Franciscan Guest House

26 Beach Avenue PO Box 273, Kennebunk, ME 04043 USA (Show map)


Enjoy the relaxed ambience of the Franciscan Guest House, fantastically located a short stroll to shops, dining and beaches and surrounded by the beauty of the 46 acre St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery and Retreat center. Here you will find peaceful landscaped grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (designer of New York's Central Park), beautiful riverfront walking paths marked with religious shrines, and the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the Guest House. As a nonprofit, we offer affordable rates to families, couples, and seniors.



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  • Guest room3.8
  • Service4.1
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining3.9

A place to rest peacefully

3.0 on October 12, 2014

I go to this place regularly since 20 years. I love the quietness, even more so off season, but the forest , the sea near by and the village we can walk to is great. There is a sense of spirituality on the ground, a loving feeling of care and sharing.


4.4 on October 04, 2013

The property is beautiful and adfords a peaceful setting away from the activities of the nearby village which is a short walking distance. There are single and double rooms in the Main Bldg and apartment accommodations in separate "housing" on this former estate. We had a lovely three bedroom apartment with a small living room that had a refrigerator and a microwave. It was spotless and reasonabe in price. You can walk the grounds and sit outside in the good weather. They are open year round and prices vary according to the "day" of the week and the "time" of the year. WE found it reasonable compared to other nearby motels.

A memorable vacation

4.2 on July 28, 2013

I didn't know what to expect, although having been to retreat places, I had a little bit of an idea. My friend and I enjoyed the peacefulness of the place, the view to the Monastery from our window. The people at the front desk were friendly and most helpful. It is so well situated, near the town to go visit and shop and so near to the beach for a walk. We loved the breakfast. More than a continental breakfast most B&B offers, and for a few dollars more, you get even more! The room was nice and clean, beds comfortable. A real nice quiet place to spend a few days away to rest and enjoy discovering Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. We thought we had left the world behind us.

A few days of peace

4.6 on July 22, 2013

We did not know exactly what to expect. Despite an initial issue associated with the basic nature of the room, the time here was well spent and very enjoyable. We definitely would return. Since the monastery is on site attendance at morning Mass seemed like the natural thing to do, and we did. The guesthouse is separate from the monastery so members of any faith can feel equally welcome. The grounds are spacious and there is an inground pool which offers a nice respite at the end of the day. All in all, this was a very enjoyable and peaceful time. If you want to get out and about, the town of Kennebunk is a 10 minute walk away and Kennebunkport is a minute or so more across a bridge. Don't miss this peaceful place.

Un coin de paradis à Kennebunkport

3.4 on April 23, 2012

Situé à mi-chemin du port de Kennebunk et de sa plage, nous avons pris l'habitude d'y retourner à chaque été. Qualité-prix exceptionnelle. Calme et sécuritaire !

a restful place to stay

4.0 on September 27, 2011

My husband and I stayed 4 nights at the Guest House recently and found it a perfect place to stay. We were able to walk to the lower village and it was close to the beach where we started and every day. The staff was very friendly, the breakfast exceptional. The grounds were lovely and we enjoyed walking around them and visiting the chapel. We would highly recommend staying here if you're in the area.

relaxing vacation spot

4.0 on September 15, 2010

The grounds here are lovely though you may want to take advantage of the bug spray on the front porch before heading out. I stayed in the main building. Decor a bit dated (my room had 70's style wood panelling through out!), but the bed was very comfortable. Shower hot and powerful - what I needed after a day of cycling. BTW, I was offered the use of basement to lock my bicycle overnight. Note, the guesthouse has several amenities but asks for donations (e.g. $0.50 for coffee or tea in the lobby, $1.00 to use the computer, $3.00 to add hot items to breakfast) so bring the correct change. I would stay here again.

Excellent Place to Stay!

4.6 on August 23, 2010

I have stayed here three years in a row. The salt water pool is sublime and not crowded--nicer than one at much more expensive hotel we stayed at-- Breakfast is great--and the bathroom is on par with any other hotel bathroom. Decor of rooms is in line with the great bargain this place is. The roms are clean, clean and clean and the location can't be beat. A great value!

Great value-serene location

4.0 on July 20, 2010

My husband and I enjoyed the salt water pool, being able to walk to the beach (although a car permit is given) and the helpfulness of the front desk people. Our 2 bed room was clean and had a beautiful view of the monastery. I would definitely stay again. Close to the town for shopping and restaurants.

Peaceful and Convenient

4.0 on July 08, 2010

My girlfriend and I just returned from a long July 4th weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine, not far up from Boston along the coast of Maine. We were lucky to stay at the Franciscan Guest House because of its beautiful seaside grounds, nice staff, reasonable rates, hearty breakfast, and nearness to both the beach and the center of Kennebunkport. We liked it so much that before leaving we made a reservation to return this Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 3, 2010!

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Location Type

Riverside, Downtown, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town, Village

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Computer, Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Internet Service, Telephone, VCR , parking pass for local beaches for a fee, outdoor saltwater swimming pool, on property riverside walking path, All rooms with mini-fridges, fresh linens available daily

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk, Fridge, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 3 pm or later
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only in specified areas only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No sorry, no exceptions
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: minimums vary depending on time of year--please call for more details
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night in full or 50% of stay whichever is greater.
  • Cancellations: A 14 day or greater advance notice is required to cancel a reservation, or portion of a reservation, and receive a refund less a $25 administrative fee. Giving less than two-week notice forfeits deposit or full amount of stay depending on time of year.
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Franciscan Friars

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Our hosts, the Friars, offer you their estate for your enjoyment and respite from sightseeing. Very much like what you would find in Europe, the Friars keep to themselves but welcome you to enjoy yourself, the grounds, and the riverside walking path. All profits go toward maintaining the property and to other charitable causes here and in Lithuania.

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  • Time Served: depends on season
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Signature Dish

Dinner includes Lithuanian dishes like Kugelis (made with potatoes and sometimes meat), and hearty American dishes such as roast pork, chicken, turkey, meatballs, stuffed cabbage, or pastas. A salad bar and various soups are always available with dinners. Deserts include Lithuanian pastries. Dinner is served Friday and Saturday, summer months only. Breakfast includes homemade Lithuanian breads and cheeses. Regular continental breakfast items are available along with hot dishes like eggs, pancakes, and french toast for a small fee. All Lithuanian dishes are prepared by our wonderful cook, Aldona.

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