The Beach House Inn
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and evening aperitifs
- Rocking chairs on the wraparound porch
- Rainwater showers, whirlpool tubs and Molton Brown toiletries in renovated bathrooms
- Canoes, bicycles and beach chairs are free
What To Know
- Get to the beach early to reserve a chair
- A sidewalk and road separate the inn from the waterfront
- There’s no restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This lovingly restored vintage Victorian seaside resort is packed with tasteful modern luxuries and elegant finishes, making for a cozy and comfortable home base for exploring the rugged beauty of the Maine’s coastline. Located close to the water’s edge on one of New England’s most spectacular beaches, the inn feels like a personal retreat, whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend or a family getaway.
Bed & Bath
Each of the 34 guestrooms (spread across four floors) is unique, but all are decorated in calming tones of beige accented with nautical touches. The rooms have King or Queen beds with fluffy white down comforters and classic wrought iron or upholstered furnishings. The bathrooms come complete with plush terry robes and Molton Brown toiletries.
Some guests gather in the common rooms (near the roaring fire in the colder months) to chitchat; some snooze in one of the white rocking chairs that line the wraparound porch. Enjoy a free country continental breakfast each morning, as well as afternoon tea and a cheese and aperitifs reception in the sitting room every evening. When the weather’s nice, make use of the Beach House Inn’s bocce set, bicycles or canoes (available at Yachtsman Lodge & Marina).
In the Area
Hop aboard the Nick’s Chance and cruise 20 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean to view whales, dolphins and other marine creatures. Back in town, the Wedding Cake House, built in 1826 by a local shipbuilder, is a masterpiece of “carpenter gothic” architecture; there are also many examples in the Federal style in the Kennebunkport historic district. For some unrivaled seafood, make a beeline for the Clam Shack for fried clams and succulent lobster rolls (open May through October). And when beach season rolls around, there are six stretches of sand nearby (Gooch’s and Mother’s beaches are our favorites).
How to Get There
Stayed one night on a coastal vacation. Friendly staff, adorable hotel, quiet and beautiful views. The room was clean and comfortable. Stayed in the fall and had a view of the back side of the property and beautiful views of fall afoul age.
We found The Beach House to be well-managed, clean and soothing. It's a great location and a lovely guest house experience. The staff was warm and laid-back but attentive. Rooms were nice and the views were delicious. A great experience.
We recently stayed at the beach house property. We loved our stay. They are located right on the water with walking distance to the town beach. The property was nice and clean.
It's small drive from the downtown area.
Enjoyed our 2 night stay. Great oceanfront views and on the trolley stop to town. Rooms are on the small side, but when you're out and about most of the time, it really doesn't matter. Hot coffee/beverages always available. Courteous staff.
The staff was very friendly. Cookies and coffee/tea in afternoon, corn hole game, complimentary bikes (must sign waiver), complimentary breakfast (hot items included, pretty good), fire pit, parking, across from 2 beaches (complimentary beach towels and chairs). We were in the lower level so had Adarondack chairs outside our room. Far enough away from town that we drove for dinner. Great location. Stayed mid-week for one night. Best to stay here for beach access instead of Wells. Would stay here again.