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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ballard House Inn

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Ballard House Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Meredith B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Arlington, VA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The absolute best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

We were looking for a last-minute place to stay for a night in the Lakes Region after a long day of driving, and from the minute we called for a reservation until we checked out, the whole experience was wonderful. Brian was so friendly, welcoming and attentive. The house is stunning and although it's 250-some years old, you would never know it from the beautiful renovations and modern amenities--but still retaining the New England charm (not to mention, kept impeccably clean). We only stayed for a night (wish it could have been longer!) but truly felt at ease and like we were in our own home. Enjoy a complimentary beer, wine, coffee from the swing on the back porch with a view almost too picturesque to be real. I can easily see why this was rated the top B&B in the Meredith area on TripAdvisor. Stay here and you will not be disappointed. Hoping I can return again soon.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

Brian was helpful and friendly and gave personal attention to make sure that everything was just right. Lovely bed, great views and a very convivial house. A beautiful hour sitting on the porch with a drink looking over the trees to the lake. Gluten an dairy free pancakes for me and amazing French toast for my wife.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

Perfect in so many ways; Brian, Lynn and Newton were great hosts. The Inn was immaculate and very well appointed. So close to the lake and downtown Meredith but not too close. The lake-view from the swing on the back porch was amazing. An open coffee and wine bar, gourmet breakfasts with fresh herbs from the back porch, the cool breezes on a hot summer day, a rabbit hopping by but in no hurry. Family members stop by to see us for but an hour and they are all planning their own visits now. We're planning our next visit too with quests. I can't imagine how beautiful it would be in the Fall or how great it would be in support of skiing at nearby Gunstock. We felt like we were family and have friends in Meredith now...anyone would. An unbelievable experience! Well done Brian, Lynn and Newton and many thanks!

Room Tip: We saw all the rooms during a tour and want to try them all!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

This is most definitely the top B&B's surrounding Meredith/Lake Winnipesaukee area. From the moment it was booked until we checked out everything was impeccable. Brian, the owner's hospitality, is incomparable to any. The house was incredibly beautiful and the room we stayed in was so quaint, nice and very clean. Every morning the breakfast was delicious from bacon, french toast, granola in yogurt, fruit, quiche and more (every morning's meal was unique). We enjoyed listening to the record player in the living area, Brian's dog Newton, as well as watching the sunset over the lake and mountains on the back porch swing! Brian also gave us great recommendations on restaurants, and a wonderful kayaking place down by town, which we had an amazing experience there as well. Overall, this B&B is the most hospitable one we have ever been to and cannot wait to return. Everyone should definitely consider stay here when you visit. You will not regret it. Enjoy :)

Thank you Brian for making our trip so incredible. Looking forward to coming back!
-Kristen & Patrick

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Albany, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

We were given this by 2 of our children for our 50th anniversery. Brian and Lynn made this a real pleasurable experience. Both were so friendly and accomodating...you left feeling like you knew them forever.The place was immaculately kept,the view from our room was beautiful and the porch was a great place to relax. Both my husband and I are on special diets and each morning our breakfast was
outstanding. Newton was a great mascot for the place well behaved and soley missed by my husband Bill....Great place to stay!!!!

Bill and Marge R

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fernandina Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

We picked this B&B for the price ... but we were stunned by the cleanliness and service. We spent a couple of hours on the back porch (both a swing and a really cool retriever named Newton were provided free of charge). Brian was friendly and was constantly ensuring our needs were met. The house and the rooms are gorgeous, the bed was extremely comfortable, and the breakfast was awesome. Keep Opechee ready Brian ... we'll be back (with a new toy for Newton). :-)

  • Stayed June 2012
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Southington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

This NH lake area is gorgeous, and there is no better place to enjoy it than the Ballard House Inn. The view from the extensive porch is to die for; Brian, the innkeeper (on his own, as Lynn was away when we visited), is one of the friendliest, most accommodating people we've ever met; the breakfasts are outstanding (and healthy); the rooms are so immaculate that the old saying,"One could eat off of the floors," applies. Last, but not least, is Newton, the Ballard House Inn's dog, a good will ambassador for sure. People who like dogs will love Newton. And people who are not comfortable around dogs will change their minds once they have met Newton!
All around, this B&B is a winner.

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely, but those in the back have the beautiful mountain views.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ballard House Inn

Property: Ballard House Inn
Address: 53 Parade Rd, Meredith, NH 03253-5400
Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Meredith
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Meredith
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ballard House Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whatever your reason may be for staying in Meredith, NH, The Ballard House Inn offers a serene and picturesque backdrop for your home away from home. We are just minutes from Lake Winnipesaukee, downtown Meredith,and centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Lakes Region. The Inn is also bordered by 178 acres of town owned recreational land consisting of beautiful hiking trails, walking paths, small ponds, and plenty of wildlife. Our guests often mention the setting at the Inn is so private and serene yet close to so many fabulous restaurants and shops of the Lakes Region. ... more   less 
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