The White Barn Inn and Spa
What We Love
- Home to New England’s only five-diamond restaurant
- Attentive European-style service paired with refined, country house elegance
- Sipping champagne by candlelight in a butler-drawn bath
What To Know
- Continental breakfast, afternoon tea service and cordials are included
- Serene ambience best suited to couples; children aged 11 and under are not permitted
- Gentlemen must wear a jacket in the bar and restaurant in the evening
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
European country house elegance tempered with New England comfort. Leather and upholstered couches and period antiques and paintings blend seamlessly with gilded mirrors, works by local artists and colorful Asian rugs. On cool evenings the fireplace invites guests to relax in the cozy living room and adjacent enclosed sun porch while sipping a free port or brandy.
Bed and Bath
No two rooms are alike, but each is decorated in calming colors and patterns, outfitted with a plasma TV with DVD and CD systems, and furnished with a down-topped mattress; some have gas fireplaces. Bathrooms may have a walk-in rainfall shower or an oversize soaking or whirlpool tub, but all have lovely Molton Brown toiletries and separate toilets. Twice-daily housekeeping includes nightly turn-down service with irresistible house-made sweets.
Live piano music, white tablecloths and formally attired waiters set the tone at the White Barn Inn restaurant, which draws foodies from around the world to the rustic barn setting for chef Jonathan Cartwright’s updated New England fixed-price menu. Steamed Maine lobster is the signature dish, but serious foodies opt for the nine-course tasting menu. Plan ahead for a treatment in the intimate spa, which has just four treatment suites and a heated outdoor waterfall pool (open late May to early October).
How to Get There
We were first here several years ago, when coats and ties were the dress code...with which they outfitted me since I had not come properly prepared. The service then, as now, exceptional. Well now, we dine at the bar, much less formal, but just as delightful. On one occasion, the manager was our Bartender/Server but recently we've had a delightful gentleman from Burgundy, FR taking care of us. The ambiance, drinks, menu, food and service are all up to "Relais et Chateaux" standards plus. Note: in April this year, we did 5 Relais et Chateaux in France...fantastic, just fantastic. A plus for Bar Dining...the Piano Bar...fabulous artist.
Room 1 Garden is very close to a busy road. Clues management know this are the comments by various members of staff when complaining such as ‘it gets quieter at night’, ‘it is a major access road’ and ‘the sound insulation is not too good’. You cannot get away from the road noise even with air conditioning on full fan. It was only on the last night of 3 that we were moved to a decent room (next level up) when I was emotional with lack of sleep and anger.
I have stayed in 4 Relais & Chateau hotels before (the Plettenberg and Cellars Hohenort (both South Africa ) and Hambledon Ball and Isle of Eriska (both UK). Their quality always exceptional. Not Grace White Barn Inn. The room is a cabin and tiny. Less than 25 feet from the ‘major access route’. At $600 a night a complete rip off and a disgrace that Relais & Chateau have put their name to it.
Don’t book on the web unless you get commitment from the hotel that you will not be put in room ‘1 Garden’. An option not offered on their Web site. This room needs a warning on the web site so that customers can book it in the full knowledge of its proximity to the road. If you can’t get commitment try the motels out of town which will give a better night sleep.
Unfortunately the rest of the hotel is good but you can’t get over the room to enjoy it. I look forward to the customary reply ‘Dear Mr .... We are sorry....’. But they aren’t as they didn’t do anything about it quickly enough.
Stayed for 2 nights in Loon Cottage. Perfect setting for myself , hubby and teenage daughter. Service was impeccable. Breakfast was lovely. Hotel is an easy walk to the beach and to town. Perfect location !
A friend recently gave me a generous gift certificate from this hotel which I inadvertently lost. I contacted the hotel, and provided the certificate's date of issue and the name of the purchaser. Based on my info, the group confirmed that it had, indeed, issued the certificate in question. However, "gift certificates are just like cash," their spokesperson told me, "and it's our policy not to issue them a second time." In short, misplacing the certificate meant that I lost the gift definitively. A simple hone call by the hotel to the purchaser would have confirmed that I was the beneficiary -- an easy, elegant solution. But that was not a consideration. So if this is supposed to be a Relais and Chateaux establishment, it misses the mark on customer service big time. Gift certificate or no gift certificate, I will NOT be patronizing this inn or restaurant. Its customer service simply does not match its pretension.
We checked into the hotel and rented the Loon cottage. Two bedroom, two bath on the harbor. Furnished in "cabin decor" but great fireplaces comfortable beds and nicely appointed bathrooms. The staff here is excellent, friendly and very helpful. We needed ice and one of the staff attending to the grounds gave us ice from his lunch bucket. Way cool. The patio outside is a terrific place to enjoy a glass of wine. Highly enjoyed our stay. Breakfast in the hotel proper dining room was amazing. Do not miss.