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
Every possible detail was a five star experience. The message at the spa, meals in the dining room all worthy of top marks. My one irritation was room size. This property is a Relais and Chateau member, and priced as such. But with rooms at 300 square feet (felt like less) it was more than comfortably snug. Especially with 2 adults trying to shower and get ready to go out for dinner.
Sorry, didn’t get pictures. The setting in the main dining room is barn board, with floors glistening to a high sheen. Juxtaposed with New York City landscapes complete with yellow taxis.
We had the chef’s menu. 5 courses of decadence from the celeriac truffle soup, the Scallops, beef tenderloin, and pre and post desert selections. For a once in a decade experience, for a very special occasion, bring your special someone for the service and food experience that you will not forget. Five stars are truly earned here.
Less than two hours from Boston, in beautiful southern Maine. You will not be disappointed.
The Inn, now under new ownership, deserves its designation as a Relais and Chateau member.
We were greeted on arrival, our car was parked and our bags brought to our room. (Thank you Brian).
The front desk staff were outstanding, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful (thank you Eva).
Our junior suite was wonderfully comfortable. The two sided gas fireplace served to warm both the sleeping and jacuzzi areas.
Terrific separate shower and commode.
Comfortable sitting area.
Perfect for a splurge. Highly recommended!!
Visited White Barn Inn on New Years Eve, for dinner with 2 couples. This was impressive from start to finish. Impeccable service, outstanding food in a great Inn atmosphere. The menu was prix-fixed but had great selections. The food gras appetizer and scallop entree were standouts. Well worth a visit for that special occasion event!
Truly A 5+ star property. The staff is ready and eager to provide a grand experience. No request is beyond their grasp. The restaurant was delightful, both for an exquisite dinner and breakfast the next morning. Our cottage was small but just big enough, not really a suite but with sufficient amenities and a private location. The pool was not open when we visited in late fall but the cottage would probably be busy if it were open as it is very close to the pool area.
Delightful and happy. Will return when in the area.