CORNISH – The guestbook at the Cornish Inn and Lincoln Pub is full of compliments left by guests, and the word they seem to use the most is “lovely.” So it seems appropriate to borrow from their terminology and note that, here is a lovely opportunity for a buyer to own and to reside in a Maine landmark, one that will turn 200 years old in 2024 and whose history as an inn dates back to the late 1830s.

Behind a wraparound porch looking out on the heart of this destination village, a large sitting room with fireplace welcomes the visitor. Behind it is the Lincoln Pub (named for the property’s original owner, Cotton Lincoln) which features its own floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace; a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar of cold-rolled steel, fashioned locally; and seating for 50 people. Another 30 can be accommodated on the porch in fine weather.

Behind the newer, open, high-grade commercial kitchen are the owner’s private quarters. Downstairs is an open plan, sunny friendly kitchen, dining/family room and private entrance; upstairs are two (or three) bedrooms, which overlook the garden and are served by a full bath.

The owner’s quarters and deck access the back yard of the 1.05-acre lot. There’s a vegetable garden out back, which supplies much of the restaurant’s farm-to-table fare, and plenty of open space for more formal gardens. The iconic red barn is a huge, two-level structure, whose main floor has no posts (the ceiling is suspended by collar ties) thus enhancing the excellent potential for a wedding barn, function hall and event venue.

(The inn does a thriving event business; on the Monday of a recent visit, wedding parties had been hosted here for five consecutive weekends.)

The 16 guest rooms, many of them updated, all have private baths, and are characterized by names with local flavor – Ossippee, Hiram Falls, Hosac Mountain, for example. The largest accommodations are a pair of family suites on the third level.

The Cornish Inn and Lincoln Pub will be offered for sale in an owner’s on-site auction at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25. For more information, please visit; and contact Jill Daviero at 775-4300 or at [email protected].

The Home of the Week is produced by the Marketing Department of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Photos by Nicholas LaRiviere, Firefly Aerial Solutions.

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