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Ballard House Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Meredith B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hartford, Connecticut
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21 reviews
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“Perfect even the 2nd time...”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was our second visit to the Ballard House and we are already booked for next year. But this time we actually feel like we are going back to stay with old friends. We can't imagine staying anywhere else during Bike Week. These ratings say it all as this place is simply fabulous in every way. Brian, Lynn and Newton (their beautiful dog) are the ultimate hosts and every little detail is attended to. I could go on and on about the amenities...the delicious homemade breakfast, the afternoon snacks, the complimentary coffee, beer and wine, the beautiful views from the back porch, the meticulous cleaning jobs by the ladies but I think what we most enjoy are our easy (and more often than not humorous) conversations with Brian and Lynn. If your thinking about booking..don't think. They will not disappoint.

Room Tip: We have seen most of the rooms and all are cozy & comfortable.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
It does feel like an annual family reunion to host you! We really look forward to seeing everyone and are so glad you will be back again next year. Thank you for the kudos too! I have said it before, but we try to treat everyone the way we would like to be treated! See you in 2015!
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Auburn, New York
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was our 4th stay at Ballard House B&B. And were booked to go back next year. I can not choose which stay was best, and I CAN NOT BOOST enough about the hospitality we are served from Brian & Lynn. They are so diverse to accommodate to any personality. Yes, we are the bikers that roll in, one by one to meet up with others. And every time, Brian & Lynn all but, roll out the red carpet for us! They never let their guard down with their up most warming perfections.... even if we ask them too. They take the time to sit with us, laugh with us, and make us feel right at home! The food is delicious and ever part of that house is always meticulously spotless! Brian & Lynn truly know how to make certain that you are welcome in their home,that in itself says it all! See you next year my favorite B & B!! Jodi & Bill Butera, Auburn New York

Room Tip: There is not a bad room here, I have stayed in three of them. My favorite now, is the new one off th...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
We look forward to Bike Week to see all our regulars each year. You two are the fun loving, respectful ring leaders of the bunch! We enjoy your visits, catching up and having you watch the bikes roll past the front porch - - honking after seeing our Ballard House Inn sign! Thanks, once again, for submitting such a positive review, it means a lot to me and lifts Brian's spirits too! See you next year.
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Southington, Connecticut
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Ballard House two years ago and found it to be perfect. We have just come home from a return visit this week, and somehow Brian and Lynn have improved upon perfection. There are no warmer or more accommodating hosts than they are, and, quite frankly, we judge all B&B's we choose against theirs. And though many of them are quite nice, they all fall short of the Ballard House. Brian and Lynn, the decor, the cleanliness, the view, the porch, the flowers, the food (it's a toss-up whether my favorite is Brian's blueberry pancakes or Lynn's blueberry muffins)--all are amazing. And Newton--you will never find a more mellow or well-behaved dog. He is the frosting on the cake for us! The only way we were able to tear ourselves away was to book another visit in October, when Lynn promises the view will be even more spectacular. We can't wait!

Room Tip: Rooms in the back have a gorgeous view, but all rooms are great.
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
It never fails to amaze us how many truly wonderful people we get to meet. We so enjoyed your company (as did the rock star, Newton) and can't wait to show you another season -- my favorite, Fall! We look forward to your next visit. Take care!
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

I stayed here last week for a few nights while up in New Hampshire for a reunion with an old friend. The reviews are spot on.

Brian and Lynn are sincere, happy, creative hosts with an eye for detail and a can-do attitude. The inn is spotless and meticulously maintained inside and out. The view out the back is literally mountains and lake as far as the eye can see. The location is the best of both worlds: on the main road for easy access to the town of Meredith but at the same time with a quiet tranquil atmosphere. I slept like a baby in the quiet mountain night and soft sheets. Almost missed breakfast I slept so well, thank goodness I didn't!

Blueberry muffins looked like little ballerinas and tasted like heaven...savory strata, savory delicious...and french toast hit the spot with local maple syrup...oh, and the coffee, ahhhh, the coffee. I happily accepted Brian's offer of a to-go cup for the road when I left.

I loved the updated, fresh feel in this vintage home. In this day and age where the internet can falsely create grandeur from a pipe dream there is no substitution for integrity. Brian and Lynn are offering the real deal.

Room Tip: Stayed in the Squam Suite...spacious, great bathroom, great bed, nice and light...on third floor.
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
We truly appreciate your comments and the sincerity of your words. My muffins are proud to be called little ballerinas! I felt such a kindred spirit when we talked, it would be a pleasure to see you again!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Just returned from a last minute getaway to NH. I had been calling around trying to find a room that was affordable and comfortable. The moment I spoke with Lynn she immediately was welcoming and accommodating. Then upon arriving and seeing the inn, I knew I made the right choice. The inn is beautifully maintained and impeccably clean. Lynn and Brian are very detail oriented without being stuffy and we truly had a wonderful time. The room was comfortable and the decor was tasteful, the breakfast was amazing and watching the sunset from the porch swing was memorable. I could go on forever but you really need to experience it for yourself! GO!

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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write such a complimentary review. It is top priority to have everything spotless and spoil our guests! The sunsets from the back of the wraparound porch never disappoint, each one is unique with the cloud formations and the colors that appear. Come back for another soon!
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Decatur, Georgia
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

We recently spent 5 nights at the Ballard House and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Great view, great host and hostess. We would stay here again. Even did a Rotary make up with Brian! The owners go to extraordinary lengths to make one's stay here good.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
Thank you for your kind words. It is always nice to host guests for longer periods of time because we get to know you better (and send you to Rotary with Brian!). Take care, happy travels!
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Marshfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Perfection....Best word to describe our two night stay at Ballard's with innkeepers Lynn and Brian. Celebration of our tenth wedding anniversary was made even sweeter by a beautiful room overlooking the lake, two scrumptious breakfasts, and hosts that offered fun and information in abundance.
Going the extra mile, Brian patiently led me through every detail in keeping the grounds and buildings of Ballard's in mint condition. Even stole me away from the inn to visit a neighbor and see the neighbor's restored, antique Ford farm tractor.
Hardest part? Saying goodbye. We will be back and thank Pam and Dr. J from Norwell in pointing us to Ballard's.

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ballardhouse, Owner at Ballard House Inn, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
We are so glad you had a memorable anniversary visit. Thanks to your friends for the recommendation. It is always a huge compliment when past guests refer us! Brian will talk yard and building maintenance anytime, visit again to hear barn restoration ideas. Thanks too for the glowing review, we appreciate your taking the time to submit.
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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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