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“Delightful! Hospitality Plus!”
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Squire Tarbox
Ranked #2 of 4 Wiscasset B&B and Inns
Shelbyville, KY
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4 reviews
“Delightful! Hospitality Plus!”
Reviewed 7 September 2011

The Squire Tarbox Inn is a wonderful, colonial-style B&B off the beaten path, set on several peaceful wooded acres not far from Wiscasset, Bath, and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, And God Bless them, they're pet-friendly!

After we had made the mistake of renting a "by-owner 'cottage'" (sight unseen) for a full week's stay to follow our niece's lovely August 2011 wedding at a nearby resort in Phippsburg, the rental 'cottage' turned out to be a pig-sty and we baled after 2 nights, not knowing where we might find pet-friendly accommodations anywhere in the vicinity. (BTW, as pet-friendly as many of the shop owners and local residents are in Maine, pet-friendly lodging is difficult to find, so the Squire Tarbox Inn was truly a refuge for us!)

We were welcomed to this lovely estate by owners Roni and Chef Mario De Pietro, along with their grown daughter Lara (who recently relocated from Oregon to lend a helping hand at the family farmstead) - - oh, and their canine assistant (and official greeter), "Vreni" a sweet Bernese Mtn Dog who even made our (very spoiled) JRT, Pippi, feel welcome!

The breakfasts at Squire Tarbox Inn are glorious - - no one makes Meusli like the Europeans -- not to mention Chef Mario's ginormous homemade croissants and to-die-for French Toast, accompanied by free-range eggs prepared any way you like them, homemade breads for toast and (mostly) homemade jellies - delicious! (Lara has her dad's French Toast recipe down pat as well!!) Each of the family members are delightful conversationalists, welcoming and helpful, without being intrusive.

Rooms vary in size, and all are clean, clean, clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Most evenings you may also make a reservation to join local gourmet aficionados for one of Chef Mario's unbelievable dinners featuring organic vegetables and other homegrown products from their son's nearby farm.

While the Squire Tarbox Inn is a "family" business, they are professional innkeepers in every sense of the word and take special care to ensure that you enjoy your stay. A large, comfortable sitting area provides plenty of reading material with articles filled with information on all of the great places to visit in the area, and there's even a "help-yourself"cookie jar replenished with fresh, homemade cookies every day!

Our sincerest thanks to Roni, Mario, Lara and Vreni for not only salvaging our vacation, but for making us feel like part of the family during our stay. A definite thumbs (and paws) up!!

Tim, Rita and Pippi Turek - Shelbyville, KY
(and Rita's Mom, Evebell Dunham - Durham, NC)

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Piermont, New York
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

This is the most charming B&B - historic and bucolic and just generally delightful. I wish we'd taken the time to book a dinner as well - oh well, next time. I certainly would come back. Absolutely beautiful setting. Lovely room. And, as historic as it is, it manages to provide all of the modern comforts that you need. The hosts are delightful. And the pet goats and chickens are really fun! It's a bit of a drive into Boothbay Harbor, but that can be a good thing too. You're really away from the touristy atmosphere of the Harbor and in another world out here. Will definitely return!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 August 2011

Just stayed here for 3 nights with my boyfriend. The family is very nice (I liked Laura, the daughter, best) and the room was very cozy, clean and accommodating. We really loved being out of the way of the more crowded and touristy areas like Booth bay and Bath.

The grounds have nice outdoor spaces- a deck, lawns, gardens, and a path down to a pond where you find a rowboat and a screened in sitting room for birdwatching. There are also chickens and goats!

The Organic farm mentioned is about a mile away from the inn, so we didn't see that (though we had wanted to before arriving).

Breakfast was great every morning- abundant breads, fruit, yogurt, granola, eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes. All simple and good. Dinner, however, was very dissapointing. I got the lamb (around $30) and it was way too salty. It was served with ratatouille which was tasty but starchy. My boyfriend got fish and what came out was a HUGE pile of kind of rubbery but passable, boring fish. SO MUCH though.

Overall great, but skip dinner, WAY overpriced and sub par.

Room Tip: We were in #9. Was cozy!
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bedford, New York
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

My husband, son and I stayed at Squire Tarbox twice within a ten day period and absolutely loved it. The owners and their daughter could not have been lovelier or more interesting, and the food was fantastic. Rooms are spotlessly clean, public areas are charming and the beds are comfortable. There are even resident goats to visit and a flock of chickens to provide fantastic eggs for the delicious breakfasts. We'll come back every year, and while there are other inns that are more convenient to our son's camp, we would not consider staying anywhere else. Highly recommend the Squire Tarbox.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Hamilton Square, New Jersey
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

My wife and I spent tow nights at the Squire Tarbox Inn and we were impressed with the service, rooms and food. It is a very get away from the main stream and one can sit back and relax and not have a care. That's what Ellen and I experienced. The fool served at dinner is a five star experience and so is breakfast. We would go back just for the french toast they serve in the morning. We like the concept of having local grown food served. Its a retreat from the ordinary and we enjoyed our stay there and would and surely be staying there again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Westlake Village, California
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

We stayed at a house down the road and had to check this place out. Its born from the 1700's and is absolutely divine. We had dinner there and was wonderful. The dining room alone takes you back 200 plus years. Very clean and friendly. A MUST for anyone staying in the area looking for a unique dining experience away from the tourist trap seafood places that dot the state. The rooms looked very cozy in a fairy tale surrounding. Good idea to make reservations.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Madison, Ct.
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

The rooms are unique, each has its own personality.The location and setting take you away from the hustle-bustle, serene and beautiful. We found the location very satisfactory for a base to day-trip the shoreline from Bath to Rockport and beyond. Don't forget Portland, a charming city in its own right. There are many places of historical interest well within a short drive. The service was great, the dining outstanding. The chef can create just about anything. Visitors should take advantage of this culinary master's creativity aand experience. The dining room was relaxed and the service excellent. We met new people while dining from the South, Northeast and Midwest as well as some nearby "locals" who know where to go for a great meal. The dining atmosphere lent itself to discussion with others during and after dinner. The chef came out and joined the diners and conversation following the meal. The grounds provided a quiet and peaceful stroll. The rear deck was a great place to relax and meet new friends and wine and dine for lunch. When asked for suggeations for things to do, places to visit and a little local history and background, the lady innkeeper couldn't have been more helpful. Although a one night visit will introduce the traveler to the inn, its location and overall setting can be more thoroughly enjoyed in a two or three day stay. When its good its good! Looking forward to a return stay this summer.

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  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Squire Tarbox
Address: 1181 Main Rd, Westport Island, Wiscasset, ME 04578-3501
Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Wiscasset
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Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Wiscasset
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Squire Tarbox 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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