100 Lyme Street

Old Lyme, CT

Iconic and turnkey bed & breakfast on the Lieutenant River

11 Bedrooms 12.5 Bathrooms 5.25 Acres 8,888 Square Feet

A rare opportunity to purchase one of the most iconic properties and businesses on the Connecticut Shoreline has arrived! The Bee & Thistle - the epitome of understated elegance and unparalleled quality - is now on the market for the first time in almost 13 years.

For those who have visited overnight, had their wedding here, enjoyed a birthday or anniversary dinner or attended a special event, a knowing smile comes to their face. A Shoreline landmark to locals, and those far and wide passing through, as well as those who have spent many an evening in the bar with an enjoyable scene, live music and expert mixologist, the very mention of this Inn evokes the most special and wonderful memories.

And what a scene! The views, quite frankly, are of another world, with a sumptuous light that falls upon the grounds. It is not hard to see why the Amercian Impressionist movement was born here, as it is perfectly sited on the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, CT alongside the Florence Griswold Art Museum.

Easily considered by far the best, most highly regarded bed and breakfast in the state of Connecticut, if not the whole of New England, the Bee & Thistle Inn, Chestnut Grille Restaurant & Lounge and Wedding & Special Event Venue now offers new owners the chance to make a dream come true. For a savvy investor or entrepreneur, this is a rare opportunity to own a cornerstone of the Connecticut Shoreline and polish an already brilliant patina on a trophy property.

This highly venerated, 5-star rated inn is now on the market, and an opportunity like this does not come around often. The present owner has upheld and improved on the A+ standards for the last 12 years, and now is ready to pass this successful, multi-business landmark to the next owner. The staff, which includes a world class chef, has helped in continuing to be the go-to venue for weddings and romantic weekend getaways.

A new owner can take advantage of many opportunities to expand upon what is already a great operation, currently consisting of three very successful businesses: the Inn, Restaurant and the Wedding & Event venue. Dinner is served at the iconic Chestnut Grille 5 days a week, and there is live music and happy hours in the bar. The 84-seat restaurant has several dining areas including fireside tables and an outside terrace as well a 2 sunrooms. The original menu is sourced locally from local farms and is highly rated on Google, TripAdvisor and Open Table. The Chestnut Grille has been featured in the NYTimes as well as other prominent outlets, which tout its consistently fresh food, innovative menu, ambiance and service as top-tier. In addition to its busy dining room, the Bee will typically play host to almost 25-30 weddings each season from May to September.

The specifics are as follows:

11 finely appointed bedrooms and a separate cottage on 6 magnificent waterfront acres. Several dining rooms, both cozy and bright, an outdoor dining patio and a wonderful bar and lounge area. A circular drive and plenty of parking, with lovely mature trees and professional landscaping.

The current owner has decided to retire and pass on a very successful and lucrative business, with room for increased opportunities. A highly detailed and comprehensive proposal audit package which includes detailed suggestions on improving the financial intake, done by a highly successful global hotelier consultant, is available for serious and qualified buyers.

Priced to sell, and with the many mechanical updates that have been done, including a new roof, windows, fire escape, furnace and more; the new owner can easily come in and take the reins without much to do.

Currently a staple in the community for dinner five days a week, regular happy hours and music nights, as well as sponsoring special events such as Art Exhibits and a yearly Classic Car Show, there is untapped potential for a 24/7 establishment.

The Bee & Thistle is a highly successful wedding and event venue. This is the go-to place for many special occasions, both large and small.

Call us today for a private tour. Only qualified, serious buyers need apply. More information available on request.