Building strong relationships and connections to the community are just two of the reasons why Sheryl Martin, owner of the Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast, decided to follow her dream and open her business.
It all started in 2017 when Sheryl and her husband Marvin purchased a property in Wellesley with the intention of redesigning the home into her perfect B&B. After a few years of work, Apple Inn officially opened in early 2020.
“We bought a place, but there was just a little house on it. We lived in the house for about a year and a half while we were designing the house and planning [how it would look], but it was always in the plans when we purchased this property in Wellesley [to turn this into a B&B],” said Martin. “We love the quaintness of Wellesley, and the community is so amazing. Wellesley has so much to offer and I just like that community-oriented village, [which allows me to] see my guests enjoy that. [This property] was kind of like a gift to us, it’s more than I even imagined that we would ever be able to have.”
Martin has always had a dream to open a B&B, a place where she could foster relationships between family, friends and the community. She loved having the ability to turn her home into a business, as she wanted to avoid giving up time with her family to start this new venture. Martin’s love of cooking also gave her a push, which she brings to make the stay of each guest more enjoyable, serving up creative menu items.
She says she is able to use her cooking skills by treating each guest to a fresh breakfast each day to start their morning. She also offers what she calls a “morning tray” that includes a cup of tea, coffee, or juice with a special pastry.
Even though the bed and breakfast opened just before the pandemic hit, Martin says she was not worried in the slightest. She even had someone returning from abroad isolating at the B&B, something she said she was happy to do because it allowed her to give someone a safe place to live for two months.
When booking at the Apple Inn, Martin says there are two room options. The first is the ‘Blossom Suite’ – an upstairs private room with a loft, balcony and large en-suite bathroom. There is also a junior suite just off the master room so kids can play and sleep separate from their parents. She says this suite costs $159 for one night, and $20 comes off for consecutive nights up to seven nights when 15 per cent is taken off the bill. The second room is the ‘Harvest Suite’ and has a deck adjacent to the room. A cost of $129 is applied to this room, with $20 coming off and a 15 per cent discount included in the same manner as the other room.
Martin says seniors also get a 10 per cent discount.
Since opening, Martin says she has received wonderful feedback from members of the community.
People who have walked through here have told her that they just love it, she said, noting she just had a guest who you could tell was just completely relaxed and it was just great to see and hear how much she and others have loved staying there.