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Ballard House Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Meredith B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Ballard House two years ago and found it to be perfect. We have just come home from a return visit this week, and somehow Brian and Lynn have improved upon perfection. There are no warmer or more accommodating hosts than they are, and, quite frankly, we judge all B&B's we choose against theirs. And though many of them are quite nice, they all fall short of the Ballard House. Brian and Lynn, the decor, the cleanliness, the view, the porch, the flowers, the food (it's a toss-up whether my favorite is Brian's blueberry pancakes or Lynn's blueberry muffins)--all are amazing. And Newton--you will never find a more mellow or well-behaved dog. He is the frosting on the cake for us! The only way we were able to tear ourselves away was to book another visit in October, when Lynn promises the view will be even more spectacular. We can't wait!

Room Tip: Rooms in the back have a gorgeous view, but all rooms are great.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

It never fails to amaze us how many truly wonderful people we get to meet. We so enjoyed your company (as did the rock star, Newton) and can't wait to show you another season -- my favorite, Fall! We look forward to your next visit. Take care!

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

I stayed here last week for a few nights while up in New Hampshire for a reunion with an old friend. The reviews are spot on.

Brian and Lynn are sincere, happy, creative hosts with an eye for detail and a can-do attitude. The inn is spotless and meticulously maintained inside and out. The view out the back is literally mountains and lake as far as the eye can see. The location is the best of both worlds: on the main road for easy access to the town of Meredith but at the same time with a quiet tranquil atmosphere. I slept like a baby in the quiet mountain night and soft sheets. Almost missed breakfast I slept so well, thank goodness I didn't!

Blueberry muffins looked like little ballerinas and tasted like heaven...savory strata, savory delicious...and french toast hit the spot with local maple syrup...oh, and the coffee, ahhhh, the coffee. I happily accepted Brian's offer of a to-go cup for the road when I left.

I loved the updated, fresh feel in this vintage home. In this day and age where the internet can falsely create grandeur from a pipe dream there is no substitution for integrity. Brian and Lynn are offering the real deal.

Room Tip: Stayed in the Squam Suite...spacious, great bathroom, great bed, nice and light...on third floor.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank lyndafisher
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

We truly appreciate your comments and the sincerity of your words. My muffins are proud to be called little ballerinas! I felt such a kindred spirit when we talked, it would be a pleasure to see you again!

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Just returned from a last minute getaway to NH. I had been calling around trying to find a room that was affordable and comfortable. The moment I spoke with Lynn she immediately was welcoming and accommodating. Then upon arriving and seeing the inn, I knew I made the right choice. The inn is beautifully maintained and impeccably clean. Lynn and Brian are very detail oriented without being stuffy and we truly had a wonderful time. The room was comfortable and the decor was tasteful, the breakfast was amazing and watching the sunset from the porch swing was memorable. I could go on forever but you really need to experience it for yourself! GO!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

Thanks for taking the time to write such a complimentary review. It is top priority to have everything spotless and spoil our guests! The sunsets from the back of the wraparound porch never disappoint, each one is unique with the cloud formations and the colors that appear. Come back for another soon!

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We recently spent 5 nights at the Ballard House and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Great view, great host and hostess. We would stay here again. Even did a Rotary make up with Brian! The owners go to extraordinary lengths to make one's stay here good.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

Thank you for your kind words. It is always nice to host guests for longer periods of time because we get to know you better (and send you to Rotary with Brian!). Take care, happy travels!

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Perfection....Best word to describe our two night stay at Ballard's with innkeepers Lynn and Brian. Celebration of our tenth wedding anniversary was made even sweeter by a beautiful room overlooking the lake, two scrumptious breakfasts, and hosts that offered fun and information in abundance.
Going the extra mile, Brian patiently led me through every detail in keeping the grounds and buildings of Ballard's in mint condition. Even stole me away from the inn to visit a neighbor and see the neighbor's restored, antique Ford farm tractor.
Hardest part? Saying goodbye. We will be back and thank Pam and Dr. J from Norwell in pointing us to Ballard's.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

We are so glad you had a memorable anniversary visit. Thanks to your friends for the recommendation. It is always a huge compliment when past guests refer us! Brian will talk yard and building maintenance anytime, visit again to hear barn restoration ideas. Thanks too for the glowing review, we appreciate your taking the time to submit.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

You will not find a more perfect spot to stay in Meredith, nor will you find more engaging, kind and attentive hosts. We felt welcomed and cared for from the moment we stepped onto the porch to the moment we drove away. The scenic view is spectacular and their antique home is beautifully decorated yet comfortable. Lynn, Brian and Newton made our brief stay so very enjoyable that we look forward to staying there again in the near future.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2014

We are so glad your car steered you in our direction! It makes us so happy to see our guests relaxing and enjoying the mountain and lakes views from the back porch swing. When you need a break from the city, we are here to help you unwind. Thanks for the kind words too!

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

My husband and I stayed here over Memorial Day weekend and it was awesome. Brian and Lynn are so welcoming and full of information to make your visit to the region great fun. The house is beautiful and the breakfast were fabulous. It is very centrally located about a mile from the center of Meredith. I would highly recommend staying here and we look forward to going back in the near future.

Room Tip: All of the rooms were lovely
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2014

Thanks for taking the time to write a review with such positive feedback. We enjoy helping our guests enjoy their time with us! Thanks too, for sharing your travel stories. Come back again and we can compare more travel notes.

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Additional Information about 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: £115 - £200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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