Hospitality and comfort reign in charming Queen Anne Victorian A review of LimeRock Inn

Rockland is a lovely coastal town, with the world-class Farnswoth Museum an added attraction. Our enjoyment of our recent visit was greatly enhanced by our stay at the Limerock Inn.

Frank and PJ, our hosts, go out of their way to accommodate their guests. They are very good company, and we enjoyed learning about their experiences in buying the property in December 2004, and running the Inn since then. My husband and I are architecture buffs, and they gave us a detailed tour of the structure and its improvements which was fascinating and fun.

The Inn is a grand Victorian set in a lovely garden, with lawns, trees, flowers, shrubs and a gazebo. There is a porch which wraps around the front, with comfortable wicker furniture to relax on. Inside, we admired the period decor and furniture, some original to the house. The rooms are bright and airy, and the lighting fixtures, floors, woodwork and wallpaper are in excellent condition. Everything is spotless and beautifully maintained. The hallway by the kitchen and computer room is decorated with photos PJ took of local attractions.

One amenity I haven't seen elswhere is a computer room with local phone access, complete with bottles of spring water for thirsty guests. I was able to check my email, and amend my return schedule on the Amtrak DownEaster train.

As to creature comforts, we were completely pampered. Our room, the Seguin, on the second floor, was decorated and furnished in updated Victorian style, elegant rather than frou-frou, We enjoyed the cross-breezes from the windows overlooking the garden. The bed was comfortable, with top quality linens. The shower was invigorating, with very good water pressure.

Breakfast was excellent, with lots of good coffee. The dining room is set up with glass tables for four to accommodate eating alone or joining other guests, and Frank and PJ added to the convivial atmosphere.

When it was time to leave, Frank drew us a map which gave us a much better route to take us to Portland, bypasing the traffic jams in this busy part of coastal Maine. We stopped for lunch at the A-1 Diner in Gardener, ME, which serves gourmet quality food in a true old time diner.

All things considered, I recommend anyone who visits Rockland to stay at the Limerock Inn. Frank and PJ will do their best to ensure that you have a wonderful visit.

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