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Haven By The Sea B&B Inn
Ranked #1 of 9 Wells B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Nobody Does it Better”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

My wife and I recently spent 3 weeks in the Boston area touring, visiting family and friends, and attending a major High School Reunion. We needed a three day break from our exhausting schedule, and, deciding to get out of town, discovered Haven by the Sea on TripAdvisor. The references were wonderful and so we went ahead and booked a two night stay in early October.

We are so glad that we did! Our Maine vacation (escaping from our Boston vacation) was superb. The remodeled church which is Haven by the Sea has been converted to a special place with outstanding and unique common areas. The individual guest rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious and quiet.

Our hosts Susan and John were absolutely wonderful and incredibly helpful. They cooked gourmet breakfasts each morning, served generous glasses of wine at happy hour, and offered wonderful advice about restaurants and sights to see. They even booked our restaurant reservations for us. We had two of the best meals of our entire trip as a result of their advice.

The location is roughly mid way between Ogunquit and Kennebunkport (about 15 minutes from each). There are also hiking trails on a nature preserve in Wells worth exploring (bring your camera). You can't beat the location for convenience and quiet enjoyment of the area.

Susan and John both have such warm and friendly personalities that you feel as if you've known them for years.

Staying at the Haven by the Sea was a wonderful vacation experience.

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Westford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

My husband and I spend a lovely weekend at Haven By The Sea. We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. This was our first and hopefully not our last visit. What made our stay so enjoyable were the accommodations, the guests, and owners. It was a perfect balance of sight-seeing, socializing, and down time. Every morning we started with a delicious breakfast, a relaxing walk along the beach and a day of sight-seeing (shops, nature hikes, and flea markets.) What was especially enjoyable was the "Happy Hour" at Haven By The Sea. Before heading out to dinner, we stopped by the gathering/dinning area each night for a drink with the owners and other guests. Most of the other guests were repeat guests who have been coming for years and they were very friendly and inviting. We enjoyed chatting with the guests and the very welcoming owners John and Susan. We were made to feel like "part of the family." After dinner, we headed back to our suite (#5) and relaxed by the fire. A special thank you to John and Susan for being so gracious and making a rare weekend away so special.

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Foxboro, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed October 7, 2013

The "Haven By the Sea" is one of those places that gets an "Oh wow!!" when you first enter. This wonderful old church has been renovated into being a first class Inn. It's everything one could desire as a getaway to a wonderful place. The building itself has been given great attention to detail for preserving the old, and updating for the new. The colors, the architecture, the styling, and the welcoming friendliness that you feel the second you enter the door all pull together into being extremely positive experience.

Susan and John were excellent hosts. Susan's breakfasts were top notch, as was John's service and ability to suggest dinner locations and local attractions. Be sure to check out the Fisherman's Catch Restaurant for Lobster & Clams (a local favorite), and the Gypsy Sweethearts for a wonderful dining experience (definitely on the romantic side). John even has answers to little known questions such as "How did the Marginal Way get it's name?". Most impressive he was.

There's so much to do in the Wells Beach, Ogunquit, and Kennebunkport area ... my wife and I would highly recommend the "Haven by the Sea" as being the place to call home while visiting the area.

Room Tip: Room 5 has a wonderful gas fireplace and is a bit larger ... however, our room 6 was excellent.
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Foxboro, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Vacationing at Haven by the Sea was like experiencing Heaven by the Sea this past week-end for my husband and myself. John and Susan made us feel like family from the moment we entered the front door of their breathtaking B & B. Our room was extremely comfortable, immaculately clean, and beautifully decorated. The food, expertly prepared and served with close attention to detail, was truly scrumptious and presented in an appealing and creative manner. Recommendations for restaurants and things to do in the area were "spot on" and John even personally made reservations for us at area restaurants that he knew we would appreciate and enjoy. An all around delightful experience that we look forward to repeating over and over again. "Bravo" Susan and John, and we'll see you again soon!

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

On a two week trip with multiple stops, we haven’t often booked a five night stay anywhere, let alone at a place we hadn’t visited before. However, the Trip Advisor reviews for "Haven by the Sea" gave us the confidence to take that chance. We are so glad we did.

From the friendly greeting on arrival to the warm farewell on departure, we were pampered, entertained and made to feel “at home”.

John and Susan are perfect in their roles as hosts. Susan happened to be on the front steps when we arrived and instantly made us feel welcome. Her quiet conversation and her delicious breakfasts were highlights of our stay. And then there is John. Whenever we needed him, he was there, with his charismatic personality, wonderful sense of humour and desire to make every guest’s experience as enjoyable as possible. He was our upbeat “garcon” at breakfast and our very talented bartender at happy hour.

The décor is charming and oh-so-inviting. Attention has been paid to every detail in this conversion of church to inn. The relaxed elegance is pleasing to the eye, and more importantly, the creativity and thoughtfulness of the design anticipates your needs, and makes the whole experience so comfortable - and fun. There is a sign on a wall that says "you are a stranger here but once". This is so evident in the constant laughter and animated conversation, and only one reason why so many of their guests return year after year. As we hope to!

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Rhinebeck, New York, United States
1 review
Reviewed October 4, 2013

My husband and I recently spent two nights at Haven by the Sea. This was our first visit and we found the experience totally delightful! Susan and John made us feel "at home" from the moment we arrived. It was clear that John and Susan have a passion for providing the highest level of hospitality to their guests. We enjoyed the conversations with the other guests and Susan and John at breakfast time and while on the deck overlooking the marsh for cocktails. The rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished, the breakfasts are incredibly delicious and the views are spectacular!

We are planning to return often! Thank you, Susan and John, for making our stay so memorable!

Room Tip: You will be happy with any of the rooms! They are all well appointed!
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Mundelein, Illinois, United States
1 review
Reviewed October 3, 2013

My husband, sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Haven by the Sea. John and Susan are doing it all right from the moment they welcomed us into their "home" to the beautiful accommodations provided in their lovely Inn. My sister and I walked on the beach every morning and enjoyed this as one of the best stops we made on our Maine vacation.

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Property: Haven By The Sea B&B Inn
Address: 59 Church Street, Wells, ME 04090-4240
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Location: United States > Maine > Wells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Wells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Haven By The Sea B&B Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coastal. Relaxed. Desired. Ocean side, and centrally located between Ogunquit and Kennebunkport, this seaside bed and breakfast is Wells Beach premier B & B Inn. Once a seaside church, now completed renovated with oversize custom guestrooms and suites with waterviews. The Inn offers all the amenities you would expect at your finer lodging establishments including a complimentary breakfast and full bar service. Enjoy the terrace with its breeze from the ocean and surrounding marshlands. ... more   less 
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