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Guests tend to return to this gracious home frequently, enjoying the quiet historic neighborhood and the B&B's serene gardens. Architect Irving Gill designed the cubist building in 1913, and many of his loveliest buildings, with signature archways, built-in nooks and shelves, and simple, unadorned walls, are clustered in the same. All 15 rooms have small private bathrooms; some are bright and cheery with floral wallpaper, and lots of pillows and ruffles; others are more modern and minimalist with soft beige walls. All include a pleasingly eclectic combo of antique and modern furnishings. A few rooms have partial sea views, or clay foot tubs, or decorative fireplaces. Soft towels, crisp linens, fresh flowers, and fragrant toiletries add pampering touches. Days begin with a candlelit three-course breakfast and end with cheese and wine at sunset; beverages and snack are set out during the day. Birds and butterflies flit about the flower-filled gardens and terraces.