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Aysgarth Station Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #13 of 31 Bar Harbor B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Alingsas, Sweden
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76 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Good place, great hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2007

We stayed for one night in early October. I would fully agree with all the other positive comments, adding that Steve fixed both my wife's eyeglasses (a loose screw) and configured my laptop so that I could connect to his WiFi.

That said, guests should be aware of that B&Bs located in old houses may be a bit cramped when compared to modern establishments designed from the outset as hotels/motels/inns. That is probably a small price to pay for the advantages!

We had a lobster dinner at Poor Boy's - excellent!

  • Liked — The hosts
  • Disliked — Having to wait for other guests to finish breakfast (we probably were unlucky...)
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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9 Thank jolup
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2007

We had a wonderful experience at this B&B. The hosts (and their cats!) were very friendly. We were greeted and treated very warmly, from check-in through breakfast to check-out. The room we had -- Tan Hill -- was quite nice, and we appreciated the hosts' generosity with
reading materials, tour information, local guides, and complimentary snacks in the room and in the dining room. In addition, Jane has plenty of stories and tourist advice to accompany the tasty and hearty breakfasts. No question in our minds that we would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — Generosity of materials and food
  • Disliked — Parking a bit tough in peak seasons
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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10 Thank BluesTraveling
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Ontario
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2007

This is a warning to anyone who is contemplating staying at Aysgarth Station Bed & Breakfast in Bar Harbour Maine.

When checking in, the owner Jane was not very friendly and rushed us through the check-in procedure. We were given the option of parking our car in their private driveway or on the street. We chose to park it in their private driveway, for added security. Jane mentioned that if we chose to park in the driveway, we'd have to leave a set of keys to the car with her, as the car may have to be moved to let other guests out (as the driveway is not very wide).

We felt a bit strange about leaving our keys with her, but we felt reassured by her that it's better to park in the driveway than the street, for security. So, we parked in the driveway and left our keys with her and then headed out to see the town and have dinner.

When we returned several hours later, we noticed the car had been moved to allow another guest to leave. However, we were shocked to discover that the car was left UNLOCKED. We were on honeymoon so our car was full of gifts and other important belongings, like passports. Thankfully, nothing was stolen or damaged. However, we were extremely upset that our car would be moved and left UNLOCKED for hours on end.

When we spoke to Jane in the morning and confirmed that she moved the car and didn't re-lock it, she was not apologetic AT ALL. It's as if she didn't care, and brushed us off. It wasn't a big deal to her that she put all of our belongings at risk of being stolen, not to mention the car itself!! Sad to stay, this situation ruined our entire stay at Aysgarth Station and we will never stay there again.

We will make sure we tell everyone about our experience so that they can be well aware of this situation that happened to us. DO NOT allow Jane to move your car within the driveway - she will leave it unlocked!

  • Liked — Nothing.
  • Disliked — The owner's disregard for the safety and security of her guests' vehicles and belongs.
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank HoLLeR1982
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2007

What a lovely B&B Aysgarth Station is, my wife and I both loved it.

It is well located, in a quiet street only 5 minutes walk from the harbour, shops and restaurants and a short drive to the Acadia national Park entrance and visitor centre. Jane and Steve are the perfect hosts they both go out of their way to be friendly and helpful (But that is only to be expected as Jane is a Yorkshire lass)

One example was, at breakfast I mentioned that I had been told the wild Maine Blueberries were very good. Next morning as the starter for breakfast Jane put out Wild Maine Blueberries. The main breakfast meal was prepared fresh each morning and was always different and very good.

There is plenty of information about the surrounding area and a CD you can use if you want to drive the loop road around Acadia.

Our room, Tan Hill, was very clean and the bed extremely comfortable. We would certainly not hesitate in staying here again if we ever visit Bar Harbour in the future.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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12 Thank kingstonkelly
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Naples, FL
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2007

Excellent location - walking distance of downtown shops, short drive to entrance of Acadia National Park.
Accommodation - upscale, comfortable, extra amenities provided
Breakfast - very tasty and well prepared.
Hosts - charming
Extra special - a driving DVD of Acadia National Park was available for guests of the B&B. It was superb.

  • Liked — charming and pleasant atmosphere
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank Naplestraveler
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2007

Where to begin? We chose Bar Harbor as our honeymoon to escape the Southern summer and we couldn't have chosen a better place to stay--the hosts, the house, the food--everything was "purrfect" (gotta love their cats!) This will be a long review, so read it all or scan for what you're interested in!

What room did we stay in? Chatsworth
How long did we stay? 5 nights (August 6-August 10)

We arrived to Bar Harbor on a rainy evening, misguided by our GPS who thought Robert Ave was one way in the opposite direction. So needless to say we arrived a little stressed out after battling traffic and rain and the hectic summer traffic. After parking in the driveway I was a little concerned it would be inconvenient to drive since parking is *very* hard to come by and it requires Jane & Steve to jockey cars around for people. Nevertheless, Jane greeted us at the door and helped us take our luggage up to the Chatsworth room on the second floor.

The Room
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Our room was a breath of fresh air (literally), with a bathroom almost as large as the bedroom, and between the bedroom and bathroom, it spanned the width of the house! A private patio right off our room let us sit in the trees and enjoy the outdoors. The bed was very comfy with excellent linens. The bathroom had a shower/tub combo with great water pressure. There was no TV in the room which we were aware of, and as scared as we were of that, we never got the urge to watch TV outside of the first night. There was no iron/ironing board in the room, but Jane will gladly bring you one if you're neat freaks like we can be. At night you can leave the windows open to near silence, or you can cut on the AC or heat if your climate needs are more precise. The room was made up every day and the binder in the room gave us a lot of good ideas for recreation and dining. All-in-all we felt like the Chatsworth room was an absolute steal for the price.

The House
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The house is located only a few blocks from main street in Bar Harbor, which means you don't have to drive *anywhere* if you don't want to. And we did just that--arrived Monday evening and didn't touch our car until we left on Saturday. They even have a shuttle service that runs all over Mt. Desert Island during the tourist season. The house sits on a side street also, which means extra peace and quiet--literally silence at night from the windows! The cats (XB, Asticou, Warwick) are such personalities all their own, but you don't feel like they're more important than the guests to Jane & Steve. You can enjoy them as much or as little as you choose (we chose to play with them daily and they indulged us). The rest of the house is gorgeous and they have menus from almost all the local restaurants along with a ton of info and maps about Acadia National Park. Between the wealth of knowledge of Jane & Steve, the guest reviews in the guest books, and the menus downstairs, you'll never have to eat at the same place twice (although you might want to!)

The Hosts
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Jane and Steve are quite a unique set of hosts in our experience. They really feel like close friends or relatives more than hosts--you can ask them anything and they will bend over backwards for you to meet your needs (more in the food section). Steve is very knowledgeable about the park and very funny. The only negative review in the lot made him seem pushy--FAR from it! Jane is always cheerful and hands down the best breakfast cook we've come across. Her background in catering means breakfast is coming right when you sit down--and oh, the food! She also has plenty of great recommendations on where to eat.

The Food
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Like we said above, the food was amazing. Each morning there was fresh fruit for each patron, plates of different fresh pastries, and fresh juices. After you've stuffed yourself on that, the *real* breakfast comes and you wished you saved more room. We cleaned our plate every day, and we consider ourselves picky eaters. There is always fresh coffee available and fallbacks like cereal if you choose. The thing we found to be amazing is Jane's ability to cater to our needs. One of us is lactose intolerant, and the typical response is to fix something simpler without milk. Jane managed to make the same dish without milk for us each day--we never missed out on the delicious recipes she had. Top it all off with fresh baked goods in the late afternoon, too. We never saw the same thing twice in the 5 days we were there. And as a side note, Jane can make boxed lunches to order. We did it once and would highly recommend it to anyone staying there--take one with you and enjoy it on the island, they are great!

Conclusion? Honestly, Bar Harbor was incredible in the summer, but it wouldn't have been nearly as relaxing if we weren't staying at Aysgarth. We would recommend them for anyone looking for the best B&B in Bar Harbor!

  • Liked — The food and location made this the best B&B in town, along with two great hosts!
  • Disliked — Parking isn't the most convenient, but we didn't even need our car!
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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12 Thank Dan B
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Georgia
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53 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2007

The Aysgarth is located on Roberts street a short walk from downtown, but in a quiet area. The hosts were very friendly and that attitude spilled over to the guests who seemed to enjoy the inn a great deal. Breakfast was high class and our room was spacious with a porch. I don't think you can go wrong at the Aysgarth.

  • Liked — Hosts and location
  • Disliked — They have cats, we don't like cats much, but they are confined to certain areas of the home
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank regularjoe
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Additional Information about Aysgarth Station Bed and Breakfast

Property: Aysgarth Station Bed and Breakfast
Address: 20 Roberts Ave, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1820 (Formerly Hatfield Inn Bed And Breakfast)
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aysgarth Station Bed and Breakfast offers year round accommodations on Mt. Desert Island. Our Bed and Breakfast extends New England hospitality and quiet comfort in a uniquely casual atmosphere. The Inn is situated in downtown Bar Harbor....And you are only a short stroll to the harbor, many distinctive shops, an abundance of eateries and the Shore Path ocean-front walk. You are only minutes away from Acadia National Park. 125+ During Summer, ... more   less 
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