What We Love
- A lakeside retreat where New England meets New Orleans, with a suite optionEnjoying a hearty, Louisiana-style breakfast each day, perhaps with a lobster omelet or beignets
- Taking a kayak or sailboat out on the lake
- Getting hands-on with local history at a Canterbury Shaker Village craft workshop
- Taking the three-mile walk around the lake and admiring the beautiful scenery
What To Know
- Stop by the Vernondale Country Store (just a short walk away) for old-fashioned eats and wares
- Some rooms don't have air conditioning, check ahead if that's on your must-list
- WiFi can be hit or miss
If you’re looking for a little New Orleans with your New Hampshire, look no further than Follansbee Inn. North and South collide at this Dartmouth-area escape, managed by Cajun Country export Denis Swords, where each morning brings a breakfast that unites the two worlds. Perhaps it will include a lobster omelet with tasso-hollandaise, or New Orleans-style beignets – either way, it’ll start your day off with southern efficiency and northern charm in equal measure.
But once you’re outside the inn, you couldn’t be anywhere but the Granite State. The hotel sits on expansive Kezar Lake and is just minutes from Mount Sunapee, an iconic local peak with a beloved adventure park. You can tour plenty of area breweries and National Historic Landmarks, or learn about the Shakers, but it goes without saying that outdoor activities will be a highlight of your stay here. Lucky for you, bikes, kayaks, canoes and sailboats are all complimentary to guests – so pick your pastime, and laissez les bons temps rouler.
Rooms and suites
Each of the 18 accommodations here is individually decorated and named after one of the members in the founders’ family. Beds are plush, topped with quilts and cushy pillows. Choose between a cozy room with a queen-sized bed, or one of the larger suites.
You’re on Kezar Lake, a lovely place to boat in the warmer months, and just minutes from two peaks, Mount Sunapee and Ragged Mountain (the former of which is home to a beloved adventure park). For a peek into New Hampshire history, Canterbury Shaker Village has special events and craft shops, and the Musterfield Farm Museum hosts Civil War reenactments. Other sights worth a stop include the former home of American Renaissance legend Augustus Saint-Gaudens and the headquarters of several distinguished brewing companies.
How to Get There
Thank you Dennis for being such a cordial host. This is an excellent stay for anyone. Talk about a beautiful lake and a laid back atmosphere!! Can you say "Mayberry"?? You will after you stay here. Leave your worries behind and book a stay in NH.
Rooms are cute and comfortable without being cutesy. Kezar Lake is one of the nicest in central NH, and the inn provides kayaks and canoes. Satellite and shooting star watching from the dock is awesome, as are sunsets. The breakfasts are outstanding - a touch Louisiana cajun style melded with New England. For hanging out you can choose between the cozy paneled study with the woodstove or the more formal sitting room with the fireplace, or take a three mile walk around the lake, or bring your bike because a lot of good routes start here, or bring your skis because Mt Sunapee is 8 miles away. Dennis is a low-key gracious host.
Very laid back and welcoming. Setting is quintessential New England. Dennis is a gracious host. Enjoyed breakfast (New Orleans flavor) in the dining room, especially the bignet and poached eggs w/ corned beef hash.
We were on a road trip across New England and had booked various places without really knowing much about them. Therefore when we arrived at The Follansbee Inn we were so pleasantly surprised. Firstly, greeted by a very friendly dog who we later found out was called Angel. We asked her to show us in and she did - right through the front door and found the owner to check us in - adorable. The Inn was really comfortable with lots of sitting areas to relax and outside looked right across the lake and with its own small beach area and dock you could take out kayaks and even a Peddle Boat which we did almost immediately as it was so inviting. We peddled across the lake and admired the scenery, then the owner Dennis was there at the dock with Angel to help us safely back on dry land. Our room was small but cosy with it's own private bathroom with shower. Some lovely personal touches of homemade soap and 'poo pourrit'. We found a place to eat dinner a short drive away as the small village has no places to eat within walking distance - the shop across the street does deli type food but it was closed. Breakfast the following morning was delicious - lots of options of homemade scotch eggs, potatoes, fruit juices and cereal and a very nice home made gluten free granola! Lots of tea and coffee options too.
As a mom of 3 littles, I was looking for a quick escape to recharge and was happy to find this gem of a B&B not too far away. It checked all my boxes: quiet, walking distance to trails, close proximity to food, tub large enough for an enjoyable soak, and comfortable sitting area to work on my projects.
Situated across the road from a quiet lake, most of the path around the lake is on a public road with steady, light traffic. A state park is located on the opposite side of the lake if you prefer to walk/hike/run away from moving vehicles.
There was a wonderful sitting area next to the dock owned by the Inn where I could enjoy morning coffee or a light snack I brought over. Plenty of watercraft and gear was provided by the Inn (I did not take advantage of).
While no televisions were in the rooms, the internet connection was great and I was able to stream movies with no delay.
My one complaint is that upon arrival the binder of information left on my bed included a restriction on eating or drinking in the guest rooms. As I was essentially looking for a place to relax away from the demands of my family, it was quite inconvenient to have to put on clothes to go down to the common rooms for a snack or enjoy a cocktail. I took off one star in my review as I believe this information should have been included in the advertised policies prior to booking.
Overall a very nice stay.