by Michael Blanding
Too often, elegant B&Bs are either unwilling or unable to accommodate families; this Essex, New Hampshire landmark openly welcomes children — and has the room to make them comfortable. A big yellow wedding cake of a mansion right on the historic town green, the home has a number of large, comfortable rooms and suites decorated in a sumptuous mix of Colonial antiques and stylish modern fixtures. Two of the suites can accommodate a family of six with a queen bed, fold-out sofa, and adjoining room with queen or two twins.
Downstairs is a funky New American restaurant with windows looking out onto the bandstand. Guests at the hotel get 20-percent off their meal. The inn is centrally located in the historic center of town, just two blocks from Phillips Exeter Academy and an easy walk to all of the quaint downtown shops and eateries.
Our Editor Loves
- Beautiful colonial decor
- Spacious suites that can sleep 6
- Historic location in downtown Exeter
- Horse Back Riding
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Great hosts. Superb breakfast. The most beautifully done up inn I’ve ever been to. The owners have thought through every little thing a guest needs. Better than any 5 star hotel in America. The lady who makes breakfast has the most magical touch. She makes the most perfect eggs, avocado toast and muesli. Every dish is so perfect. And there’s freshly squeezed orange juice. Must visit!!
Stayed in the cozy Squamscott Suite. The wood beam ceilings and wooden floors, along with a stunning brick, gas fireplace (over 100 years old) made the ambiance quite inviting.
The owners and staff are top notch, as well the Otis restaurant attached to the Inn.
Don’t hesitate to stay here. You can feel the history of the Inn and Bandstand outside the front door!