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Victorian by the Sea
Ranked #2 of 9 Lincolnville B&B and Inns
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

I'm not much for B&B's but this experience was super. Was dropping my teen daughter off at the photography workshop in Rockport. Found this place online and selected it simply because it had two beds. But boy was this a lucky choice. The house is immaculate, with beautiful gardens. The innkeepers, Jeanne and Rob, define what a host should be - warm, sociable, helpful. The breakfast was wonderful and we exchanged recipes (tip: ask for the blueberry scones as a favor if they are not planned for that day). After breakfast head into Camden, explore the nearby state park, visit a lighthouse or just head down a little path to walk along the rocky shoreline. The Inn can provide maps. It seemed as if all needs were anticipated. We had such a good time, I made a reservation for my wife who was heading up with a friend a week later to pick up our daughter from her camp. And Jeanne even saved a breakfast for her! Wonderful folk.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

On a recent visit to Maine we enjoyed a delightful stay at the Victorian By The Sea in Lincolnville, 4 miles north of Camden. The Innkeepers Jeanne and Robert Short were personable and readily available to provide local information. A super breakfast topped the pampering we experienced!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

The innkeepers are very warm and hospitable. The room was charming and comfortable. We felt very pampered but there was such a personal touch. Will definitely go back again.

Room Tip: You must walk to the beach and watched the sunrise over th ocean. It was an almost spiritual experie...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

While my husband was in Afghanistan and I in the States, we both researched Maine bed and breakfasts online for his mid-tour R&R. Coincidentally, both of us fell in love with the Victorian by the Sea! When I called to inquire about reservations (we needed flexibility in case my husband's military travel home was disrupted in any way), Jeanne (one of the owners) ensured we would be accommodated in case of changes and we received a 15% military discount. I knew as soon as I made the reservation that my husband and I selected the right place; Jeanne was so friendly and helpful.

We spent 3 weeknights in May in the Victorian Suite and we couldn't have been happier with our stay. Robert and Jeanne are the most lovely people and their bed and breakfast is FIRST CLASS! We arrived a little bit early at the beginning of our stay, dropped off our luggage and received recommendations for lunch from Jeanne. We drove 5 minutes into Camden and ate lunch at the Camden Deli - delicious - and walked around the little town and did some shopping. Once it was time to check in, we made our way back to the Victorian by the Sea and immediately were taken to the Victorian Suite. Oh my goodness, the suite was JUST renovated and was beautiful. My husband and I definitely felt spoiled. We had a comfortable four post bed with pillows that were divine. The suite also had an electric fireplace which we used every night! The claw footed tub was perfect for soaking (especially after a day of hiking 15 miles). The hardwood floors were refinished and the entire suite was immaculate. Nothing went unnoticed. We had clean bathrobes daily, chocolates and bottles of water on our dresser after the daily cleaning, plentiful towels (I appreciated the washcloth specifically for makeup removal), and tons of space for our luggage (there is a built in dresser and a closet with drawers and hanging space). It felt like home. The view from the suite looked out onto the water and was breathtaking. We enjoyed our evening time in the sitting area by the fireplace reading and visiting.

The breakfasts prepared by Robert and Jeanne were absolutely delicious. Every morning I joked that I wouldn't need to eat lunch because we got spoiled every breakfast. Each morning we had a pastry of some sort (the BEST rhubarb muffins on the 3rd morning!), fresh fruit (we had a fruit and yogurt concoction, glazed pears, and fruit plate), some form of egg (eggs florentine and crab and mushroom omelet were to die for), toast, and bacon or sausage. Every morning Robert and Jeanne would also inquire about our food preferences (there are sometimes options) - they definitely made sure we got what we wanted! Fresh coffee was available every morning and hot water was available the entire day for tea (I made use of this amenity)! In addition, the kitchen has a refrigerator to store leftovers and any beverages or snacks you might want during your stay. Mini microwaveable bags of popcorn and freshly baked cookies are also available for snacking in the evening.

When my husband and I weren't relaxing in our luxurious suite, we walked out (.8 miles) to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse (so neat), visited the Transportation Museum in Rockville, explored the cute town of Camden and spent a day hiking on the various trails in the area (Robert and Jeanne are incredibly knowledgeable about the trails and different views from each).

We absolutely had the best, most relaxing time at the Victorian by the Sea! We could've stayed at least another night, if not more. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

If you are reading this and want to find a place to share the most romantic night of your lives ..well you have come to the right place !

The owners were the friendliest and warmest people you can meet. They were so obliging and informative. The B&B was fantastic with clean, beautifully decorated rooms, the food was temendous, and the atmosphere just reeked of romance !!!

The area had quiet walks, picturesque views, elegant resturants, and good shopping.

Go back again ... without a doubt ! Thank you we found true love in Maine

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

We LOVED this place! We flew to Maine for our 15th wedding anniversary, and stayed at the Victorian by the Sea. This was our first B&B experience, and it was amazing!! We were thrilled every morning with the delicious coffee on the veranda porch overlooking the ocean, and the delicious breakfasts! The hosts were so very kind and helpful. We adored our visit here!!

Room Tip: The Victorian suite was a little more spendy, but the view from our room was amazing, as was the fir...
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Victorian by the Sea is a lovely B&B that sits back from the road. We stayed in the cottage with the personal entrance; the decor, fireplace, comfortable queen bed and claw foot tub made this a perfect relaxing evening. The beach was perfect for combing if you can walk the steep steps there and back. However, as the evening progressed and we went to sleep the walls began creaking so loudly that we were awoken on several occasions. The electric baseboard heating was controlled by the owners and it was too hot in the room. The fireplace made the room stifling so we could not enjoy that too much. The next morning we were served an amazing breakfast made by the owner; the presentation and atmosphere of the breakfast room were wonderful. The sorbet was the best ever! My only complaint is I couldn't consume the majority of my breakfast due to the high sugar content (cinnamon rolls, fruit with sorbet and blueberry pancakes) and other options were not provided.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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LincolnvilleJeanne, Owner at Victorian by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2012

Those of us in the inn keeping profession value a good night’s sleep above all else!

We offer our sincere apologies to our guests whose stay did not meet their standards, or ours. We notify guests upon their arrival that if there is a problem with their room to please contact us. The B&B had just opened for the season and we had vacant rooms; had we known of the problems, we would have gladly adjusted the heat or moved them to another room, at any hour.

Our practice is to offer a sweet breakfast one day alternating with a savory breakfast the next. When guests make their reservation, we ask if they have any dietary considerations, and we have many guests who request low fat, no sugar, gluten free or a vegan breakfast. Had we known of their preferences, we would have gladly obliged.

The concerns raised are well-taken and will be addressed, but we would like guests to remember that a 123 year-old home does occasionally creak and groan!

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Address: 33 Sea View Dr, Lincolnville, ME 04849-5347
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Location: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Lincolnville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Lincolnville
Price Range: $215 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Victorian by the Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Romantic and peaceful seaside B&B located 1/4 mile off Route 1, just four miles north of the Camden, Maine harbor offering 7 guest room. ... more   less 
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