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Ballard House Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Meredith B&B and Inns
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Tucson, Arizona
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“A wonderful place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

This was our favorite spot of our 9 day trip through New England. Brian and Lynn were so much fun and kept an absolutely beautiful property. The house was beautifully restored but with plenty of modern updates to make it extremely comfortable. Breakfast was fantastic and filling. Our favorite part of the house was the wrap around porch with stunning views of the forest, lake and mountains. Newton, the inn's gentle giant of a dog, was a delight and kept me company while I rocked in the porch. Our only regret was our length of stay. We should have stayed much longer!!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
We are so glad you had a good time during your brief stay. You and your family are such nice folks. Newton thanks you too - - he absolutely relishes the attention the guests give him!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

My husband and I stayed two nights this past weekend at the Ballard House Inn. We were immediately greeted at the door by Lynn who showed us around the house and the common areas. Complimentary coffee/tea/wine/beer/cookies/candy - a lovely touch. We were then introduced to Brian, Lynn's husband, and their adorable, friendly and massive Golden Retriever, Newton. Such a sweetheart.

The interior of the house is stunning - a beautiful old New England home. The wrap around porch is perfect for relaxing with several rocking chairs and a porch swing looking out on a magnificent view.

Breakfast both mornings was delicious. Quiche once, pancakes once - but that was all, always a sweet bread sliced on the table, then a fruit/yogurt combo before the main course. My husband loved the baked apples served the second morning.

We stayed in Chocorua one night and Squam the second night. Lynn and Brian made our anniversary stay memorable. Nothing was too much for them - they are incredibly friendly and so full of local knowledge especially having only been in the area just over a year. They take true pride in keeping every room immaculately clean. Their dinner recommendations were spot on - always willing to make a reservation for you.

We wish them the best of luck in their B&B venture -- they definitely are suited for the job.

Oh, I almost forgot - the mattresses are HEAVENLY.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 17 October 2013
We are so glad you spent your anniversary with us! Thanks for pointing out the things you noticed and especially enjoyed, it helps us to know what is important to our guests. Hope to see you again for another special occasion or just for a weekend getaway.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

Meticulously maintained accommodation with comfortable beds and well appointed bathrooms. The innkeepers, Brian and Lynn are excellent hosts providing useful local information for your stay as well as wonderful breakfasts. Reception areas are comfortable and complimentary drinks are provided to encourage guests to get together and chat. Parking is provided and locals shops and restaurants are within a few minutes drive away. Home made cookies are provided in the afternoon which were delicious! Wifi access is provided and works well. My wife's gluten free dietary requirements were understood and well catered for.
Nearby Lake Squam was the location for filming "On Golden Pond". Climbed a short hike of just 30 mins up Rattlesnake Mt for a wonderful view of lake.
Home from home, relaxed atmosphere...arrived as guests left as friends

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 22 September 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We have had such great times with our friends from across the pond! We would welcome a return visit and have your contact information too.
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Farmingdale, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

Stayed at the Ballard House for two nights and my wife and I couldn't have been more pleased with the accommodations. From rooms tastefully decorated to complimentary beer, wine and snacks our hosts Brian and Lynn did everything possible to make our stay an enjoyable one. The entire house is incredibly clean and located approximately a mile from the town of Meredith. My wife suffers from celiac and Lynn made sure that all of her breakfast items were gluten free and delicious. I've been to numerous B and B's and their presentation of breakfast was the best by far. From the homemade breads on the table when you arrive at breakfast to whatever they are cooking for their guests to eat, everything looked delicious and presented wonderfully. It also tasted great. The next time we are in the area we will definitely return to the Ballard House.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 22 September 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write such complimentary comments. I love to cook and it is flattering you thought so highly of the foods we served. Please do come again, we really enjoyed your visiting us!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

We came to the Ballard House Inn with high expectations, having read all of the reviews on this site, and all of our expectations were absolutely exceeded. We stayed four days (3 nights) with Lynn, Brian and lovely Newton (the golden retriever, love-bug) and throughout our stay we were continually impressed by how comfortable we felt at Ballard House. Our room was immaculately clean and cozy and Brian and Lynn are both warm and welcoming. Brian is ready with a good joke, asking how our days were as we come in and out, and Lynn was always ready with great restaurant recommendations and suggestions of things to do. They are both very good at helping to break the ice with other guests too, lending to a really friendly, communal feel at breakfast. Breakfasts are large and delicious -- particularly the bananas foster over a homemade waffle with sausages. And breakfast is just the start to a great day, as the inn is well-situated to lots of neighboring attractions. We went hiking, ziplining, and spent some more low-key time exploring the nearby lakes. We didn't really think of ourselves as B&B people before, but we honestly cannot wait to come back.

Room Tip: Any room would be great. We had a street view room and found it to be just fine, but we'd love t...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 22 September 2013
Thanks so much for writing a review, calling out what you especially liked and felt we did well. Your comments help us see what is truly important to you when visiting! Speaking of visiting, we hope you return again, snow season is almost here!
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Willington, CT United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

We had a wonderful two days at The Ballard House Inn. Lynn and Brian made us feel at home from the beginning. Our room was comfortable, well appointed, and immaculate. They were most helpful in finding wonderful places for dinner. Unlike many B & B's we have been too, we felt completely at home upstairs and down. Lynn and Brian have a gift for encouraging ease among their guests and, therefore, lots of fun conversation. They have also done a wonderful job covering many details usually left out: readily available coffee, ice, and wine, with real glasses!..and even a special cloth to use for washing off your make-up. This is the first B & B that we truly look forward to visiting again!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write and review and let us know your thoughts. We are glad you felt comfortable throughout the inn. Our goal is have the guests feel like it is home and be able to relax and enjoy. We hope you will come visit again!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

It's not often you go back to a hotel for a second time on a trip to USA but we enjoyed it so much last year we had to go back to Brian and Lynn's. Ballard house is just lovely and the hosts are so friendly. The hotel is well placed for visiting the lakes area. Breakfast is round a large table with lots of great conversation and fabulous food. Thanks again Brian and Lynn.

  • Stayed September 2013
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
How flattered we were you included us two years in a row when coming across the pond for your holiday! Thanks, again, for more positive feedback. We would love to see you for a three-peat!
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Property: Ballard House Inn
Address: 53 Parade Rd, Meredith, NH 03253-5400
Region: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Meredith
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Meredith
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Ballard House Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whatever your reason may be for staying in Meredith, NH, The Ballard House Inn offers a serene and picturesque backdrop for your home away from home. We are just minutes from Lake Winnipesaukee, downtown Meredith,and centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Lakes Region. The Inn is also bordered by 178 acres of town owned recreational land consisting of beautiful hiking trails, walking paths, small ponds, and plenty of wildlife. Our guests often mention the setting at the Inn is so private and serene yet close to so many fabulous restaurants and shops of the Lakes Region. ... more   less 
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