Bee & Thistle Inn and Spa

100 Lyme Street , Old Lyme, CT 6371 USA (Show map)


The inn is available as a large private guesthouse or by individual room on a bed and breakfast basis. All of our ten guest rooms are adorned with elegant accents, each individual in design. Therein you will find fine linens, down pillows and a private bath. The Bee & Thistle Inn's spa is a retreat from the chaos and the fast paced world. Designed to specifically provide you with calm space to relax, escape and recharge from your daily life. While you relax as our guest, there are many pleasant diversions just minutes away. You can choose from local museums, galleries, musicals and plays or enjoy our beautiful English gardens. The inn is a perennial favorite thanks to its outstanding New American cuisine and upscale hospitality. It has a well-earned reputation as one of Connecticut's most romantic spots along the shore.



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.6
  • Value3.9
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Great getaway.

3.0 on August 30, 2015

We went for a mid week stay . The desk clerk let us check in a hour early the room was cozy. We ate dinner there also, the food was good the only thing holding back a glowing review was the side dishes with the main course were bland and the waiter was a tad inexperienced. He dissaperaed quite often. We also were crammed in a small table with two other tables when there were plenty other tables. But the food was very good. The breakfast the next day was awesome. ! It was self serve but very very good fresh squeezed juice hot coffee crisp bacon the chef made sure we new were to sit & apologized for not having a staff member to help us. Again the service issue holding back a star there again. The place was clean but we noticed minor matience issues, loose tiles in sitting room peeling wall paper in our room unpolished brass in the bathroom ect all small things that again took away the fifth star. The place has such a excellent reputation these issues surprised us . But we had a wonderful stay.

Excellent service

3.8 on August 19, 2015

Stayed recently for a brief overnight stay- arrived late and the staff could not have been more helpful.From the reception to lounge to dining room all staff were courteous, professional and had great customer service skills. All in all a great stay in a historic setting - looking forward to returning. Doug

Nice to return to a favorite B&B

3.6 on June 29, 2015

Dinner was excellent. Breakfast was rather disappointing. Needs to be kept hot longer and selection, of cold cereals would be welcome. More selection of bread or rolls would be nice (a better toaster is seriously needed). As usual, the staff was friendly, and most helpful. They very much help to make the stay enjoyable.

Wonderful Return

5 on June 09, 2015

We had a wonderful return to the Bee & Thistle over Memorial Day weekend. We had not been back since our wedding at the inn two years before. We were so warmly greeted by the staff and made to feel very special. Great to see Tosh, Jack, Chris and the team. There is something really special about this place--the beautiful grounds, the mix of historic character and modern art, the great food and fun lounge. It feels special but unpretentious. A perfect weekend!

We Love the Bee!

4.8 on June 09, 2015

We discovered the Bee a few years ago, loved it, and it became our wedding venue. We have been going ever since. This was our 3rd visit and it always feels like home. There is always a new element of surprise-whether its the decor, the featured local artists or something delicious on the menu, the Bee never disappoints. Our massages were great, the weekend was so relaxing. The entire experience is capped with the wonderful hosts and staff. Can't wait to go back.

A Must Stay

5 on May 11, 2015

My wife and I wanted a quick weekend getaway (we only live in East Haven). We checked in and were greeted by a delightful staff. We took a ride up the road and took in the scenery and killed some time before our reservations. When we came back we changed and went into the bar area for a drink before our reservation time. We were treated to cocktails made by a mixologist who truly is a master at his craft. We were seated in a room with a décor that was unique and fitting for the Inn itself. The food was absolutely phenomenal. Living so close to New Haven, we pride ourselves as pseudo-foodies and this Chef and the menu could stand up against any of the restaurants in New Haven. We are looking forward to going back, much sooner rather than later.


5 on May 02, 2015

Such an amazing Inn!! I went for a night to relax with my boyfriend, and it was exactly what I wanted... Staff was friendly and invited, the room was comfortable and relaxing. We made a beautiful memorie we will never forget. Looking forward to visiting again soon....

Lovely visit!

3.8 on April 13, 2015

Welcoming atmosphere, charm of the building and room furnishings and interesting locale made for a special weekend.

The Perfect Connecticut Inn

4.8 on March 23, 2015

The Bee and Thistle Inn occupies a wonderfully charming 18th-century home, whose front hall and public rooms are generously scaled, eclectically furnished, and allow for a warm embrace. The staff is simply superb, from the owners to the managers to the chef to the attentive wait staff. On three separate occasions, we found the young chef's cooking to be exceptionally well executed. The menu in the off season was limited though I understand it is to expand April 1, and we enjoyed it immensely in any case. The new lounge is a welcoming gathering place for locals and travelers. Overall, the Bee is absolutely the best stop in coastal Connecticut.

Romantic New Year's Eve

5 on January 16, 2015

From the moment you pull up in the driveway, you know you are at someplace special. The house was festively dressed and there was a warm atmosphere from moment your entered. We were greeted by name when we arrived and they knew which room we stayed previously. We love that they have 2 seatings for New Year's - we had drinks with a couple we met the year before and chatted with one of the orchestra member. Delicious dinner and wonderful wine list. Following by dancing and champagne toast. The owners were gracious and made everyone feel special. Even got to twirl on the dance floor w/ Jacques Pepin. FAB TIME.

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Rooms & Rates


This Spacious bedroom has a queen four-poster bed, two armchairs, and bath with a walk-in shower. It has a decorative, flameless fireplace. It overlooks the sunken English garden, our spacious front lawn with the historic Japanese Chestnut tree.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


This guest room has a queen four-poster bed, gas fireplace, and a full bath. It has two comfortable wingback chairs, which make it a perfect place to unwind. It overlooks the front lawn and the historic Japanese chestnut tree.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


This Room includes an enormous, plush king size four-poster bed, upholstered armchair, walk in closet and full bath. It overlooks the north lawn containing numerous bronze sculptures by Andrew DeVries.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


The room has a queen four-poster bed and overstuffed chair. The bath has a walk in shower. The room overlooks the sunken English garden and has seasonal views of the Lieutenant River.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


This guest room has a queen four-poster bed, love seat, and bathroom with walk-in shower. It has a decorative, flameless fireplace.It overlooks the front lawn with the historic Japanese chestnut tree and the sunken English garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


This room has a queen size four-poster bed and walk in shower. It has a sitting area with two armed chairs. It overlooks the sunken English garden and has seasonal views of the Lieutenant River. Also views our herb, vegetable, and flower cutting garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


This room has an impressive queen size four-poster bed, oversized and overstuffed comfortable armchair and a full bath. It has views of the north lawn which include numerous bronze sculptures by Andrew DeVries.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


This room has a queen four-poster bed, full bath. It overlooks the north lawn, our boule court and sculptures by Andrew DeVries.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Small town


Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.) 75 miles

Directions to property:

Traveling Interstate 95 North, take Exit 70. Turn left at bottom. Go to second traffic light and turn right onto Halls Road. Go to end of Halls Road and turn left onto Lyme Street. Inn is third building on your left. Traveling Interstate 95 South, take Exit 70. Turn right at bottom of ramp. Inn is third building on your left. From Hartford, travel Interstate 91 south to Route 9 south. Follow Route 9 to end, get on Interstate 95 North. Stay in right lane, go over bridge and take Exit 70. Turn left at bottom of ramp. At second traffic light turn right onto Halls Road. Follow Halls Road to end and turn left onto Lyme Street. Inn is third building on your left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Spa, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Bath robes, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Ironing Board, Parking, Spa, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 16 years and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night deposit required at time of booking
  • Cancellations: If you find that you need to cancel your reservation, we need to have a minimum of 10 days notice in order to refund your deposit minus a $10 surcharge. Any cancellation with less than 10 days notice will be refunded only if we are able to rebook the room.



Linnea and David Rufo

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Country Continental

  • Time Served: 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian