Southern New Hampshire Life

Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor


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Distinctive B&Bs: Stillmeadow B&B

Located in a mid-19th century building on Main Street in Hampstead is the Stillmeadow Bed and Breakfast.  Two acres of gardens adjoin the Colonial Italianate house, originally built by a newly married husband for his wife in 1850.  The B&B is now owned by Margaret and Willie Mitchell, who settled in New Hampshire from Scotland five years ago.

The Mitchells have kept their B&B as historically accurate as possible, but added a host of amenities to please the discerning traveler.  Their two suites and one room feature air conditioning, television, wifi, robes, slippers, hair dryers, and toiletries.  The suites also have mini refrigerators and recliners.

The proprietors feature local produce and farm-fresh eggs at the morning meals in the well-appointed Breakfast Room.  The parlor has a butler’s pantry with snacks and drinks for guests’ 24-hour use; coffee and tea is also always available in the Breakfast Room.  Stillmeadow is a non-smoking home; pets are not allowed.  Please contact the owners about their policy on children as guests.

Hampstead is a town well-known for the antique homes lining its Main Street and the many ponds and lakes that attract summer visitors.  The town is ideally situated in Southern New Hampshire – just a few minutes to the beach, Massachusetts, bustling Portsmouth, and the state’s largest cities, Manchester and Nashua.  Hampstead has many antique, gift, and craft shops, and a church with a Paul Revere bell.  For outdoor recreation, Hampstead boasts a 360-acre town forest and is near the 26-mile long Rockingham Recreational Trail, ideal for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling.

The Mitchells are very fond of their adopted homeland, and can ably assist visitors with information on local attractions.  For more information on Stillmeadow, please go to their website.

Distinctive B&B’s: The Little River B&B

When someone mentions Peterborough, one  thinks of the many artistic opportunities, retail shops, and historic buildings there.  A relative newcomer to Peterborough is the Little River Bed and Breakfast, an airy, attractive, and light-filled lodging option on the banks of the Nubanusit River, on quiet Union Street just outside the downtown area.  The current owners, Paula and Rob Fox, transformed an 1870’s farmhouse into a stunning B&B six years ago.

Each of the four guest rooms is individually decorated and features a Queen bed, attached private bath, and either a gas stove fireplace or river views.  The rooms also include flat screen televisions, wireless Internet, and air conditioning. There are two common rooms, the first floor living room features a wood burning fireplace and big screen television, while the second floor sunroom overlooking the river has books for guests’ use, together with comfortable chairs in which to lounge and read.  A great plus is the outdoor deck overlooking the river, which beckons guests three seasons of the year.

Breakfast at the Little River B&B

A delicious multi-course gourmet breakfast is served daily which may feature one of their signature dishes like French Baked Eggs, Summer Vegetable Strata, Blueberry Baked French Toast, or their famous homemade honey granola.  The B&B is completely non-smoking and pet-free and is not recommended for children twelve years old and younger.  Paula and Rob are very green-friendly; their B&B was designated an “Environmental Champion” by the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association.

The Sunroom

There is a multitude of cultural, recreational, and shopping opportunities available in the region. If you are at a loss about where to go, the very knowledgeable owners can furnish you with recommendations to make your stay very rewarding. More details about the Little River B&B may be found on its website.

Distinctive B&B’s: The Birchwood Inn

The Birchwood Inn on State Route 45 in Temple evokes an earlier time in New England.  The Inn, dating from 1775, has largely been preserved over the centuries and retains many original features.  As much of the building as possible has been preserved; the Inn is one of the jewels in the town’s Historic District.

Birchwood has two rooms and three suites available; all are named after old English towns by the two British-born proprietors.  The suites can each accommodate up to four people.  There are televisions, fireplaces, wifi service, window air conditioners, and private baths in each unit.  One of the suites has a king-size bed as well as a kitchenette and an additional half bath.  Many of the rooms retain their original Federal period walls and floors.  This year-round hostelry serves a hot breakfast during the week and a full English breakfast on Sundays to overnight guests.  Special diets can be accommodated.

The highlight of the public rooms is an 1825 mural that encompasses all four walls of one of the dining areas; it was painted by well-known early English-born American artist Rufus Porter, and appears to depict Temple as it was back in the early 1800’s.

In addition to the rooms for rent, the Birchwood boasts the London Tavern pub and restaurant featuring authentic English fare, with dishes such as Bangers and Mash and Steak and Ale Pie; desserts include Bread and Butter Pudding and Spotted Dick.  The London Tavern is usually open Wednesday – Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons and evenings.

Smoking is only allowed on the porch.  Due to the age of many of the furnishings, pets and children under ten cannot be accommodated.  For more information or to make reservations, visit their website.

Distinctive B&B’s: Zahn’s Alpine Guest House

Visiting southern New Hampshire? Or looking for a weekend getaway?   Although  the area has several very comfortable hotels, why not consider staying at one of the unique bed and breakfasts in the region? This is the first in a series of articles to introduce you to some local lodging houses that will make your house hunting a truly memorable experience. The B&B’s that will be included are just a few minutes from the major cities in the area, but far away in terms of ambiance and atmosphere. Consider taking some time out from your New Hampshire experience to stay at one of these hostelries for a memorable time.  

Zahn’s Alpine Guest House was conceived twenty years ago by Bud and Anne Zahn, who used to make several buying trips to Austria, Bavaria, and the Alpine region of Italy for their import business. They enjoyed staying in small guest houses on their trips and wanted to reproduce the experience here in New England. The result is a piece of the Tirol in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. The eight room B&B is filled with authentic Alpine furnishings, from the carpets that cover the floors to the beds and mattresses, perfect for a night’s sleep, to the artwork that adorns the walls. The focal point of the Guest House is the Stube, the common room, which houses an authentic Kachelofen, a ceramic stove that provides heat for much of Zahn’s.

Each room has its own private bath, and is equipped with Wifi, TV, and telephones. Children are encouraged; no pets. Check in and checkout times are negotiable. A discounted rate for Hampshire Hills, the local sports/fitness facility, is available to guests.   Zahn’s is located at 97 S. Main St., Mont Vernon, NH 03057; phone: 603-673-2334 or  toll free 888- 745-0051.  For rates, directions, and more information, visit Zahn’s  website.