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Birchwood Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Temple B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 14, 2009

When you have travelled across the Atlantic by plane and arrived in Boston as the airport is about to close coz of a snow storm you just know the holiday is going to be different! A interesting snowy journey thru Mass into southern NH and suddenly you are in a snow covered winter wonderland.

They say NH is beautiful in the Fall, but coming from England where snow is as rare as dragons eggs, you just can't beat a New England christmas!

Driving into Temple the Inn was aglow with lights and the warmth of the welcome on entering the Inn from the cold was truly delightful! it was really like coming home!
Nick provides a welcome in his inimitable English style, a style perfected, it seems whilst working as a Red Coat at Bultlins ... Trish, the American part of the team, joins the welcome party and it's upto the room!

Room is spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated, OK it's maybe a little basic but it's a listed building that's over 200 years old!!!! All rooms have small 12" tv and the bed is comfortable with plenty of pillows and blankets. All laundry is fresh and clean.

Back to the Bar and ordered Bangers and Mash just to be awkward! I mean you have to see how well this English staple is produced over on the other side of the pond. Andrew's cooking was excellent, food was well presented, without being fussy, piping hot and delicious!! The Bar was well stocked, and popular with the locals and the staff well presented - unexpectedly for a small rural tavern the staff were young and smartly dressed in the tavern uniform ... maybe this is an American thing!!!

Nick was chatty, and full of information about the Inn - the walls of the main dining room being a mural painted around 1830 by Rufus Porter, and about the local area. Seems he was in for a late night as was waiting up for a guest who was delayed, but to Nick that was all part of the service!!!

comments - this is a small rural inn run by two English guys and one American gal with a small number of locally employed staff. Built over 200 years ago it is tastefully decorated Being from England we were lucky enough to be given a guided tour of the Inn and so can say that all off the rooms were clean and well maintained. As it was December the heating was on and the rooms were comfortably warm. However, we were asked to be careful with water usage as the Inn as with so much of NH relies upon it's own well!!! not an un-reasonable request! Talking to Nick & Andrew it would seem that they are gradually refurbishing all the rooms, replacing old shower units etc but trying not to destroy the "olde world" atmosphere with too much gleaming plastic!!! and from what we saw are doing a fantastic job!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2009

When we pulled up (and we were told in no uncertain terms that check in was NOT before 3 PM,) we found a locked door and a facade of peeling paint that did not bode well for our stay.

We were shown to a claustrophobic coffin of a room that was not very clean and in poor repair. There was a tiny air conditioner that could barely deal with the dank heat and humidity; there was a similarly tiny TV (4 inches, I kid you not) mounted at the ceiling. The bed had, for some inexplicable reason, two pimply blankets and a quilt, and one of the blankets was an electric which was almost impossible to extricate from the bedding, given the cord. This was in July, when an electric blanket is not usually necessary-- even in New Hampshire.

The screens on the windows were torn, and insect life of all varieties abounded. There were crawling ants, flying fruit flies, regular flies, and an assemblage of insect life we were unable to identify.

There was one warm bottle of water left in the room. A couple of lightbulbs were out.

The towels were gray and threadbare, and the shower was a plastic hole with PVC pipe railing the middle. The paint and plastic surfaces of the shower were all peeling, and the aluminum frame door nearly came off the hinges when we opened the shower. In all my years staying in hotels and B&B's I can never remember not taking a shower, but in this case, neither my spouse nor I felt able to face the cruddy shower and the disgusting towels. The only amenity was a skinny bar of over perfumed soap that reminded me of the old cashmere bouquet you used to get at the Howard Johnson's back in the days.
No shampoo, no washcloths, just a cute rhyme above the toilet advising you to jiggle the handle so the place would not run out of water by the morning.

I can't understand how this establishment manages to rack up any positive reviews. Given the poor housekeeping, I would advise you to avoid the restaurant as well as the accommodations. There was nothing charming about the place other than our departure, which was very welcome indeed.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

We enjoyed both an overnight stay with great hospitality as well as great British dinning experience and a superb breakfast. Close to Sharon Arts Center, and Mount Monadnock for local day hikes.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled on business
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Thank Mitzedan
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Reviewed March 16, 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed a night at the Birchwood Inn as part of a weekend to visit a local sugar shack. The place looks unassuming when you drive up, but from the moment we walked in, I felt at home. The owners, Nick and Andrew, are very friendly and helpful, and they also serve traditional English meals that were tasty and comforting. The room itself was great! We stayed in the Cantebury Room, which has a queen bed, lovely bathroom, and little sitting room. It was beautifully decorated, right down to all the details. There also is a communual living room that was pretty, too. I highly recommend the Birchwood Inn to anyone staying in Southern New Hampshire!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2009

This was our 2nd stay at the Birchwood. Nick and Andrew are fabulous innkeepers. We thoroughly enjoyed being there and experiencing everything from the antique accommodations, comfortble bedding, Andrew's culinary dishes, and Nick's fine humor. We feel we have visited old friends. Looking forward to visiting again! Hope they liked the snowman!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank dojo05
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Reviewed February 1, 2009

Had such a pleasant and fun meal here today! The owner was very interesting and helpful. Great to talk with. The food was great!
Loved the stories about the Inn and its history!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank naturegirlcitygirl
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Reviewed October 9, 2008

The grace and charm of the Birchwood Inn is only exceeded by the gracious hospitality and the wonderful warmth that Nick and Andrew bring to the place. The Inn is from the 1700's and is filled with tons of antiques displayed throughout the rooms. The friendliness shown to the guests and the cuisine,which was second to none, made us feel like we were coming home. You see, we found the Inn on our GPS on our way to Maine. The guys made us feel so welcomed that we couldn't wait to stop on the way home. Of all the places we stopped at on our trip, the Birchwood Inn was by far the BEST thing we did. It was like visiting England and going to Grandmas house at the same time. Keep up the GREAT job guys. We will definitely see you again.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank HighOnLife1016
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Additional Information about Birchwood Inn

Address: 340 Nh Route 45, Temple, NH 03084-4221
Location: United States > New Hampshire > Temple
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Temple
Price Range: $104 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Birchwood Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Taste of Old England in New England. Everything under one roof. Tavern and Casual dining available Wed through Sat 4:30pm - 9:00pm (dining available upto 1hr before close)Breakfast Brunch on Sunday's 8:30am - 2:00pm. Breakfast included for lodging guests every day from 7:30am - 9:00am. ... more   less 
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