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
The White Barn Inn was very relaxing. Enjoyed the piano player at the bar Wednesday night. The breakfast was outstanding. I really enjoyed the lemon ricotta pancakes! Room was cozy. We appreciated the fireplace in the common room!
If great service at a hotel is your thing then the White Barn Inn is your place in Kennebunk. The front desk staff is knowledgeable, courteous, and thoughtful. When we checked in, the staff had left us a 375ml of red wine to welcome us. The rooms are nicely appointed but not huge (the property has been around awhile). There is a nice living room area with a fireplace and complimentary brandy and port (frequently replaced) with books and magazines on local topics. The day we checked out, there was a 5k in town. The staff knew all about it and was able to help us plan our departure. They even packed up a small box of croissants and pastries since we wanted to get on the road instead of having breakfast. Well done.
Sublime food in a peaceful and beautiful setting. The staff was kind and knowledgeable. The extra touches like afternoon tea, port and brandy, and a warm fire on a rainy day were much appreciated. I can't wait to return.
Boutique hotel with wonderful dinner restaurant and staff. I cannot praise enough for the dinning experience. Room was small with minimal amenities for a $500 rate. No on-site gym and when I asked the front desk staff about the alternative, the staff seemed lost and I was not able to get the answer. Well maintained for the age of the hotel.
We are currently staying at the White Barn Inn and couldn’t be happier with our decision to stay here. From the moment we called to book our reservation the service has been top notch. Check in, bell and restaurant staff are all fabulous.
I struggled to decide if we should book a suite or superior queen and of course a suite would have been wonderful but the queen we booked is great. I saw a lot of feedback that the room is tiny but I don’t find that at all. It’s good size with nice sized bathroom and love the free soaking tub. I do think if you are staying when a fire place should be lit (it’s june now so we don’t need it) the suite would so be worth the extra money.
Location is great it’s a super quick walk to beach or town for shopping like maybe 10 minutes. They had some other hotels on the water but I actually like our location more and the hotel is so great I would skip my water view and just have dinner somewhere looking over the water instead.
Overall I am so pleased that we choose to stay here. We have a few more days so I can update if anything changes and will share pics too. Especially looking forward to the spa date night we have tonight.
Thank you white barn for giving the Jones’s a great vacation.