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.
3.8 on April 13, 2015
Welcoming atmosphere, charm of the building and room furnishings and interesting locale made for a special weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
4.4 on September 02, 2014
we had room 9 the beach theme. It just wasn't what we were expecting. My daughter had room 5 very Victorian and beautiful.
Thank you so much for staying with us, we are sorry to hear that room 9 was not what you were expecting. We do have other traditional guest rooms here an property and would love for you to come back and enjoy another stay. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Best, Linnea Rufo 860.434.1667
3.6 on July 27, 2014
This inn has amazing grounds and staff. There are trees that are maintained by Yale University due to their rarity. The tranquility of this inn is also a rarity . We stayed for our 25th anniversary. The grounds are expansive and take you back to a different time. We sat outside for hours on lounge chairs near a quiet stream of the connecticut river. the town is know as an artist enclave. There are original works of art on the grounds and in the Inn. Next door is the renown Florence Griswold Museum of art. This area of CT. reminds me of a smaller accessible Cape Cod. One can find beautiful beaches and wildlife . The staff here will make recommendations. Cannot say enough about the staff. Both on the phone and in person. They bend over backwards and then do it again. Spa treatments were excellent. Came on a Monday the restaurant was closed. Check with the inn on Monday restaurant recommendations. Many are closed on Mondays. The room was very interesting in decor.The bed was disappointing. the inn is very clean and well maintained. Would definitely come here again. Looking foward to coming during the holidays as they decorate the inn and have great holiday events we learned. Breakfast was included. The chef seemed to be in a hurry to go this morning. The scones and biscuits were very good. The breakfast room was overlooking a garden and really relaxing. Felt pushed out of the room. At 200 per night including breakfast we expected more. the manager was amazing. She knows what hospitality is about. Clearly loves her job and this inn. There was new desk staff that we dealt with, Christina. She clearly loves her job and is on top of everything. She could not do enough for us. Thank you for a great stay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This room has a queen four-poster bed, full bath. It overlooks the north lawn, our boule court and sculptures by Andrew DeVries.
Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.) 75 miles
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.
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Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn, Spa, Boutique Hotel
Air conditioning, Bath robes, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi
Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service
Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian