Guests at the new Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse will experience a special blend of history and luxury.
The inn is a reconstruction of the original lightkeepers’ house and boathouse on Cuckolds Island at the entrance to Boothbay Harbor. It will welcome its first guests this summer.
A fog-warning signal on the granite island has been alerting mariners about the rocky outcrops and shoals near the entrance to the harbor since the late 19th century. The light atop the tower was added in 1907.
During the 1970s, the Coast Guard automated and decommissioned the light station and left only the Light Tower on the island. By 2004, the deteriorating and unstable structure was slated for destruction, to be replaced with a fiberglass light pole. At that point, local residents with a keen appreciation of the island’s historic, economic, symbolic, and substantive significance stepped up to rescue the Cuckolds. Following the government’s 273-page Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook, and researching historical and archival documents and photographs, the Cuckolds team painstakingly restored the falling-down Light Tower, which is being transformed into a museum. We reconstructed the boathouse as a welcome gateway and program center, and rebuilt the keepers’ quarters, historically compatible on the exterior, and repurposed as a beautiful Inn for overnight stays.
Although it looks the same on the outside, the interior is brand new and built to delight the refined tastes of modern travelers and adventure-seekers. Inside, the inn’s two suites are comfortable, custom crafted living spaces equipped with modern amenities. Local artisans crafted custom tile and marble bathrooms and contributed custom woodwork cabinets. A radiant heat system warms the inn’s wood floors, and a country kitchen fireplace adds warmth on chilly days.
For safer access to the island, we installed a new-tech pier with socket pilings, a hydraulic ramp, and free-floating dock, rather than relying on shipways that could damage or capsize approaching boats and potentially injure even skilled mariners and their passengers. The restored light tower now houses an energy-efficient LED light and a mariner-activated fog signal, both of which will continue to be maintained by the United States Coast Guard as a state-of-the-art aid to navigation. Now, visitors and inn guests can arrive at this offshore island and lighthouse in safety and appropriate style. Of course, “appropriate style” means bring a slicker (just in case) and wear rubber-soled shoes to walk on rugged rocks, and up steep ramps (depending on the 8-11 foot twice-daily tides), stairways and ladders.
We hope our guests will experience a sense of peaceful seclusion, soak in the salt-sea air, revel in nature, and feel pampered and at home in a place designed for relaxation and inspiration. Our innkeepers serve hearty, delicious breakfasts and afternoon teas, and offer lobsterbakes or other meals on island, or may occasionally shuttle guests for early dinner on the mainland; for safety, we return guests to the island before dark.
We can’t wait to start making lifetime vacation memories with our guests. You can reserve overnight stays from several days to several weeks. Whether you wish to reserve one of two elegant suites, or the entire Island, just call (855) 212-5252 for reservations and additional information. Adventure awaits. Be among the first to experience this treasure, while everything is brand-spanking new.