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Stone House Accepting Reservations

Restoration efforts on schedule for a summer re-opening LITTLE COMPTON, RI — Goosewing Hotels & Resorts, owner and operator of the historic Stone House in Little Compton announced …

Restoration efforts on schedule for a summer re-opening

LITTLE COMPTON, RI — Goosewing Hotels & Resorts, owner and operator of the historic Stone House in Little Compton announced today the seaside hotel resort is accepting reservations for the summer of 2009. The historic and green restoration effort, which has been ongoing for the past year and a half, is on schedule to conclude in the coming months.

“We are looking forward to the re-opening of the Stone House this summer. The restoration has been a substantial undertaking and well worth the effort. The restored hotel will be a magnificent costal retreat, and will certainly be an economic driver for Little Compton’s tourism industry,” said Pishotti.

Little Compton residents, Craig Pishotti and Zachary Miller, co-founders of Goosewing Hotels and Resorts, purchased the property in October of 2007 and began the painstaking task of making historically accurate renovations to the house, originally built in 1854.

Long a Little Compton landmark, the revitalized Stone House will once again stand as a point of pride for local residents. Personnel decisions will be made with the goal of employing community members and retaining local vendors, focusing on local farmers, fisherman and artists. Pishotti and Miller also plan to support local charitable efforts and have pledged an annual scholarship to a local college-bound graduate as well.

Guests can visit www.stonehouse1854.com or call (401) 635-2222 to make reservations, check rates and availability.

Stone House was originally the country estate of Henry Tillinghast Sisson, a Civil War colonel and Rhode Island lieutenant governor, and was converted into an inn during the 1920s. In 2007, Goosewing Hotels and Resorts purchased the landmark Italianate estate and a large-scale renovation was undertaken, in accordance with the National Park Service’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The unique four-story building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 2009.

The restored inn will feature two restaurants and a spa that will not only be available to guests of the Stone House but members of the Little Compton community as well.

“We look forward to offering two dining experiences to the residents of Little Compton, and Rhode Island. We are confident they will find the dining and spa accommodations of the highest caliber,” said Miller.

Pietra restaurant will feature the innovative interpretations of Tuscan culinary traditions blended with the local seafood and farm offerings of Little Compton, crafted by Executive Chef Paul Wade, former chef de cuisine at The Four Seasons Wailea in Hawaii and Little Nell in Colorado. Wade will oversee the making in-house of all bread, granola, mozzarella, ricotta, yogurt, lemoncello and pastas. The restaurant will also cure and smoke bacon, Canadian bacon and prosciutto as well as plant and care for the botanical spa and culinary herbs.

Featured menu items include:

• Maine halibut with a summer vegetable salad, tiny tomatoes, white anchovies, grilled lemon and olive oil

• Butter-poached Sakonnet lobster, celery root remoulade, asparagus and black truffles with Vermont farm butter

• Braised local rabbit with chorizo, brioche gnocchi, flageolets, tiny tomatoes and pecorino broth

• BBQ grass-fed lamb, sage-mascarpone polenta, Tuscan cabbage and semolina onion rings

The Stone House’s second dining facility, 1854, was once known as the Tap Room, and is reminiscent of the Prohibition-era speakeasy that its cellar’s confines were rumored to support. The setting is perfect for evening drinks, interesting wines, and robust comfort food.

A major component of the renovation is the Goosewing Spa. Equipped with several massage and facial treatment suites, a double treatment suite, a wet room, a manicure and pedicure room and a yoga and meditation garden, the spa is unlike anything else Little Compton has to offer. Spa Director Alfredo Madero has worked with the Stone House team to create a menu with treatments that utilize herbs, flowers and oils from local farms and sea salts and sea herbs from the Atlantic Ocean.

Additional resort amenities and services include the Eclipse, a 59’ 3” Sou’wester 59 Hinckley yacht available for charter to guests, pillow service, international newspapers, wine humidors, airport and train pick-up, in-suite check-in, nightly turn-down service, dry cleaning and valet. Pre-arrival services include personalizing each suite to include favorite beverages, food items and flowers in each room’s gourmet corner.

Membership

When known as the Stone House Club, membership was a requirement to enjoy all the property had to offer. Membership is no longer required, but Stone House is offering preferential services via honorary memberships to recognize those former members who contributed to Stone House’s history. The 1854 membership offers a high level of preferred services including complimentary dinner for eight at the chef’s table in Pietra, private wine locker, invitation to the annual summer equinox cocktail party and an end-of-summer cruise on the Eclipse.

Along with the hotel accommodations, Stone House will be offering estate memberships, 99-year leaseholds that are fully transferable, auto-renewable and can be passed on from generation to generation, similar to a private residence club. Estate members are entitled to unlimited use of their suite, and given the option of placing it into the hotel’s inventory to be rented on their behalf at any time.

About Goosewing Hotels and Resorts

Goosewing Hotels & Resorts is a hotel development and property management company, focusing on primary and secondary hospitality markets where the upscale and luxury segments are underserved. Goosewing focuses on historical properties and delivers expertise in design, development and architecture to maintain the integrity of the destination. Goosewing’s current projects include Stone House and The Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, with several additional projects under consideration. For more information, please visit www.goosewinghotels.com.

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