Thank you for choosing to stay with us at the Center Lovell Inn. Acclaimed by Architectural Digest, the Inn is housed in a well maintained Georgian-era style historic farmhouse build in 1805. According to “The Official Guide to American Historic Bed & Breakfast, Inn and Guesthouses,” the Inn was owned by the governor of Florida, Eckley Stearns, who transformed the house into its present Mississippi steamboat appearance by the addition of the Cape-style annex added in 1830 and attached by a wraparound porch.
Center Lovell Inn is in the lakes & mountain district of Western Maine with an unimpeded panorama of the White Mountains range: Mts. Kearsarge and Baldface are in the foreground, and others, including Mt. Washington, shoulder into view. The Inn is located on twelve acres of mostly untouched woodlands. Adjacent to the main house is the beautifully restored Carriage House built around the same time as the Main house. Off in the distance there is the original majestic one hundred foot long post and beam barn, built with extinct red chestnut, 3 stories high and till sound after over 200 years.
At Center Lovell Inn (CLI) we celebrate the heyday of Old New England’s great hospitality of a bygone era. A time of farm fresh ingredients, hardy breakfasts and exceptional customer care.
CLI is the precursor to the ‘modern’ boutique hotels, when things were simple, intimate and classic. It takes great inspiration from the past, all the while welcoming the creature comforts of today.
Your stay will be akin to taking a special trip back in time. Rooms in the 1805 Colonial mansion and historic Carriage House are outfitted in traditional New England decor and include a pass to the town beach on Kezar Lake.
A hot complimentary country breakfast awaits you each morning on our screened-in porch, to the lovely call of the loons from the lake. In the cooler months breakfast is served alongside a warm, crackling fireplace
Husband and wife team, Rose and Prince Adams are proud to be the 3rd Innkeeper couple keeping the authentic unplugged New England Country Inn tradition alive. They are are both native New Yorker’s, hailing from the big city of Brooklyn. They have over 35 years of combined experience working in the field of hospitality.
After graduating from the New York Restaurant School in New York City, Rose headed-up the catering program for Gourmet Garage, one of the first gourmet / specialty foods operations in New York City with five locations. Catering clients include the Guggenheim Museum, National Public Radio (NPR), and the Rockefellers to mention a few. Rose moved on to worked for two Rockefeller owned, 5 star luxury resorts, the exclusive Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, British West Indies, and Caneel Bay, a Rosewood-managed resort in St. John, United States Virgin Islands. There she earned repeated promotions and held various positions, including restaurant manager, food and beverage director, assistant hotel manager and general manager.
Prior to coming to Maine, the couple upstarted an award winning restaurant and guesthouse on St. John, USVI, called Sweet Plantains, Restaurant & Rum Bar. Their achievements on St. John included “Best New Restaurant,” “Best Chef in the entire USVI,” “Best Sweet / Desserts,” “Best Chef on St. John,” “Best Bar-tending Staff,” “Best Ethnic Restaurant,” and “Best Gourmet Restaurant”, via the US Virgin Islands Daily News Reader’s Poll.
The Adams acquired the Center Lovell Inn in the same manor former Innkeeper Janice Sage acquired it, that is through an essay writing contest. Here is a link to the feature story in the Boston Globe. For a fascinating read, check out the true story of Bil and Susie Mosca, and the inspiring story behind the first Center Lovell Inn Essay contest — Passing Along Our Dream.
We are excited to continue pursuing our love for great food, fine wine, great craft beer, aged rums and hospitality in Lovell Maine.