There’s nothing quite like a stop at a historic bed and breakfast in a quaint little town with a scenic backdrop. The East Coast is full of them, and the Bee & Thistle in Old Lyme, CT, is a standout example.
This adorable B&B dates back to the 1700s, and for the first time in 13 years, it’s on the market and ready for a new owner, at a price of $2.5 million. Breakfast in bed, anyone?
The property, located on the Connecticut shoreline, was originally built for a prominent judge and his family in 1756. In the early 1900s, another family renovated it, and added sunken gardens, porches, and the back part of the home.
In the 1930s, the place belonged to a widow by the name of Henrietta Greenleaf Lindsay, who renovated the place. Over 8,000 square feet was probably a lot of room for one person, especially back then, when women rarely worked.
Lindsay probably needed to bring in a little income. According to the inn’s website, the homeowner took the advice of her friend, an actress named Elsie Ferguson, and opened up the spare space in her home to travelers, thus marking the beginning of its B&B career.
Those on an East Coast road trip are probably glad she did.
The delightful property has operated as an inn ever since, and features 11 rooms, 12.5 bathrooms, and a separate cottage. Oh, and the waterfront property encompasses 6 spacious acres.
The Bee & Thistle isn’t just a B&B. There’s also a restaurant, and the property serves as an event venue, well-known as a picturesque spot for tying the knot. Just check out #beeandthistlebride on Instagram for proof. It’s a triple threat for its income potential, which could attract an investor or entrepreneur to the listing.
The property might be a period piece in itself. But not to worry, it has had a bunch of updates, including a new roof, windows, and furnace.
The current owner kept up everything, so this place is turnkey, and ready to keep bringing in the guests.