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Bee & Thistle Inn and Spa

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

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About

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 hospitatlity. It has a well-earned reputation as one of Connecticut's most romantic spots along the shore.

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Overall
4.2

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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.7
  • Value3.9
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.2

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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.


Amazing!

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.


I hope to be back soon.

4.6 on November 26, 2014

Wow, what a great place. On Wednesday night, we were running late, so the Bee called. They asked for a few details, and then told us breakfast would be ready in the morning. Around 7AM, my fiancé (now wife, more on that in a bit) and I woke up to the smell of bacon. We came downstairs, and amazing breakfast was set out for us. We were the ONLY two people staying at the Inn. We planned to get married the next day, but I am not much of a planner. The Bee & Thistle was happy to help and their advice was excellent. I will be recommending this to a number of people and hope to visit soon.


Cute bed and breakfast in a sleepy town

3.2 on October 31, 2014

The Bee and Thistle Inn is in the sleepy town of Old Lyme. I say sleepy because no restaurants were open past 7 pm and we had to drive to Old Saybrook to find a small diner-style restaurant that was still serving dinner. We loved the history behind the inn and the service was also great. Breakfast was okay; not the best we've ever had but definitely not the worst!


Home away from home.

4.6 on October 25, 2014

We come back to the Bee and Thistle season after season. Mostly, we are drawn to the incredible welcome and the delicious food. The innkeepers and their staff are world class and the hospitality unmatched. Our favorite is Tash (sic?) who works front of house and always has the best smile and a good steer on the ever changing seasonal menu. The whole place has a lovely warm energy and the cozy bar is clearly a local favorite. I would not change a thing.


Charming Country Inn and Restaurant

3.2 on October 07, 2014

The Bee & Thistle is an historic country inn with charm and ambiance. It is however, in need of deferred maintenance to maintain the expectations expressed by their web-site. The service and dining are excellent and exceeded our expectations.


Good stay

4.0 on September 11, 2014

The breakfast was nice, and we enjoyed our stay. Because of a flight delay we had to arrive late at night. We called in advance of that and were able to use a key that was left for us at the front door. Having stayed at the inn some years ago, we were surprised at the current mix of fluxus art with the traditional room furnishings. Unfortunately, we found most of the art to be out of place and disharmonious, especially in our room. The manager graciously accommodated us with another room. We were thankful for that. We enjoyed the Old Lyme area, and especially the Florence Griswold Museum nearby.


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Rooms & Rates

ROOM ONE

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

ROOM TWO

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

ROOM THREE

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

ROOM FOUR

This is a bright and sunny guest room. It has a full size bed, upholstered armchair and a full bath. It overlooks the sunken English garden and south lawn with the historic Japanese Chestnut Tree. Also has views of our herb, vegetable, and flower cutting garden.

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

ROOM FIVE

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

ROOM EIGHT

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

ROOM NINE

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

ROOM TEN

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

ROOM ELEVEN

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

Location Type

Small town

Airport

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, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn, Spa, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Bath robes, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, 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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Policies

  • Check In:: 2pm-9pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Must be 16 years of age or older to stay at the inn.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum stay on the weekends
  • Deposit Amount Required: We require the first night's stay paid in full as a deposit for your reservation.
  • Cancellations: OUr cancellation policy is 10 days prior to the arrival date of your reservation. There is a $10 cancellation fee to cancel your reservation. If you cancel closer than 10 days of your arrival date, unless we can rebook the room, you will forfeit the first night's stay of your reservation.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Linnea and David Rufo

Languages spoken

English

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Meals

Breakfast

Continental Plus

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Deals

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Discounted Rate!

Regular Rate: $200 now $150 (25% Savings:)

Join us for an evening getaway for $150.00 including tax and breakfast. We have a beautiful restaurant and bar and are a river front property- come unwind! Please contact the inn directly at +1-860-434-1667 to redeem this deal.

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Details

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

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