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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 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
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
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 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
January 6th, 2011
I've enjoy a quiet, comfortable, warm stay. It was 11 degrees outside but cozy in here.
Lynn Matzke, Lebanon, NH
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
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
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

DARTMOUTH Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

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
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.

EMERSON Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

June 17th, 2010
Yesterday my grandson, Jeremiah Leonard, graduated from the Lyme School. When our family gathers here from NY, VT and Lyme, I stay at this Inn. Such a pleasure to have my privacy and rest. A huge comfort in my life.
Mary Leonard, Shelburne, VT
December 30th, 2010
We enjoyed this beautiful historic home and your friendly staff. We were lucky our daughter who lives in Orford found this wonderful Inn for us. Thank you very much.
Jeanne Flower, Yardley, PA
August 28th, 2011
Thank you not only for the charming room in a lovely inn, but also for tea and conversation. The tea itself was a pleasure. Even more was the opportunity to meet and talk with other quests. This time one was hiking the whole Appalachian Trail, one had just finished a Buddhist retreat, and a couple from Germany who were touring. We also enjoyed learning the history (and future) of the inn from Tami herself. So long Missy and Teddy, we'll expect to bring our black lab, Sombra, another time.
Deb and Tony Abbott, Guilford, CT
December 19th, 2010
Our faculty Christmas party was here last night so we decided to book a room. The atmosphere Is wonderful, couldn’t ask for nicer people and the food was awesome-dinner and breakfast. Thank you Tammy we so enjoyed our stay.
Bill & Kim
July 20th, 2010
Such a nicely put together facility and grounds; you people are kind and gracious. Thank you. Lovely breakfast!
Pat & Glen Lush, Wolfeboro, NH

HINMAN Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

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
June 25th, 2010
Once again a great stay, we want to live here! See you in July. Thanks!
Drew & Audrey Klotz, Weston, CT
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
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

HITCHCOCK Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

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
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
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
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

MANCHESTER Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

September 16th-17th, 2010
After an 18 mile north bound thru-hike on A we arrived in Lyme, NH. The rain had started and we knew a night in a lean-to was not high on our want list, so…..after stopping in for a cup o coffee and a treat at the Lyme Country Store we were informed about this "country Inn". Wow! What a wonderful and special place! Without a doubt, one of the best so far along the AT for me. I began my thru-hike on April 4th (Easter Sunday) and have been enjoying the journey to the "max." My great friend Moe is providing a "slack-pack" opportunity for me, so I have been doing between 18-25 miles on the trail for the past 3 days. Today I head to Glenclif NH. Moe will drive North and hike back to meet me at a point on AT. Works great and hope to be at the Loon Mt. Highland games on Sunday (1 mile kilted race I hope to enter J) Thank you Dowds’ for having this establishment-hope to be back at some point-can’t wait for breakfast.
Kip Nelson, Bangor/Hampden ME
June 3rd, 2012
Another Wonderful stay at Dowd's. Thank you!
Frank, Salisbury, 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
May 4th, 2012
Thank you for a wonderful two nights
Jon, Athens, GA
March 24th, 2012
We had a good time here. The Staff made us feel very comfortable. We found a home away from home. We like the room setting & surrounding. We definitely will come back when we visit friends in the area.
Lisa & Ellen, New York City

MARSHLAND Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

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
June 4th, 2011
Great to make this our second home while visiting with our new grandson, Jackson.
Nancy Briggs, Ottawa, Canada
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
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
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

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 29th, 2010
A very pleasant stay and outstanding breakfast!
Rob Sharlet, Schenectady, 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
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

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
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
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
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

NEW HAMPSHIRE Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

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
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
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,
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

PIKES SUITE Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

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 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
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
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

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

December 16th, 2010
We went to a Christmas party last night and stayed here because it’s 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
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
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

SHELBURNE Room Testimonials at the Dowds' Country Inn

May 19th20th, 2011
What a lovely 2 day get away for our 10th anniversary!! Charming and warm, and just outside of our normal traveling zone. We went antique searching and investigated the area. Pleasant day. Thank you for your kind hospitality and excellent breakfasts!
P.S. We ate at Peyton Place one night - excellent! And @ Stella's the next night - also excellent. What a surprise that old Lyme is a kickin' place.
Ray and Rebecca Book, West Lebanon, NH
October 10th, 2012
A most welcoming and comfortable stay with the kindest people. Thank you!
Eric & John, Jamestown, RI
May 24th, 2012
Thank you for a wonderful stay!This was a perfect place for our family - and it felt like being at home!
Elizabeth, Chicago, IL
September 17th, 2011
Today is the big happy wedding day of Jason and Anne in the church next door. Family and Friends have filled all the rooms. A perfect choice!! May the newlyweds have many fabulous years from this fabulous place!! We are so lucky!
Jim and Lu Dachos, grandparents, South Hadley, MA
September 21st, 2012
Thanks for saving us from grandma's living room floor! Your hospitality was certainly beyond expectations - you can count on seeing us again!
Julia, Denver, CO

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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