The Waterford Inne

258 Chadbourne Road Box 149, Waterford, ME 04088 USA (Show map)


A charming blend of three centuries--the warmth of early furnishings combined with contemporary comforts. An air of quiet simple elegance pervades the common rooms rich with antiques and art, an intimate library with an eclectic collection to appeal to all tastes, uniquely decorated guestrooms. Located in the Oxford Hills and Lakes region which is still one of Maine's best-kept secrets, rich in its own natural beauty and rich in recreational activites-- lakes, skiing, golfing, antiquing, hiking, bicycling, and offering proximity to the seacoast of Maine and the White Mts. of New Hampshire. Full breakfasts and exceptional dinners prepared without a menu, but with guest's personal needs and preferences our highest priority--fine sophisticated dining. Pet friendly.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Lovely Getaway

5 on April 22, 2015

Have stayed here several times. Each visit has been special. Dinner is always exquisite.

A Treasure in Rural Maine

5 on August 24, 2014

We’ve traveled to many places in North America and abroad over the years. We are not the review-writing types – in fact, the last time we wrote a review was in 1984 for a wonderful little inn in France. Fast forward to today, and we feel that the experience we have had at the Waterford Inne is definitely worth writing about. We have stayed at the Waterford Inne many times over the years, and each arrival feels as if we are coming home. Where to begin about this lovely “home away from home?” There are just so many positives to share! This rural setting is both relaxing and impeccably maintained. The rooms convey an understated elegance. Each room is themed and on each visit we discover something new in a room that enhances its atmosphere and reinforces its theme. The rooms are squeaky clean and kept up to date. Barb and Jan make you feel welcome and are extremely attentive to guests’ needs without being overbearing. And did we mention the food? Breakfasts are substantial, well-prepared and always include something baked by the proprietors. During breakfast, Barb always makes sure that you have all the information you need for your day’s activities – she is a wealth of knowledge about the area, having owned the inn for over 35 years. Dinners are gourmet-quality but not pretentious, and definitely delicious. Another example of Barb and Jan’s attention to detail is their record-keeping – you will never eat the same meal twice, unless you request it! If you are looking for a rural get-away, the Waterford Inne is a find you will not regret!

An Exceptional Experience

5 on July 19, 2014

There are many Inns in New England that have lovely views and the Waterford Inne has one of the most stunning that we have seen. What we hope for, but don't always receive, is the kind of overall experience that my husband and I had while staying there. The inn is beautiful inside and out but what struck me immediately upon entering our room was the cleanliness. Our room, called the "Chesapeake Room", was on the second floor and had a balcony overlooking the red barn and some of the landscape. It also had a fireplace and the ambiance made me long for a winter snowfall. Aside from the views and the beauty of the inn itself, the meals were to die for! GO and visit; you will not be disappointed.

What a TREAT!

4.6 on March 10, 2014

In all of my years staying in Bed & Breakfast places I have to say this one is now my favorite. The accommodations are lovely and very comfortable. The food was fabulous and the owners couldn't have been nicer. It is truly a "country" inn offering beautiful scenery and quiet restful days and nights. We will return!

The Perfect Country Inn

5 on February 18, 2014

The Waterford Inne provides exactly what one dreams a stay at a country inn should be from the first moment you turn into the drive to the moment you depart. It is the quintessential Inne. The Inne itself is the perfect picture of a beautifully kept colonial home with a wonderful red barn. Inside, the Inne is charming (and oh, so spotless!). There are several rooms from which to choose to sit and relax and soak in the peace and quiet. I have been a frequent visitor and have now stayed in just about all the rooms. Each is well-appointed and has all the comforts of home. To really enjoy the full experience of the Waterford Inne, one must stay for dinner. Barbara Vanderzanden is a wonderful host, and the meals she prepares are equally as wonderful. Treat yourself to something special and make a reservation today

Perfect Winter Escape

4.4 on December 26, 2012

My husband and I had a lovely pre-Christmas visit to the Waterford Inn. Barbara is a wonderful host and cook! It was the perfect getaway before the craze of Christmas.

Great Country Inn

4.6 on July 26, 2011

Owner especially friendly and great food. One of our most memorable meals. Accomodations very clean.

Quiet Respite From Busy Workdays

4.6 on February 18, 2011

As a traveler for work, I stayed here hoping for a quiet, restful inn that would balance a stressful workday. I found this and more. The inn is a pleasure to visit- beautifully decorated, with a flair for history and a lovely collection of pewter throughout. The daily drive to and from Norway, ME is only 15 minutes each way- just far enough to offer a feeling of "getting away" to the countryside. Barbara, the innkeeper, is well-traveled and a caring, delightful hostess. She took a personal interest in my food preferences, and made green tea each morning for me. My room was clean and cozy, and I slept better here than I have in many hotels. I look forward to another visit to this area of the state, and will definitely stay here again.

The Waterford Inne

4.0 on October 14, 2010

We have stayed at the Waterford Inne for years. Each time we are there the food is wonderful, the lodging is like being in my own home. I feel so comfortable there. It is clean beyond words.

Exceptional hospitality, great food, lovely inn

4.4 on January 13, 2010

A group of 4 friends and dog discovered a classic New England country inn in Waterford. Barbara Vanderzanden proved to be a gracious, thoughtful host and a really good cook. The inn itself was cozy and warm amidst a snowstorm. We enjoyed it for 4 nights.

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Location Type

Countryside, Small town


Portland, ME (PWM-Intl. Jet Port) 60 miles

Directions to property:

From the ME Turnpike: Use Exit 63, take Rt. 26A to Rt. 26 North approximately 28 miles into Norway, then on Rt. 118 West for 8 miles to Rt. 37 South (left turn.) Go one half mile, turn right after Springer's Gen'l. Store onto Chadbourne Rd, go one half mile to inn on right. From Conway, NH: Rt. 16 to Rt. 302 East to Fryeburg,ME. Take Rt. 5 North out of Fryeburg to Rt. 35 South, thence to Rt. 118 East which is a left fork. Continue on Rt. 118 past Papoose Pond Camping are to right turn onto Rt. 37 South. Go one half mile, turn right after Springer's Gen'l. Store onto Chadbourne Rd, go one half mile to inn on right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 2 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required $15 pet fee, guest responsible for damages
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum most weekends in summer and fall season.
  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: Deposit required in the amount of one night's stay made in advance by personal check.
  • Cancellations: Deposits will be returned if the inn is notified 14 days prior to arrival date. A $25 service charge per room is retained. Deposits will be forfeited if guest arrives after date specified or departs before final day of reservation.
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Barbara Vanderzanden

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

The innkeeper has travelled extensively to all of the continents and the inn furnishings and artwork reflect the love of travel and collections of memorabilia. Barbara gardens extensively in the summertime which beautifies the inn's surroundings. Wintertime she loves to ski and takes advantage of local resorts as well as those in Europe. A bridge player too.

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  • Time Served: 7:30 - 9:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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