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Inn by the Bandstand
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

My wife and I recently stayed at the Inn and were impressed by the thoughtful and thorough innkeepers Kate and Jim... the room was well appointed with nice extras like a bottle of wine and crackers, plenty of linens and drinks and snacks available if needed...we had a wonderful time in the town of Exeter, touring the quaint shops and eating at two of the local restaurants..if youre in the area 11 Water Street was truly a feast, ask for Jason...the wonderful breakfasts made by Kate and Jim were a cut above...we highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet, peaceful weekend away!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jim and Kate L, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2012

We thank you for such kind words and we also thank you for taking time out of your very busy life to write a review. We are pleased you had a great stay here at the Inn by the Bandstand. You purchased one of the "Southern NH Vineyard Tour" packages that we offered, which included a bottle of wine and snacks, I am glad you enjoyed.
We know we are doing a good job at what we do when great guests like you share the experiences you had here at the inn with us. Guests like YOU are why we do what we do!
We are very fortunate that our inn is located in downtown Exeter. This town does offer so much...as you mentioned... quaint shops & great restaurants (which at many we were able to negotiate discounts for our guests)... but we are also just 8 miles from the ocean.... 20 minutes to Portsmouth and the Kittery outlet malls... and only minutes away are several vineyards, breweries and antique stores... yes, our location couldn't be better. We hope you have the opportunity to come back and visit us again soon! ~Sincerely, Kate

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Reviewed 24 January 2012

My daughter and I just adore this inn. The rooms are spacious, well decorated, comfortable, and extremely clean. There are nice little touches like a carafe of water, a linen closet with plenty of extra towels and a hair dryer, and plush robes. The owners, jim and Kate, are so thoughtful. I mentioned to them that we were visiting Exeter because my daughter was going to interview at Phillips Exeter Academy. When we arrived my daughter discovered Exeter gifts for her in our room to wish her good luck. They made us feel like we were visiting family. From the home baked cookies upon arrival to the full hot breakfast in the morning the food was delicious. In addition, they have an arrangement with many of the restaurants and shops in town that if you show your room key you receive a discount. We had an excellent dinner at Pimentos on their recommendation and received a 15% discount. The Inn by the Bandstand is a real gem!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Jim and Kate L, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2012

Thank you! We are very pleased that your trip to Exeter was a pleasant one. We enjoy meeting the young folks that apply at the Academy. Your daughter is a charming lovely girl. We have teamed up with the other small business owners here in downtown Exeter. This networking gives our guests the opportunity to dine and shop and get a little extra off their purchases. We hope to see you back for 're-visit' if your daughter chooses to attend Phillips Exeter Academy. ~ Kate

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Visited over Thanksgiving weekend -Great Place!!! Plan on going back next weekend after Thanksgiving! Room was very nice, very private, very clean. Hosts were the best! Shopping area right out of the 1960'S - Christmas shopped local and loved it. Thank you for such a relaxing time Innkeepers!!!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jim and Kate L, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2012

You are MOST WELCOME! Exeter, NH is right out of a Norman Rockwell picture... with its very quaint New England charm. Yes, the shops here in town are great. I hope you were able to take advantage of our 'Show Your Room Key' discounts at many of the local shops and restaurants. We definitely support all small business owners and our towns 'shop local' campaign. We would love to have you come visit us again. ~ Sincerely, Jim & Kate

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Reviewed 21 November 2011

We recently spent 2 days for my birthday early this month after purchasing a package from Gilt City...Innkeepers Kate & Jim were professional, informative and very gracious and down to earth. Our room was rustic, large, with a working fireplace, big easy chairs with afghans, a desk, tv and mini refrigerator and a sink... the bathroom was ample size as well. We were treated to Port wine in our room and fresh baked cookies in the afternoon and endless coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the common area. Jim arranged for a local winery tour/tasting of 3 vineyards and we spent several hours trying many types of wines including my first ever Pumpkin wine- we even saw the staff chopping, roasting and preparing next year's batch for the presses! We took a short ride to Portsmouth and had a great time exploring the downtown riverfront and made our dinner from several half priced appetizers at Rudi's in the bar during Happy Hour! If it wasn't sooo far away, we would definitely return to the Inn by the Bandstand!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jim and Kate L, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2012

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our Inn. We love to hear what our guests loved most about their stay. The Lakeheath room is definitely one of our most popular rooms. It is a great room to snuggle in front of the fire in the winter months. We have had many positive comments from our guests with regards to their visits to the local vineyards. Each vineyard is distinct in their own way and the wine is surprisingly very good. We are blessed to be so close to Portsmouth. We do recommend to our guests that are staying at least two nights to make the short trip up there. The variety of shopping and restaurants is just phenomenal. Also close by are the Kittery outlet malls and even closer, several NH beaches. We hope that you do get a chance to come visit us again in the summer months. It is beautiful here then too!! ~ Thank you, Jim & Kate

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Reviewed 29 October 2011

My husband and I stayed at The Inn by the Bandstand and found the experience very pleasing. Our room was the smallest of the bunch (it was a Living Social deal), but it was clean with a comfy bed, nice sheets and a fireplace. I am not a fan of B&B's because a lot of times there is a lot of face-to-face time with strangers and for me, it is a bit much when you are on vacation. The innkeepers Jim and Kate strike a really nice balance -- they are there when you need them or want to chat in a fire-placed living room and they let you have you privacy when you need it. Plus the breakfast is served in a dining room at individual tables seating 2-4 people, so you don't need to chat with strangers unless you want to. Breakfast was your basic hot eggs/bacon/pancakes, but the coffee was nice and strong and the service was great. Lots of little great restaurants in walking distance and most of them give you 15-20% discount if you show them your room key. Nice walking trails all over as well. And don't forget the local vineyards, all within 20-40 min drive. Listen to Kate -- she gave us the best food advise as far as the restaurants go! We will definitely go back!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jim and Kate L, Owner at Inn by the Bandstand, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2011

Thank you SO much. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here at the Inn and got to explore the local area. Your comments regarding b&b's are comments that we hear often. Some folks are more reserved and have a notion that you have to be very social when you stay at a small inn, but as you experienced, that is not always the case. We do try to give both a very intimate experience and a social experience depending on the needs of our individual guests. For the folks that want a even more privacy, we do offer breakfast delivered to your room (for an additional cost). That works well also for folks that do not want to be rushed getting dressed in the AM. We have had GREAT success teaming up with our local vineyards. Each vineyard is small & quaint with distinct wines and atmosphere. We are glad you got to visit some of them. And YES we have GREAT RESTAURANT here in Exeter. I am very lucky to be able to eat well and share my dining experiences with our guests. We look forward to your return visit. ~ Kate

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