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It was in the 19th century that visitors discovered the charms of Holderness in New Hampshire. Situated between mountains and lakes, it proved a cool summer retreat particularly for inhabitants of Boston and Baltimore seeking an escape from the heat. Today, it’s both a summer and winter resort - as well as a place to enjoy the famous New England fall - and choosing one of our best places to stay in Holderness will allow you to enjoy the best of the town and surroundings, whatever season you arrive.

Still largely a rural town, one of the big attractions are the Squam Lakes, at the base of the White Mountains, which offer some of the clearest water in the county. Here you can go kayaking, paddle-boarding or take a leisurely cruise. To get closer to the wildlife, pop into the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center where you can see bobcats, mountain lions and bald eagles.

The area has plenty of hiking opportunities too, including a popular family trail through oak and pine forests of West Rattlesnake Mountain, to a spectacular viewpoint. Come winter, you’ll find plenty of downhill and cross-country skiing trails. Use our best places to stay in Holderness to start planning your trip.

Best places to stay in Holderness

  • Set in 13 acres and with sweeping views over lakes and mountains, The Manor on Golden Pond is a beautiful, serene retreat. The New England-style country manor house is awash with elegance and home comforts - some rooms with fires - plus there’s an outdoor pool.

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  • The Manor on Golden Pond

    Holderness (New Hampshire)

    A fine New England country manor house set in idyllic grounds with sweeping views of the nearby lake and surrounding hills. Bedrooms feel stately; some have cosy fireplaces and private jacuzzi baths. The hotel has a sophisticated dining room as well as a more relaxed bar area. Quiet and secluded.

    24 rooms from $262
    Local markets  -  Visit local craft and antique stores
    Cooking classes  -  Fine Cooking Program
    Restrictions on children  -  No children
    Kayaking  -  Squam Lake
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Fodors
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