About Captain Jefferds Inn
The Captain Jefferds Inn is situated among other sea captain’s homes of the same era in the quiet, historic residential district of Kennebunkport. Just one block from the Kennebunk River and three blocks to the center of Kennebunkport’s “Dock Square” it is the perfect place to park your car and walk to the many fine restaurants, art galleries and unique shops in Kennebunkport and Lower Village Kennebunk.
With 16 guest rooms, each offering unique styling from rustic chic to regal and historic , Captain Jefferds Inn offers many options for those who love beautiful accommodations. Amenities range from:
Deep whirlpool tubs
Private screened in porches and decks
Master gardener, Erik, tends to extensive gardens and the park-like setting that surrounds the inn. Captain Jefferds offers five pet-friendly and two family-friendly rooms, and is a fully sprinkled and smoke-free inn. Rates range from $169 to $409 per night depending on room chosen and time of year.
GUEST ROOMS, AMENITIES AND RATES
Captain Jefferds Inn offers 16 individually decorated rooms in the main house and the attached carriage house. The rooms in the main house sport more of a traditional style with historic architectural features preserved beautifully, while the carriage house rooms offer a very relaxed New England style décor.
The main inn building has ten guest rooms with four rooms on the third floor, five rooms on the second floor and one first floor room. Five of the guest rooms in the main inn offer queen beds and five of the inn guestrooms offer king beds. All but two of the rooms in the main inn have gas fireplaces. While there is no elevator or lift, innkeepers are happy to assist by carrying guests’ luggage. Don’t be surprised if they insist upon it!
The Carriage House offers six rooms, three on the first and three on the second floor. The rooms here are accessed from the outside of the building and include two two-room suites that share a lovely screened porch on the second floor of the building. Both suites overlook a relaxing water fall off a ledge outcropping on the inn’s grounds. The inn’s tiny “Hideaway” room is adjacent to one of the rooms resulting in a possible three- room/two bath suite that is a favorite of families. Unique lines and angles along with the summer cottage furnishings will bring you back to the days of sleeping porches and Maine cottage memories.
The first floor Carriage House rooms offer everything from queens and kings to the inn’s largest room with a one-of-a-kind handmade king bed, sitting area, gas stove, and two person whirlpool plus its own private screened porch.
Fresh flowers and locally made chocolates are placed in guest rooms daily and throughout the inn. Guests love the high quality 600 thread count cotton sateen sheets and lovely soft towels that are made with crushed pearls. Guests will find warm and cozy robes and private label, soap, shampoo, and bubble bath, not to mention your own rubber ducky in each guest room. Additionally all rooms offer flat screen TVs, air conditioning, free wi-fi, hairdryers, and clock radios with docking stations. The inn is non-smoking; has a sprinkler system throughout and off-street parking is convenient and free.
As the Carriage House rooms have direct access to the outdoors, the inn offers five pet friendly rooms for both two and four legged friends. Your “best friend” will be greeted with his or her own personalized treat, and the inn provides bowls, plenty of towels and sheets, along with the requisite tennis ball for long hours of “fetch”. Directions and maps to pet-friendly beaches, trails and restaurants are also included.
Guests are treated to home baked goodies and cheese and crackers each afternoon, served in the dining room or on the sunporch. Additionally, hot and cold beverages are complimentary throughout the day and evening in the guest pantry. A full selection of brochures, maps and menus make planning your day easy, along with tips and advice from innkeepers who are “in-the-know” about the best beaches and attraction spots.
Overnight rates vary with the room and season. Rates start at $169 for the tiny “Hideaway” midweek in the “Peaceful Season” from the end of October to the middle of May, and range to $299 for the largest “Baxter Room” during that time period. During the “Premium Season” (mid May until the end of October) rates start at $199 to $409 per night and include breakfast for two.
COMMON ROOMS AND GROUNDS
The inn is surrounded with beautiful gardens and the expansive yard backs up to the town’s “River Green” with a garden dedicated to Barbara Bush. Look for patios with tables, chairs and benches in the gardens next to the water feature for your relaxing and/or reading pleasure. Inside, the living room offers a wood burning fireplace, books about Maine, a piano, guest computer and printer plus a writing desk with stamped postcards and a game table. The sunroom is everyone’s favorite place to congregate as it is a lovely bright room with lots of windows looking out to the gardens, lawn and small fountain. This is also where morning coffee and assorted loose teas are placed for guests to enjoy before breakfast. In the afternoon the sunroom is where the inn serves seasonal beverages, crackers and cheese, and assorted homemade cookies that are available throughout the afternoon and evening. There is a guest pantry open 24/7 with Keurig and Nespresso coffee makers and complimentary water, soda and juice.
Breakfast starts with steaming coffee or a selection of loose leaf teas available prior to your seating in the sunroom. The candlelight breakfast is served in the large dining room with seating both at a large table that seats ten as well as at window seat two tops or a gate legged table for four,. Breakfast is beautifully served on plates often garnished with edible flowers grown right at the inn. In the winter time, count on a glowing fireplace in the dining room to offer warmth to a scrumptious meal to start the day. Twenty guests can be seated at a time for breakfast so during the summer season two breakfast seatings are offered at 8:15 and 9:30am.
The three-course breakfast is entirely made at the inn with a fruit first course, followed by muffins, coffee cake or pop-overs (on Sunday) and an alternating sweet and savory hot entrée. Look forward to such house-favorites as peach shortcake, fresh berry muffins, Maine blueberry stuffed French toast with blueberry sauce, turkey, mushroom & Herb crepes, fresh in-season vegetable strata, sometimes accompanied by the inn’s signature sweet and spicy bacon.
All dietary preferences are observed if mentioned at least 24-hours prior to arrival.
The Inn was built in 1804 by Captain William Jefferds for his wife Sarah and their 11 children. The land was given to Captain Jefferds by his father-in-law, (who lived across the street) “with love and affection” and included a barn that is now the carriage house. Captain Jefferds, a wealthy merchant sea captain, built this large two-story Federal Colonial home that reflected his good fortune with its high ceilings, curved walls, beautiful front hall, and the admiral’s bridge staircase to the second floors still there today. The house remained in the Jefferds family until 1880 when the third floor and the front and side porches were added in the Colonial Revival style of architecture. The barn was attached to the house and indoor plumbing was added at that time too. The cistern for the gravity fed plumbing remains in the attic to this day.
In 1980 two gentlemen (Warren and Don) from New York City bought the building and converted it into a bed and breakfast. Innkeepers speculate that the conversion was most likely quite an undertaking as a single old woman had lived in the house and would in this day and age be called “a hoarder”. All the rooms in the house were full of books and papers at that time. Warren and Don filled the home with their antiques and their five dogs and cats as well as their laughter and joyful entertaining. The men ran a successful inn for 18 years, and said they enjoyed every moment. Present innkeepers, Sarah and Erik are the third innkeepers since the conversion of the home to a B&B, and were lucky enough to become friends with Warren and Don. When Sarah and Erik bought the inn Warren and Don told them to do just one thing, “relax and have fun” which is still the mantra here for both innkeepers and guests.
Erik Lindblom was born and raised in Redding, CT and graduated from Redding High School. Sarah was from nearby Danbury, CT. They met at the Spinning Wheel Restaurant where Erik was the Manager and Sarah was a server in-between attending Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. As Sarah describes their initial relationship, “it was hate at first sight!” The two weren’t immediately attracted to one another, however as Sarah put it with a wry smile, “there’s a fine line between love and hate, and eventually we crossed over the line.”
Erik and Sarah dated for a few years while Sarah finished college and then became a physical therapist. Eventually Sarah and Erik were married and lived at the restaurant with Erik’s two sons from a previous marriage, Jonathan and Ron. Erik continued managing the Spinning Wheel until it was sold, at which time Erik was not only forced to re-invent his career but his homestead too. With the restaurant went the family apartment, so part of the re-invention was a move into the Librarian’s Quarters at the Mark Twain Library in Redding. The other part of the re-invention was Erik’s move to become a painting contractor.
All the while, Erik dreamed of owning an inn or B&B on the coast of Maine. They were introduced to the allure of the Maine coast during beloved vacations to Port Clyde, Maine, and Erik never shook his desire to own an inn nearby. So strong was this interest that Sarah and Erik enrolled in the first-ever innkeeping course offered by now-veteran B&B consultants Bill Oates and Heide Bredfeldt. Erik and Sarah searched for their ideal inn for years thereafter and upon returning from one inn-searching tour, Sarah felt sick and soon learned it was due to a baby on the way. About eight months later, Erik and Sarah’s daughter, Kate was born and the innkeeping dream went on the back burner until she graduated from college.
After their daughter Kate graduated from college and the boys were on their own starting their own families, Erik and Sarah returned to their B&B search. They made their first offer on the Captain Jefferds Inn in 2003, but the financing fell through and the search for a perfect inn continued in the Midcoast region of Maine. However, the Captain Jefferds never left their minds. A few years later, when the stars were better aligned, they revisited in April, 2005, made another offer, and this time the offer was accepted. Erik immediately put his design and painting talent to work, stripping off black and yellow floral wallpaper and creating the subtly inviting tones that are seen throughout the inn today. Throughout their years of ownership, gardens have been established, water features were added and updates have continued regularly. Sarah put her marketing and community leader skills to work, eventually serving as the Kennebunkport Chamber President. Both skill sets have served the inn well.