Bravo/Brava to Marcia and Laurence! We had stayed at the Inn last summer, but neglected to write a review, despite our pleasure with the experience. We want to "second" all the positive comments the other reviewers made about the comforts, amenities and convenient location of Austin's Holidae House. Take it from us, the positive comments of the earlier reviewers are "right on!" We loved our stay there in 2006 and made a point of returning this year. When we came in the door, we felt like saying "We're home!" That is how very comfortable and welcome we felt! The breakfast is absolutely delicious! Marcia made wonderful scones and Laurence provided the high service breakfast. He made eggs for me, but something different for my husband.
And I have to tell you about the eggs! They were fabulous...fresh..from a local farm of free range chickens. When I ate them, I just had to ask Laurence what made them so special. It wasn't until I remarked on the eggs that Laurence told me about his special trips to a particular farm for these eggs! He even gave us some eggs to take with us!
Laurence and Marcia are both charming, spirited and caring,...perfect hosts! The Inn itself is lovely, but with Laurence and marcia, it is very very special indeed!
Bethel is an oasis in the barren wilderness of western Maine. The town is pretty, has a magnificent green, several good restaurants, an excellent pottery story and numerous bed&breakfasts. But one of the inns stands out : Austin's Holidae House. Its Victorian decor is attractive and food is very good, prepared for you by the owner, who offers a menu beyond the standard eggs or pancakes. One particularly fine addition is the home-baked scones. The coffee is excellent, the tea selection broad. You can have a free after-dinner cordial. Copies of New York Times crossword puzzles are available. And the price is most reasonable.
But what makes this inn really significantly good is its hosts, Lawrence and Marcia Austin. He is a charming Brit who has previous innkeeping experience. She is a warm and friendly retired professional from New York. Other places offer shelter and food, but none of them can offer topnotch hosts like Lawrence and Marcia and the good conversation that they add to your vacation experience.
My fiancee and I took a road trip recently, just driving where ever the breeze took us. We had a "Maine: off the Beaten Path" book we were using as a sort of guide when we blew into Bethel. They listed Holidae House (misspelled "Holiday") as a place to stay. GLAD THEY DID! The Victorian home was charming, the room was charming, our hosts Marcia & Laurence were charming! Laurence served us a fantastic breakfast of blueberry scones, banana bread and our choice (they actually give you a menu!) of french toast & bacon (for me) and eggs sunnyside up and a grilled ham steak for my beau. We left happy, rested, tummys full and laughing for miles at the great stories Laurence shared with us! Stay here, you will be happy you did. Laura & Brian, Manhattan, New York
This is our second visit to Austin's Holidae House. The first was during a weekend in February to ski at Sunday River . We love Bethel and the region and returned for a long weekend in April. Marcia and Laurence are simply the ideal couple to run a beautiful place like this. The room was as comfortable as could be and whenever we ask a question or need anything Marcia is always there with a smile and the answer. Breakfast, cooked to order, is simply exquisite and is topped only by the British accent, smile and droll wit that make Laurence Austin a character to remember.
As part of a week-long tour of New England covering several states, my son and I spent three nights at Austin's Holidae House. Our rooms were comfortable and superbly decorated, the breakfasts were phenomenal, the atmosphere was restful and homey, and Lawrence and Marcia, the inn-keepers, were gracious hosts, far exceeding our expectations in anticipating out every need. The experience far surpassed any of the other places we stayed on this trip. We intend to recommend Holidae House to anyone we know who may be travelling in this area.