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“A delightful place to stay on Squam Lake”
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Squam Lake Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Holderness B&B and Inns
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Wye Mills, Maryland
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“A delightful place to stay on Squam Lake”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

We spent two days at the Squam Lake Inn recently and enjoyed our stay immensely. The cottage-style garden lining the brick path to the entrance was overflowing with gorgeous blooms . Our first floor room, although somewhat small, was very comfortable, well appointed, and was adjacent to a lovely wrap-around porch. The weather was a bit drizzly one morning, and we thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the porch and reading until it cleared. The Inn has a great library for guests on the second floor, with all kinds of interesting reading.

It would be hard to convey how delightful the three dining areas are. In addition to the charming dining room, a screened in porch and an outdoor deck are also available for dining. Everything is decorated in lakefront style with vases of fresh flowers from the garden everywhere. We had dinner on the deck one night, and had our breakfast on the screened-in porch both mornings. Dinner was delicious, and the breakfasts were just perfect, all served by a friendly, charming staff.

It's only a short walk to the village of Holderness, and it's a short drive to Meredith and other other lakefront towns and villages. We will definitely return for another stay - you could not find a more charming, comfortable place to stay while visiting Squam Lake and the Lakes District.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Windermere, Florida
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

My Husband and I were in town for a wedding, the Squam Lake Inn was one of the Inns recommended. We had a wonderful stay. We loved the quaint homey feeling and the friendly, helpful staff. The room was perfect and clean. It was centrally located and easy to get around. The restaurant was amazing, breakfast was delicious and the menu differed every day. Try their pancakes, recipe is on their website, they are healthy and scrumptious. The Red Barn store was lovely and we picked up a few items to take home. We highly recommend Squam Lake Inn and look forward to a return trip in the near future.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Somerset, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

My wife and I stayed four nights at the Eagles Nest. The room was exceptionally clean. the bathroom was huge and we found it to be quite comfortable for four nights. The bed and sheets were really nice. We slept well. The staff was quite friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. The location is ideal to explore the lakes and mountains. I would not hesitate to recommend the place, but I do have some caveats. It depends on what you are looking for. The location is not on the Lake. There is no view of the Lake or beach for guests. The Inn is located on a busy street and sitting on the front porch or sleeping with your window open you can hear traffic. If you eat outside in the restaurant you see a view of the parking lot. Also our bathroom window overlooked the restaurant and you could hear people talking. If you are looking for a quiet lake experience this is not the place. Breakfast is for guests only and is only one menu which changes each morning. It is a huge high-carb breakfast. Being on a low carb diet they were very accommodating making me eggs each morning. But I was tired of eggs each morning. It would be nice if there was just fruit, yogurt and granola as an option for those who do not eat large breakfasts. Lastly as great as the restaurant is, the wine list is small and limited. It favors new world style wines. If you like old world European red wines there is nothing for you. Some French and Italian red wines by the glass would be nice to round out their offering.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

This was our first trip to New Hampshire and the Inn was a great central location to visit the mountains and the lakes. The accommodation was clean and nicely decorated. But the real positives for us were: the great food in the restaurant, the welcoming/friendly staff (Especially the enthusiastic waiter in the restaurant), and sitting out on the porch for our morning coffee, afternoon tea and ...... well any time really.

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Chappaqua, New York
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

we have stayed for a weekend at the Inn for the past 5 years as part of Camp Visiting Day at a nearby Camp. We always look forward to our weekend there. Cindy and Rae have made constant improvements over the past several years, with the biggest addition being the full service restaurant. We will miss the time when our children are no longer of 'camp age' - but then, I think we will still find an excuse to visit

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed at 'SLI' for four nights in May, and found it to be a cut above the average inn.

The rooms are decorated in faux New England vintage - we had the Loon room, but could see into several of the others which were empty at the time and they seemed very similar. Very clean, not huge but big enough for a few days. Ours had air conditioning and a ceiling fan - but none of the rooms bar one have a TV. We quite liked that - it makes you go out and explore.

We had a couple of very rainy days, which put paid to mucking about on the lakes - but we found our room was a cosy retreat, and we took advantage of the coffee and cakes on offer downstairs.

Also downstairs there is a restaurant and bar, which we ate at a couple times. The food is lovely, the menu comprising mostly of uncomplicated fish and meat dishes. The restaurant is also where breakfast is served, with a different set meal on offer each day. We didn't go hungry!

Some of the rooms overlook the bar, so I suppose if it's busy noise could be an issue - but it was fine during our stay.

The staff were all very friendly and helpful. A fair few were college kids and recent graduates seemingly helping out in multiple roles - waitresses, reception and so on. They kindly booked us onto the boat tour run by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (which is worth doing - we saw two proud bald eagle parents!).

Both Squam and Little Squam lakes are only a few minutes walk away (although neither can be seen from the inn). There's plenty of parking if you have a car (which in an area like this would be very sensible!), although it is shared with the restaurant and bar guests too.

If you're after full-on luxury, then the Manor on Golden Pond may be worth checking out - but for somewhere cosy and reasonably priced with good food, SLI suited us perfectly.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Santa Rosa, California
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

My husband and I felt very welcomed from the moment we arrived at the Inn. The manager and all the staff were incredibly friendly and dedicated to making our stay memorable.Each room is painted a different color and decorated with lovely antiques. Our room was clean and comfortable, breakfasts were hearty and delicious as was our dinner. Loved the porch swing! Since it is located on the main street, it can be loud, especially in the early morning, but this did not damper our stay or our rating for this lovely place. Would definitely return.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Squam Lake Inn
Address: 28 Shepard Hill Rd, Holderness, NH 03245-5602
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Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Holderness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Holderness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Squam Lake Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to Squam Lake Inn in the breathtaking White Mountains region in Holderness, NH. Steps from the shores of Squam Lake, bask in the simple pleasures of nature’s beauty at our Holderness, NH hotel. Our Squam Lake lodging boasts lovely rooms with comfy beds and fireplaces. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and afternoon snacks prepared with fresh, local & seasonal ingredients or join us for lunch, dinner or Sunday Brunch on your Squam Lake vacation! ... more   less 
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