Candlebay Inn

8 Maple Avenue , Freeport, ME 04232 USA (Show map)


We are a charming, dog-friendly bed and breakfast within walking distance of many outlet stores and restaurants located in the village of Freeport, Maine. At Candlebay Inn, we offer all of our guests a homelike experience with personalized attention and approachability. Wake up each morning and be greeted by a hearty and homemade breakfast to start your day. All rooms have private baths, air-conditioning, are non-smoking and dog-friendly. For your convenience, we have a small refrigerator in the common room and free wireless Internet throughout the Inn. Under new management as of the end of 2014.



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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.2
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Great place to stay and I'll be back!

5 on May 04, 2015

This inn is a wonderful place to stay. It is an easy place to feel at home, is very comfortable and clean and has wireless with quick connectivity. It is off the main road in Freeport (easy access from the highway) so it is very quiet. My room was lovely and spotlessly clean. I have many food allergies and emailed the owner ahead - my breakfast was just delicious. Thanks so much. I'll be back and can't wait to bring my husband to stay at your wonderful historic inn!

Cozy, Quiet and Everything is in Walking Distance

5 on October 01, 2014

Breakfast was superb and convivial. The Inkeeper is most helpful with suggestions and directions. The Captain Briggs House is within walking distance of everything. We'd recommend this charming little B&B to anyone and will definitely plan to stay here again.

Short Family Stay

4.4 on July 30, 2012

Our stay was wonderful. Bev and Chuck are wonderful hosts. Completely accomodating even the smallest request. Spent first 2 nights in Daisy room, absolutely perfect. Spent third night in Azalea room, since the previous room had been booked prior to our booking. Although smaller, it was still very comfortable even with a 6'2" teenager! Breakfasts were awesomw and filling! Perfect location. Right in town but enough off Main St. to be quite and quaint. Recommend this B&B completely. Hope to be able to return next year! Thanks Bev & Chuck for a great stay!

Loved it!

4.8 on November 08, 2011

My greyhound and I stayed here in April and we were whole-heartedly welcomed by Bev. The daily breakfasts were delicious, she gave us tips of where to go and what stores welcomed pets. The entire house was very clean and it's close to the village of Freeport, just a short walk. I would definitely stay here again!

Highly recommended

4.0 on October 06, 2011

My husband and I recently stayed at the Captain Briggs B&B. This was our second visit - so, needless to say, we are very happy with the accommodations and the service. The bed was very comfortable. We also like the location - quiet for sleeping but just a few minutes walk to the shops and restaurants. Excellent value for the money !

A wonderful night!

4.0 on February 16, 2009

The Evergreen room was very comfortable and clean, and breakfast was a gourmet feast! Bev couldn't have been more accommodating, since we just popped in unannounced. We would highly recommend the Captain Briggs House.

Couldn't Have Asked for More...

4.8 on February 16, 2009

Even before we arrived we felt very welcomed by Bev via our phone conversation. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted. The entire place was spotless (as we gave ourselves a little tour)! Cozy, country feel (a home away from home). Bev catered to our every request and was very helpful in recommending places to eat and things to do. Winter getaway rate was a steal! Would definitely go back! (And, actually, we are, because we loved it so much!)

Great experience at Captain Briggs!

4.0 on February 16, 2009

Bev and Chuck are wonderful innkeepers. The rooms are very comfortable and breaskfast was delicious. This was our 2nd stay and we will come back again!!

Second Stay

4.0 on February 16, 2009

My husband and I stayed at this B&B for the second time in January of 2009. We were very pleased with our first stay so we were eager to return. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The location is great also. We were even upgraded to a larger room than we had reserved at no extra cost to us because the inn was not full. We would certainly stay at this inn again if we travel to Freeport.

Not Good

1.8 on November 11, 2008

We stayed for three nights. The day before our last night, we explained that we were leaving early the next morning. From the Captain Briggs website , it states "Upon request you can be served an earlier breakfast". In addition, the coorespondence in our bedroom also stated this fact, in fact it stated that muffins would be provided IF you decidied to leave early. The hostess also stated that she would at least have coffee ready for us IF we left early. Breakfast was normally at 8AM. The afternoon before we left, we told the host and hostess that we would be leaving at 6AM, The response: "I'm not getting up at 6AM to make breakfast". In addition, the innkeeper would NOT even prepare coffee.. We did indeed leave at 6AM, and of course, no coffee, no muffins, nothing. NOT even an apology. In fact, a statement was made by the innkeeper, "That's why we have Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts" when we told them that we were leaving at 6AM. This was a total disappointment. I believe when you are in business , and your guests paid their bill in full, that you would at least meet your end of the bargin, that is, providing breakfast for each day that you stayed. Although the B&B was clean and well kept, the innkeepers were NOT cordial. I would NOT stay at this B&B again.

Innkeeper Response
First of all I'd like to apologize for not getting back to you sooner, but I just found this review the other day. Secondly, I whole heartedly would like to apologize to you for not offering muffins or coffee on your departure. This IS something that I normally would do, but somehow I missed it with you. All I can say, because of personaly circumstances that I won't go into here, October & November were VERY stressful months for me, and I was understandibly not focussed on the business at hand. I pray that you will visit again, and if you do so and identify yourself as having written this review, I will give you a free night.

- Bev (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates


Tall windows brighten this charming room, which features a double and twin size bed. This room has a private bath. Occupants: 3 Smoking: No

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin


This spacious bedroom features a queen size bed and a bay window that allows the morning and afternoon sun to fill the room. This room does have a small private bath. Occupants: 2 Smoking: No

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


This cozy room is filled with afternoon sun and features a queen sized bed with a small private bath. Occupants: 2 Smoking: No

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


Overlooking the garden, this room has both queen and full-size beds. The two east-facing windows are perfect for enjoying the morning sun. Occupants: 4 Smoking: No

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double


With west-facing windows, this room basks in afternoon sun and features a king size bed and large full bath. Occupants: 2 Smoking: No

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


This room is cozy and secluded with an east-facing window and features a queen bed. Occupants: 2 Smoking: No

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

Forget-Me-Not Suite

This room can be added to the Forget-Me-Not Room to accommodate five people with two queen beds and a twin, and has it's own private bath to make it a total of two private baths for this suite. Occupants: 5 Smoking: No

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

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Location Type

Downtown, Oceanview, Small town


Portland, ME (PWM-Intl. Jet Port) 22 miles

Directions to property:

Take Interstate 295 to exit 22. Turn toward Freeport Village. At the traffic light (Main Street), turn left and then make an immediate left turn onto Maple Avenue (located right behind the Norway Bank). The Captain Briggs House B & B is the second home on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Eco-tourism, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fridge, Ironing Board, Microwave, Parking, Telephone, Videos, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3pm to 9pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Non-smoking facility
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Well behaved dogs are welcome. $20 fee per stay.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card is required for reservations.
  • Cancellations: If you find you must cancel your reservation with us, we will need to know one week (7 days) in advance of your arrival date. We will do our best to rebook your room. If, however, we are unable to rebook your room, you will be charged one night's room rate or 50% of your stay at the full rate, whichever is more. No-shows will be charged the entire stay at the full rate. We do not 'overbook' rooms; when you have a confirmed reservation with us, your room is held for you personally, thus we must charge for the room if you fail to arrive as scheduled. Please consider travel insurance if your plans are uncertain.
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Connie Lay

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Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Purchased in 2014, this inn represents a lifelong dream of mine. In my former life, I was responsible for single-handedly running the operations of two very busy veterinary specialists’ offices, which is why it was so important to me to keep the inn pet friendly. We are one of just a few accommodations in the Freeport area to allow your family dog to stay with you. We look forward to welcoming you to the new Candlebay Inn. ~Connie

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  • Time Served: 8:00 am to 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Call ahead!

Signature Dish

Hashbrown Quiche
Just one of our many signature dishes that may be served for breakfast. This quiche has a hash brown crust and is filled with veggies, eggs, and cheese and is perfect for those who may be gluten intolerant.

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