dining and lodging spaces. Guests and dining patrons enter into a soaring space, warmly lit with retrofitted ecclesiastical lighting, handsomely accented by ground level amber stained glass windows. The grand fireplace, lit on cooler evenings, is the focal point of the main dining room.
The Abbey guest rooms feature king beds with spa tubs, and fireplaces. The Wednesday room, in particular, features a rainfall shower with enclosed spa therapy unit called “The Verdana” that creates a space of relaxation and respite. All rooms have decks that were cut into the existing roof to create privacy. The color palettes of each room reflect the biblical story of creation and are named for the six days of the week; Monday through Saturday. The Sunday door leads to the rear parking lot as God “rested” on that day.
Tables are set with crisp white linen and the seating is of black leather and large upholstered chairs. Wilson salvaged nearly every piece of architectural ‘gewgaw’ and put them to their highest and best uses. The Bistro Bar’s wine ‘cellar’ is the one-time confessional, former pews have many new homes—some became the bar, while others became wall paneling, even beds.
The oak paneling was saved and repositioned. For instance the choir loft railing was moved to the walkway leading from the front to the rear of the building. The confessional now houses the Bistros wine and liquor behind the bar, the bar was made out of the pews as well as headboards for the beds. The original organ was donated to the Episcopal Church in New Londonderry, New Hampshire. The stain glass window depicting Jesus, located above the sanctuary was gifted to the Corpus Christi church in East Sandwich. The remaining stained glass windows are in their original placement with the exception of Michael the Archangel is now in the Saturday room and Gabriel now in the Friday room.
Our third property was purchased in the summer of 2003. Built in 1827, this federal style home was the original residence of Naaman Dillingham , a descendant of Thornton Burgess. Through the years the home was a boarding house as well as the offices of the company that constructed the Cape Cod Canal. Renovated from a private residence in 1985 to a bed and breakfast it is now part of the Belfry. It has seven guest rooms that are decorated in a floral theme with crisp white linens and “Cape Cod Cottage” style beds and furniture. The rooms set a simpler tone than the other rooms at the Belfry. Guests enjoy sitting under the veranda and quiet garden areas. The rear carriage House is the setting for Art Workshops, Pilate classes and other group events held at the Inn.
In 1992, when Christopher Wilson, financial planner/trust banker and innkeeper wannabe, first spotted the ramshackle, tumbledown former 1872 rectory on Jarves Street in historic Sandwich village, the project was complete.
His vision for the building? A reincarnation as a grand Victorian painted lady turned Bed and Breakfast. Selling his vision to the bank and town building officials was quite another matter. Wilson persevered. He fell in love with the soul of the lady. Knowing that beauty is only skin deep he performed a makeover…some say a miracle! In December 5, 1995, The Belfry Inne & Bistro opened for its first guests. The Bistro was located on the first floor, with its small fireplace bar and three intimate dining rooms and served a pre fixe dinner menu. Tented weddings were held in the rear garden area. Nine guest lodging suites were created upstairs, in addition to the owner’s quarters of three bedrooms for Wilson and his two sons, Christopher and Alexander.e in his mind before he signed a purchase and sales agreement. She was a faded beauty, and many said she was past her prime. “Sad when someone lets themselves go like that,” people whispered. She was forlorn a mere shadow of her former glory.
The former rectory was originally built for the George P. Drew family. Mr. Drew a merchant had a clothing and provision store on Cape. He was married to Martha Southworth and had two daughters Ida and Sara. In 1920 the building was sold to the Arch Diocese of Fall River for use as a Rectory.
Located in the most beautiful area of Cape Cod, comprising three glorious restored period buildings in historic tranquil Sandwich Village, the jewel is The Belfry Inne, a luxurious historic Cape Cod bed and breakfast that casts an enduring spell upon all who enter. Each edifice hails from a distinct architectural period and has been renovated and fitted with handsome furnishings and a host of outstanding amenities including our highly acclaimed gourmet restaurant the Belfry Bistro, the whimsical Painted Lady café and the now spa services.
Growing up in The Woodlands, TX a northern suburb of Houston, Devin realized his passion for cooking by his love of watching the classic cooking shows on PBS television. While at Indiana University Devin was interested in seeking a career in culinary arts and in 2006 he completed the culinary arts program at Ivy Tech College in Indianapolis. Upon graduating with honors he went on to study abroad in Europe at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Asti, Italy.
Devin’s early career started in some of Indianapolis’s most notable restaurants. Quickly coming up through the ranks he accepted his first sous chef position at the young age of 23 at Meridian Hills, a prominent country club in Indianapolis. It was here Devin was then offered a sous chef position at the Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in Miami, FL. Two years later he was moving to New York to work with legendary chef Daniel Boulud at Daniel his renowned, fine dining three-star Michelin restaurant.
It was here that he notably molded and refined his unique approach of cooking and the dining experience while holding multiple positions throughout the restaurant at Daniel. While contributing to the success of Restaurant Daniel and Chef Boulud, Devin accompanied him on many private dinners, domestically and internationally. Being personally drawn to the countryside’s vibrant culinary and agricultural lifestyle, he moved to Sandwich, Massachusetts. Joining owner and innkeeper Christopher Wilson as his Executive Chef at The Belfry Inne & Bistro, Broo brings his desire and creativity for wild foraging, innovative techniques and personalized cuisine. The surrounding farmland and aquaculture supports Broo’s devotion to gardening, fishing and working closely with local farms.
The management and staff of the Belfry Inn & Bistro are proud to be members of many local and national business and guest associations. We have provided a brief list of the current associations we support below, in the hope that you too will support our local small business. We are once again extremely proud of our connections and the service we provide to our guests. Please refer to these associations and support their local membership in the Cape Cod & Islands area.