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A restored shipbuilders manse located next to the Kennebunk river with all the latest amenities including working fireplaces for a relaxing romantic getaway. Let us pamper you with a terrific Dutch breakfast, like "apple flapjes & poffertjes" and afternoon tea in the Inn's historic parlor or in the shade of our large oak trees. It is truly a romantic country inn The Inn has had several famous owners. The original Dutch grambrel was constructed by one Waldo Emerson in 1753. It is the oldest remaining house in Kennebunk. Waldo, great-uncle of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the poet/essayist, made a tidy profit building clipper ships on the river behind the house. It was inherited, through marriage, by Theodore Lyman, who made a fortune building ships on the site and added the enormous addition in 1784, as a wedding gift for his second wife. Theodore sold the home in 1804, to build the now-famous Lyman Estate and Greenhouses in Waltham, Mass. The house was purchased by John Bourne, father of 15 children, one of whom was George Washington Bourne, the builder of the famous "Wedding Cake House" next door. The inn is a wonderful recollection of the past. You enter directly into the 252-year-old keeping room, with its hand-hewn oak timbers hung with dried flowers, pewter, and copper. During your stay, please stop by Mainely Quilts and gift shop, located in the carriage house next to the Inn. You'll find the latest local creations. Heirloom quality quilts and wallhangings, often taking hundreds of hours to create, grace homes all over the world. You also will find a wide selection of fabrics, quilting supplies and novelties. The Inn is open year round.
This lovely, romantic room is often chosen by honeymooners. The handsome pumpkin pine floor planks are 24" wide King Pine. Until 1776 trees of this girth belonged to the King of England for the masts of his ships. The room features a queen size brass bed with handmade quilt, antique oak dresser, private bath with shower, a vanity sink set in an antique oak cabinet, a large working fireplace, original folk art paintings and sculpture, AC and lovely meadow and forest views.
A large, airy room with a queen size cast iron bed, private bath with shower and marble tiled floor, oak dresser, rocker oversized comfy velvet chair with ottoman, chest, a large working fireplace, original folk art and sculpture, King Pine floors and AC. The Red room has lawn and garden views.
This is a sweet old-fashioned room with twin beds (or King - please let us know which configuration you prefer) and homemade quilts, of course. The room features original folk art and sculpture, antique oak dresser, armoire and rocker, King Pine floors, private bath with shower and marble tiled floor, LCD TV and AC. This room looks out onto the lawn and flower gardens. Please specify King or Twins?
This room is the handsome master bedroom featuring a queen size cast iron bed with handmade quilt, antique oak dresser, love seat, table, original folk art and sculpture, and a large working fireplace with a mantelpiece board of 32" wide "Kings Pine", the largest known plank in the inn. The room also has a private bath with tub and shower, heated marble tile floor, AC. The Blue room has meadow and forest views.
This alternate room is ideal for small families traveling with children. It has a private tiled bath with shower, a sleigh queen bed, a twin bed and a single cubby bed, small fully equiped kitchen, Cable TV and AC. This room has meadow and flower garden views.
The Captain's Quarters is an alternate room and was just completed with period decor and has a double and a twin with AC and Wi-Fi - very cozy and overlooks the Inn's rear garden which was the former klipper ship construction site. This room shares a large master bathroom with Kathy and I, the Innkeepers, We need the facility between 7:00 and 7:45 AM.
This lovely alternate room is located on the 1st floor, fully redone last year, period decor, it has a rocker/slider and a queen size bed with a large working fireplace, private marble tiled bath, small refridgerator and AC. This room looks out onto the lawn and lovely flower garden.
5 on September 28, 2014
We found this inn to be the nicest we have ever stayed in. Ambiance, food, comfort, hospitality - perfect! We were completely comfortable and relaxed here and the food was like eating at a fine restaurant.
4.0 on September 27, 2014
The inn is very lovely. John is most fun to talk to. Kathy seems tired -- ready for the season to end. When we first arrived she made a point to mention tipping. This was new to us -- tipping in NOT done at a owner run b & b. I even googled it to see if the practice had changed, it had not. The homemade granola is delicious. They offer a bag with the recipe for $10. I just wanted the recipe, as we still had several more weeks of traveling. The cost for just the recipe was $5!!!! And Kathy did not even have an accurate recipe: she had to hand write several changes to the xerox copy. What a missed opportunity for advertising! A copy of the recipe by your breakfast in the morning to take with, would have immense advertising potential. Each guest would share it with friends, mentioning where they had received it. Incredible word of mouth publicity. And they could still sell bags of the granola to those headed home. John's Dutch breakfasts were superb. The dog poop on the carpet was a bit disconcerting.
4.6 on September 11, 2014
The place is really nice and relaxing. The breakfasts are wonderful; it's almost abuse. Kathy and John welcomed us with a touch of history and a Dutch coloring.
4.0 on September 03, 2014
John and Kathy are great hosts and the Inn is charming.
4.2 on September 02, 2014
We really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful old home. The history here is amazing and the rooms were quaint and lovely. John and Kathy are very sweet and made us feel very welcome and were very helpful in getting us around town and suggestions for dining. They even provided us with chairs and towels for the beach. Breakfast was a special treat. All those lovely Maine Blueberries! We would stay here again in a heartbeat!
3.6 on August 29, 2014
A very pleasant stay in a good location. Very attractive historic building with interesting period furnishings. Room was clean and roomy. Breakfast each day was very good... especially John's apple flapjes!
5 on August 27, 2014
We showed up after hours and the personal touch couldn't have been more evident. Cathy called to check in on us and to make sure we knew where to go once we arrived. When we got to the B&B there were personalized signs welcoming our party, a light on in the room-- such strong hospitality from the very beginning. Breakfast was wonderful, the concierge services were through and the relaxed culture of the place was superb.
4.4 on August 24, 2014
The innkeepers, John and Kathy are great. Breakfast was excellent and we met some very nice folks at breakfast. We would recommend this Inn.
3.0 on August 24, 2014
Loved being next door to the Wedding Cake House!
3.0 on August 22, 2014
The place is nice, John and Kathy very warm. It's a little far from town center and the beach so you need to take your car. Overall very pleasant
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Portland, ME (PWM-Intl. Jet Port) 27 miles
Use 95 South. Exit at #3 and take Route 35 to Kennibunk/Kennibunkport. After passing through downtown Kennebunk continue to follow Route 35 turn left at the second traffic light to Kennebunkport. You are now on Summer Street / Route 35. After approximately 1.8 miles, you will see the "Wedding Cake House" on the left side. We are the first drive way past the Wedding Cake House on the left. You will see the Carriage House, home of the Mainely Quilts shop, in front of you with the Inn on the right side of the driveway.
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, 2 Mls from Dock Square with its distinctive shops, Hiking and Bike Trails - lots of Antique Shops, 2 Mls to fantastic Beaches - Great Surfing, Franciscan Monastery, Brick Store and Trolley Museums, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, Laudholm Farm, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours
Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast
Amenities Basket, BBQ grill, Bike rental, Clothes dryer, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Library, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Secretarial services, TV Video games, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Complementary use of some nice touring bikes, Guest refrigerator available in hall, Wireless Broadband (802.11b, g and N) at no charge, Complementary beach parking passes, Day Trip planning guide
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, That special Wedding? At the Wedding Cake House, Farmers markets, Brick Store Museum, Two large Factory Outlet Malls nearby, Cross Country and Down Hill Skiing, Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching, Light Houses and Whale Watching, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
Belgium Toast & Dutch Apple Flapjes
Ingredients - serve 6 Maple Syrup 4 Tbl Spoons, Butter 7 Tbl Spoons, Brown Sugar 1 cup, Eggs 4, Milk 1.5 cups, Vanilla 1 dash, Cinnamon Swirl Bread Slices. Preheat oven to, 300-325 Degree (Convection) -In a small saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and maple syrup. Mix together on medium heat until it just begins to bubble uniformly; -Stir well and quickly pour into the metal baking pan(s), cover bottom evenly. -Place first layer of cinnamon bread slices onto the glaze in the baking pan(s). (Adding cream cheese/blueberry to 2nd layer is optional). -Mix two parts of Whipped Cream Cheese with one part of Blueberry jam. Spread on the second layer of cinnamon bread. Place cinnamon slices with blueberry/cream cheese face down on top of the 1st layer -Whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla together and pour over bread evenly. Let sit until fully absorbed (about 30 minutes if bread is frozen). -Bake for 30 minutes, cover loosely with foil and set oven on warm. -To serve, remove (after loosening the edges) one slice at the time from the pan, flip it over on the center of a plate with the glazed side up. Just before serving, add a heaping table spoon of vanilla yogurt on top of the slice and dust with cinnamon. Add an orange slice and strawberry slice.
With the travel season about to start we would like to reach across the border to our Canadian friends with a 10% discount on any two night or more stay. This special includes rooms with ensuite private bath rooms and some with fireplaces, a fantastic gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea. Included is the use of complementary Beach Parking passes, beach chairs and some nice touring bikes. We would love to help you plan your day trips.