The Inn on Carleton
Conveniently located in the heart of the West End in downtown Portland, the Inn on Carleton is a three-story bed & breakfast set in a restored 1869 Victorian era home in the historic West End district of downtown Portland.
The first floor of the building features our gracious dining room and grand front parlor while the second and third floors host the six individually decorated rooms designed around Portland’s thriving districts. On the back side of the property, a tranquil English Garden is available for your enjoyment during the warmer months.
At a Glance
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- 46 Carleton Street, Portland, ME 04102
- Cumberland County Registry of Deeds, Book 35126 Page 1
- Built in 1869
- 4,692 square feet on 4 levels
- .1 acre lot, Map 63, Lot D017-001 (half of the ‘brownstone’)
- lush gardens, stone and brick courtyard which is not too common in the urban townhomes
- Beautiful brick exterior with tall windows, granite steps and beautiful ornate wood doors and architectural details
- 6 spacious guest rooms with en-suite baths on the 2nd and 3rd floors (three on each)
- Elegant and comfortable dining room with gas fireplace; parlor room with gas fireplace, marble mantel and plenty of seating
- 11 foot ceilings on the 1st floor; 10 foot ceilings on the 2nd floor; 8 1/2 foot ceilings on the 3rd
- Picture rails for hanging art throughout the inn on all floors
- 1,500 square foot owner’s quarters on two levels with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, loft, radiant heat lower level, hot water baseboard main level, private deck facing the garden, internal access as well as via private exterior doors
- The inn’s private kitchen has granite counters, Maytag gas range and a spacious private dining area or multi-purpose room
- Onsite parking for 4-5 cars in gravel driveway
- Public water and sewer
- Mansard Roof is slate and flat roof is rolled rubber
- Flooring – hardwood, tile, laminate, carpet
- Heating – hot water baseboard
- Air Conditioning – 10 Mitsubishi mini-split heat pumps and 3 condensing units (new in 2018)
- Hot water, heating and cooking – natural gas
- Zoning – R6 Residential
- 2021-2022 Real Estate Taxes – $15,545
- Beautiful trompe l’oeil painting in the foyer
Situated in the historic and desirable West End residential district, The Inn on Carleton is a 10 minute stroll to the Arts District of Congress Street which is anchored by the Portland Museum of Art and a 35 minute stroll to the waterfront.
There are numerous shops, galleries, coffee shops, bakeries, cafes and restaurants in both the downtown area and the working waterfront. In 2018, Portland was named Bon Appetit’s Restaurant City of the Year!
The Portland International Jetport is just 30 minutes away; The home of L.L.Bean’s Freeport and all the town has to offer is just 15 minutes away; Camden/Rockland is about 80 minutes away; Kennebunkport is 60 minutes away; and Sebago Lake State Park is about an hour as well.
It’s a very accessible location for hopping between western, southern and mid-coast Maine. Being right on Route 1 makes it easy to not have to travel down a peninsula get to and from.
Granville Chase built this sophisticated townhouse in 1869 during the building boom following the devastating fire of 1866. The West End had quickly developed into a very fashionable neighborhood and still is!
The original owner Mr. Gilbert Bailey was a successful businessman, city selectman and an inventor. He lived in the home until his death in 1904. After his death the house went thru a succession of owners.
In the mid 70’s Greg and Gretchen Dismore purchased the house; lovingly restored and transformed the house into Portland’s first bed and breakfast. Guests’ common areas include an elegant front parlor with seating, the beautiful dining room with large walnut inlay table for eight and two cafe tables for two. Outdoors the guests have access to the English garden.
Many of the home’s original architectural features remain in tact, i.e., trompe l’oeil paintings by Charles Schumacher in the entry hallway, opulent plaster moldings on the main and second level. The grand staircase with its’ carved pineapple newel post and the massive walnut pocket doors between the original parlor and the dining room. Antique ornate chandeliers grace many rooms and hallways in the Inn.
The details in this historic home are just stunning.
The Inn has six large guest rooms on the second and third floors all with closets and en-suite bathrooms, state of the art Mitsubishi mini-split heat pumps and electric fireplaces. Five rooms have queen beds and one room a king. Rooms three and six have private hallways that create a suite-like feel for guests. Each guest room is individually decorated and freshly painted.
The private owner’s space consists of more than 1,500 square feet on two levels.
There is a completely renovated stylish kitchen with all new appliances, granite counters, hanging pendants, retro ceiling fixtures and under cabinet lighting. And there’s a sitting or dining area open to the kitchen.
There are two full baths (both with tiled baths), two bedrooms plus a loft. There’s a much enjoyed private deck overlooking the English garden, a small garden room, two private entrances, and significant amount of storage space in the laundry room and mini workshop.
This amount of private space is not your average owner’s quarters!
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History of the Area
Originally called Machigonne (Great Neck) by the Native Americans who first inhabited it, the Portland peninsula was established by the British in 1632 as a trading and fishing settlement. Industry grew and Portland’s waterfront became a mecca for shipping and trading companies. The Phoenix, the mythical bird that rises from the ashes, aptly symbolizes Portland’s legendary rebirth after the Great Fire of 1866 leveled the city for the fourth time. Almost completely rebuilt during the Victorian era, Portland has maintained much of its 19th century architecture and flavor.
In 2003, the National Historic Trust honored Portland by naming it one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations. This award is bestowed upon 12 U.S. communities that offer Americans enjoyable natural, historic, aesthetic, recreational, and cultural experiences. It is no surprise Greater Portland Casco Bay falls under this category; our past is present in everyday life.
Entire neighborhoods of red brick buildings dating from the late 1860s offer a glimpse of the careful craftsmanship and fine architecture of the era. You can walk along pleasant residential streets just adjacent to the downtown and marvel at the work of nationally renowned residential architect John Calvin Stevens, Maine’s foremost architect in the 1880s. The Old Port is a quaint, Victorian district of shops and restaurants in restored commercial buildings. As one of the most successful revitalized warehouse districts in the country, the Old Port seamlessly connects to the waterfront and acts as both working waterfront and a chic shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Up on the eastern part of the city’s peninsula stands the Portland Observatory, the only extant maritime signal station in the United States, and thus a unique architectural icon of maritime shipping and the “Golden Age of Sail.” The tower offers unobstructed views of the entrance to the harbor.