About Brewster House
The Brewster House B&B offers casual elegance with a focus on deliciously crafted foods, right in the heart of Freeport, home to L.L. Bean, Maine’s most popular shopping attraction. With all that the Southern Maine Coast offers, and just a 15-minute drive from one of America’s top gourmet cities - Portland, ME - Brewster House B&B is one food-lover’s perfect choice.
Seven comfortable guest rooms (two are two-bedroom suites) offer travelers a comfortable respite. The grounds surrounding the inn give guests the chance to enjoy everything from maple syrup collection up-close-and-personal in the winter to a popular fire pit for making s’mores in the warmer months. The focus at the Brewster House is clearly on great food, served in a casual New England setting. Chef Dave puts his culinary training to work offering delicious breakfasts and afternoon treats.
From the Brewster House, walk a few short blocks to L.L. Bean's five store campus and nearly 200 Freeport shops, outlets and restaurants. Lighthouses and beaches are only a short drive away, and Freeport’s lively restaurant scene is always within easy reach too. With a history dating all the way back to Elder William Brewster, who came to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620, the rich and colorful legacy of the Brewster House B&B lives on as new owners Kelleigh and Dave continue its legacy with a millennial flair. Built in the late 19th century, the quality of the built-in details and materials of this 5,000-square foot home reflects a heritage beautifully preserved and updated.
Offering a variety of accommodation choices for families and couples traveling together or alone, innkeepers Kelleigh & Dave, along with their three children–Ben, Davis and Ruby are your hosts and innkeepers at the Brewster House, and are always on hand to offer great advice for places to eat and play in the area, from both the adult and the kid’s perspective.
GUEST ROOMS, AMENITIES AND RATES
The 9-foot ceilings, large private baths and fire placed rooms, Matouk linens, bay windows, cypress floors, mahogany mantelpiece, and Italian marble tiled hearth are all nods to the past and beautifully preserved in a casually elegant stay for guests of the Brewster House B&B.
Brewster House Inn offers seven spacious guest rooms, all with private en suite baths. All guest rooms are named after lighthouses in Maine from Cape Neddick to Bass Harbor. Comfort and relaxation are the themes here and guest rooms offer up everything one might need to kick back and rest comfortably. Located between the first, second and third floors, guest rooms here offer configurations for every kind of travel party.
The Cape Elizabeth Room can be set as a King bedded room or with two twins, depending upon the travel party’s needs. This is the only guest room located on the first floor. The four guest rooms on the second-floor offer queen beds, and three of the four have private gas fireplaces. Venture up to the third floor and here you’ll find two two-bedroom suites, ideal for families or two couples traveling together. Both suites offer two rooms connected by a bath, and can accommodate either three or four people in king beds and a twin or two kings (most kings can be converted to twins). Both these rooms feature a large HDTV and mini-fridge.
The decor at Brewster House offers a nod to its heritage with a modern flair, combining contemporary colors with antiques like four-poster beds. Decidedly more current than historic, look for everything you might need in rooms including individually programmed thermostats and air-conditioners (in warmer months), large private baths, satellite HD televisions including the premium (HBO & Showtime) channels, and Wi-Fi throughout the inn. Guests will also find Keurig coffee makers with a selection of coffees and teas, corkscrews & wine glasses, custom-made soaps, conditioning shampoo and body lotion, digital clock radios with iPod/ iPhone dock, and fine linens in the guest rooms too. A choice of soft and firm pillows, bathrobes, slippers, luxurious cotton towels, hair dryer, makeup remover and cloths round out the offerings in the guest rooms. There’s also a waiting supply of toiletries if guests find they’ve left something behind. Simply ask the innkeepers, and a toothbrush, toothpaste or comb can magically appear in guest rooms.
And the amenities are not just in guest rooms. Every afternoon homemade cookies are offered to guests, along with hot and cold beverages available 24/7. In addition, the inn’s liquor license allows guests to purchase a hand-picked selection of wines and craft beers from micro brew aficionado, Dave’s eclectic list. Ask Dave about some of the up-and-coming favorites; he’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Maine’s beer scene.
Driving an electric car or motorcycle (we hear they’re coming!)? You can charge up at Brewster House. Both Tesla and universal chargers are available here. In addition, there’s ample parking for guest cars here. Once here, the location lends itself well to walking, so you may not need your car at all, unless you want to venture to explore beyond Freeport.
Guests will enjoy a welcoming living room on the first floor of the inn, along with a spacious dining room, available for guest use after breakfast. During the warmer months, guests love to rock their cares away in colorful rockers on the inn’s front porch. And when the sun goes down the fire pit gears up also during those warmer months. Venture to the back yard and claim your Adirondack chair around the fire pit, perfect for creating s’mores.
Guests love to browse through the books, magazines and brochures available for guest use, and innkeepers Kelleigh and Dave are always anxious to tell their guests about their favorite hikes, bike rides, swimming holes, beaches, lighthouses and photo ops in the area.
BREAKFAST & CUISINE
Your innkeeper, Dave, shares his culinary talent with guests at breakfast, offering a three-course meal to fuel up for the day. Everything possible is locally sourced and made from scratch, right down to the smoked sea salt that found its beginnings in the nearby ocean and was carefully cultivated by Chef Dave. The maple syrup guests enjoy at breakfast time once ran as sap in the back yard of the inn, and was boiled down in Kelleigh and Dave’s own custom sugar shack on the back deck. It doesn’t get much more homemade than that!
Breakfast is served from 8:00am to 9:00am daily at private two-and-four top tables in the inn’s brightly lit dining room. Breakfast begins with “Brewster Juice” (a signature blend) plus an expansive selection of herbal, traditional and organic teas. For coffee drinkers, custom locally roasted fresh coffee beans are ground each morning, then pressed and served in individual French Press coffee makers to insure full-bodied flavor. Next, the starter course is highlighted with fresh fruit served with one of the inn’s various homemade sauces, or in yogurt parfaits with Brewster House homemade granola. Another possibility for the fruit course might be a baked fruit dish or crisp. The next course is a breakfast entrée which rotates between savory and sweet each day. Breakfast entrées are ever changing, as Dave experiments with new selections, in addition to old favorites. A sampling of Brewster House breakfast entrees includes the inn’s signature Upside down French Toast, Roasted Vegetable Fritatta, Egg Roulade with Sherry butter poached lobster, or Belgium Waffles with homemade blueberry butter complimented by Gram’s Coffee Cake with Blueberry Compote, or during winter, Bananas Foster French Toast, Crepes Mornay, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Brie Quiche, Spinach Sausage Rustica or Mile High Eggs.
Of course, all guest dietary restrictions and allergies are accommodated if communicated upon booking or at check in.
Jarvis Adelbert Brewster was a descendant of William Brewster, known also as Elder William Brewster, who came to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620. Although some of the dates are a little sketchy, it is believed that Jarvis and his wife, Fanny, built the house now known as Brewster House somewhere around 1888, although some records indicate it might have been earlier. “Dell”, as Brewster was otherwise known, was born in Lincolnville, Maine October 30, 1861. He was the second of five sons of Lorenzo Brewster, a farmer and ship carpenter at Camden, Maine.
After Dell relocated to Freeport, sometime around 1888, he started and operated a store in Freeport called “J.A. Brewster, dealer in Hardware, Stoves, Crockery, groceries, lime, cement, paints, oils, etc.” The store was in the same block where the L.L. Bean Flagship store stands today. From late 1887 Brewster was assisted in the store by his younger brother, James H. Brewster who later took a position as bookkeeper in Lisbon Falls, Maine, then bought a store like the one he had worked in with his brother in Freeport.
Dell, a well-respected member of the Freeport community, became a town Selectman and the town’s Treasurer. In 1894 there was a fire in the Congregational Church, next door to Brewster’s Freeport store (and on the site of today’s L.L. Bean flagship store). The fire spread to Brewster’s store, which caught on fire, destroying it. Dell’s store was not rebuilt.
Brewster sold his house in 1914. It remained a residence until the middle of the 1900's, when it was split into three apartments, one on each floor. In the early 1990's Matt and Amy Cartmell bought the property and began renovating the B&B, opening for guests July 2, 1994. Two other owners succeeded the Cartmels until Dave and Kelleigh purchased it on May 19th, 2016 and began serving a full house of guests the day they closed on the B&B.
Dave grew up in a house of entertaining in Short Hills, NJ. He describes his Dad as the “Don Draper of the era” and Dave’s mom was often challenged to cook for those invited for dinner. From time to time, Dave would accompany his father to fine restaurants, and he quickly learned to love the art of fine dining and entertaining. This was the beginning of his career in food artistry.
Kelleigh and Dave met in 2010, when they were both living in New York City. They love to joke that they first connected the old-fashioned way–online. After they finished the obligatory question & answer phase, they realized their career goals were in tune when they asked one another about life dreams and aspirations. Unprompted, they each answered the same dream: to become an innkeeper. Having both spent years in hospitality–Dave as an executive chef and Kelleigh in hotel & restaurant management–they both longed to be in business for themselves, owning a B&B.
While living in New York, Dave honed his talents in some of the best New York City restaurants including Smith & Wollensky and the Post House. He worked alongside celebrity chef, David Burke, and other notables. Then, with the birth of his oldest son he transitioned into commercial equipment sales. At the time, Dave was married to his first wife, and a second son was born a few years later.
Before meeting Dave, Kelleigh developed a career in the entertainment industry working for great brands like Discover Channel and Comedy Central.
After Dave’s first marriage ended and his children moved to Maine with their Mom, Dave and Kelleigh met. Their move to Maine was a natural when Dave and Kelleigh were blessed with the arrival of their daughter Ruby in 2014. They wanted their children to live closer to one another and appreciate the value of hard work doing what they love…running a small well-loved business.
Dave is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman quick to explore both land and sea to experience the best in wildlife. Kelleigh, a dedicated athlete, prefers to take in the view on her bicycle and will drop everything for a chance to take to the open water for a swim. Ask them how to enjoy the area outside your car!
Dave and Kelleigh call themselves “MAINEHATTANITES”, or Maine transplants via the Big Apple! They feel they are “living the dream” as business owners, innkeepers and parents all at once.