B&B owner, 102, celebrates 50 years in business.

July 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm 1 comment

Image from Portland Press Herald

Centenarian Irene Bennett from York, Maine, still runs the B&B she opened with her husband in 1961.

A story in the Portland Press Herald tells how Irene was working as a waitress in Concord, New Hampshire, when she overheard a conversation about a B&B for sale in York.

She bought the place with her husband and they started renting out the seven guest rooms. Later, they were able to expand their business by purchasing two adjacent cottages.

Dawn Hackett, who now helps to run the B&B, says that Irene was like a surrogate mother to girls who stayed there during the summer while working at local restaurants. ‘She told them when to go out and what time to be in,’ Hackett said.

Irene’s daughter said that the guesthouse has helped keep her mother young. ‘She could get close to people and know them, feel as though they were part of her family.’ Even after her husband died, Irene kept going and only asked for assistance after turning 95.

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  • 1. Guest house Cotswolds  |  August 4, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Congratulations! It’s great to read such successful stories!

    Nice to hear you still going strong too!

    Reply

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