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Review of Maria Atwood Inn

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Maria Atwood Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Franklin B&B and Inns
London
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45 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Home from home!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2010

We were told about the Atwood by friends. It was all they said it was – a real home-from-home! The rooms are clean, comfortable and cosy, and the welcome warm and sincere. And as for Sandy’s breakfasts – they are legendary. She cooks up an amazing plateful, different every day, then we had to find room for her freshly-made scones!
If you are in the area, you must book a room. If you’re not in the area, MAKE A DETOUR!!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Norfolk, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2010

We were looking for a place to relax for the night. Nothing fancy; just something peaceful. What we found was the Maria Atwood Inn. It exceeded all of our expectations. We were greeted by Sandi who was warm as can be and very knowledgeable about the area. We were showed to our room, an immaculate space lovingly furnished with comfortable beds, beautiful quilts, and authentic wooden ceiling beams. For dinner, Sandi suggested Ciao Pasta, a delicious Italian eatery just a short drive from the Inn. We came back, grabbed some guide books from the dining room, and settled into the cozy little living room with the wonderful fireplace. Although it wasn't the right time of year, it was fun to imagine sitting by the roaring fire while the snow falls outside. Breakfast the next morning was delightful! The dining room was elegant with beautiful china and period furnishings. The french toast, sausage, bluberry cake, fresh fruit, tea, and coffee were excellent... We met Fred, who was a true character and told us about previous rennovation projects and tricky contractors. Sitting at the table talking with him, we felt more like friends than guests. We really did not want to leave! All in all, a true gem. We can't wait to come back again!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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New York City, New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2010

If you are looking for an amazing B&B, look no further. The owners take great care of their B&B and it is clean, beautiful and welcoming. The breakfasts are great and the scones are to die for! They are truly generous with all they offer and we had such a wonderful time there. I like the big table that we sit at for breakfast because we had some great conversation with the owners and with the other guests. I definitely would love to go back there. My husband and I felt so relaxed and comfortable there. Sandy and Ray are very, very nice.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PiazzaTravel
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Scottsdale
Level Contributor
38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2010

Very nice B & B out in the country, yet close enough to a town if you need one. The rooms are very clean and the beds shout comfort. Sandi & Fred are great hosts and can give you guidance as to where to eat and the best routes to take to avoid any traffic. If you happen to like wildlife this is also a great place to walk or drive. We saw a pair of fox, deer, pair of owls and a bear during our two night stay. The breakfast is served hot and will certainly hold you over for the better part of the day. Wonderful place to relax as there are more books than most libraries to keep you entertained.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2010

I frequently stay at the Maria Attwood Inn in Franklin New Hampshire. This Bed and Breakfast provides one of the finest quality stays I have ever experienced. The Inn keepers, Sandi & Fred , work tirelessly to accommodate even the most picky attendant. During our stay we where met with a friendly welcoming attitude and clean accommodations. The bed and pillows are most comfortable, bath towels are fluffy and soft. The Inn’s location is located just far enough away from the noisy hustle and bustle of the city yet is centrally located near major highways allow an easy drive to any area of interest. The mornings are wonderful! Best known for their “scones” (maple walnut are my favorite), a full breakfast started with a fresh fruit paring is provided to please any palate. We have met such a wide variety of wonderful people while staying here… all are encouraged to share their daily experiences which has become our most cherished memories of our travels and keeps us coming back year after year. We visit annually to attend Laconia Bike week. I would highly recommend the Maria Atwood Inn Bed and Breakfast for any occasion. It is a clean, quiet and family friendly facility.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Virginia, USA
Level Contributor
172 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2010

My husband and I stayed with Sandi and Fred for two nights while visiting family in the area, and this was a great find. The innkeepers are excellent hosts, the house is gorgeous and immaculate (and charming but not kitschy), breakfasts were delicious, and we got lots of good advice about local attractions and dining. Weather was unseasonably hot and the AC units weren't in yet, but otherwise a perfect visit and we will certainly return.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pat T
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Karmiel, Israel
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2008

We needed a place to stay on the way from Washington DC to the White Mountains area. I chose the Maria Atwood because of its excellent Tripadvisor reviews, which I must say are fully deserved.

The reservation went smoothly via the Maria Atwood's internet site, where you can see photos of each of the rooms, and read descriptions. Initially, I selected a room according to its view, but Sandi, the innkeeper, recommended a different room that would be more comfortable for three (we were traveling with our 18 year old son). I took her up on this with no regrets.

Sandi is an exemplary host (we didn't see Fred), and she made our stay very enjoyable. Her fresh home-cooked breakfast is to die for; we had the maple scones. The breakfast conversation with the other guests and with Sandi was interesting and fun. Sandi is an enthusiastic quilter, and we learned a lot about this art.

The rooms are stylishly decorated, and are full of books--something that made me feel very much at home. The grounds are beautifully kept, and made for a relaxing stroll to loosen our legs after a long drive.

Although it is not an issue for me, there are no elevators. If you are on the third floor it can be a bit of a schlep carrying luggage up and down the stairs. While the inn does provide free high speed wireless internet, there are no desks in the rooms to work at. If you insist on wasting your time at the Maria Atwood by working, you could use the table downstairs in the living room.

  • Liked — Atmoshpere, breakfast, Sandi
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank DavidB_972
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Property: Maria Atwood Inn
Address: 71 Hill Rd, Route 3A, Franklin, NH 03235-1108
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Location: United States > New Hampshire > Franklin
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Franklin
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Atwood Inn is a romantic 1820's brick Federal colonial. Seven large, comfortable guest rooms all have private baths - 4 with working fireplaces. A delicious breakfast is served in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Located in the very center of New Hampshire, you may drive to Boston, Maine, the seacoast or Vermont within an hour+. The Lakes Region offers uncounted opportunities for hiking, shopping, swimming, skiing and fishing plus Keepsake Quilts, Canterbury Shaker Village and New Hampshire International Speedway. In this lovely rural area you will take a step back in time to a more peaceful and considerate existence. ... more   less 

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