Thurston House

851 Lake Avenue , Maitland, FL 32751 USA (Show map)


Thurston House has a quiet & serene setting, yet is only 5 miles north of downtown Orlando. Our 1885 Queen Anne Victorian farmhouse style home has been lovingly restored, boasting beautiful woodwork and floors. Furnished using a comfortable and eclectic blend of antiques & reproductions, all three rooms have queen-sized beds, private baths, and desk with phone. Complimentary wireless Internet is available throughout the inn and even on the wraparound porch! We are set amid eight acres of land overlooking charming Lake Eulalia, yet are minutes from great restaurants, museums and shopping. Winter Park is just moments away too! The wooded acerage around us has a low key walking trail for your enjoyment. Take a stroll and listen to the birds singing away. They really enjoy our Certified Wildlife Habitat! For those not motivated to stroll, and porch rockers are waiting for you.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service5
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Thurston House a winner

5 on February 13, 2017

A lovely stay, in a lovely home, in a beautiful setting. Great hosts. I highly recommend it.


5 on November 25, 2013

My husband and I went to Winterpark on business and we never unless we have to stay in a hotel. We travel on business most of the time we travel and feel that a B&B gives you a place at the end of the day where you feel like you are at home. Carol and Joe were both wonderful host and Carol still is at the top of her game even after 21 years of doing this. The details were quite nice, and I believe that she has thought of everything. The breakfast that she put together took you to New England, where she is from and you will as she puts its have a New England experience with palm trees. I know we will find ourselves in the Winterpark area again and I will call the Thurston House home once again. Thanks again to you both for making us feel so comfy on this in and out trip.

Wonderful Stay

5 on December 03, 2011

We celebrated our 2nd Anniversary at the Thurston House. It is so beautifully decorated, faces a lake and wonderful breakfast. A very peaceful stay with lots of extra perks. Judy and John

Just being a tourist

3.8 on August 18, 2011

Every year before school starts back up I take a trip and become a tourist. This was a lovely place. Would go back

Old Florida

5 on July 21, 2011

Breakfast was artfully presented and very tasty. Our room was very comfortable and tastefully decorated with period pieces. The innkeeper gave excellent attention to detail and we were delighted to spend 2 nights in such a lovely setting. Just 10 minutes away from fine dining and shopping. Would highly recommend.


4.6 on February 17, 2011

Warm hospitality, excellent breakfast. Highly recommend this B&B

Old World Charm with New World Comfort

5 on December 11, 2010

One need look no farther than Thurston House for the elegant comforts and slow pace of a by-gone era combined with food beyond your wildest dreams and accommodating hosts. Tastefully inserted are modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi. We highly recommend this B&B!

Beautifully Restored Bit of Old Florida

4.4 on August 02, 2010

Thurston House is a lovely old home, lovingly restored, looking over one of central Florida's many small lakes. Breakfasts are good . . . and big; for my next visit, I will probably decline the hot entrees (oven omelets and the like) in favor of the fruit compotes and homemade muffins, which were different and delicious each day.

A Fabulous Mid-Week Respite

4.4 on July 31, 2010

I recently spent two nights mid-week at the Thurston House. It is conveniently located for easy access to a wide variety of cultural activities (the Enzian independent movie theatre, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, The Morse Collection in Winter Park, the Mennello Museum, The Maitland Art Center, etc., ). Carole is a knowledgable and gracious hostess as well as an excellent cook. Breakfast was sumptious and filling. The hot and steamy weather precluded enjoying the lovely wraparound porch and the relaxing hammock on the second floor porch as much as I would have liked, maybe next visit.

Winter Park Area Gem

4.4 on April 14, 2010

A quiet and relaxing retreat in a restored historic house run by charming and responsive hosts.

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Rooms & Rates

O'Heir Room

This room is decorated in deep ruby red w/white accents. The morning sun over Lake Eulalia is breathtaking from the windows! The queen size iron sleigh bed (no footboard!) is placed to take advantage of the view, the Florida fireplace and the large TV in the beautiful corner amoire. A working desk as well as a pair of wing chairs make this room very comfortable. Also in the amoire are a DVD player, VCR and CD player. The en-suite bath has a standard tub with beautiful tile surround.

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

Hirsch Room

This room offers a queen size four poster bed that is high off the floor...perfect for viewing the Florida fireplace! A working size desk, two bureaus and a wonderful corner chair are yours to enjoy. This room has a small flat screen TV with built in DVD player and a CD player for your listening enjoyment. The deep blue colors in the room are beautiful with the afternoon sunlight this room enjoys.The en-suite bath has the original claw footed tub, but with modern shower attached too. Please note that if you have mobility problems, climbing into this tub may be a problem for you.

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

Cubbedge Room

This room has a great queen size iron bed along with a bureau, working desk and cozy loveseat. The serene colors of gold, green and black are warm and inviting. There is a small flat screen TV with DVD player and VCR. There is a CD player tucked away in the corner. The en-suite bath features a standard tub with beautiful tile surround.

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

Thurston Room

Queen size bed with private bath, desk, phone, and TV. This room has wicker furniture in tan and white. The prodominant colors are yellow and blue in this small but cheerful room. The bath has a wonderful tile shower. The room overlooks the herb garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

10 minutes to Winter Park and downtown Orlando, 30 mintues to Universal/Disney area, 40 minutes to New Smyrna Beach, 60 minutes to Cocoa Beach, 50 minute to Cape Canaveral, Lakefront


Orlando, FL (MCO) 18 miles

Directions to property:

I-4 exit 88 turn right on Lee Rd, then left onto Wymore. At first light, go right. Thurston House is 7/10 mile down on the left.

Area Attractions

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, Ocean, Excellent dining, antiques and museums within 10 minutes, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Library, Piano, Videos , 1st fl wraparound porch w/rockers, table, chairs., Upstairs porch w/double hammock and seating area.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Hiking trails, Walking paths/gardens

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  • Check In:: 4-7pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Not suitable for young children.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Only during special events and some holidays.
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 night; ask for corporate policy
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Carole & Joe Ballard

Languages spoken


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Continental plus or full every day

  • Time Served: 6:30am-9am
  • Serving Location: Porch breakfast upon request., Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Eggs Florentine
Eggs Florentine 9 eggs 2C Cottage Cheese 2C grated cheese 4oz feta cheese 4T melted butter 20oz frozen spinach, thawed & drained 1t nutmeg Whisk eggs, add all other ingredients one at a time and mix well. Bake 350 degrees until set. Place under broiler just to brown. YUMMMMM!!!!

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