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Three Chimneys Inn

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Globe Correspondents / April 11, 2004

17 Newmarket Road, Durham, N.H.

603-868-7800 or 888-399-9777

www.threechimneysinn.com

What we liked most
Fresh coffee in an air pot 24/7.

What we liked least
Bedposts blocked the view of the TV.

What surprised us
Finding a top-flight, former Boston chef running the kitchen.

You know you're at Three Chimneys Inn when . . .
Instead of roosters, you hear Canada geese honking at dawn (and again at sunset, too).

Rates: The 23 rooms distributed between the Mansion and the Carriage House are differentiated as standard, deluxe (most with fireplace or soaking tub), and Jacuzzi (four rooms on the garden level of the Carriage House). Midweek rates vary from $109 to $219, depending on season; weekend rates are $139 to $249. All include breakfast for two. The package of two nights with dinner for two one night and breakfast for two both mornings is $332-$572. We paid a weekend package price of $383.88 for Room 22. The package rate for that room will go up to $449 for May-July, and to $507 for August-mid-November. The Maples serves breakfast and dinner daily. The frost Sawyer Tavern serves lunch Wednesday-Friday, a daily late-afternoon light bar menu, and a full dinner menu nightly. Dinner entrees $16-$27, lunch $8-$12.

Directions: About a 90-minute drive from Boston. Follow Interstate 95 north toward Portsmouth, taking exit 4 (Spaulding Turnpike/Route 16). Take exit 6W (Durham/Concord) and proceed 5 miles on Route 4 to the Durham/Route 108 exit. Turn left at bottom of ramp onto Route 108. At fork in road, veer left to stay on Route 108. Durham Town Hall is on the left. Driveway entry to Three Chimneys Inn is the next left.

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