(written by my husband -because he's the writer in the family ;-))
A beautiful B&B with a delightful host, Laurence Austin. It was my wife's first stay in a Bed and Breakfast and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting. Tin ceilings, layered wallpaper, and a rich, early 20th century feel made the experience one to remember. For breakfast we had had our choice of the menu and went with Laurence's specialty, French Toast with REAL maple syrup; delicious! After breakfast, I had a chance to talk with Laurence and we would probably still be talking but, unfortunately it was time to leave. If you're near Bethel, this is the place to stay. I look forward to visiting again. Oh, and I almost forgot, we called on the day of our stay and took advantage of the Carpe Diem policy, which gave us a reduced rate on the room! P.S. Laurence, thanks for the book suggestion, "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson, I really enjoyed it.
~ Ok, I just have to add my 2 cents ~
My husband forgot to mention the warm, fresh ginger scones that Laurence presented to us as we arrived for breakfast, with the tiniest little porcelain dish that was just big enough to hold a pat of sweet butter, along with the array of teas, coffee, orange juice, homemade granola, cereals, breads, etc! It reminded me of breakfast in England, where you sit and enjoy the morning, preparing for the day -not a hurried poptart that you grab on your way to Dunkin's. We stayed in the first room on the left -room 6, which is a spacious room with a comfy queen sized bed, and a large, private bathroom (no door, just a curtain -but it was fine). In the living room, Laurence invited us to help ourselves a nightcap, and to be sure to let him know if we needed anything during our stay. I did need some ice after hours, and all it took was a buzz on the intercom and he was pleased to fill an ice-bucket for me.
As my husband said, this was my first B&B. I've been to England & Wales, and I just love that quaint, old-world feeling. I've checked out other B&Bs online, and I'm so afraid of being disappointed. Well now the bar has been set... I, too, look forward to our next chance to Carpe Diem!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your soft landing awaits with a restorative stay at the Holidae House Bed & Breakfast located in the center of quaint downtown Bethel, Maine. Fluffy and oh-so-comfortable, the white towels, comforters, sheets and draperies are of posh hotel quality and the embodiment of luxury in contemporary bath, body and bedding amenities. Sublime sleep is achieved complements of comfortable temperature controlled rooms for healthy, happy slumbers. For the ultimate in at-home coziness, the Holidae House B&B is sure to bring you many sweet dreams, timeless memories and a yearning desire to return for more. Comfy mattresses, elegant bed-dressings, beautiful silver tea trays, oriental rugs and carpets invite guests to relax in the well-appointed rooms. Each room has its own private bath, some with showers only and others with full bath tub and shower. Enjoy a delicious, home cooked gourmet breakfast during your stay with us. Start your day off with Jeanette's creations including Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, Made From Scratch Blueberry Pancakes, Apple Cinnamon French Toast and others. We use free range organic eggs and maple syrup, both sourced locally. We also pick our own blueberries and apples and use them as long as the supply lasts. Jeanette's fresh baked breads are used in many of our breakfasts. For coffee lovers we grind beans each morning to provide you with the freshest coffee possible, and we even have decaf beans! For tea lovers we offer over 20 Twinings Teas, including black, herbal and green teas. We also have hot chocolate and spiced apple cider packets. A selection of juices is offered including orange, grapefruit and grape. Fresh fruit is also available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holidae House Bed & Breakfast Bethel, Maine