Five Gables Inn
East Boothbay, Maine
The Five Gables Inn was originally built in 1896, and during the course of the last 100-plus years, there have only been a handful of different people who have owned the inn. No matter who was steering the ship, however, the goal of this amazing boutique inn in East Boothbay, Maine has always been the same: to provide people with a relaxing getaway that allows them to enjoy all of the beautiful scenery and peacefulness that comes along with a trip to coastal Maine. A short five minute drive puts you in the middle of Boothbay Harbor with windjammers, trips to Monhegan Island, kayaking, hiking, whale watching, lobster eating, galleries, shopping and a fine selection of restaurants.
While the feel of the historic inn has been lovingly preserved, it has been complimented by all the modern amenities today’s discriminating traveler expects to find at a boutique inn. 15 of the 16 rooms have an ocean view, all have air conditioning, private en-suite bath and 5 have a fireplace. Guests enjoy a full buffet breakfast served in front of the fireplace or on the porch overlooking the bay and afternoon tea with homemade cookies.
The very large porch is a feature at Five Gables Inn, with tables and lounge seating, it’s an inviting outdoor living space any time of day or night. And for something special, the Five Gables Inn provides guests with access to swimming off of their dock across the street, beach towels and chairs.
The 16 room Trip Advisor Hall of Fame rated Five Gables Inn is located at 107 Murray Hill Road, East Boothbay Maine. The Residence located adjacent to inn at 113 Murray Hill Road, East Boothbay Maine. And the staff house which also conveys is a 3 bedroom rental property with full kitchen, living room, dining room and outdoor deck. Ideal for staff housing, comfortably sleeps 6. This property comes fully furnished. Located at 279 Ocean Point Road, East Boothbay, Maine (1/2 mile from the Inn).
“Do you want to recharge your body and mind and wake up in one of the most beautiful places on the entire East Coast every morning? If so, a trip to the Five Gables Inn, located in the picturesque town of East Boothbay, Maine, might be exactly what the doctor ordered.”
According to the town records, the original inn was purchased by Walter McDougall and his wife Philinda (Aunt Phi) just before the turn of the century. In those early days, we’re told, there was a casino nearby, which was more of a club rather than a gambling establishment. Guests stayed at the Forest House and walked to the casino. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, many of the guests were from Montreal. In those days, most guests came by boat and stayed for the entire summer, bringing their big steamer trunks with them. The Forest House served three meals a day. A local boat builder says people didn’t even bother to build kitchens in the private summer cottages along the lane because everyone ate at the inn. The cost? $7.00 per person per week for three meals a day! There was always a big dinner on Sunday afternoons, complete with three roast meats and hand-cranked ice cream.
Most guests returned to the inn every year, so friendships between guests and summer residents flourished. Old photographs show a path running along the waterfront, past the cottages. Locals recall how guests strolled along this path, waving and chatting with people rocking on the front porches of their cottages as they passed. Back then, you could buy clams and flounder right out in front of the cottages. Local kids walked along the lane, carrying bushel baskets of fresh-caught lobsters and selling them for 25 cents apiece. On soft summer evenings, bands performed down by the pond in a spot called the “fete place.” Inn guests and cottagers gathered for the concerts, bringing along chairs on which to sit. Since the inn and the cottagers all had identical chairs, ownership was always labeled under the seat. Five Gables still has its chairs, labels and all, and uses them in the breakfast room. One local fellow recalls working at the Forest House in the summer of 1942, when he was thirteen, for $5 per week. As a helper to the chambermaids, his duties included emptying the chamber pots. In those days, there was only one bathroom in the entire inn and a row of outhouses out back.
In 1946, the Forest House was acquired by Norman Linker, an Austrian Jew who had escaped from Germany before Hitler’s rise to power. A psychology professor, Linker also translated Russian and German medical books into English. Old-timers describe his wife Marguerite as an “exotic gypsy.” In reality, she was a concert-level pianist. Many of the Linker’s guests were from the New York theater and music crowd. Displaced Europeans who had escaped the hard times abroad also lodged at the Forest House, giving the inn an international, artistic atmosphere – and one that must certainly have seemed foreign to the old-time Mainers. In fact, it’s said that many locals thought of the Linkers as “mysterious”. According to a brochure from the 1960s, the going Maine coast bed and breakfast rate was just $120 per person, per week!
Yes, inflation has taken its toll–but all the pleasures of a stay here remain just as wonderful today for your Maine coastal vacation.
Norman died in the late 1970’s and the Forest House sunk into decrepitude. Paul and Ellen Morrissette bought it in 1986 and realizing its potential, began a major restoration project that literally rebuilt this 100 year old building from the ground up. Under their guidance this exciting restoration project brought back to life one of the only remaining summer hotels in East Boothbay. As they completed the renovation they changed the name to Five Gables Inn and re-opened it as a coastal Maine inn in 1989.
In 1995, to try and escape the oppressive Georgia heat, Mike and De Kennedy headed north and purchased the Five Gables Inn. De brought southern charm, hospitality and an artistic touch while Mike brought the most talked about breakfasts in Boothbay, Hawaiian shirts and…. well, let’s just say a colorful flair! Together they continued the tradition of the Five Gables Inn and over 17 years built the Five Gables Inn into one of the top inns along Coastal Maine. In 2012 Mike and De decided to retire and moved to California to be closer to Mike’s family.
In December 2012, Steve and Susan Plausteiner purchased the Five Gables Inn and enjoy enhancing the guest experience. They’ve decided it’s time to consider their retirement and offer the opportunity to new buyers and hand over the torch. They realize this type of acquisition can take time and doesn’t move as fast as the residential real estate market. Let’s face it, nobody has to buy a business. They have to rent or buy a place to live. So Steve and Susan are fully prepared to continue to enjoy what they are doing until the right buyer comes along. New buyers will be in good hands when learning the ropes from Steve and Susan…
At a Glance
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- Built in 1896, fully renovated in 1987
- .75 acres
- Map U15 Lot 030
- Inn is 6,048sf with about 1,000sf of deck/porch space
- 16 guest rooms with en-suite baths, each with its own A/C; 4 guest rooms have fireplaces
- very open and bright great room with picture windows and wood burning fireplace
- newly remodeled spacious inn kitchen with two dual fuel ranges
- the inn has shared water access at the town dock across the street
- included with this offering is a gorgeous 3 bedroom owner’s house with a lovely view of Linekin Bay with hardwood floors, granite kitchen, stainless appliances
- also included with this offering is a 3 bedroom 1 bath staff house about 1/2 mile away on .6 acres (MapU14 Lot 024)
- town water and private septic
- 2019-2020 RE Taxes $9,841 (inn) and $1,752 (staff house)
A Peek at the Owner's Quarters
… and this is not your ordinary owner’s quarters… this is a very spacious detached house on the property.
The 2 story owners residence which includes: newly refurbished kitchen with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and built in microwave and convection oven, master suite with en suite bathroom and private deck overlooking Linekin Bay, guest bedroom and bathroom, laundry room, great room with vaulted ceilings and an entire wall of windows overlooking Linekin Bay, private backyard stone patio with bbq grill plus full basement with 2 large walk in cedar storage closets and private indoor parking for owners car. The residence is located adjacent to inn at 113 Murray Hill Road, East Boothbay Maine.
Location, location, location! Five Gables Inn sits high atop Murray Hill Road with a lovely view of the harbor and the neighborhood’s charming shingle cottages. East Boothbay is a 200-year-old town that is jam-packed with plenty of history, and the Five Gables Inn is a coastal Maine bed & breakfast that allows guests to soak it all in and simply kick back and relax. Whether they want to spend all day on the porch watching the lobster boats out on Linekin Bay or they head to nearby Boothbay Harbor where they can enjoy all sorts of maritime activities, shopping and dining, there is so much to do during a stay at Five Gables Inn.
- 3 miles to downtown Boothbay Harbor
- 5 miles to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
- 4 miles to the Boothbay Harbor Country Club
- 60 miles to Portland
- 45 miles to Camden
- 30 miles to the Pemaquid Lighthouse
Boothbay Harbor is a great location for various day trips around Maine.