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“Doesn't stack up to most B&Bs” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thornhedge Inn
Ranked #19 of 31 Bar Harbor B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Doesn't stack up to most B&Bs”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012

We are two women friends travelling together. We spent three nights at the Thornhedge Inn in the room called Greenway Court, the only room with two beds. The pros: We had a large room and plenty of hot water and good water pressure in the bath. The Inn is in a great location just a couple of blocks from the downtown area--shops and restaurants, and the harbor. There is sufficient off street parking. The Innkeeper is third generation in his family for this Inn and is very knowledgeable about the history of the house built in 1900. He is also quite knowledgeable about the area, activities and Acadia National Park. Our room and bath were clean, although the sheets appeared to be quite well worn. Wine, cheese and fruit is served in the Parlor from 5-6pm.

The decor can be a bit overwhelming at first. There are many patterns and prints and things going on all over. However, once you take time to look at items individually, there are some very nice and interesting pieces. That being said, we felt that our room, the one all the way in the back, with the two beds, was the one where the leftovers landed. (The majority of B&B guests are couples so there are never many rooms available with two beds.) There were about six patterns going on, most of which did not coordinate with one another. Several tables had odd pieces of fabric as table coverings that clearly were not Victorian or any appropriate period, and really detracted from the rooms.

In Greenway Court, are beds described on the website as "3/4 beds". We weren't sure what that means and the description was not clear. Just FYI--they are wider than a twin, slightly less than a full. AND at 5'8" tall, my feet extended beyond the end of the mattress, so 3/4 means length too.

The cons: I can't speak for any of the other rooms, but our room, located in the annex behind the main part of the house, smelled very musty and odd. We kept the windows open all night in 50 degree weather to the air the place out. There should NEVER be a smell of any kind in a hotel room! The fan in the windowless bathroom did not work and with all the steam created by the hot shower the entire room was dripping with condensation. There was no hair dryer nor clock in the room. The wi-fi only works in the front of the main house so there was none in our room. We've stayed in many B&Bs around the country and have never stayed in one that did not serve a full, hot gourmet breakfast. Here they offer only a self-serve continental breakfast-muffins, croissants, cereals, bagels, toast, yogurt, fruit, OJ, coffee and tea. We cleared our own dishes from the table to the pantry. It was fine for what it was, however, we expect more for the price. There were also numerous areas around the property that were cluttered and unkempt. The vacuum and a rollaway bed were stored right by our door. The gardens and yard were in need of weeding and tidying up. There were dirty ashtrays on the front porch and the side tables needed to be wiped down.

If we were to return to Bar Harbor, we'd look for a new place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Cathy M
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New Jersey
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26 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

We stayed at this B&B in August 2012 in one of the rooms in the annex attached to the rear of the main house. We had a wonderful stay. Several visitors were repeats. The room was clean, comfortable, quiet, attractive. The proprietor (Andrew?) is friendly, helpful and cooks a excellent continental breakfast himself. I believe the property has been in his family for some time, and the Inn has a good, established reputation. Thornhedge is located on a main street leading into the center of Bar Harbor, walking distance to pick up the bus into Acadia park, or the shops. The street is lined with other inns and older houses. The common areas of the inn are well appointed and inviting. For the moderate cost (high season), we felt this place was good value, especially compared with some of the motels along Rt. 3 which put you some distance from Bar Harbor and park entrances.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank NotAccidental
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here two nights while visiting Acadia National Park. The inn is beautifully decorated with lovely antiques. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a private bath. Andrew the innkeeper was so gracious, friendly, and helpful. He knows everything about Bar Harbor and made us feel very welcome. We asked about a specific restaurant, and he immediately called to make a reservation for us that night. He had a great breakfast each morning (the croissants are the best!), and a lovely wine and cheese hour in the early evening. The inn is steps away from downtown Bar Harbor where all the restaurants and shops are and it is about a mile from Acadia National Park. We enjoyed our stay very much and highly recommend it. Beautiful and convenient!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Allieros
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Middleboro, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

Stayed for 3 nights 8/12. Room was great ( Stanwood ), Fireplace, very comfortable bed, very clean, and a private balcony overlooking the front yard and street. Location is perfect, 10 minute walk to downtown Bar Harbor but still plenty quiet at night. Andy was always available for any info needed about the area or just to share his vast knowledge of Bar Harbor, wish we were'nt so busy so we could have talked to him more. The Inn itself is like a Museum, everytime you walk through you notice something you missed. Love all the Elephants. Breakfast is homemade muffins and cakes, fruit, bagels, etc. Perfect if you are planning on walking Bar Harbor, hiking, biking, and dont want to be weighed down. If not there are plenty of breakfast places within walking distance. No reason to look anywhere else if you are looking for a Bar Harbor B&B.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank qwkvet
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London
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

Thornhedge is a delightful historic mansion a few minutes walk from the centre of town. We had a lovely stay which owed much to Andy, the consumate innkeeper. He was always happy to offer excellent recommendations for restaurants and bars or activities. His sardonic wit at breakfast and 5pm wine tasting made for a fun stay. The hotel decor is sympathetic to old world charm and a high standard but with modern additions such as wifi that a taveller would expect. I highly recommend choosing Thornhedge and will be back next time I'm in Bar Harbor.

Room Tip: Rooms in main house benefit from better wifi connections than the annex.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Natjim
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

We stayed at the Thornhedge once in about 2001 or so and since then have stayed at several B&B's in Bar Harbor on our yearly visits. This weekend we tried the Thornhedge again and I honestly don't know why we ever went anywhere else! This B&B is the most beautiful one we've been in. The breakfast is delicious and it's wonderful to sit around the big dining room table with other guests if you choose. Andy the innkeeper is one of the most gracious hosts we have encountered and seems to really enjoy what he does. Other innkeepers seem to be mostly out of sight, but he's right there during breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese time, which, although we didn't participate in this visit, is a wonderful treat for guests of the Thornhedge. I'd recommend this inn 100% - it's beautiful, reasonably priced, and I can't think of one thing anyone would find lacking. We are anxiously awaiting our next visit!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Jeneenhag
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

We stayed at the Thornhedge Inn 2 nights this time. We have stayed here several times in the last 20 years but this was the first time since Andy took over. Andy is the ideal B&B host, always available but never in your face. He is quick and excellent with dining suggestions.
The location is wonderful because you can easily walk to all the restaurant and stores downtown and stroll throught the 2 parks, one overlooking the water.
We only made the reservation the week before, so we stayed in 2 different rooms. Woodland is on the 3rd floor, is light and airy, with a private bath in the hall. I was a little worried about the bath in the hall but it was not inconvenient al all. The second night we moved to Casa Far Niente on the 2nd floor which was large and light filled.
Breakfast is continental, with fruit, cereal and home made muffins and breads. The Blueberry Muffins were great!

Stayed August 2012
Helpful?
5 Thank Pat B
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Additional Information about Thornhedge Inn

Property: Thornhedge Inn
Address: 47 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1748
Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thornhedge Inn is an authentic Bar Harbor classic summer cottage. This centrally located bed and breakfast is in the Historic Corridor District in the heart of Bar Harbor. Walk to restaurants and shopping or take a short drive into Acadia National Park, and all the extreme or relaxing activities our island has to offer. Wholesome breakfasts, afternoon wine and cheese. Every room has a private bath and some have a fireplace or private balcony. ... more   less 
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Thornhedge Inn Bar Harbor, Maine

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