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Testimonials about the Dowds' Country Inn

We truly appreciate feedback from everyone who walks through our doors. One opportunity we provide is by leaving journals in each of our 20 rooms for guests to share their thoughts and a little about their stay with us. Here are just a few testimonials from those journals.

BOWDEN Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

January 29th, 2012
Very nice at the Dowds'. We came up from NJ to watch our daughter ski race at the Dartmouth Skiway. Frist time in Lyme, NH! Love the town - the room Bowden was prefect for what we needed.
P.S. Also Missy and Teddy are adorable!
Laurie and Hal Curtis, Pennington, NJ

BUTTERFIELD Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

May 1st, 2010 Gary and Melissa’s Wedding
Who could ask for a more beautiful day in May for a wedding for two. People who have promised themselves to love. An incredible day and night with good food, good friends and a great time. So simple is love, set in the simplicity of a quaint Inn set in the hills and beauty of New Hampshire. Our wishes and blessings to a new family who, with god’s touch, will grow and flourish as the tulips, the lilacs, the blossoms of spring to pass to the greens of the trees that will stand tall to the sky above. Many years of happiness.
Yvonne & Rolfe
April 18th-20th
A wonderful experience down to every detail! What an exciting Inn. It was wonderful. Thank you! Details, details, details! I even took pictures!
Maryanna Funaro

CAPTAINS QUARTERS Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

February 24th, 2011
Jeff and I needed to get away from everything-we left all seven kids behind (between the two of us) to spend a few days alone. It’s funny how a couple days can feel like a week when you are not used to taking a vacation. The best part of this trip was that up here in Lyme we could really relax. If we wanted to do absolutely nothing we did and when we needed stuff to do there was plenty to keep us busy (we went to Vermont for the day and had a great time) After, we ate in Hanover @ a couple great college eateries near Dartmouth. Dowds’ was the perfect respite for us as it’s quiet, peaceful and friendly too. Jeff and I are now ready to face reality again and go back to our kids with lower blood pressures and happiness to remember always. Jeff is already planning our next trip back to Dowds’ in the fall next year!
Jen, Shewsbuy, MA, Jeff, Leominster, MA
February 11th-12th 2011
I came to NH from Texas to visit my son at Dartmouth Medical School. He has been struggling with school and I came to give him a "Boost". I am the one who received a boost
September 24th, 2010
We came here to attend a Road Scholar (Elderhostel) program on the history of New England and a component on exercise and nutrition. We also went to King Arthur Flour Co. each day for demos. We learned to make bread, pie crust and pita. The weather was wonderful. There was a good amount of color. We were busy and well fed. Dowds’ is a beautiful setting.
Pam Davis

CHURCH TOWER Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

July 16th, 2009
Elderhostel’s "New England Heritage, Baking with King Arthur Flour Co. and fun fitness program" brought my sister and me to the Inn. The delicious food, the quilts on the walls as well as the charm of the Inn contributed to the enjoyment of the time spent here. The cleanliness and the kindness we found here impressed us both. Sincere thanks.
Bonnie Coltin & Harriet Dechowitz, Haverhill, MA
January 6th, 2011
I've enjoy a quiet, comfortable, warm stay. It was 11 degrees outside but cozy in here.
Lynn Matzke, Lebanon, NH
February 11th-11th
While I live not too far from here in Vermont, this Inn proved a comfortable haven for the night. Thank you.
M. Sharp, Hinesburg, VT
July 24th, 2010
We had a pleasant stay here while visiting for parent’s day at Camp Merriwood. Service was great and staff very friendly. Thank you.
Amy & Keith Rohland
August 1st, 2010
Truly enjoy this wonderful place and lovely room. Visiting from Alaska for a wedding and I am so happy to have had an opportunity to see it.
Rebecca McKee

DARTMOUTH Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

Beautiful place, wonderful rooms; beds were comfy and rooms were a welcome break from the dark, TV filled motel rooms. The stay was entirely too short I would LOVE to come back again. Thank you for an excellent experience.
My name is Brinkley and I am 11, and this is the best Inn ever. Breakfast is awesome beds are so soft and comfy.
June 20th, 2010
Our stay was wonderful but too short! Great breakfast-fabulous Inn! We’ll be back when our son is enrolled at Dartmouth!
-Kathi, Cincinnati, OH
July 30th, 2010
Really enjoyed our time here-lovely spot. Breakfast was delicious and everyone was sweet and helpful! Thank you.
Bev & Peter Broberg

EMERSON Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

July 2nd, 2012
What a wonderful place - hospitality, comfort & delicious breakfasts!
Laurie, Columbia, MD
April 21st, 2012
We enjoyed our stay here. Everything is so clean and beautiful. It feels like being at home. Thank you!
Edward & Lorri
August 4th, 2012
Lovely Inn - we had a great time. Breakfast in the lovely dining room was a treat!
Lynn, East Hartford, CT
September 23rd, 2012
Wonderful New England Inn with great people and luscious food. I will stay here again, and recommend it.
Arthur, Columbus, GA
May 18th, 2012
What a lovely place for an overnight. And Stella's next door for dinner was a wonderful surprise. Thanks so much!
Rebecca & Bob, Williston, VT

HINMAN Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

December 31st, 2009
Last day of the year. Husband in the hospital @ Hanover with a heart condition so I really appreciated the service and attention. All were very helpful. Can’t wait for breakfast in the New Year 2010!!!
Linda Kane, E. Burke, VT
June 25th, 2010
Once again a great stay, we want to live here! See you in July. Thanks!
Drew & Audrey Klotz, Weston, CT
August 11th, 2010
This was the most amazing stay of my life! I LOVE IT HERE! The cinnamon buns were warm and scrum-dilly-umptious. I’m moving in!
Grace & Erin Kelly, Buffalo, NY
August 25th-26th, 2010
Our first time here! The antiquity of the Inn is so precious! I love it. Awesome service, Chelsea was so nice to us at breakfast. And Tami-I just couldn’t get enough of her New England accent!! (Just joking Tami) Thanks for everything!
Roger Leuba, Providence, Utah
October 10th, 2010
My nephew Scott’s wedding!!!! What a wonderful Inn you have-friendly and competent staff, great food, and great time!
Betsy Parks

HITCHCOCK Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

May 24th, 2010
We had a wonderful time here celebrating our son’s graduating from Tuck. We will remember this weekend as one of our favorite family gatherings.
The Owens
July, 2010
On vacation with my girlfriend and her family. Absolutely wonderful vacation, absolutely wonderful people that run this, for sure coming back. Wonderful house, I love New Hampshire. I miss is here.
Derek Evans, South Windsor, CT
LIKE WOW! I’m Mandira and I live in Israel and this is the most interesting experience of adjusting to new life I’ve had in a while. It’s like the movies, so quaint and small town atmosphere that makes it adorable and scary for me but I think I’m going to like it. Very nice Inn you have here, very nice. Like in Israel they say salaam aleyckum "let the morning star be upon you-
Mandira Rose Sandrolini
September, 2010
A very welcoming Inn after thunderstorm driving. Here for a college visit vacation/weekend to UVM and Dartmouth! What an amazing & very enjoyable place to spend our last night on the road. I thoroughly look forward to breakfast tomorrow as I am a huge fan of great food! Enjoyed a lovely evening of cards in the common room and some lat night tea! Thanks for your hospitality & providing such a cozy place to spend a great night!
Kiah, Krista & Tess
October, 2009
Extreme home makeover visit. Thanks for having a cool place for us to pass out between jobs! N.H. families ROCK!!
Sandi & Curtis Glover

MANCHESTER Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

September 4th, 2011
What a lovely, delightful place! We came here for a wedding and the4 weekend was just perfect. The staff is so friendly and helpful, the rooms are beautiful, and the grounds are so pretty. Although we are octogenarians and don't get about too much anymore, we would love to make a return trip. But if that doesn't happen, we have a very pleasant memory to cherish.
John and Rosemarie Wagner, Guilderland, NY
October 7th, 2012
A lovely stay once again!
Brenda & Janet, Stamford, CT
September 22nd, 2012
What a lovely place, thank you!
January 10th, 2010
Thank you for a lovely stay. We felt at home as soon as we walked through the front door. Our next visit is already booked. Your Inn reflects a gracious hospitality we thought was long gone.
Lynn and John Sztuka
June 11th, 2012
Thanks for your hospitality. We will miss having our excuse to come to Hanover!
Catherine, Alexandria, VA

MARSHLAND Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

February 6th & 7th, 2010
Once again we had an enjoyable stay at Dowds’ Country Inn. This is our fifth consecutive year of being here, and we have always enjoyed our stay. The management, food, and atmosphere of the rooms-just great. This is our first time in this room-very quaint, cozy, and comfortable. Thank you for all you do to keep us coming back. We will see you again next February-if not before.
Connie & John Gordon, West Newbury, MA
October 28th
Talk about Luck! There was no room at the Motel where our conference was held so we were lucky to get a room here at Dowds’. This has been the most delightful time, from the moment we walked through the door the hospitality was amazing! First to be greeted by Missi and Teddi started my stay off right. Tami (with an I) Dowd our innkeeper has made us feel so welcomed. I love my room, the food the staff. Everything has been great. I am looking forward to coming back here in the near future and will surely let people know this is the Bed and Breakfast to stay in if you are looking for a real New England experience. Thank you to all of you!
Judy Vallarie
June 4th, 2011
Great to make this our second home while visiting with our new grandson, Jackson.
Nancy Briggs, Ottawa, Canada
January 29th, 2012
We spent a lovely and quiet weekend away from it all. Many thanks for your hospitality; the delicious, restorative breakfasts; and the company of your two adorable dogs.
Stephanie and Ben Reynolds, City Island, NY
August 26th, 2010
A wonderful find and a hop, skip, and jump to a business meeting in Fairlee. Lovely grounds, delicious breakfast. Thank you!
Pam S., Weston, VT

MAXWELL Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

October 10th, 2010
Wonderful stay! Beautiful place! Staff were all awesome!
Jo-Anne & Carmen, Rochester, NY
December 26th, 2010
Another lovely stay at Dowds’! Christmas lights, fire in the fireplace, snow (thank you for arranging that), cranberry/orange pancakes…We can’t remember how many times we have stayed here but A. it’s always a delight, and B. we think we are going to try a new room every time (Maxwell is wonderful) Thank you.
Jean & Phil Valence, Wellesley, NH & Sedona, AZ
December 29th, 2010
A very pleasant stay and outstanding breakfast!
Rob Sharlet, Schenectady, NY
February 19th, 2010
Lovely stay in your comfortable Inn-Thank you for all your help.
Wendy & David Miller

MOSES EATON Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

July 23rd-27th, 2011
This is a great place. The beds are so comfortable. Oh, and the food is delicious, fantastic. I could live in this house forever!! - From Sofia Postigo
The food is very good. - by Francesca Postigo
As the girls - Sofia 9 yrs. And Francesca 7 yrs - said the food was delicious and the place is very homey and cozy. We loved the gardens and the hospitality from everyone. Our first time in Lyme and hope to be back again soon. - The Postigo's - San Francisco, CA
October 8th, 2010
Lovely Room, the Moses Eaton. I especially love the stenciling that you say was designed by him-it is particularly pretty in the downstairs hall. Thank you for a peaceful time. Best wishes!
Meg Anderson, Williamsville & Dover, VT
October 10th, 2010
BEAUTIFUL!! Fabulous job w/ the Hayes Wedding. Thank you for making us feel @ home.
Amanda Yupe, Charlton, NY
December 29th 2011
This was the second time in the two "Tower Rooms" with our family. We spent Christmas in Thetford with our 101 year old grandmother, an uncle and our Aunt Christine. We are coming from Berlin, Germany, and the Inn is always very cozy and comfortable for us. We like to ski but unfortunately there was not enough snow - today my 54 birthday it is quite cold but there is a clear light and blue sky. Thanks for the nice family atmosphere.
The Brildaus
September 11th, 2011
The room was warm and cozy. The staff was wonderful and helpful. We are hoping to come back to Lyme so we can stay at your 5 star Inn again! - The Harlow's -- EatonRick, Barbara and Nancy

NEW HAMPSHIRE Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

October 18th, 2009
We came to attend Dartmouth’s Ski Ball to celebrate the 100th anniversary of skiers at Dartmouth. We really enjoyed our stay at your lovely Inn.
Nancy & Dave, Ottawa, Canada
April 10th, 2010
Another wonderful stay in a beautiful place and filled with wonderful friends. Thank you for your hospitality. The New Hampshire room is cozy and comfortable; four rooms down, sixteen more to enjoy!
Our love to you,
Josie & Dave
March 14th, 2010
I enjoyed my week-long stay here at the Dowds’ Inn. It was a wonderful touching and heart-warming experience. From the moment I stepped in here it was cozy as one could imagine-it was like home (but without the noise!) I appreciate Patrick letting me stay here and loved his family! Tami has done a wonderful job renovating this and it is truly a remarkable place. The Dowds’ made my stay a memorable one.
P.S. You guys are always welcome to NYC, just give me a buzz and I’ll be your tour guide!
Best Regards,
July 14th, 2009
We are on a trip through the USA & Canada and stop every night in different hotels and the Dowds’ Inn was the best we stayed in. Everything is so cute and the breakfast was very tasty. The staff is super friendly!
Yuonne & Stefan, From Germany

PIKES SUITE Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

February 14th, 2009
Best Inn ever! We had our wedding reception here and it was beautiful! Amazing food, great service, and Tami Dowd is a sweetheart. I would recommend the Dowds’ Country Inn to all. This is a memory I will cherish for life. The Fielder-Spaulding Wedding
Ashley & Christopher Spaulding
June 17th, 2009
I stayed here going to and coming from my 50th reunion at Dartmouth. A lovely oasis amidst the serene wilderness.
Dunn Chickering ‘59, Lexington, KY
February 26th, 2010
We traveled her from PA. My husband and I are here because of a two day training session with Bio Heat. We also stayed here about 5-6 years ago for training also. Both times here at the Inn have been very enjoyable, accommodating, warm, friendly and always great food. As much as we were satisfied last visit there are two new staff members we really find an asset here. Missi and Teddi! We have and love dogs and it makes us feel like home. Hoping to come back and visit some summer for a vacation.
Stan & Christine Blankenbiller
October 12th, 2009
My wife and I stayed here after a conference in Boston. This is a beautiful and welcoming place. The food is excellent, the staff friendly, the residents in the town welcoming and the dogs comforting. A great time.
John & Fran Wilson, Lexington, KY

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

February 20th, 2011
Dowds' is a lovely place. For some of us, this is our third year coming here. This suite is very nice! I love the quiet and the warmth - of both the house and the hospitality. I'd like to steal those two sweet dogs, Missy and Teddi, and take them home with me. Have a lovely and successful 2011. - Marge - Lebanon, CT
October 10-th, 2011
For a family who doesn't particularly appreciate New Hampshire/Vermont as others who visit this area do, we had a terrific time. The Inn was comfortable, the food delicious. We were here the whole weekend for my sister's wedding, which was at the Inn. One of the nicest weddings we've been to. We definitely consider staying here again if we have to come up this way. - Ben and Chrissy - Pachogue, NY
March 5th, 2011
Another wonderful stay - Thank you Tami! We'll be back.
Jen and Buddy, Greenland, NH
November 7th, 2009
Here from Central NY for the Cornell-Dartmouth game. Inn is incredible. Tami-the greatest- thanks so much for making & changing dinner reservations for us. Stella’s shrimp scampi, unbelievable. Breakfast (and choices!!), wonderful. We’ll be back.
Rud & Judie, Waterloo, NY
December 11th, 2010 Christmas in Lyme
We are part of the Argenti clan here to help put up my brother Paul’s tree. This is our second stay at the Dowds’ and we love its charm. Staying in the Presidential Suite was a special treat. Our morning after breakfast feast is certain to be a big success. Thanks for the hospitality and Happy Holidays!
Linda & Pat

SHELBURNE Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

October 10th, 2012
A most welcoming and comfortable stay with the kindest people. Thank you!
Eric & John, Jamestown, RI
June Graduation ‘09
Thank you for your kindness to Kate and to me. Hazel’s appreciation as well. I will phone you someday to share news. Everything was quite a bit nicer because of your special qualities shared within your lovely home.
Thank you.
Sylvia Reed, Widow, John Reed
August 12th, 2012
The Inn was beautiful. We enjoyed our stay and our great breakfasts with great bacon! Thank you for a wonderful stay!
Joan, Babylon, NY
March 12th, 2012
Had a wonderful stay and enjoyed Dartmouth Skiway - even though it was 60 degrees! Thanks for everything!
Mary and Don, Far Rockaway, NY
April 18th, 2012
Wow! So comfy! Here for work, but almost stayed for the holiday.
Sam, Sutton, VT

WILDFLOWER Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

October 6th Columbus Day Weekend,
I am here for my daughters cross country race in Thetford, VT. She is staying elsewhere with her team. I miss my other daughter and husband who could not attend, so I am here alone. This Inn and room-"Wildflower", are as I imagined. It is so welcoming and cheerful and cozy. After a very long trip from southern Connecticut, including a flat tire, this is a most welcome sight. The cup of tea I was offered was just delightful. My dream of a pleasant and peaceful night has been answered. Thank you.
Sally, Stratford, CT

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