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“Old World Charm”
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The Notchland Inn
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Covington, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Old World Charm”
Reviewed 3 July 2006

The Notchland Inn in the White Mountains takes you back
in time. The house has so much history and has been kept
ioriginal for the most part. The two Bernese Mtn Dogs, Crawford
& Abby are a joy to be around. The owners & staff are very
accommodating. You need to se this 1800 mansion and enjoy
it's charm....the breakfasts are excellent.

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Reviewed 3 March 2006

Having indicated in our July review that we would go back in winter, we did. Everything was great again as noted in ours and the other reviews. Our only quibble was that the hot tub wasn't hot enough - so be sure to check before you jump in. Of particular note, we felt that the quality of the food (both breakfast and dinner) and the chance to eat in leisure and then retire to our room was wonderful. If you want a great place to enjoy the mountains and north country, look no further.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Peak District National Park, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2005

The Notchland is a great inn, set just off the road to Crawford Notch and surrounded on all sides by wooded peaks. The rooms are incredibly comfortable with real wood fires - we made full use of ours as the weather was overcast when we were there.

The innkeepers Ed and Les were helpful about the area, but you had to catch them as they were so busy answering everyone's questions about the outlets/trails/restaurants etc. I almost started to wonder if they should have a drop-in centre after breakfast just to satisfy the clientele's queries!

Food at dinner and breakfast was delicious and there was plenty of it - just what you need after lots of walking.

Overall, a great place to spend some quality time.

  • Stayed October 2005
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Madison, Mississippi
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Reviewed 15 October 2005

The Notchland Inn is located on Route 302 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is well situated for summer fun, fall foliage, and winter skiing. It is not well situated for cell phones, email, watching TV, or otherwise behaving as though you're not on vacation. With such a beautiful views and elegant surroundings, you won't want to do anything but relax and enjoy yourself.

The Inn itself has a rich history, but its modern day owners have taken all that came before and made it even more special. The public areas are well appointed, offering many places to sit, read, play piano, or just watch a sunset. The gardens are beautiful and there are several different places to sit outside among the flowers. The private rooms offer two person tubs and steam showers, fireplaces, and reading areas. There are large closets, modern baths, and every amenity you need is either in place or readily available upon request (including a vast library of CDs, wine glasses, and corkscrews). You get the feel of the period home with antique furnishings, but you also get the modern conveniences that pamper your stay, and they do it seemlessly.

We stayed in The Kinsman room, one of their "premium" suites, for $330 per night. This room was absolutely decadent and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a special room within this special place. The journal entries from past inhabitants cited celebrations from proposals taking place in front of the fireplace all the way through a couple on their 50th anniversary. There are two large windows that open up above the garden and afford a view of the mountain across the road. The two person tub was great for soaking our sore muscles after days of hiking and the steam shower (a "wet sauna") was very relaxing as well. While we didn't use the fireplace, we could imagine that the room would be even more comfortable in winter with it going. Kindling, paper, matches, and wood were all available. The mattress was very comfortable, the sheets were of a high thread count, and there was such little noise outside beyond bird calls; we slept very well here.

Breakfast was well prepared and hearty each day. Staples such as coffee, teas, milk, juices, granola, muffins, and yogurt were continuously available. Additionally, you could order eggs, meats, english muffins, toast, and several delicious styles of pancakes and french toast. Dietary restrictions were acknowledged and solutions for those in need offered. The best part of breakfast was not the food, however.

Each morning, innkeepers Ed and Les and their friendly staff greet the guests at breakfast and work the room offering advice on daily activities. They pass out weather reports to everyone and have maps, parking passes, and guides to give out as needed. It was so helpful to have a local offer their opinion on which road to take, which site to see, and which places to avoid. They gave clear driving directions and good estimates on driving times accompanied by maps to help you on the road. During Fall foliage season, they were very up to date on where the foliage was best seen that day and pointed each guest in the direction that was right for them (e.g., a strenuous hike to a waterfall for one, an easy driving tour past great vistas for another). These morning consultations were above and beyond the customized care that I've received at most other inns and B&Bs and made me feel as though they were matching the extra cost with extra service.

We enjoyed dinner at The Notchland Inn on the last night of our stay for a fixed price of $35 per person. The menu included five onion soup, chive bisquits, duck confit, grilled pork tenderloin with apples, roasted chicken, arugula salad, and several fruit pies for dessert. Everyone was seated at 7pm and courses were delivered in sync to all tables. Quite a good selection of wine and spirits are available for an extra cost. Les's dinner drinks are tasty concoctions; I recommend the Kir-off Ballet, a combination of raspberry liquor and champagne with vodka soaked dried cranberries "dancing" in the bubbles. The atmosphere was so relaxing and it was very nice to polish off a bottle of wine over the course of three hours and then saunter up to our bed. A very nice end to our stay.

The Kancamangus Highway, the Flume Gorge, the Basin, the former site of The Old Man of the Mountains, Cannon Mountain ski resort, Mount Washington, the Cog Railway, the Appalachian Mountain Club outpost, and North Conway with its outlets and antiques shopping are all located within a short drive from the Inn. Our favorite route was to take Bear Notch Road over to The Kanc then up Route 93 to Littleton and Route 302 east back past Mount Washington to the Inn. I highly recommend the Cannon Mountain cable car; you can take it to the top of Cannon Mountain any time of year and the views are incredible. The Flume Gorge is also very well worth the hike.

Having stayed at dozens of small inns and B&Bs in my life, I have come to expect that what I think the place should be and what it is are usually two different things. Most places leave me thinking, "those cheap metal window frames just kill the ambience," or "I really wish the owner would have at least said hello." Often, just "hrm...not worth it" as I pay the bill. The Notchland Inn showed me that my expectations are not a fantasy, but instead a reality for a very small number of excellent places to stay. This Inn is what all inns should be and I encourage you to loosen the purse strings and indulge yourself; it will be worth it this time.

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 15 July 2005

My fiance and I spent a wonderful July weekend at the Notchland, which we enjoyed tremendously. We stayed in the Mad River room, which had a large living room (with a real wood fireplace), a modest bed room with a comfortable king size bed, and a nice bathroom with 2 person Jacuzzi. The dining room is an extension from the beautiful old Inn, built in the 1860's, and has a lovely view of the bird feeders (we loved the hummingbirds), pond, gardens, and forest. The breakfasts were lovely, and the dinners at 7:00 PM (one sitting only) were relaxed and delicious. The public rooms were well outfitted (Scrabble, jig saw puzzles, books, piano, etc), and we liked the choices of books in the rooms and the library. The greatest attraction of the Inn is that it sits in the middle of the White Mountain National Forest and has easy access to many hiking trails, swimming holes (two on the property), North Conway, and other attractions of the North Country. The innkeepers, Ed and Les, and their staff were friendly and helpful. This is an great place if you want both the comforts of a fine Inn and access to the mountains. We fantasize about being there in the falling snow next.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed 2 June 2003

My husband and I spent two nights at the Notchland in the winter of 2002 and it was the MOST relaxing time we've had in years. We have two small, active boys and the time away was just what we needed! We used one of the suites with a fireplace and jacuzzi tub and the food at dinnertime was exquisite! We only wish we could have stayed longer. We have little free time, but someday we WILL be back:) Kristyn

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Property: The Notchland Inn
Address: 2 Morey Rd, Hart's Location, NH 03812-4105
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Region: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Hart's Location
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Hart's Location
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Notchland Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Get away from it all, relax and rejuvenate at our comfortable 1860s granite mansion in the midst of the White Mountain National Forest. Settle into one of sixteen spacious guest rooms, individually appointed and all but one with wood-burning fireplaces. Notchland's wonderful 5-course dinner and hearty country breakfast are served in a romantic fireplaced dining room. Hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, kating, antiques, crafts and outlet shopping are close at hand. Notchland ... a magical location. ... more   less 
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