Beautiful grounds, cozy rooms and friendly staff. This place blew my expectations out of the water. I am used to accommodations at large mega resorts in Vegas, so to say the least, this was off the beaten path for me. I was nervous about the prospect of staying in what would feel like someone else's "home." I was fearful that they would be nervous I would break something, or they would be overbearing. This was not the case. The staff was available and accommodating, when I needed them. I am a younger traveler and typically spend a large part of my vacations in bars. I was fearful the Manor House Inn would be too 'stuffy' for my personality. It was not. We stayed in one of the two Garden Cottages. These looked more modern in decor, on the website. These cottages are in the garden set apart from the main mansion, providing more privacy, which allowed us to come and go without feeling like we were being watched. The cottage was reasonably sized, with a main bed/living room and small bathroom. There were plenty of windows for light and air, and a small window AC unit. There was a fireplace and a small TV. Housekeeping cleaned our room nicely everyday, and the room was clean upon check in. There were nice spa toiletries provided in the bathroom. The bed was comfortable enough, although not outstanding in any way, it was a queen, which is small when you are used to an oversized king, but I was aware of this well before I reserved. The staff was really nice to us. The check in process took about 5 minutes, they showed us our room, explained a few things about the property and let us be. There wasn't the usual staring at a computer screen for 15 minutes that we are used to at the large hotels. We enjoyed the breakfast each day in the mansion. Everyday they invited us in when they saw us approaching the door. The food was very good, not the typical continental breakfast consisting of boring pastries. One day was quiche and the other was blueberry stuffed french toast. I felt comfortable serving myself to the buffet style set up. The first day, the power was out due to a storm, and they still had warm food. We didn't interact a whole lot with the staff, due to our busy schedule, but they seemed open to conversation, if one desired. The staff (especially Janie) made the entire stay very comfortable. I felt 'at home' in someone else's home. The location is just barely off the main downtown area of Bar Harbor, I don't even think it was a 5 min walk to anything downtown. The place definitely had a more colonial feel to it, but it didn't feel old or stuffy. Definitely the best of both worlds, a classic feel with modern comfort and convenience. I hope my review encourages more people to stay here, this is my thank you to the staff at the Manor House Inn, for making it such a wonderful stay.
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