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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

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
May 1st, 2010 Gary and Melissaís 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 godís 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

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. Itís 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. Dowdsí was the perfect respite for us as itís 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 Dowdsí 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. Dowdsí is a beautiful setting.
Pam Davis

CHURCH TOWER Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

January 6th, 2011
I've enjoy a quiet, comfortable, warm stay. It was 11 degrees outside but cozy in here.
Lynn Matzke, Lebanon, NH
July 24th, 2010
We had a pleasant stay here while visiting for parentís day at Camp Merriwood. Service was great and staff very friendly. Thank you.
Amy & Keith Rohland
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 16th, 2009
Elderhostelís "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
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

July 30th, 2010
Really enjoyed our time here-lovely spot. Breakfast was delicious and everyone was sweet and helpful! Thank you.
Bev & Peter Broberg
June 20th, 2010
Our stay was wonderful but too short! Great breakfast-fabulous Inn! Weíll be back when our son is enrolled at Dartmouth!
-Kathi, Cincinnati, OH
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.

EMERSON Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

October 4th, 2012
Very charming, great breakfast, friendly people, love the setting!
Hank, Bellevue, WA
August 8th, 2012
Thank you for a very pleasant stay as always. We appreciate your help in solving out computer issue. The Dowd's Inn has become somewhat of a home away from home. Everyone is very friendly and it is always a pleasure talking to the staff
Wayne, Yardley, PA
December 30th, 2010
Our daughter does it again-finding a great place for us to stay while visiting her in Orford! Not only is your staff very friendly and helpful, but your house has a "personality", feelings of comfort, friendliness in the entryway, relaxing in the breakfast room, and bit of the scholarly in the Emerson Room. Thank You.
Wayne Flower, Yardley, PA
July 9th, 2012
What a great place to stay! The management & staff should be very proud!
Thomas, Wilmington, DE
December 24th, 2010
Thank you for your warm hospitality. Your offer to include the Lyme family members is lovely. Another year we may take advantage of it. Thank you so much.
Susan Emerson, Silver Springs, MD

HINMAN Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

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 couldnít get enough of her New England accent!! (Just joking Tami) Thanks for everything!
Roger Leuba, Providence, Utah
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. Canít 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
October 10th, 2010
My nephew Scottís wedding!!!! What a wonderful Inn you have-friendly and competent staff, great food, and great time!
Betsy Parks
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. Iím moving in!
Grace & Erin Kelly, Buffalo, NY

HITCHCOCK Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

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
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
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
LIKE WOW! Iím Mandira and I live in Israel and this is the most interesting experience of adjusting to new life Iíve had in a while. Itís like the movies, so quaint and small town atmosphere that makes it adorable and scary for me but I think Iím 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
May 24th, 2010
We had a wonderful time here celebrating our sonís graduating from Tuck. We will remember this weekend as one of our favorite family gatherings.
The Owens

MANCHESTER Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

April 23rd-11th
Without exaggerating, this might be the twentieth time we, or at least one of us, has stayed at the Dowds'. Without question, returning to the Dowds' is like returning home.
Currently, I am here with my mother for a quick weekend trip to visit our Aunt Hellen (my great-Aunt) We have been coming to Lyme essentially every year, to visit, for virtually the duration of my life. (I am now 28, married, and a grown-up).
Both my mother and I have incredibly fond memories of this - myself and my sibling playing game, running rampant and playing with Patrick and Duncan, and the two big dogs (who are so sweet and nice). Time may have passed, but so many things remain the same - the wonderful homey feel, the caring and helpful staff, and the feelings of coming home.
We look forward to many more visits here (and I am sure Mom looks forwards to carting grandchildren up here soon!) Thanks for another wonderful stay! Hugs and Kisses!
Joy (Nadler) Frankel and Barbara Nadler
Novemver 4th, 2012
We enjoyed our stay. Everyone is friendly and hospitable. The room is charming and comfortable.
Steve & Ann, Owings, MD
November 27th, 2012
Thank you again for a wonderful stay with your hospitable staff. We just love driving in the driveway as we know the warmth and comfort that awaits us
Emilie, Salisbury, MD
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
June 30th, 2012
Thank you for moving all the chairs so we could have a first floor room. Everyone is so friendly and fun plus the grounds are beautiful. We would love to come again.
Pat& Jerry, Gembrills, MD

MARSHLAND Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

January 1st, 2012
Thank for your hospitality and fabulous breakfasts. We will definitely be back.
Akiyo Shimizu, Astoria, NY
February 6th & 7th, 2010
Once again we had an enjoyable stay at Dowdsí 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 Dowdsí. 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
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
September 4th, 2011
What a wonderful place. We loved the hospitality, food, gardens and staff. Thank you for making this joyous occasion so memorable.
Judy and Ken Williamson, Oakville, On. Canada

MAXWELL Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

December 29th, 2010
A very pleasant stay and outstanding breakfast!
Rob Sharlet, Schenectady, NY
October 10th, 2010
Wonderful stay! Beautiful place! Staff were all awesome!
Jo-Anne & Carmen, Rochester, NY
February 19th, 2010
Lovely stay in your comfortable Inn-Thank you for all your help.
Wendy & David Miller
December 26th, 2010
Another lovely stay at Dowdsí! Christmas lights, fire in the fireplace, snow (thank you for arranging that), cranberry/orange pancakesÖWe canít remember how many times we have stayed here but A. itís 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

MOSES EATON Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

August 23rd, 2011
This room was a lot of fun! Unfortunately, we only had a one night stay. I liked that the Moses Eaton room was at the very top of the house so we used all sorts of stairs and hallways to get here. The room was very quaint because of all the wonderful curtains and quilts and we all really enjoyed it. The breakfast was amazing: We all loved the food. The maple syrup was the best we have ever tasted. Everything was clean, cute and quaint. - The He Family - New Jersey
July 24th, 2010
Every time we come here we love it. Peace and love. -The Klotzís
Iím the other Klotz and we do enjoy the Inn! Weíll be calling for reservations next spring for June & July. Next year Iíll get the dateís right. Thank you for the accommodations.
Love Audrey Klotz, Weston, CT
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
October 10th, 2010
BEAUTIFUL!! Fabulous job w/ the Hayes Wedding. Thank you for making us feel @ home.
Amanda Yupe, Charlton, NY
November 26th, 2010
We had a wonderful time. After Thanksgiving dinner we came here and sat in front of the fire in the living room then a great sleep and long-almost 10 hours-glorious. Delicious breakfast and pleasant. Met Tami who used to clean our Whipple Hill house in Lyme-and then her father Wayne Pike who externally restored the house way back. All lovely people.
Jan & George Emlen

NEW HAMPSHIRE Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

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
October 18th, 2009
We came to attend Dartmouthís Ski Ball to celebrate the 100th anniversary of skiers at Dartmouth. We really enjoyed our stay at your lovely Inn.
Nancy & Dave, Ottawa, Canada
July 14th, 2009
We are on a trip through the USA & Canada and stop every night in different hotels and the Dowdsí 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
March 14th, 2010
I enjoyed my week-long stay here at the Dowdsí 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 Dowdsí made my stay a memorable one.
P.S. You guys are always welcome to NYC, just give me a buzz and Iíll be your tour guide!
Best Regards,

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 Dowdsí Country Inn to all. This is a memory I will cherish for life. The Fielder-Spaulding Wedding
Ashley & Christopher Spaulding
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
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 Ď59, Lexington, KY
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

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
December 16th, 2010
We went to a Christmas party last night and stayed here because itís close. We live about an hour and a half away. Tami was a lovely hostess and the breakfast was amazing! They even invited our friends that were giving the party. We would definitely do it again. Thanks for everything. Merry Christmas.
Michael & Tammy
March 5th, 2011
Another wonderful stay - Thank you Tami! We'll be back.
Jen and Buddy, Greenland, NH
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
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. Stellaís shrimp scampi, unbelievable. Breakfast (and choices!!), wonderful. Weíll be back.
Rud & Judie, Waterloo, NY

SHELBURNE Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

January 13th-15th, 2012
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Our family of 15 had a great time here at the Inn. Everyone loved their rooms, breakfasts were delicious and the "Carriage House" was the perfect place for all of us to gather. We will be staying here again!
Margaret Gardner, New Canaan, CT
May 8th, 2011
Another wonderful stay at the Inn. Everything was sparkling clean and as always wonderful hospitality! We love coming here and will be back as we design and build our future home here in Lyme - can't wait!
Nick and Brenda Ashooh, Norwalk, CT
September 5th, 2011
Thanks for a wonderful stay (and a delicious breakfast) in such a charming and quite place. The staff was so friendly and welcoming and went out of their way for us. Dowds' had been highly recommended by my parents (Hi Mom and Dad!) and it lived up to expectations - we'll be sure to come back on future visits to our alma mater.
Megan and Drew McConville, Washington, DC (and Dartmouth '03s)
October 23rd, 2012
We really enjoyed our time here and used the Great room and tea immensely. Dinner at Stella's two doors down was a delight! Thank you for all!!
Sarah & Griff, Switzerland
November 13th, 2010
Pat & I enjoyed our visit w/ my college roommate her in Lyme. A nice change from Cape Cod. Pat (My grandson) doesnít want to leave but, The Lighthouse (My restaurant on the lower cape) calls. The Inn (Iíve stayed here 3 times) is as accommodating as always.
Joe Wancol & Pat Keigans

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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