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“Superb place to stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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205 Wells Road, Franconia, NH 03580   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Franconia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Peterborough
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“Superb place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 5 days and loved every minute. Ron and Ken were wonderful hosts, friendly, knowledgable and professional. The rooms are quirky, immaculately kept and comfortable. We ate in every night as the food was excellent. Breakfast was great too! After our meal we would sit in the library having a drink and playing games. All in all, a perfect place to stay and would love to go again soon.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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varese
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26 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The b&b is superbly located near the white mountains park, few kilometers from Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway.
The house is very very nice, the area is extremely quiet and peaceful in fact there is only this house in the area.
The rooms are small but cozy, very well furnished and decorated.
the innkeepers are highly kind and very careful of the needs of the clients.

We also had dinner in the beautiful restaurant inside the b&b and we ate very good, the menu has some specialities of the area mixed with some plates of the american cuisine.
also the breakfast is very good and you can eat it inside in the restaurant hall or outside in the very cozy garden.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

My husband and I have spent years vacationing in the Franconia area, and have known the Horse and Hound for decades, although we had never stayed there. Looking for a place not far from home where we could celebrate my retirement in December, we chose the Horse and Hound after reading about the new owners and the major restoration of the inn which they undertook after their purchase.

We absolutely loved the "new" inn, and it is now at the top of my list for a place to go for a short getaway (we live 1.5 hours away). Ken and Ron have furnished the inn in a somewhat "minimalist" way, in that unlike so many inns and B&Bs, it is uncluttered. This gives the place an elegance without taking away anything from comfort, and guests can relax in the library, lobby area or lounge. The bedrooms are also simply furnished, yet with everything a guest could want.

While I will agree with an earlier reviewer that we could hear the revelry in the restaurant from our room, we were there on Christmas week, and the fact that friends and family were gathering downstairs and celebrating the season together only seemed to add to the holiday spirit.

Ron and Ken and Sue could not have been more accommodating, friendly, and engaging, and we enjoyed talking with them and sharing our memories of the inn in past years.

We purchased the "nordic ski" package, whiich curiously did not provide any sort of pass to the nordic ski trails, which apparently isn't needed, but did include both breakfast and dinner. The meals were outstanding, and the package an excellent value.

I can't wait to come back in the warm season, and enjoy meals on the back stone patio, which is clearly a private, peaceful and physically beautiful spot. This will without a doubt be our choice of a place to stay in the Franconia area from now on.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff
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26 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Horse & Hound inn for 2 nights in the autumn. The inn is in a very beautiful setting, off the beaten track. The staff are all extremely friendly and helpful with advice on how to get the most out of the local area. We visited to experience the colours of the Fall and were treated to an exceptional display along the Kancamagus highway. We ate in the restaurant both nights and the food and service were both excellent. Our room was lovely with a double aspect garden view. There are no televisions in any room which is refreshing. There is also a lovely library area, perfect for relaxing with a pre-dinner drink after a day outdoors. We would recommend this B&B for anyone visiting the area.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

After a recent stay, I have to agree 100% with the other reviewers here on cleanliness, character of the building, friendly proprietors, reasonable rates and the excellent restaurant, however, there is one big catch....NOICE! However, if you are the "late to bed, early to rise" type, please disregard my comments here since this is the place for you! Look no further.

But, if you're like me, and seek quiet solace after turning in a bit early (by 10pm) after a long day of activity - seek alternatives.

As all the rooms are located directly above the restaurant, bar/lounge and library areas and the building has no natural sound barriers (other than the structural framing and beautiful pinewood flooring) - you WILL hear everyone's conversations downstairs (in interesting detail I may add) from your room (not to mention your fellow guests walking up and down the narrow hallways, chatting in their rooms, slamming doors, etc.). So in summary - we will be back!....but only for the food.

I wish the proprietors continued success (and perhaps asking them to consider budgeting for some sound insulation retrofits :) )

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This Inn is a real jewel and after having stayed there now for the second time, we are sure to come back. The rooms are bright, clean and very cozy, Towels are very soft and smell nice, the bed is extremely comfortable. WiFi works well all over the house and a lot of magazines and papers are displayed in the lounge, as well as games that you won't get bored on a rainy day.
We arrived in threes and thought one has to sleep on a cot. The owners told us they'd have a spare room with just one single bed and no bathroom if we would like to sleep separate. They didn't charge us anything extra, what we thought was very kind.
The food is really good, we loved the rich breakfast and would recommend this Inn without any restrictions, the owners just make it very special with their hospitality.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

This is a nicely located inn in a quiet area. When the restaurant at the inn is very busy it can be less than quiet, but overall a very nice experience. The food is excellent and breakfast buffet overwhelmingly great! Our room was very spacious and garden view beautiful with autumn color. Library is cozy.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Horse and Hound Inn

Address: 205 Wells Road, Franconia, NH 03580
Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Franconia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Franconia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE RETURN OF A CLASSIC. The Horse and Hound, located in the rugged White Mountains of New Hampshire, first opened in 1946 as a tasteful inn, tavern and restaurant. With three fireplaces and knotty pine paneling throughout, the inn welcomed everyone from Hollywood stars to local outdoor enthusiasts and quickly established a reputation for great food, elegant lodging and warm hospitality. Now celebrating its 65th anniversary, the Horse and Hound was closed from December 2010 through June 2011 while undergoing a comprehensive restoration to its classic lodge style. Now completed, the cheerful tavern, gracious dining room, elegant lobby, handsome library/lounge, and nine restful guest rooms once again invite you to unwind and relax after an active day in the Great Outdoors. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to welcoming you back. FOOD, SPORT & STEWARDSHIP OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Horse And Hound Hotel Franconia
Horse And Hound Inn Franconia, NH - White Mountains

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