Inn on Carleton is a gracious Victorian era townhouse on four levels with all brick exterior, granite entry stairs, magnificent entryway and staircase, The main level boasts 11 foot ceilings, the second floor 10 foot ceilings and the third level 8.5 foot ceilings. On site parking is available for four cars (but additional street parking is readily available)
Granville Chase built this house 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 1981, Greg Dismore and Gretchen Henn purchased the house; lovingly restored and transformed the house into one of Portland's first bed and breakfasts.
Guests' common areas include front parlor with grand piano and comfortable seating, the dining room with large table for eight and two cafe tables for four. Outdoors the guests have access to the English garden.
Many of the homes original architectural features remain in tact, i. e., trompe l'oeil paintings by Charles Schumacher in the entry hallway (below), opulent plaster moldings on the main and second level (below). The grand staircase with its' carved pineapple newel post (below) 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. Over the marble fireplace (with gas insert) is the oversized antique mantel mirror. The back extended dining area has a ornate tin ceiling and pocket doors. The details in this historic home are stunning.
a tour inside
The Inn has six large guest rooms on the second and third floors all with closets and en-suite bathrooms, energy efficient window unit air conditioners, 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. Summer and winter bedding is matched to the color scheme and atmosphere for each.