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Gilcrest Cottages and Motel

2378 US Route 3, Thornton, NH 03285-6150
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#1 of 9 Specialty lodging in Thornton
Certificate of Excellence
A nostalgic escape from everyday living, our "Storybook Cottages and Motel" are close to White Mountain attractions, skiing, and snowmobiling, Gilcrest offers one and two bedroom cottages, and a small eight unit motel often referred to as "connected cottages." Ambient Fireplaces, 2 kitchenettes units available, 1 full apartment available, all units have mini refrigerators, microwaves and coffeepots. Outdoor pool, horseshoes, corn hole, play area. River access right on site.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Board games / puzzles
BBQ facilities
Convenience store
Outdoor pool
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
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Room features
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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What a great find this motel was. It is located right off of rt 93, but the location on the river makes you forget it is so close. The rooms are clean and comfortable . It is only a few miles from the nearest restaurants. They owners are friendly and take the time to share information about the area. We are looking forward to staying here again in the near future.
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Response from GilcrestNH, Owner at Gilcrest Cottages and Motel
Responded Feb 26, 2020
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for staying with us, and for providing us with this great review!
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I cannot say enough good things about Gilcrest Cottages. Have stayed here twice now and when coming to this area that we love, I will look NO WHERE else! The owner’s are extremely welcoming and friendly, we stayed in the Welsh & Dickey cabin this time. Immaculate. I’m sure the tv works just fine but we didn’t even turn it on. Between exploring the grounds, sledding down the hill, playing board games and visiting nearby ski slopes we had neither the time nor the interest! It was 3 days of unplugged bliss in a winter wonderland. My family loves it there and we hope you do too!! 😊
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Response from GilcrestNH, Owner at Gilcrest Cottages and Motel
Responded Feb 22, 2020
Wow, thank you so much for this fantastic review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time off and your visit with us! Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to provide us with this review. We do hope to see you all again!
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This spot was perfect for our weekend. Clean, comfortable and cozy in a gorgeous setting. When we arrived Friday night we were in the midst of a snow storm - the owner made sure we got settled safely and was working late into the night to make sure the property was plowed, shoveled and sanded for the guests.He also offered up some excellent restaurant recommendations which we enthusiastically partook in.The room was spotless and stocked with plenty of nice towels and blankets. The temperatures were below freezing all weekend but our room was nice and toasty. The view out our rear window was breathtaking even covered in snow and ice. We'd love to see it again in the spring, summer and fall!
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Response from GilcrestNH, Owner at Gilcrest Cottages and Motel
Responded Feb 13, 2020
Wow, what a lovely review! Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us with this great review, and for staying with us! We do hope to see you again in the warmer months!
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Gilcrest Cottages is located in a quiet area close to a playground, outdoor pool, and pond. The highway is across the street and takes about 10 minutes to reach Lincoln where there are many hiking trails, covered bridges and waterfalls to be found. We visited in January so the temperatures were low however, this didn't stop us from adventuring out to these beautiful locations. The owners, Jen and Andy gave us pointers on where to find great things to do as well as amazing places to eat! They are extremely helpful (Andy even cleared off our car after the 10 inches of snow we received) and welcoming when we checked in and throughout our stay. The room we stayed in was a perfect size for two. It could be seen as crowded with a larger group but, they offer other options for families. Despite the outside temperature being in a negatives, the electric fireplace and propane heater kept us cozy all weekend! We had a beautiful view of the pond in the back and despite being right next door to our neighbors the overall setting felt private and very comfortable. Our overall experience was a 15/10 and we cannot wait to book with this beautiful family again in the summer and experience one of their famous marshmallow bonfires on Saturdays! Could not have asked for a better place to stay!
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Response from GilcrestNH, Owner at Gilcrest Cottages and Motel
Responded Jan 29, 2020
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to provide us with this amazing review! We look forward to showing you all this area has to offer in the warmer months!
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This place is absolutely beautiful there was a little bit of snow on the ground but I don't mind if you're snowmobiling fan there's tons of trails I love the winter and the summer the summers are even nicer because it's right on the pemigewasset river nice canoeing kayaking tubing I just love the state of New Hampshire it's absolutely beautiful the staff at the Gilcrest Motel are absolutely wonderful they tell you everything there is to know whether you know where you're going or whether you don't they're very informative and know all the great places to eat and we are to do some fun activities love you guys I will be back for another stay
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Response from GilcrestNH, Owner at Gilcrest Cottages and Motel
Responded Dec 16, 2019
Thank you SO MUCH for staying with us & for this fantastic review! Meeting people like you and your family make this life so worth it! We enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again soon!
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$102 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesNew HampshireWhite MountainsThornton
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gilcrest Cottages and Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Gilcrest Cottages and Motel?
Nearby attractions include Blair Bridge (4.0 miles), The Chalet Antiques Barn & Museum (3.4 miles), and Rusell-Colbath House Historic Site (3.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gilcrest Cottages and Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Gilcrest Cottages and Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Gilcrest Cottages and Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Gilcrest Cottages and Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gilcrest Cottages and Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Little Red Schoolhouse, Mad River Coffee House, and Benton's Sugar Shack.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gilcrest Cottages and Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.