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Breakfast on the Connecticut

651 River Road , Lyme, NH 03768 USA (Show map)
8 Reviews
$125 - $250
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A New England Bed & Breakfast created with you in mind. Built in 1996, Breakfast on the Connecticut sits on 23 acres in rural Lyme, just a dozen miles north of Hanover and Dartmouth College. It has fifteen rooms, each with private bath and some with in-room whirlpool tubs. Each room has its own color TV/VCR, telephone and individual climate control and computer ports. Two large suites offer ample room for a family of four. Many bedrooms have their own working gas fireplaces.



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Dining4.5

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Unique and Beautiful!

5 on July 21, 2013

We spent three nights here in July and loved the secluded, yet convenient, location. The property is beautiful and we wish we had had more time for some canoeing on the river. Our room was nicely appointed, quiet, and we loved the skylight. The breakfasts were delicious! How nice to have a choice "from the grill" each morning. John was very helpful and informative on our questions about places to eat and the best way to get to our destination, particularly Mt. Washington. Donna was always the gracious and considerate hostess.

Lovely Place to Stay

4.0 on August 11, 2010

We had a very nice room, with more than enough space for 2 adults and 1 older child. John & Donna were warm and friendly. We enjoyed the kayaks on the river - what a nice perk! Breakfast was so delicious that I had to ask for recipes! The scenery and views are wonderful. Still my daughter's favorite of all the b&bs we've stayed at.

Our favorite B&B in the Hanover area - great for weddings

4.6 on January 06, 2010

Breakfast on the Connecticut is my and my husband's favorite B&B in the Northeast. John and Donna (and sometimes Donna's mother!) are wonderful hosts and we look forward to seeing them each time we go up, which has been about five or six times--one of which was for our wedding. The location of the inn is great if you enjoy outdoor activities--it is right on the Connecticut River, and the inn has canoes and kayaks available for guests. It is on a quiet country road, perfect for cycling (beware if you have a road bike, though--the road can get a bit rough) and running. We also just enjoy lying out on the lawn when it's warm. As a wedding location, it is unbeatable for small weddings. When we were planning we did not hire a planner, as John and Donna helped us find most of our vendors. At the wedding itself, we had ~40 people. We held the ceremony on the lawn overlooking the river and had the reception in a tent beside the ceremony site. Donna and a small staff did the catering--the prices were very affordable, and it was probably the best food I've ever had at a wedding. Because it was a small wedding, most of our guests were able to stay at the inn and made a weekend out of it (there are 15 rooms plus a separate, two-bedroom guest house). I highly recommend Breakfast on the Connecticut, whether you're looking for a nice place to stay or for a wedding site.

lovely experience!

5 on September 18, 2009

John and Donna love what they do and it shows. Lovely rooms, delicious meals, and a comfortable atmosphere. Enjoyed sitting out back on the adirondack chairs looking out on the river with a cup of coffee in the mornings!

awful experience

1.6 on October 16, 2008

not near Dartmouth, but 45 mn away, mostly on unimproved roads. toilet, bath, sink in bed area, with no seperation. Innkeeper explains it as "very european". very expensive with sub-standard value. Suggest that Dartmouth caution prospective guests that it is only suitable for a very narrow client base

Innkeeper Response
There are four ways to get to Dartmouth from our Inn - Route 5, Route 10, Interstate 91 and down River Road to Route 10. The mileage on all four is 12 - 15 miles and takes between 18 - 20 minutes. River Road has been designated by the State of New Hampshire as a scenic roadway as if follows the path of the river. After the road received its designation you are not allowed to alter the integrity of the road. On River Road there is a 3/4 of a mile hard-packed dirt section. That is the only unimproved section on any of roads leading into Hanover (Dartmouth). In fact the speed limit on all roads is 55 - 65 except in population centers. Our rooms range in size and amenities but all toilets are behind closed doors. We do offer privacy screens for those guests who are not comfortable with the room arrangement or who are traveling with children. We take pride in the cleanliness of the rooms and of the Inn and our housekeepers take special pains to make sure all is in top order. This guest stayed with us on Columbus Day Weekend. It is our busiest weekend of the year as 500,000 people come into the Upper Valley to view the colors. While most lodging facilities hike their rates at this time, we do not. They were attending a reunion at Dartmouth and Dartmouth each year reserves all our rooms for potential reunion attendees. They stayed one night, expressed their unhappiness and we acted accordingly. We returned their payment except for the night they stayed and then made several phone calls to other lodging properties to see if we could secure them lodging elsewhere. They stayed in Hanover at one of the chain properties. I am sorry that their experience was an unpleasant one but we have successfully catered to thousands of Dartmouth families in the last 10 years. We host Dartmouth families as sons and daughters enter as freshman; on freshman and sophomore parents' weekends; on graduation; on reunion;and even on wedding day.

Great for large and small events. Gourmet food. Elegant, Clean, Beautiful …………Simply lovely.

5 on July 08, 2008

I went there for a wedding………… The property is breath taking with beautiful views of the CT River and Green and White mountains. The property is well cared for. They have on site canoes and kayaks. The inn keepers, Donna and John, clearly know what they are doing. They are friendly, welcoming, accommodating and know how to manage a B&B perfectly. The common areas are spotless and elegant. The rooms are clean, beautiful, and have great views. Classic New England décor…………. With all the modern luxury. What impressed me the most was the food and catering for the wedding was all managed my Donna and John in house and it was 7 star!!!!! The food was cooked on site by Donna. She is a gourmet chef and produced some of the best food creations I have ever eaten………. They were able to manage a full inn as well as the event with out a glitch. Great place for event, family reunions, company retreats, as well as a quiet get away.

Charming, comfortable stay

4.8 on September 20, 2007

The bad: My parent's room was a little small, but the rest of the inn afforded enough to stretch out. The good: Full bath facilities in every room. Our tour of B&Bs has taken us to several that required sharing a bath, which can be a bit of a hassle. Our room was quite large, as we requested a room with a cot for our boy. The views from the inn were nice and there were canoes on site which my boy LOVED. The innkeepers were very friendly and accommodating - and the breakfast was delicious! The woman really knows how to cook. The inn was basically spotless. This made me happy because the boy has taken to licking floors occasionally. I'm not saying "lick the floors" but it wouldn't make me panic if he did. Nice stay!

What a peaceful spot

4.0 on May 10, 2007

John and Donna were so welcoming and everything was wonderful. The food was fabulous, the rooms comfortable and the views spectacular!!! Thanks

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Village


Manchester, NH (MHT) 95 miles

Directions to property:

From the South (on the Interstate): From I-89 North cross the Connecticut River into Vermont and take I-91 North to Exit 14 (Thetford/Lyme). Proceed east for approx. 1.4 miles to Route 5. Take a right on Route 5 and then take an immediate left to cross the Thetford bridge. After crossing the bridge, take your first left onto River Road, go approx. 3 miles and you will see our sign on the left. The B&B is well set back from the road. From Hanover: Take the Lyme Road (Rte 10) north out of Hanover. Pass by Lyme Green staying on Rte. 10. Approx. 2 miles after the Lyme Congregational Church on the Green, take a left on North Thetford Road. At the end of the road, take a right on to River Road and our sign is approx. 1.2 miles down on the left. From the North: Take the I-91 South to Exit 14 (Thetford/Lyme), then follow directions from the south.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Saint-Gaudens, Billings Farm and Museum, Dartmouth College, Queechee Gorge, Ruggles Mine, Simon Pearce Glass Blowing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Videos, Wedding Facilities , bicycles, snowshoes, kayaks, canoes

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, In-room internet, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Dartmouth College Athletic Events, Snowmobiling, Appalachian Trail, Hot Air Ballooning, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming

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  • Check In:: after 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Entire Inn is smoke-free
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: Limited Will arrange for a babysitter if given a week's notice
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During in season weekends require a two night stay
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of one night or one half of your stay is required at time of booking.
  • Cancellations: Refunds issued only if cancellation received two weeks in advance of arrival date or room rerented. All cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee. "No shows" will be charged for the entire reserved stay.



John and Donna Andersen

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Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

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  • Time Served: 8:00-9:30
  • Serving Location: Dining Room



651 River Road , Lyme, NH 03768 USA (Show map)

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