Welcome To The Hawthorne House

Locally Owned & Operated Since 1996

Newport's Hawthorne House was established in 1996 - and the current location was constructed in 2002. Designed specifically to accommodate guests, Hawthorne House of Newport is located in the city's south end (known as the “fifth ward”). Universal design concepts, which include a single story layout and other accessible features, make this residence friendly to all.

Your privacy is assured as we accept just one reservation at a time – in other words, you will be our only guests.


Free Off Street Parking / Private Bath / Air Conditioning / Kitchenette / Wi-Fi / Central Newport Location / Cable TV & WiFi / Welcoming to Wheelchairs, Children, Doggies

Meet Terri & Mike

Mike and Terri Fitch are native "Fifth Ward" Newporters.

Terri designed and Mike built Hawthorne House in 2002. Now a retired police officer, Mike is busy with never-ending building and landscaping projects at Hawthorne House (is any house ever finished?) and lawn mowing is his favorite “zen” activity. He enjoys snowmobiling in Vermont and kayaking in Newport and walks the Cliff Walk nearly every day.


Terri recently retired from her position as a human resources manager for a local insurance agency. However, she continues as a self-employed business forms distributor, a credit union director, and is an active Rotarian. Terri served as a Rotary District Governor in 2006-2007. She is not ready to completely retire!

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For most guests with mobility needs (walkers, canes, standard-sized wheelchairs, etc.) or for those who can easily stand and pivot to transfer, this suite is very accommodating.  We are, of course, happy to move (or remove) furnishings or scatter rugs as needed for your comfort.  Ask for our Accessibility Guide for more information.

There are no stairs at all; there are no thresholds between the rooms (hardwood floors and tile floors are designed to meet seamlessly). The bath door is 32" wide; all other doors are 36" wide.  

The guest bathroom is supplied with a high (ADA) toilet with a grab bar.  The approach to the toilet is from the right and the grab bar is on the right when seated.  There is no turn-around room for a wheelchair in the bathroom – access is straight in and reverse out.  The tub/shower has a hand-held shower head and a grab bar on the back wall of the tub.  A bench-type shower chair is available. 

The kitchenette is not fully accessible.  While the fridge/freezer is an under-the-counter model, the countertop (with sink, toaster, and coffee maker) is 36” high.  The microwave can be relocated to the countertop if so desired.

Mirrors are hung low; there is also a full-length mirror and a counter-top mirror (which flips for magnification). The closet has both standard height and lower height hanging rods – and accessible storage cubbies. There is space in the bedroom to "park" a wheelchair alongside the bed. Bed risers are removable. All of the light switches are lower and outlets are higher.

Remember to request our Accessibility Guide for more info!

Hawthorne House
71 Ruggles Ave.
Newport RI 02840
P. (401) 847-6340