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The Jolly Drayman at The Briar Lea Inn

Traveler (32)
Dining (4)
Room & Suite (4)
Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
A cozy country inn with a British pub/restaurant in the heart of New England. We are five miles from Sunday River Ski Resort and one mile from Bethel village. Our menu features Fish 'n Chips, Bangers & Mash, Indian curry cuisine, wild-caught salmon, sauteed veggies, 1/2 lb. Angus burgers, hand-cut fries, amazing appetizers, pastas, pizza, great desserts, a full bar featuring Guinness, Carlsberg, Old Speckled Hen & a collection of beers, stouts, lagers, ales, wines & cocktails. All rooms have AC, central heat, private baths, HBO, EPIX, STARZ, popular sports channels, DVD & Free WIFI. Minifridges & microwaves offering complimentary Cup 'o Noodles & popcorn for snacking are available on each floor. Make new friends over dinner, relax with a hot toddy in front of the fireplace, get a great night's rest, enjoy breakfast & get back on the road. Now serving Sunday breakfast to the public. Guests leave feeling like family.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Room features
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Rooms
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Popular mentions
My husband and I stayed for 3 nights to ski at Sunday River. The owners are very nice and we had a great stay. The pub and restaurant is very good and we will go back. The restaurant is open from 5 to 8 and has good, inexpensive specials on most nights.
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This is our second visit and it won’t be our last. The inn keepers work very hard to make you feel comfortable and well fed. As an inn and a pub it’s double the pleasure! Try their pizza, you won’t be disappointed. Food, service and comfy beds, love it there!
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Began planning our 15th Anniversary New England Adventure back in March. Fate lead us to this exceptionally quaint B&B in Bethel. From the moment I booked, chatting with the owner Dani herself, I knew we were in for a special stay! We had just had an amazing "experience"
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We stayed for one night during a 15 property/21 night New England road trip, so this review is relatively objective. Easily found with adequate parking. Proper old school, British pub styled property with a veranda we didn't use due to the rain. Cosy inside as you'd expect,
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We stopped overnight in Bethel because it appeared to be such a neat village and we weren't disappointed. But we were blown away with the warm reception at the Briar Lea Inn. We were first greeted by cleaning staff, with first name introductions all around. Then they went off to
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Comfortable sitting room
Chumleigh Room
Chumleigh Room
"3rd floor King offered comfortable bed and large room"
"Something for everyone- just ask, they'll help you choose."
"all rooms are as equally comfortable and equipped"
"Any of the rooms were good."
"Quieter rooms, pub downstairs for food open 5-8 pm only no loud people."
$109 - $142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesMaineBethel
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