We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“So glad the hotel was fully booked”
Review of Ballard House Inn

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Ballard House Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Meredith B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
new york
Level 6 Contributor
77 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“So glad the hotel was fully booked”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

We arrived in town for a wedding and the hotel for the wedding was booked. I found this B and B through tripadvisor and we are SO happy that we stayed there, rather than the hotel. Brian and Lynn was great hosts and storytellers. They want everyone to feel comfortable in their Inn and in order to accomplish that, are not only nice people with a great dog (Newton), but they add wonderful touches. When you arrive back from a day out, you will be greeted with home baked goods. Along with that, Lynn keeps a candy jar. Because my DH enjoyed the home baked goods at breakfast, she saved some for his afternoon treat. They also keep a refrigerator with beverages and wine is available, all complimentary. A keurig is also available 24/7, but in the am, Brian makes brewed coffee.

Brian and Lynn takes turns cooking a breakfast surprise each morning. Each one was a great meal. Brian runs around cleaning all day and the place, including the outside, is immaculate.

Our beds were comfy. Showers work well and my DH loved the shampoo so much, that he wants to buy the same brand.

Lynn recommended Walter's Basin for a lobster grill cheese sandwich, which we couldn't resist.

Room Tip: Any room is good, but if you are a light sleeper, pick one at the back of the house. Our first night...
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank mrspaper
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
So glad you had a good experience staying with us! We want our guests to feel like it is home without the clean up and with the spoiling! Got to love anything with lobster - - including grilled cheese sandwiches. Thanks for taking the time to post your comments, we always appreciate feedback.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

364 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    356
    7
    0
    0
    1
See reviews for
36
263
8
9
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (118)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Londonderry, New Hampshire
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We had never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before but we had a wedding nearby and waited too long to make reservations at the venue hotel, so we checked out other places online and came across this and decided to give it a try. I'm so glad we did. Brian and his wife Lynn will make you feel like part of the family. Our room had its own private bath (which I believe all the rooms do) and both the bedroom and bathroom were immaculate beyond belief. The bathroom was shiny clean! It had been all completely renovated and looked brand new. The bed was so comfortable, very soft sheets, I had a great night's sleep. We had a clear, flatscreen TV in our room with cable and wifi. The breakfast in the morning, all hand prepared, was the best!! There was a wedding breakfast at the venue hotel, but my ride was late picking me up, so Brian made me this baked apple dessert with a sweet sauce that was to die for, and then he brought me out an egg/cheese dish he made with maple bacon which was the best tasting breakfast I ever had. Not to mention the home made banana bread and muffins that were there, too. When my ride back to the hotel arrived, Brian was kind enough to offer him coffee! When I got to the wedding breakfast, it paled in compared to Brian's breakfast back at the Ballard House Inn! Newton, the golden retriever is another treasure. He is mostly kept in the caretaker's quarters, probably just in case people have allergies to dogs, but I asked Brian to bring him out so I could see him and this dog is a love! I wanted to take him home. The entire house is immaculate and you couldn't ask for better, more hospitable innkeepers than Brian and Lynn.

Room Tip: I had the Winnisquam Room and I loved it. It's one of the lower priced rooms and I can only imag...
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Brown_Eyed_Girl_Bos
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
We are so glad your first stay at a bed and breakfast was a favorable one. Thank you so much for the complimentary review! We just really want to make sure everyone has a great time and enjoys themselves during their visit.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Falmouth, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 April 2014

I retired recently and the first place my wife and I wanted to return to was the Ballard House. Lynn and Brian are very warm and friendly hosts and from the moment we arrived they made us feel as though we never left home. The inn is beautifully decorated and impeccably clean. The New Hampshire views are great from the breakfast room and the wrap around porch. The homemade breakfasts are absolutely delicious, not to mention Lynn's freshly baked brownies and cookies she leaves as snacks. There is also coffee, tea, water, soda and wine for the guests to enjoy. Brian and Lynn are very helpful with their suggestions for walks, restaurants and other activities. Their wonderful golden retriever Newton is without a doubt the most even tempered and lovable dog you will ever meet. We have already booked another summer stay with Lynn, Brian and Newt. This is without a doubt the best B & B we have ever stayed in.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Gogh1946
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Thanks so much staying with us again! Repeat guests are such a compliment. You are a very kind and thoughtful couple and we all look forward (especially Newton) to your Summer stay!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bethel
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 April 2014

My husband and I spent two wonderful nights at the Ballard House Inn with Lynn and Brian as the perfect hosts. The Inn is beautiful, our room was great with an extremely comfortable bed and the softest sheets ever. The inn is immaculate and breakfasts were wonderful and filling. Lynn and Brian were meant to be Inn owners - they make you feel welcome from the moment you enter until the moment you leave. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Janet1017
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
We are glad to have hosted you! It was a wonderful weekend, everyone staying seemed to hit it off. Thanks for the compliments, it means so much to us when you take the time to write a review. Please do visit again!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2014

This place was fantastic! We, too, based our choice on all of the great reviews, and we are so glad we did! Lynn and Brian were wonderful hosts, the Inn was beautiful, the rooms were spotlessly clean, the bed, bedding, and even the towels were amazingly soft and comfortable. We were greeted with a glass of wine upon our arrival by both Brian and Newton, (it was a late arrival, and while Lynn tried to stay up for us, she needed to get her rest to be ready to prepare the most awesome breakfast the next morning) Breakfast was wonderful, with homemade banana bread, whipped honey cream cheese and butter, coffee, at least seven different choices of juice, baked apples with yogurt, and a delicious fritatta with garlic homefries! Amazing! The views of the mountains and Waukewan Lake from the room (we stayed in the Squam suite) and the back porch are wonderful! Even with everything covered in snow, and during a winter rain storm (because what is more New England than unpredictable ever-changing weather) everything was beautiful! Lynn and Brian were able to recommend some great choices for dinner and entertainment. We had the most wonderful and relaxing experience, and we cannot wait to return! Thank you to Lynn, Brian, and of course, Newton!

Room Tip: The Squam Suite had nice views of the front and side of the property, and had the most amazing view...
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Aesir007
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 6 April 2014
We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us. I have said it in prior responses, but it is always appreciated to hear what our guests particularly remember during their visits. It helps us know what is important to you! Also, we know we play second fiddle to Newton - - we do the work and he gets the accolades :) Please do come back again.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Worcester, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2014

When we arrived at the Ballard House we were greeted at the door by Lynn, the hostess. She was very cordial and helpful, making us feel welcome immediately. She was joined by her husband, Brian (a fun guy) who carried our bags to our room. The Inn was as equally impressive as was our greeting. The cleanliness was beyond belief and the physical condition of the Inn was astonishing. The owners were so gracious that we felt like guests in a private home, not visitors paying for a room and breakfast. They anticipated our every need, recommending great restaurants as well as short day trips. The second part of B&B was of course breakfast and the hosts laid out an awesome spread that was beyond the norm, including eggs benedict, home made muffins, juices, coffee, tea, banana pancakes, and on and on. The food was prepared so beautifully that we took photos of the plates before eating every last bit of it. In the afternoon we devoured homemade cookies with our beverages while sitting in one of two common rooms on very comfortable divans. And did I mention the view? The Inn looks out at the White mountains and various lakes and ponds. As we ate breakfast this morning the New England weather treated us to a smorgasbord of weather, being sunny one moment, then snowing the next, then back to sunshine. It was absolutely awesome.
I really cannot praise this inn and it's hosts enough. We enjoyed one of the best weekends of our lives at this inn. Totally awesome!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank lookingeastat48
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
It was great to meet you and we are glad to have helped you have a memorable weekend. It is always fun to offer suggestions and cook indulgent food! Thanks for taking time to write such a gracious review, it is much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hanson
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2014

There is little I can add to the other outstanding reviews of the Ballard House Inn. What cannot be seen from the pictures is the magnificent view from the back of the Inn which overlooks the lake and mountains. We look forward to returning!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank MSMaine
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Thank you for your review, we always appreciate the feedback and what different perspectives our guests provide. We tend to take for granted the outstanding views of the mountains and lake from the back of the house, however, having just returned from traveling ourselves, really stopped and took in how fortunate we are! Please do come back to see the awesome scenery again.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Meredith
1.4 mi away
Church Landing at Mill Falls
1.5 mi away
Mill Falls at the Lake
Mill Falls at the Lake
#2 of 3 in Meredith
361 reviews
14.6 mi away
The Wolfeboro Inn
The Wolfeboro Inn
#3 of 6 in Wolfeboro
323 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.9 mi away
Nutmeg Inn
Nutmeg Inn
#2 of 6 in Meredith
144 reviews
1.6 mi away
The Tuckernuck Inn
The Tuckernuck Inn
#3 of 6 in Meredith
118 reviews
5.5 mi away
The Margate Resort
The Margate Resort
#3 of 13 in Laconia
728 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Ballard House Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Ballard House Inn

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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Ebookers, TripOnline SA, Evoline ltd and Cancelon so you can book your Ballard House Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing