$5 Million Renovation of New England Properties Enhances Group Retreat Options

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White Barn Inn, The Mayflower Grace, New England, New England meetings, Connecticut, Maine
White Barn Inn

“One of the property highlights is its kitchen garden, where Executive Chef Isaac Olivo cultivates petite mustard greens, heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers and herbs to use in his dishes.”

Two New England properties—White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine and The Mayflower Grace in Washington, Conn.—recently underwent a $5 million upgrade.

To reflect the property’s coastal location, White Barn Inn upgraded 11 of its 26 guest rooms to include nautical-themed artwork. The renovation also includes two new areas—Landing and Starling Garden—which are designed around peaceful gardens for attendees hoping to get a sense of calm in between meetings. Dating back 150 years, the White Barn Inn has long been known for its gourmet cuisine, served in two restored barns at the White Barn Inn Restaurant. With the recent addition of The Bistro Deck, the inn now has an outdoor dining area that provides groups with a less formal dining experience. Attendees can also opt to work alongside Executive Chef Derek Bissonnette during one of his private cooking classes in the White Barn Inn kitchen.

Offering a similar idyllic, vibe, The Mayflower Grace updated its 30 guest rooms as well as dining areas and landscaping. Located a mere two-hour drive outside of New York City, the hotel’s enhancement will help attract groups looking to escape the bustling city to the 58-acre, landscaped retreat. Beyond the property’s landscaped gardens is a 3,000-acre nature preserve. One of the property highlights is its kitchen garden, where Executive Chef Isaac Olivo cultivates petite mustard greens, heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers and herbs to use in his dishes.

Owned by Elandis, the Americas real estate branch of the Libra Group, both properties are part of the company’s portfolio of hotels that have been accumulated since 2004. “At both properties, expertise from the luxury hospitality industry was combined with premiere local design consultation to ensure that state-of-the-art convenience is balanced with the celebrated local architectural vernacular,” says Frank Espinosa, CEO of Elandis. “Our objective is to ensure the properties are wholly relevant to current and anticipated market dynamics and, in turn, to enhance asset values.”

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