Fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning and operating a country bed and breakfast, Marianne and Jim Roberts welcome you to their new home. The Roberts’ are former residents of Massachusetts. Marianne is a registered nurse, former owner/chef of a café-bistro, and a practicing muscular/massage therapist.. Jim is transitioning from a career in public safety management. He is a certified personal coach, Reiki Master, and a Real Estate for Berkshire Hathaway HomeService Northeast Real Estate.
The Roberts’ are members of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, the Maine Innkeepers Association, the Freeport Chamber of Commerce
Built in 1772, the Royalsborough Inn at the Bagley House has a colorful and interesting history. The house, the oldest in town, was built by Capt. O. Israel Bagley, one of the first settlers of “the town of Royalsborough” (now called Durham). The house was the site of many firsts – the first worship service in town took place in it on February 23, 1774 and the first public town meeting took place in the Ell. Children were taught here until a schoolhouse could be built. Capt. O. Israel Bagley, also opened the area's first store on the grounds of the Inn, and his "public house" served as the center of town in the days of the Revolutionary War. The house was also the home of the Bliss family for over 176 years and was operated as a dairy farm. In 1982, the Burns family bought the house at auction. The house was painstakingly restored, literally from the ground up. By preserving the history and heritage of the house, it once again became a place to welcome travelers, as Capt. Bagley had intended.