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Reviewed 19 October 2011

My husband and I took advantage of the Living Social deal that many other reviewers have mentioned. Overall, we had a lovely weekend. The inn is old and needs renovation but it was cosy in its own way. We stayed in the Sanborn room and it was comfortable enough though we heard lots of creaks and sounds of other guests up and down the stairs. The bathroom was old and awkward to get to - it had a couple of extra steps and I almost twisted my ankle because I forgot to step down in the middle of the night. The TV in the room only showed 5 channgels, though the downstairs had many many more (why not offer the same cable to the guests upstairs?). The food was good, excellent molten chocolate cake, puffed pancake, and mushroom bisque, ok flank steak, duck, and onion tarte. However, our biggest complaint about the place is the attitude that Gretchen (the inn manager/assistant) and Janel (chef/owner) had toward us. Gretchen was not friendly or warm and we requested a change in our schedule for the weekend and she was accommodating but not particularly nice about it. She did not smile as us once the whole weekend. Janel was brusque on the verge of being rude. She did not introduce herself or greet us. She did not offer us fruit or juice at breakfast (we had to ask for it). She warmed up a little in the cooking class, which was interesting and informative. But most importantly, she managed to complain on multiple occasions about how tired she was after a long season, could we believe she had taught 75 cooking classes? and that she was ready for a break. Listen, I appreciate that she had a busy season, but why should we pay for this? Isn't that the life of the innkeeper, that one has a busy season and a quiet season? I believe that an innkeeper should be warm, nurturing, and kind. That a guest should feel welcomed into his/her home. This was not the case at the Wakefield Inn. Maybe we caught these two on an off weekend?

Room Tip: The Sanborn room has a king sized bed.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

This is a charming, if a little quirky, old house, with historical connections and interesting architectural features. We stayed for two nights in the Tibbetts Room, on the third floor. With sleeping for four, in two seperate rooms, there was an unfinished feel about Tibbetts but the spare bed gave us plenty of space for repacking our cases prior to our return home. The bathroom was smallish, with period fittings, and shower (no bath). We loved the old wooden floors and the period decor.

A very warm welcome from Gretchen, with tea/coffee and cookies on offer, really set the scene for a very enjoyable stay. Gretchen just exudes calmness and gentleness, ideal for setting a restful atmosphere. Janel, as well as cooking superb-tasting breakfasts, also proved to be a very good porter, carrying our two suitcases upstairs with no apparent effort!

The rooms were very clean and warm and the views to front and back were beautiful.
The location is very good for the Lakes and for Portsmouth, a good place for a day visit.

In summary, a charming place to stay where we were made to feel as family rather than customers! We are happy that we chose the Wakefield Inn and would definitely revisit next time we are in the area.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank BazCranleigh
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

We had a wonderful time at the Wakefield Inn. We agree with the recent review Jim/Barb that this is not a standard hotel. It is an old house with all the character (and flaws) old houses have. But, it was very clean, homey, warm, and an excellent place for a relaxing weekend in the country. Even though we stayed in one of the least expensive rooms, the bed was one of the most comfortable as compared to other B&Bs or hotels and we had a wonderful view. The sheets were great too.
The room was on the back of the house and was very quiet, but there is not that much traffic on the road so I don't think the rooms at the front of the house would be a problem. We loved the wonderful wood floors, the fireplaces, and the excellent food. We made dinner reservations one night, and were very glad we did. The menu is posted ahead of time on the website. The Inn is also easy to get to, and is centrally located. Don't miss the Via Lactea farm, just down the road. It took us 30 minutes to make a 5 minute drive because we kept stopping to take photos of the amazing scenery.
Also, it bears mentioning that this was our 2nd attempt to stay at the Inn - we had a travel complication/mishap the first time, and although the owner and manager could have charged us anyway for the late cancellation, they were more than accommodating in helping us reschedule. That says a lot about the character of the people running the place. We are so glad we finally made it out for a weekend at the Inn.

Room Tip: Make sure to ask if your room has a television (our room didn't and we didn't miss it at all) or an attached bathroom.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank hfla
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

As my wife and I entered and saw our room (the least expensive offered) we looked at each other and said, "This is not the Hampton Inn." And it wasn't. We had stayed 5 days at a Hampton Inn and found it very nice. The Wakefield Inn is NOT a Hampton Inn and doesn't try to be. But it was a pleasant surprise and we are so glad we stayed there. The breakfasts (2 days) were very good and the dinner I helped prepare with Chef Janel was really fun and educational and, if I say so myself, very, very good. Give this place and the hosts a chance and you will be glad you did. Jim (and Barb)

Room Tip: I have no idea what the other rooms were like, but our bathroom was quite small, but clean and adequate. If we come back, and we surely might, we will opt for another room.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jim and Barb K
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

My husband and I stayed in the Wakefield Inn to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and we had a wonderful time. We had massages in our room (Dave is excellent!), and thoroughly enjoyed the cooking class with Janel, who is friendly and fun to chat with. I now know how to make duck that isn't overly greasy, and enjoyed our dinner immensely. We spent the evening after the cooking class chatting with another couple staying there in the dining room.

The inn is beautiful, and the grounds doubly so. It was rainy while we were there, but we did get a chance to wander out into the yard, which has a garden and a koi pond.

The Wakefield Inn was a wonderful base for visiting our favorite places. The Yankee Smokehouse in West Ossippee is about a half hour away, North Conway about an hour, Laconia (Fun Spot and Keller Haus!) also about an hour. We also discovered Wolfeboro, which is very cute.

All in all, we had a fantastic time and will definitely be coming back!

Room Tip: The David Copp room was very, very quiet.
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Thank katespace77
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