The Notchland Inn, Hart's Location, NH
The Notchland Inn, nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Luckily for me, I visited during the Annual Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour, so I got to sample different kinds of cookies as a bonus. Also, the inn was all decked out for Christmas, with decorations and not one, but two Christmas trees.
When I arrived at the inn, I was greeted by Abby, a Bernese Mountain Dog. In spite of her size, Abby was very gentle and sweet. Later, I met her companion, Crawford. Both are very friendly and sociable.
Les Schoof and Ed Butler own the inn. Former New York City residents, the two began looking for a different type of life. Once they decided to become innkeepers, they searched the Northeast, finally narrowing their search to New Hampshire. When they came upon the Notchland, it was love at first sight.
It’s easy to see why. The Notchland Inn is a granite building, surrounded by the White Mountains National Forest. Downstairs, there’s a sunny dining room, where hot breakfasts and five-course dinners are served. There’s a fireplace here, too, plus hardwood floors and lots of windows. Beyond that is a library with yet another fireplace, and then a sunroom with views of the pond and lots of plants.
There’s a front parlor designed by Gustav Stickley, which boasts an impressive fireplace, and a music room with yet another fireplace.
My room was serene and inviting, done in soothing colors. I had my own fireplace, a sitting room, and a balcony that looked out over the cottages. There’s a whirlpool tub, perfect for a soak on a cold winter’s day, and handmade soaps.
There are also three cottages, where pets are welcome.
I didn’t get to meet Ed, who was away on business, but Les and assistant innkeeper Mark took very good care of me, and the other guests.
"Delightful" might be an overused word, but it certainly described my visit to the Notchland. Les and Mark looked after my every need, and treated me like a member of the family. When I had to drive to Lincoln one night, Les tore a map out of a publication, marked out the best route, and recommended a good restaurant. He told me to drive carefully, and if I got lost, to call and he would direct me back.
I don't know what was the best part of my stay. The inn and the grounds are lovely. Les and Mark tended to my every need. I enjoyed Abby and Crawford.
I guess I'll just have to go back and try to figure it out.
For more information, call 603-374-6131 or visit Notchland Inn.
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