This summer season the corporate will come full circle, unveiling an fascinating rollout, opening 4 historic properties in Kennebunkport as a single assortment.
“My hospitality profession began in Kennebunkport once I purchased the Captain Fairfield Inn in 2004,” says Rob Blood, Lark Accommodations president and cofounder of Elder & Ash design agency. “The city gives a lot, and the historical past of the James Fairfield Home stole my coronary heart and creativeness. I used the Fairfield Home as a check kitchen for various hospitality concepts that popped into my head.
“It was there that I dreamed of in the future bringing all the captain’s homes within the neighborhood into one assortment,” he says.
The captain’s homes embrace William Jefferds Home, James Fairfield Home, Nathaniel Lord Mansion, and Acton Patterson Home. Every property initially belonged to the daughters and sons-in-law of Captain Daniel Walker, a service provider and sea captain within the 1700s. Lark has fully renovated and revitalized every property and branded them because the Kennebunkport Captains Assortment. “I considered this as a as soon as in a lifetime alternative to convey these properties again into a group,” says Blood. The four-inn village resort, positioned within the River Inexperienced neighborhood, is inside straightforward strolling distance to Kennebunkport downtown retailers and eating places, and consists of 45 rooms unfold over the four-inn assortment, a full-service spa, and intensive gardens and gathering areas.
“Every property has its personal character,” Kristen Caouette, common supervisor of the Captains Assortment, mentioned on a latest tour. “We’re hoping that friends really feel that they will collect at any or all the homes. There will likely be indoor and out of doors nooks the place individuals can really feel snug to loosen up and linger, and every home would possibly host particular occasions, like afternoon teas, wine and cheese hours, or morning yoga periods.”
We began on the William Jefferds Home, an 1805 Federal-style mansion, as soon as dwelling to Captain Jefferds and his spouse, Sarah, and their 11 kids. The stately mansion has been reworked right into a brilliant, old-meets-new house; we discovered it fairly beautiful. There are trendy, white shaggy carpets tossed on polished wooden floors, daring geometric wallpaper, shiny white-paneled partitions, and authentic artwork. The intense, spacious, sun-filled breakfast room, with swirly wooden followers, is a cheery house to hang around. There are 10 up to date rooms in the primary home and an extra six within the hooked up carriage home, with whitewashed partitions and barely-there colours combined with architectural particulars and native panorama work. This KCC property is greatest for friends who like dazzling, gentle areas.
The lavish, three-story Nathaniel Lord Mansion, with a towering rooftop widow’s watch, was dwelling to the Lord household for 158 years. It’s the centerpiece of the Kennebunkport Captains Assortment, the place KCC friends will verify in (although friends can even verify in remotely if they like contactless arrivals and departures) and collect within the giant drawing room. It retains wealthy historic particulars, together with paneled partitions and woodwork, together with lush, jewel-toned materials. All 16 rooms have gasoline fireplaces, authentic pine flooring, four-poster beds, and up to date non-public baths.
The 1813 James Fairfield Home is extra whimsical in design and remedy, with daring colours, splashy trendy artwork by a neighborhood Maine artist, and geometric wall and flooring coverings. “It’s essentially the most suave and eclectic within the assortment,” says Blood. It has 9 rooms, all with working fireplaces and up to date non-public baths.
The 1807 Acton Patterson Home is the smallest property within the assortment with 4 bedrooms, every with a working hearth, a eating and lounge with fireplaces, and a screened solar porch. Captain Nathaniel Lord as soon as used it as his momentary residence whereas his mansion was underneath development. Leather-based furnishings, darkish woods, and plaid accents give the home a extra informal, home-away-from-home nation really feel.
We couldn’t resist asking Blood which of the properties is his favourite. “That’s like asking if I desire certainly one of my kids over one other,” he responded. “They’re all distinct and alluring in their very own methods. A part of the enjoyment of curating a group is that you could give every bit a separate character. So, I like all of them.”
Kennebunkport Captains Assortment, 207-967-3141, www.kennebunkportcaptains.com; charges begin at $149.
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