The Kennebunkport Captains Collection can trace its roots back more than 200 years: The property is on land that was owned by late-18th-century ship captain Daniel Walker, who left three of the four houses to his daughters. Those buildings later became independent inns, and the New England hospitality brand Lark Hotels united them into a single 45-bedroom B&B last year. While they’re now under one metaphorical roof, each of the four houses in the Captains Collection has retained its unique feel. Here’s a guide to which one you should make your Maine summer stay.
Nathaniel Lord Mansion
The most opulent of the four houses and the centerpiece of the property, this 1814 mansion was built by Captain Nathaniel Lord, who married Captain Walker’s daughter Phoebe. The 16 spacious rooms boast four-poster beds, saturated wallpaper, rich rugs, and working fireplaces. No matter where you stay, this is where you’ll enjoy a daily complimentary breakfast of fresh cheeses, cured meats, sliced fruit, homemade pastries, overnight oats, and hot egg dishes.
William Jefferds House
This 1804 Federal-style building was the home of Captain Walker’s daughter Sarah; her husband, Captain William Jefferds Jr.; and their 11 children. It would later be owned by wealthy rare-book collector Constance Willy, before becoming an inn in the 1980s. There are 10 rooms in the main home and six in the attached carriage house, and each is spacious and light-filled, featuring original moldings and woodwork.
James Fairfield House
Built in 1813 for Lois Walker and her husband, James Fairfield, this nine-room house is the most updated of the spaces, offering a mix of early Federal period details with modern accents that include a bright color palette, contemporary furniture, gas fireplaces, and abstract artworks.
Acton Patterson House
Planning a family retreat? This house has four bedrooms, plus a kitchen and living room, and can be reserved for up to two weeks. Built in 1807—after being occupied by Walker’s great-granddaughter Mary, it was converted into an annex for the main house—it has a masculine feel, with plaid and distressed leather throughout. If your group wants a little more light, take in the afternoon in the enclosed sun porch, or make the short walk to the restaurants along Kennebunkport’s Dock Square. Colony Beach is just a mile down the road, so be sure to ask for complimentary beach chairs and towels.
From $213, larkhotels.com
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