Beautiful Colonial Residence Become Hostelery - Rare and Antique Furnishings

From a 1922 Independent Reporter article. Transcribed by Marilyn Gondek, with paragraph breaks added for easier reading.


Hotel Cahill at Bingham affords one of the most delightful combinations of private home life with the conveniences of modern hotel service to be found in the State of Maine. Doubtless but few tourists have been passing through Bingham over the road now famous as leading us through Maine to the Canadian Line and thence to Quebec have not noted the lovely colonial dwelling opposite the Bingham post office and back just far enough from the highway to permit space for beautiful grounds.

This has been the private home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cahill, widely known as hotel people and caterers. This splendid residence was built by Mr. Cahill 15 years ago. High pillars in true colonial style and a wide porch across the front are noticeable features of the architecture. The massive front door leads directly into the luxurious music room, adjoining the great living room. These rooms are at the convenience of the guests as Mr. and Mrs. Cahill have now renovated the place to use it as a hotel. The living room is 25 by 39 feet and like the other rooms is finished entirely in heavy black walnut. The furnishings are unusually luxurious, the chairs and divans being upholstered in foreign tapestries and silks. The draperies at the windows are of heavy imported silk and the furnishings include many rare and valuable antiques. The 22 light chandelier in the living room came from the home of James Russell Lowell in Cambridge, Mass., while many of the other articles have equally as interesting histories.

Adjoining the living room is a guest room beautifully furnished, while at the rear an addition is being erected for more guest rooms. Imported rugs, rare prints and exquisite statuary have been collected by Mr. and Mrs. Cahill for these rooms. On the second floor the great music room has been divided into sleeping rooms for the accommodation of the public so that nine chambers are already equipped for guests. These rooms also contain rich furnishings.


The main entrance leads through a lobby into a high basement which has been fitted up in the most approved manner for office quarters and the main dining room. Sufficiently high is the basement to admit light from large windows. A cheery open fire blazes on the hearth, grouped around which are comfortable chairs and a soft divan. The dining room proper will accommodate 75 people and is equipped with dainty appointments as well as a number of antique pieces and foreign brasses. The dining room is supervised personally by Mrs. Cahill while Mr. Cahill rules the kitchen.

Long years of experience in the various hotels of Maine and a stewardship with the Sphinx Club at Harvard College have given Landlord Cahill valuable ideas in serving and the food which he supplies is of unusual excellence. With kitchen equipment unequalled in the State and with Mr. Cahill at the helm there can be no doubt as to quality and quantity of the menus. Mr. and Mrs. Cahill are running special Sunday dinners of lobster, chicken and steaks and will continue to do so the rest of the summer, catering especially to automobile or dinner parties. The telephone number is Bingham 12-11 and persons desiring prompt service are requested to write or phone for reservations.

Bingham is one of Somerset County's show places and Hotel Cahill 52 miles from the border line is one of the new hosteleries which has come into being to afford the traveller rest and recreation under an environment of unusual beauty, comfort and elegance.

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