A chance stroll down a sun-dappled side street in charming Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard led Gery Conover to discover one of the great passions of his life—a historic property in need of a new lease on life. Almost four decades later, brilliant with white paint and surrounded by carefully tended lawns, The Charlotte Inn serenely awaits visitors.
Above left: The library, just off the front hall, is home to the owners’ lively yellow canaries. Above right: The American flag flies over the inn’s sheltered entry.
Well appointed with period antiques, The Charlotte Inn welcomes guests to register at the back of the front hall, beneath the “Enquiries” sign. The curving stairwell climbs to the upper floor, where luxurious bedrooms await.
The front living room offers cozy seating for relaxation.
Fine art fills the main building’s back living room, and in the front living room, an antique gaming table provides a gathering spot.
Guests in room twelve find treasured vanity jars and silver hair accessories, a brass key unique to the room, and a stately wooden canopy bed.
A private “folly” whose only purpose is beauty is tucked behind the garden.
Golden retriever siblings Nicky and Barclay are favorites with the inn’s guests.
The Coach House contains a ground-floor tack room and an upper-level guest suite.
Fine Italian cuisine is served at Il Tesoro, the inn’s restaurant.
Text Barbara Cockerham
Photography Kate Sears
To read more about The Charlotte Inn, see “Guardian of History: The Charlotte Inn” on page 52 of the July/August 2011 issue of Victoria.