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Ballard House Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Meredith B&B and Inns
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We loved our stay at the Ballard House Inn in New Hampshire. We didn't want to leave! The house was so clean. We loved our room with the view and the bathroom was spotless. The bed was the most comfortable bed we ever slept in. Lynn and Brian were wonderful hosts! We felt like we have known them forever! I have been recommending the Ballard House to all of my friends! We will definately be back there to stay! We highly recommend the Ballard House. We also thought Newton was adorable!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2013

Thanks for staying! Thanks also for the kind words in this review. Even though you may get your own sheets, we hope you will still come back! Lynn and Brian

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Lynn & Brian & Newton are great hosts, and made us feel like part of the family from the moment My Fiancée and I walked in the door. The Inn is beautiful and immaculate. The Newfound room was lovely and impeccably clean. Breakfast was delicious and made for a great start to the day. Brian & Lynn went out of their way to accommodate us and made sure our stay with them was flawless. We will be returning again in the near future for our next getaway in Meredith. I highly recommend Ballard House Inn!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2013

Thanks for taking a few minutes and writing such a favorable review. We hope to see you before the wedding - - take a break from planning and visit! Lynn and Brian

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Lynn and Brian are great hosts who go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. They provide excellent advice on things to do and places to eat, booking it for you to ensure you get a good seat. The breakfasts are excellent with both Lynn and Brian superb cooks. There was never anything left on the plate and the cookies in the afternoon were just as good. Our room was comfortable and spotlessly clean. We won't forget Newton the gentle giant! We would definitely return as it is a good location to see the lakes. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Mark E
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2013

Thanks for spending part of your holiday with us and writing such a complimentary review. We always enjoy hosting folks from across the pond! Take care, hope you will come back to the Lakes Region again to visit. Lynn and Brian

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

My wife and I have stayed in many B&B's. Some have been good, some have been just OK. Thanks to TripAdvisor, we have never had any disasters. Ballard House is at or near the top of our list. We came here with friends who also loved this place. Let's take it from the top...

As you arrive, you will be presented with a beautifully maintained old home (dates to the 1740's if I recall). You will be greeted by two wonderful and charming hosts, Brian and Lynn, as well as their super friendly and extremely mellow dog Newton. It was very nice to have Brian help with taking our bags in. That has never happened before in any of the B&B's we stayed. Nice touch. You will find Brian and Lynn helpful in making suggestions for activities and dining. They will go out of their way to make reservations for you. Though they have only owned this place for a couple of years, they definitely know what it means to be great hosts!

One thing you will notice is that the home is absolutely spotless from top to bottom... all the shared spaces and our guest room. The hotel has nice views from the back of the house onto the lake and surrounding mountains. The room we had was smallish but quite comfortable. If you want space, I think there are some larger rooms. Brand new beds and bedding. Very comfortable and, as I mentioned, spotlessly clean as was the bathroom. High quality, heavy towels. Excellent there. If you can, you may want to opt for a room towards the back of the house. We were on the front and the noise from cars and trucks driving by was not terrible but was noticeable. By the 2nd night, we were so tired from the day's hiking that it would have taken a truck driving through the parlor to wake us up. It was not an issue for us.

OK... now for food and beverage. There was free wine available in one of the living rooms in addition to soft beverages. The free wine was an unusual and welcome "perk." Of course, there were afternoon fresh baked cookies. Breakfasts were simple, nicely presented and prepared and delicious. Fresh baked breads every day... also very good. Nice variety from day to day (we stayed 3 nights).

This place is excellent for couples or adult families. Not on the lake but, frankly, we intentionally traded that for the peace, quiet and guest service of a nice B&B... and this one is a winner. I consider this place to be an extraordinary value. By standards of the region in the busy season, it was fairly inexpensive. When you take that and weigh it against the service and quality of the experience, this place is off the charts high value. It would be a good value even if we had to pay 50% more (we have spent a lot more and gotten a lot less in some other nice B&B's).

Hopefully, we can get back up to NH some time again soon (it is a bit of a long drive for us to get to NH). If so, there is no question about where we will stay. This is it. There is a reason the TripAdvisor votes are so heavily favorable.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2013

Thanks so much for writing such a comprehensive review. The points you note help us, through guests' eyes, see what we are doing that is important to you during your stay! We enjoyed your company and hope to see you again! Lynn and Brian

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Brian and Lynn are great hosts. Their breakfasts are super! You feel like "family". They check on you to be sure everything is good and have great knowledge of the area and attractions. This house has been well taken care of, even though it is over 200 years old. The room was very comfortable and spotless.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

Thanks for writing the kind words! We are glad you felt like family, it is our goal, to make everyone feel welcome and relaxed. Visit again, anytime!
Lynn and Brian

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I reviewed this B&B 2 years ago when it was under different owners and we were so happy to find the new hosts, Brian and Lynn, are as sweet and welcoming as the previous owners. Their kindness, hospitality, and super clean rooms made their inn the best inn of the 5 inns we stayed in throughout NH, CT, and NY during our 2 week vacation, Their dog Newton is so sweet and well behaved. We look forward to coming back in Oct. to continue our hunt for a retirement home in the area. If all NH people are like Brian and Lynn I know we will love living in the Meredith area!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write and provide your feedback. We are glad you feel we are maintaining the same experience you had with the previous owners. Look forward to seeing you again in Oct. Please call if we can be of further help in advance of your visit,
Lynn and Brian

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Traveled to NH for a wedding and made reservations at the Ballard House Inn. Best decision that we made. Brian and Lynn are the best host's you will find anywhere. This establishment is clean, quiet, and picture perfect. Even the other guest at breakfast were friendly. Simply put, if we ever have the opportunity to travel to Meredith NH again, there will be no need to look for a place to stay, for as long as Brian and Lynn are the operators, we would choose to stay with them again. We would not even consider looking for another place to stay when we can stay with Brian and Lynn, it was just a very enjoyable and pleasurable experience.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2013

You and your family were such wonderful people to host! Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. The words you wrote encourage us to keep our standards high and have all our guests have a memorable experience. Thanks again,
Lynn and Brian

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Additional Information about Ballard House Inn

Address: 53 Parade Rd, Meredith, NH 03253-5400
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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: $125 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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