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The Jolly Drayman 

AT THE BRIAR LEA INN

Welcome

TO Bethel Maine

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The Briar Lea Inn provides the charm, comfort and personal attention you would expect from a quaint little inn, while offering the amenities you might experience at a larger hotel. Our Inn is located in a 160 year old fully renovated farmhouse. Our rooms are well appointed and decorated with a casual and eclectic antique decor, all with private baths and many additional personal touches. We pay close attention to details and your needs, while respecting your desire for privacy. Our goal is to ensure you have a memorable and relaxing experience. 

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MORE THAN JUST A B&B

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MORE THAN JUST A B&B

The Jolly Drayman Pub offers classic Pub Food and also British and Indian Specialties. We have a unique selection of beers on tap, by the bottle and also a superb selection of wines and spirits. A place where friends meet friends, new and old. 

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YEAR ROUND ACTIVITIES

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YEAR ROUND ACTIVITIES

There is so much to do around the area, whether it's winter skiing and sleigh rides, or summer Golf and Canoe adventures. You can find it here. 

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PARTIES & WEDDINGS

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PARTIES & WEDDINGS

A Perfect space for an ambient rehearsal dinner, birthday, or anniversary party for groups up to 45 people. We are currently expanding our restaurant.

A Jolly Fun Time

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living room
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Jolly-Drayman
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dining
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Reviews

High Ratings on Trip Advisor

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We work so hard to get amazing Reviews on TripAdvisor. See what makes The Jolly Drayman at the Briar Lea Inn so unique and special. We go above and beyond to make our guest's experience memorable. Explore what our other guests experiences have been, and leave us with a review. 

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This is our second visit and it won’t be our last. The inn keepers work very hard to make you feel comfortable and well fed. As an inn and a pub it’s double the pleasure! Try their pizza, you won’t be disappointed. Food, service and comfy beds, love it there!
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The rooms were clean, comfortable and aptly appointed. The staff was friendly and helpful, the kind of people you feel like you've known for a while. The Jolly Drayman offered a nice selection of wine and beer as well as wonderful pub decor. The food was amazing with unusual offerings excellently prepared. Thank you Dani and Helena and the rest of the crew!
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This was a perfect place to stay after some trail hiking. It is a unique bed and breakfast kind of place with a fabulous English pub and a wonderful restaurant. You will be so glad you went here, as it is an unexpected surprise and delight.
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My husband and I had a wonderful stay at the Briar Lea Inn. Dani was an enthusiastic and caring host who made sure all our needs were met. The Jolly Drayman is an authentic English pub with great atmosphere and delicious food. We hope to return.
Beth B.
Like staying with long-lost family! Wonderful hospitality, comfortable room, and great food(especially Enrico's special pasta!). On Sunday night we enjoyed really tasty Indian food, and on Monday we had a family-style dinner with the owners and a few other guests...a very special experience that one does not get in a larger, more commercial establishment..Highly recommended.
R. Blacki

Rooms

ENJOY STAYING IN OUR CLASSIC SUITES

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dartmoor room

 

The Dartmoor


A spacious room that can easily accommodate  the needs of a couple or a group of 3. The room located on the 3rd floor has a King bed, a second futon bed, and a bath with shower. 
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winkleigh room

 

The Winkleigh


A room that will surround you 
with beautiful florals and antiques. The room has a Queen bed, is located on the 2nd floor, and includes a bath with shower. 
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large tavistock room

 

The Tavistock


Can be occupied as a Separate Room or a 
Two Room Suite w/the Clovelly. This 2nd floor room has a Queen bed, and a bath with shower.
 
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large chumleigh room

 

The Chumleigh


A beautiful room for a romantic getaway.  This room on the 2nd floor has a King bed and an electric fireplace. The bathroom has a tub and shower. 
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The Clovelly


This 2nd floor room has 2 twin beds and can be occupied as a Separate Room or a Two Room Suite w/the Tavistock. A great room for friends traveling together. Includes bath and shower. 
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large exmoor room

 

The Exmoor


A truly cozy loft
in the quietest part of our Inn. Located on the 3rd floor. Includes a Queen bed with 1 bathroom with a  bathtub and shower .
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jolly draymen
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jolly drayman winter
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ski
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sleigh
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kayak man
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grafton notch state park
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covered bridge
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bethell fall landscape