Hidden away in the woods, our Kennebunkport inn is located on a bank of the tidal Kennebunk River in Maine; Bufflehead Cove Inn bed and breakfast offers the tranquility of a peaceful setting with all of Kennebunkport’s attractions a few minutes away. Innkeepers James and Harriet Gott have blended a myriad of magical ingredients: cozy fireplaces, antique filled rooms…. soft music, lush romantic bedrooms and quiet pampering to create the “best kept hideaway in the Kennebunks.”
“Bufflehead Cove, the rambling cottage — spacious, homey, old-fashioned — is decidedly reminiscent of long-ago childhoods spent in the country: a place with a full cookie jar and lots of warmth and friendly chattiness, definitely woe-free and free-spirited, much like its owners, Harriet and Jim Gott.” -COUNTRY INNS/Bed & Breakfast
“Named for the diving seabirds which winter here, Bufflehead Cove Inn is located on six private acres at the end of a gravel lane that winds past several small ponds, less than a mile from the center of Kennebunkport. The location on the banks of the Kennebunk River is so peaceful that we could happily stay on the porch or viewing deck reading or looking at the myriad of waterfowl.” -THE DISCERNING TRAVELER
Reviews of Bufflehead Cove Inn Kennebunkport
Exceptional New England Retreat
I have traveled all over the U.S. and New England and have never found a better place for R&R. Jim and Harriet Gott (Innkeepers) always make my stay at BHC the best. Bufflehead Cove surpasses any B&B that I have experienced. The inn has wonderful spaces that are generous in size, which is unlike the typical New England inns with narrow staircases, halls and small nooks that innkeepers pass for bedrooms. I have stayed in every room and the cottage and all have a unique feel. The rooms are thoughfully decorated by Harriet and she really has a special flair for creating lovely spaces. Jim is a terrific chef/cook and bottle washer. He also makes sure that all aspects of the property are cared for and that their is always a fire in the main house’s fireplace when there is a chill in the air. The waterway makes for a very meditative setting. I just love spending time on or just by the river.
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The Best in Kennebunkport
What a special place. Gerry and I have stayed in several inns including the White Barn during many years of visiting Kennebunkport. We have found the perfect spot. We stayed in the Hideaway suite and loved it. It was spacious and the view of the river was wonderful. Breakfast on the porch was very special. The fact that the inn is remote yet just 5 minutes away from Dock Square makes it the perfect getaway. Harriet and Lily, the lab, are perfect hosts!
A little paradise
The best inn ever!
Buffleahead Cove is magic! Like all magic, we are not always aware of how it happened, just that it did. From the minute you walk in the door at Bufflehead Cove, you feel your entire body begin to relax. Is it the paint color of the living room or the fabulous view of the river from the front window? Is it Harriet’s warm personality or the smell of Jim’s cooking? Or could it be the incredibly decorated guest rooms? Whatever causes that magic, I know that we have just accepted it. Harriet and Jim at Bufflehead Cove have created the best inn of all time. In over six visits to the inn, I am barely arriving and I am already trying to determine when I can next return.
My husband and I discovered this very special bed and breakfast many years ago and have made it a regular event in our summers. Located on the Kennebunk River, this beautiful sea captain’s Victorian home is a piece of New England at its best. From the moment you step onto the long veranda looking out at the Kennebunk River you feel as if you have stepped back in time to a period of history when Kennebunkport was a major shipbuilding community.
There is something about the inn that makes you relax immediately. And though the original charm of the era has been maintained , the real credit goes to the proprietors, Harriet and Jim Gott. They truly make you feel as if you are a friend who has come to visit.
Throughout your stay you can’t help but notice the thought put into everything. The inn is spacious with a large livingroom focussed on a lovely fireplace where guests share a glass of wine and h’or deuvres in the evenings. If you are there in the summer, breakfast is often served at private tables on the veranda or on the landing directly above the river (weather permitting). On cloudy days the gracious dining area is used with all guests seated family style. And the breakfasts are superb. Jim was a former professional cook so you are in for a treat. Harriet and Jim love to travel in the “off-season” and many times the menu includes dishes they have discovered abroad.
What strikes most guests seems to be the complete attention to detail. Each suite is decorated around a concept. We have stayed in 3 of the 5 rooms and each was like a little haven. Our favorite is the balcony room because we love the artwork. In most rooms, local artists have done wall paintings or tiles to match each theme.
And though you are only a short distance from local beaches, galleries, shops, restaurants and everything else the bustling village of Kennebunkport has to offer, in the inn you have complete quiet and seclusion.
Bufflehead Cove: The Quintessential Country Inn
Absolutely my favorite country inn, and I’ve stayed in at least 100. It’s a century-old farmhouse on a private lane by the banks of the Kennebunk River in Kennebunkport, Southern Maine. What makes it so special? Just about everything. Start with the riverside location, where you can see the tide roll in and out, add a forest right behind the large back yard, and the Bufflehead ducks and other creatures that “cruise” up and down the river. Location, location, location! I can easily say that Harriet and Jim’s full breakfasts are among the most delicious — and definitely the most creative — I’ve enjoyed anywhere. And, they’re experts on dining in the area, which includes many excellent restaurants in all price categories. More gracious, caring hosts will not be found anywhere you go.
If the word “farmhouse” conjurs up something plain, simple, sparse, or ordinary in your mind, you’ve got it all wrong. Each suite is individually decorated with highly imaginative, luxurious furnishings that simply shout, “Luxury! Comfort!” There’s just about every amenity you can name: jacuzzi tubs, Bose radios, beautiful thick comforters and colorful sheets and blankets, an abundance of fascinating books and magazines, gourmet candies with turndown service. The only thing “country” about Bufflehead Cove is that it’s more than a mile from town, which adds to the quiet and tranquil setting.
Fresh flowers of many varieties abound during the summer, and breakfast on the large wraparound porch, with these flowers at every table (and decorating your plates), can’t be beat. For those who crave total privacy for a romantic getaway, there’s a replica of the main house a short distance away that’s a wonderful, cozy — yet very spacious — hidewaway.
For pet lovers who miss their “children” while away from home, make friends with Lily, the inn’s lovely black Laborador retriever. She won’t intrude on your privacy by entering the house, but she’ll be there to greet you every time you drive up. A sweeter dog I’ve never met.
Bufflehead Cove is my final destination on my end-of-summer New England vacation every summer. Although Kennebunkport is full of luxury hotels and historic inns, I couldn’t bring myself to stay anywhere else.
Best Romantic Waterside Hideaway in the Kennebunks
Bufflehead Cove Inn, Kennepunkport Maine is certainly a private little piece of heaven. Located on a tidal river in a secluded cove, you are just a step away from the Old ‘Port.
I’ve been coming back for over 15 years, and I never tire of the personal service, gracious hosts, gourmet breakfasts, plumped pillows, turn-down service, jacuzzi tubs and spectacular waterviews.
I’ve managed to stay in all the rooms – each offering a potpourri of magical ingredients: cozy fireplaces, antique whatnots and coastal whimsy, soft music . . . romantic bedrooms with plenty of pampering. It’s not a place to bring the kids.
Besides the five star service and the opportunity to just relax and be pampered, there’s plenty to do and see in the area, great restaurants, beaches, golf courses, coastal paths & buike routes.
There is no better place to stay in the Kennebunks than Bufflehead Cove inn! I can’t wait to go back for my favorite two nights in August.
Home Away From Home
My husband and I stayed with Harriet and Jim Gott, and of course, Lily, the beautiful black Lab, Inn- keepers at Bufflehead Cove Inn, in Kennebunkport, Me.
I now call Bufflehead Cove my home away from home. The first time we met Harriet and Jim, we felt like we knew them for years. They made us feel like family. Our Garden Room had it’s own private entrance with a courtyard. Our immaculate and beautiful room was an eclectic gathering of delightful furniture, vases, flower arrangements, bookcases with old and new books. Our fireplace filled the room with a gentle glowing warmth, and over the mantle was a bottle of Sherry, only to add to that extra glow ! Our bed was filled with soft, fluffy pillows, a thick plush comforter, and a mattress as comfortable as sleeping on a cloud. Our bathroom was stocked with the little extras, and after a hot shower, we wrapped in thick, plush towels and sipped Bufflehead’s own bottled water. Every morning we were greeted at our door by Lily, the black Lab, who was anxiously waiting for that first bounce of her ball. We started our day with a 3 course sumptuous breakfast prepared by Jim and graciously served by Harriet. ( my husband wanted to take Jim and Harriet home with us) We were in no hurry to pound the pavement after breakfast. Sometimes we just sat on the porch or the viewing dock, overlooking the River and listening to the trees and nature speak it’s own language. Anyone visiting the Kennebunks in Maine, MUST experience Bufflehead Cove Inn and it’s gracious host and hostess, Harriet and Jim, and of course, Lily. BUT – make room for us – we’re coming back. Sandy and Bob Scharmann
A WONDERFUL Inn–Our top choice!
We like B&Bs, and we like Maine, so we spent a couple of summers going up and down the coast of Maine to find the perfect places for repeat summer visits. The Inn at Bufflehead Cove is our clear first choice out of the many we visited-and we’re VERY picky about where we stay! It’s a wonderful place-a lovely spot on the water, well-decorated and very comfortable public and guest rooms, memorable mouth-watering breakfasts, warm and terrifically helpful innkeepers-tops on all dimensions. Kennebunkport is a nifty little town with lots to see and do, plenty of good restaurants and good places to walk and drive. We travel a lot on business, we’ve stayed in many hotels and B&Bs around the world-and this is our absolute favorite place. We return every year (as do many others–LOTS of repeat guests, one of the best signs)–and it’s always a pleasure.
Loved every second
My fiance and I stayed in the Hideaway Suite for 5 nights and 4 days.
It was hands down the best room of any sort that we have stayed in.
From the big, comfy king size bed to the jacuzzi tub for 2 with the complimentary champagne, to the warm gas powered fireplace, everything was magnificent.
We had a Bose Wave Radio to listen to, 2 personal bathrobes to use and a full size glassed in shower.
The decor and ambiance were top notch. The service was 5 star. The full course breakfest meals were wonderful and delicious. Ours views the river were great as was the forest all around use.
Overall one of the most relaxing times you could have and have it in luxury.