Cozy, low-key and completely relaxed, Le Vatout is just different enough to delight. A traditional New England farmhouse in the quiet village of Waldoboro, it’s our personal artists' retreat which we feel fortunate to share with our guests. The garden is huge and romantic, the rooms filled with art, books beckon wherever there’s space. Whether you crave the quiet pleasure of a cup of tea and a bowl of fruit on the porch, favor a communal breakfast of buckwheat pancakes or dig into a shrimp omelet at the kitchen island, Le Vatout meals have substance and flavors have a twist.
Warm and bright, with three windows, two of which let in the evening sun, the Goldfinch is on the ground floor, with a view of trees and evergreens. The bed, a beautiful mahogany four-poster family heirloom is a traditional full, but sleeps two people comfortably. A secretary of the same vintage invites you to pick up a pen, but it will tolerate your laptop, too. The room also has a huge walk in closet and an en-suite bathroom with a tub shower. It features art from three centuries and houses part of our personal book collection. Once you close the door behind you, we can assure you, relaxation will begin.
Nightly Rate: $135/$100
High above the "dooryard", the Chickadee gets an extra helping of fragrance wafting up from the roses growing right below. It is a small, charming room with old-fashioned built-ins and wide-pine floors and our most economical solution. It's quintessential Maine. This room is a favorite of guests traveling alone, although its two single beds can accommodate two people just the same. Like all of our rooms it features a library of "real" books from our personal collection and guests have been known to stay and read and nest; there is a childhood feel about this room... The Chickadee shares a bathroom with the Nuthatch right next door. Located across the hall, the bathroom is under the eaves, but it has a large, walk-in shower and a skylight right above the sink with a view of our signature twin-peaked spruce.
Nightly Rate: $95/$85
The Nuthatch looks down onto our gardens from its second floor perch. A charming room with old-fashioned built-ins and wide-pine floors, it's quintessential Maine. Add to that a large library of books from our personal collection and you can imagine that some guests have found it hard to leave once they have nested here. This room has two single beds and features a beautiful antique arts and crafts desk, especially handy if you want to bring a laptop and use our wireless internet connection. The Nuthatch shares a bathroom with the Chickadee next door.
Nightly Rate: $110/$95
The Robin is a writer's dream. Cool and cozy and on the second floor, it is the most private of our rooms. Its north-side window makes you feel as if you sit among feathery hemlocks. The Robin features a hand-carved desk - another family heirloom - and a comfortable chair with a reading lamp. A large library of books can inspire the writer in anyone and makes the reader feel at home. The Robin has a contemporary queen-sized sleigh bed, a large closet and a private, en-suite bathroom with a shower stall.
Nightly Rate: $135/$100
4.6 on July 23, 2013
At the end of June/2013 I went to Waldoboro for my 30th high school reunion. I went to school there as an exchange student and I hadn’t been in Waldoboro since then. Reading several reviews in the web I selected Le Vatout as the place to stay. I made no mistake. The comments about the special care both Dominika and Linda took of their guests were short in their description. They both provided me a wonderful stay and made my 4 days trip as nice and smooth as they could. Delicious and original breakfasts, very nice coffee, delightful conversation, useful tips regarding where to visit, restaurants to go in the region, etc. Le Vatout is located right next to Waldoboro downtown, although it is a very quiet place in a strategic sector. It is located a few blocks from a supermarket and from Deb’s dinner (nice lobster rolls). The infrastructure is the best you could expect from a B&B. Clean room, nice and comfortable bed, clean and nice bathroom. The rest of the house is as it is shown in the pictures. Nice. Cozy and beautiful kitchen/dinner table. Beautiful gardens. In a sunny day, worth to spend time relaxing and contemplating its landscape. I am already planning another visit to Waldoboro to visit friends and Le Vatout is the place where I will stay. Carlos Muriel
4.6 on October 10, 2012
We had a thoroughly delightful stay at Le Vatout. The inn is charming -- a typical Maine farmhouse from 1830 and totally unspoiled. The rooms are very comfortable and filled with books. The food was superb. Dominika prepared outstanding breakfasts with fresh food from the garden. Breakfast around the farm table in the sun-filled kitchen prompted wonderful discussions, much laughter and warmth. Linda and Dominika were more than accommodating and responsive to our needs. The gardens are gorgeous and the entire experience is the epitome of what country Maine is all about -- simple, relaxed, friendly and unspoiled. We highly recommend it!
4.4 on October 05, 2012
Very centrally located to get to Camden, Rockland, lighthouses and state park. Since I was in Maine to enjoy the lighthouses, Dominika went out of her way to help me find all the ones in the area. She has places for you to dine, suggestions on where to go and what to see and will even help you map your day if you like. The old house is very beautiful and it was very quiet and accommodating.
5 on September 24, 2012
We had come to this part of Maine to sample the excellent lobster dishes to be had and were not disappointed in any way. We prefer to stay in B&B's when possible as they are so much more personal than other options. At Le Vatout we were delighted with the rooms, the hosts, the other guests and the exciting breakfasts provided. Dominika provided many options for our explorations and we took advantage of many of them. The garden is fascinating and has new insights with each turn of its labyrinth of paths. We have cooked with herbs for 41 years but at best our fresh herbs come from a grocery store and most come dried in a bottle. Dominika would leave her preparations of breakfast to go to the garden and cut herbs for that meal and she had a friend who brought freshly picked mushrooms to enhance the foods flavors. As foodies we were delighted and cannot wait until they decide to open a Bed&Breakfast&Dinner. Duck eggs are awesome and she has a keen respect for the potatoes she cooks and flavors. Oh yeah and the coffee is fantastic.
3.8 on July 25, 2012
Several local spots were visited because the innkeepers recommended them: The Olson House (Wyeth paintings), Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, German cemetery, Morse Sauerkraut Farm. All worth the visit. A lovely backyard to sit at the of the day with a glass of wine and a book.
Beachside, Countryside, Lakeside, Mountains, Oceanside, Village
Portland, ME (PWM-Intl. Jet Port) 65 miles
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Pemaquid Point and Lighthouse, Farnsworth Museum 20 minutes north, Less than 30 minutes to Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Day trips to Monhegan Island, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Painting, Stargazing, Writing, Antiquing, Photography, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports
Other, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn
Copier, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi
In-room internet, Desk, Library
Storage for bikes and other gear, Art throughout the house, Hammock, Huge, romantic garden, Off-street parking
Dominika Spetsmann; Linda Mahoney
1 Cat , 1 Dog
Dominika Spetsmann is a semi-retired education executive and writer. To Le Vatout she brings her unconditional love of people and her joy in cooking for them, infusing the flavors of her German childhood with the zest of her life. Linda Mahoney is a fine arts photographer and garden designer with an unsurpassed sense for the lyrical and the quirky.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten Free , Vegan
"Gemalte Eier". That's what Dominika's mother used to call them, eggs that have their yolks disturbed just enough so that they look as if they're painted. We like to serve them with a generous sprinkling of fresh rosemary and chunks of Prosciutto di Parma gently sauteed in butter and olive oil. Delicious with Aroostook whole wheat toast and perfect with slices of fresh heirloom tomatoes from our organic garden.