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Orange County, CA
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

My husband and I spent two nights at this inn to start our New England "leaf-peeping" trip earlier this month. Even though the antique furnishings are not quite as comfortable as some of our other stays, this was still one of our favorite places to stay in New England, and one of the most cozy and tasty restaurants. We enjoy... More 

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North Pole, Alaska
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39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2011

My husband and I spent one night here while passing through Maine on a leaf-peeping trip to New England. The room was clean, comfortable, and well-appointed, although very dark. The lighting, in keeping with the overall atmosphere of the inn, was quite dim which worked well for ambiance, but made reading tour books and maps a bit difficult. We stayed... More 

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2011

My husband and I spent a weekend in Bethel for a wedding in May. The wedding was at the Bethel Inn, where everyone stayed. But due to animal allergies my husband and I couldn't stay there and am I glad that we didn't! I chose the Inn because I love English pubs and when I saw that there was one... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2011

Pros: Cindy and Fred were very nice and made us feel welcome; the room (Chulmleigh) was beautiful and comfortable; the food in the restaurant was fabulous! Cons: the only "con" we had was be aware if you stay in the room(s) facing the street....during our stay there was alot of traffic and it was very noisy, especially early, early in... More 

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Briar Lee Inn for a night recently. We stayed in the Dartmoor room, which was at the top of the house and was very comfortable. We had dinner in the restaurant, which served superb food. The barman, Brian, was a great guy, very friendly and chatty. Our hosts Cindy and Fred have now... More 

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Reviewed 4 March 2010

My husband, 22 yr old daughter and I spent a delightful extended weekend here from Feb 26-Mar1. We were visiting our son who works at Sunday River just 10 short mins. away. It snowed while we were there and out of our spacious bedroom window the scene was like a Christmas card. Fred and Cindy, the proprietors were more than... More 

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New York
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Reviewed 17 February 2010

Stayed there over Presidents' weekend with my sister's family and it was just right. Just ten minutes from Sunday River and near the little main street in Bethel. Breakfast was very nice and the pub worked well for us after a day of skiing. Highly Recommend!

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Sandwich, New Hampshire
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2010

My brother, sister and all our spouses stayed at the Briar Lea in early jan. '10. We had 3 rooms, the Dartmoor (doublebed) and Exmoor (kingbed) were on the 3rd floor by themselves and were quite nice. The 3rd room was the Chulmleigh which was even nicer and larger with an electric fireplace that looked rather nice and even put... More 

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Coconut Creek, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2009

Cozy, beautifully appointed, English Pub within the Bethel City Limits. New owners, Cindy and Fred, and friendly bartender Eric, made the visit memorable. We have traveled worldwide for many years and were delighted to find such a great restaurant in the spectacular Sunday River ski resort area of Maine. Try the "shepards pie" it's to die for! A generous selection... More 

San Fransisco, CA
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Reviewed 28 October 2009

We stayed here for just a night early in October- it's a short drive from the ski area- or you can take a bus. The rooms are quaint and very clean- very New England-y- which to a West Coaster like myself, was a welcome breath of air. Speaking of which- if you are going to Bethel pack warm- it's cold... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A cozy country inn with a British pub and restaurant in the heart of New England. We are five miles from Sunday River Ski Resort and one mile from pretty Bethel village. Our full menu features curries, Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Shepherd's Pie and a whole lot more. Great beers and cask-conditioned ale on tap, wines and cocktails. All rooms have private baths, TV/DVD and wireless internet. Come for a pint or dinner - stay the night. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Jolly Drayman at The Briar Lea Inn

Address: 150 Mayville Rd, P.O. Box 250, Bethel, ME 04217-4442
Region: United States > Maine > Bethel
Price Range: $116 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“the back rooms a very quiet”
 of 5 bubbles dledithmotz, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Just inquire about everything before you book.”
 of 5 bubbles Dc_annie123, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Double check the exact setup of the beds and cots in the room you request. I had a cot set up that I did not need.”
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“The Winkleigh was great. A soft queen bed.”
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“We like the Dartmoor and Exmoor rooms on the top floor.”
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