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“Beautiful B & B in Bethel Maine!”
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Crocker Pond House
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Crocker Pond House
Ranked #15 of 15 Bethel B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 September 2013

We spent 4 nights at the Crocker Pond House and absolutely loved it! Stuart and Ellen were wonderful and made us feel so welcome in their beautiful home. They made us a delicious and bountiful breakfast each morning. They were happy to give us advice on places to hike, explore or drive as well as the best places to eat. In the evenings they shared in our excitement as we told them about our adventures of that day.

The rooms are very clean and comfortable. We made ourselves at home in the spacious great room. There was a large library upstairs in case you forgot to bring a book, or wanted a game or puzzle.

We had never stayed in a B & B before but will certainly have high expectations in the future after staying at the Crocker Pond House. We were sad to leave!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Cons- when we arrived, we walked in and no one was to be found. We wandered around a bit calling out "hello" and finally Stuart came. He was less than welcoming. A man of few words.

The website touts "all rooms are south facing with unobstructed views of the mountains". This is an outright lie. There are NO mountain views. All you see is the front yard and tall pines.

Website also says you'll wake to classical music. Nope.

Our room had a door out to a deck... But it left a bit to be desired. The deck is badly in need of restraining/waterproofing, it wasn't swept, the chairs and table were dirty and there was a dead bird laying right out our door : /

We had requested a second floor room with vaulted ceilings/loft and were told they like to hold them for larger parties. We got the smallest room available instead... Even though we were the ONLY guests there on the night of our stay. You think they could have honored our request once they knew they had no larger parties and put us in a larger room. But no.

I mean, we were "off season" guests so maybe we didn't get the full service... But I think full service should be offered to any guest.

Pros- Ellen, who we met the next morning, was absolutely lovely. Very welcoming, very helpful and a delight to talk with.

The setting is very remote. 50 private acres, multiple trails stemming off from the property, very quiet, very peaceful!!! A great place to reconnect with nature and refresh the soul.

Lovely pond with sandy beach area, dock, chairs to lay out in and hammock to relax in.

Beautiful, beautiful Inn, inside and out. Amazing architecture, wonderful natural light, so many cozy, inviting places to relax, read, play a game, talk. Wonderful little "nook" for children.

The rooms themselves were VERY clean, comfortable beds, fresh picked wildflowers etc.

Breakfast was absolutely wonderful.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay, but there were enough cons for us that we feel we could get a better experience and better value for our money elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank 836sarahy
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Our family spent a week here and we would go back in one red hot second!
Ellen and Stuart Crocker make you feel instantly at home. You should take time to talk with both of them. Do explore the expansive 50 acres that the house sits on. The house is located about 5 minutes from the center of town in an awesome, quiet wooded area. We saw turkeys, a coyote, a baby black bear and lots of deer along their road. The design of the home brings comfort, privacy, peacefulness, light and beauty. It's especially cool that Stuart used the trees from the property for the woodwork! There is a large pond on the property (with a fire pit) where you can take a dip or simply sit and enjoy. If you are a hiker, you must talk to Stuart! He has a large binder of hikes in the area and has done them all! There is plenty of space to spread out in their luscious living room, as well as the upstairs area where you can grab a game, work on a puzzle or borrow a book from the expansive library. The rooms are large with plenty of space to put your "stuff". Breakfast was tasty and plentiful. I hope to go back next year!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank mizla
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

It soon became obvious that we had discovered a very special place when we stayed at Crocker Pond House (CPH). We were summertime visitors and wanted to incorporate into our family holiday an experience in small town America. CPH is a beautiful property nestled within a wooded cove with garden and pond. The house welcomes you with warmth and a very relaxed and comfortable feel. The room comfortably accommodated our family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers, who were very well occupied with games and books from the library. Breakfasts were magnificent as were our hosts. This B&B exceeded all our expectations, and I would love to return some day.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Susan H
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

My husband found the Crocker Pond House while planning for a recent ski trip. What a gem this place is! Everyone who has stayed here is lucky that Ellen and Stuart Crocker have opened their lovely home to all of us. The house is gorgeous, so serene and has so much character. Just like the wonderful owners. We came away well rested. This will be our place to go to in Bethel Maine.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Thank creamtea43
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

This is a beautiful B&B! We were traveling thru New England looking at fall colours and were lucky enough to stay at Crocker Pond House! The house is lovely and comfortable and Deb(who was housesitting for the owners) was so friendly and helpful! The breakfast she made us before we left was outstanding! I wish we could have stayed more than one night, but we were on a tight schedule. We will be back!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Lisa M
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

We were looking for one-of-kind experience and we got it. The house abounds with loving details and the surroundings are beautiful. The hosts were gracious, there was a terrific library, with some great art and photography books, and the hearty breakfast was something to look forward to. We were attending a wedding at Sunday River, and loved having a getaway after the festivities.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 917 North Rd, Bethel, ME 04217-3214
Region: United States > Maine > Bethel
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Ranked #15 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Bethel
Number of rooms: 5
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Crocker Pond House Bethel, Maine

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