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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Birchwood Hotel Temple