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“Pleasantly Surprised!!”
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Ballard House Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Meredith B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We unexpectedly made a last minute plan to extend our fall folliage trip. We booked the Ballard House Inn for a 1 night stay. This is our first B&B experience. I would have to say the inn is absolutely charming and spotless, I am a fussy traveler. Our room was lovely. We enjoyed sipping wine on the back porch watching the sun go down. Brian and Lynn shared their knowledge of local restaurants, and sights off the beaten path that we would not have found on our own. Since I am new to the B&B experience, the breakfast was an absolute delicious surprise. Lynn definitely knows her way around a kitchen. We were only looking for a place to crash for the night, but Brian & Lynn's friendly nature made this a very nice surprise. We would happily return to the Ballard House Inn

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

We are so happy your first b&b experience was a positive one! Glad we were able to help you enjoy your stay and provided good tips on sights and restaurants. Please visit again in the Fall or another season, it is just beautiful here in the Winter!

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Reviewed October 26, 2013

What a gem!!!! Our first experience with a B and B, could not have asked for anything more
perfect, from the beautiful home to the wonderful view from our room. Brian and Lynn have a
special way of making their guests feel especially welcome. A warm send-off in the morning and
a genuine welcome home at the end of the day. Both are very knowledgeable about where to
go for activities as well as how to get there. They are equally informative about local restaurants.
Breakfast was delicious!!!! Warm cookies in the afternoon. Beverages available 24/7. We only
had 2 nights, we will definitely return as our jobs and time off allow!!!!
Ted and Paula
PS An added bonus, Newton, the gentle giant, beautiful dog,cannot help but love him!!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

Ted, Paula,
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. You were great company. Thanks for taking time to write a review and also for the Vietnam Veteran medallion -- we know that meant a lot to you and it was very gracious of you to give it to Brian. Take care, hope to see you again!

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Ballard House Inn was the best night of our recent trip to see the fall foliage. Sadly we only had one night here but enjoyed the whole experience: the beautiful old home, our comfortable and spotless room, the delicious breakfast, the view, the attentive and friendly inn-keepers Brian and Lynn, and Newton their dog. Would happily stay again or recommend anyone else to. The view from Rattlesnake mountain well worth the short hike too.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2013

We are sorry you could not spend more of your holiday with us, but are glad we had the opportunity to meet. Thanks so much for the gracious comments about your experience. Certainly hope you will return if in our area again!

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Brian and Lynn are wonderful hosts and the inn itself is a beautifully restored 18th century home. We stayed at many bed and breakfasts on our vacation and The Ballard house, beautifully furnished, impeccably clean, great views, and wonderful hospitality was by far the best.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2013

Thanks so much for the kind words. We enjoy what we do and are glad it comes across to our guests during their stays!

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We only stayed for one night but everything was excellent. The hosts, Brian and Lynn were very pleasant and charming and Newton was adorable. The place was spotless, I don't think we've ever visited a place that was so clean! Our room was very comfortable and the breakfast was very good with just the right amount. Brian shared his knowledge of the area with us and other guests and we took advantage of his recommendation to hike the Rattlesnake mountain trail which overlooked lakes Squam (On Golden Pond) and Winnipesaukee.. Very good value.

Room Tip: We were a party of three adults and we were accommodated in adjoining rooms with our own bathroom.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2013

We are glad you enjoyed your brief visit. We take pride in keeping the Inn spotless and helping our guests enjoy the area activities. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Ballard House is a gem in the beautiful lakes region of New Hampshire. It was our first visit to the area and our stay at this home was perfect! Brian and Lynn were very friendly and hospitable, from the cookies and wine in the afternoon, to the restaurant recommendations to the sumptuous breakfast in the morning. Close to the towns of Meredith and Center Harbor, but far enough away to feel off the beaten path. My wife wanted to visit Keepsake Quilting and Brian got on the phone to confirm their hours and gave us directions how to get there.
The Ballard House is a grand old home built in the 1800's but renovated with all of the modern conveniences and safety features, including free Wi-Fi. The sheets and towels were awesome, bed very comfortable and the hospitality was warm, while still allowing privacy. I would not hesitate to recommend The Ballard House as a 5-Star place to stay. Oh and one more thing - they have the biggest a Golden Retriever I have ever seen and he is very friendly!

Room Tip: The East facing rooms offer the best view and are away from the road.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2013

Thanks for the kind words, you hit it on the head -- we want people to feel like they are at home and can kick back and relax! Hope you will consider us your next trip East.

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

At first we were unsure as the Ballard House is a little bit out of the main area in Meredith. However this was more than compensated for by the accommodation and overall comfort but most importantly by the friendliness and the fun of Brain and Lynn, our hosts. They were more than helpful and made us and the other guests feel really at home. The view over the lakes from the terrace was amazing and the fact that there was complimentary wine and drinks to accompany this was the icing on the cake. We couldn't recommend the Ballard House enough.

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Thank Paul D
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2013

Thank you for taking time submitting a review with such kind comments. We enjoy hosting our guests and are glad that came across during your visit. We always try to have fun with our friends across the pond during their holidays!

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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: $139 - $178 (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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