The Inn at Pleasant Lake

853 Pleasant Street P.o. Box 1030, New London, New Hampshire 03257
Innkeeper(s): Brian & Linda MacKenzie
  • Inn at Pleasant Lake from the lake in autumn

    Inn at Pleasant Lake from the lake in autumn

  • Outdoor Patio

    Outdoor Patio

  • Yellowfin Tuna Entrée

    Yellowfin Tuna Entrée

  • Room 2

    Room 2

  • Introduction

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake New London, New HampshireThe Inn at Pleasant Lake is a beautiful waterfront property in New London, New Hampshire. We offer spacious rooms, award winning gourmet meals, and access to a wide array of activities. Spend your winter getaway skiing at Mt. Sunapee or Ragged Mountain, cross country skiing, ice skating on our downtown rink or snowshoeing area trails.

    Summertime is for swimming in the clear waters of Pleasant Lake,  hiking, kayaking, golfing, or doing nothing at all.  We can meet all of your no stress vacation needs! Complete with high speed wireless Internet and central air conditioning, we want to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Come relax in the quiet elegance of the historic Inn at Pleasant Lake.

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake New London, New Hampshire outside table

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake New London, New Hampshire boat on the shore

  • About Our Inn

    Situated across from pristine Pleasant Lake and across from majestic Mount Kearsarge is the Inn at Pleasant Lake. The structure’s humble beginnings started in 1790 by Caleb Segur. He farmed over 400 acres of pasturelands in the lake valley. It was here, close to the shores of Pleasant Lake where he built his Cape style farmhouse and barn.

    The property was later purchased in 1878 by retired Union officer Colonel William Messer. He added a second story and a row of deep gables and named his summer resort The Red Gables Inn. It remained so for over 100 years. The tradition of hospitality continues today at the Inn at Pleasant Lake. The gables, the lake, and the views remain, waiting to welcome you.

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake has ten well-appointed guest rooms, each with a private bath, and three common rooms. Guests have access to our private beach on Pleasant Lake as well as our workout facility behind the Inn.

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake New London, New Hampshire porch The Inn at Pleasant Lake New London, New Hampshire gym

  • Business Meetings

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake New London, New Hampshire business meetings

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake provides a wonderful environment for business retreats and meetings.

    Our common rooms are available for business meetings. We can guarantee total privacy and comfort.

    The common rooms vary in size to accommodate groups of different sizes.

    Audio and Visual equipment is available upon request.

    Meals and coffee/refreshments can be coordinated into the group’s schedule if requested.  Please call for details and pricing.

    Meeting rooms are subject to a fee of $100.00 for general use and setup.

  • Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners and Group Functions

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake New London, New Hampshire wedding cake

    The Inn can accommodate up to 100 guests indoors.

    We have a full liquor license to handle any beverage needs for your group.

    Our executive chef will work with you to design a menu to “wow” your guests.

    Rehearsal dinners will follow our normal dinner format and regular dinner time. We have two private dining rooms. One accommodates 37-65 guests and the other 18-36 guests.

    Outdoor functions:  We have room for up to 180 guests on our side yard overlooking Pleasant Lake and Mount Kearsarge.  Rental fees apply.

    We accommodate a limited amount of weddings each year. Interested couples may call 1-800-626-4907 or email to check availability and request a catering packet.

    Visit the Wedding and Function Guidelines page of our website for more details.

  • Dining

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake New London, New Hampshire diningDinner at the Inn is a fine dining experience that should not be missed. Executive chef/owner Brian MacKenzie prepares a fabulous five course prix-fixe dinner five nights a week. The ever changing menus allow Chef MacKenzie and his staff to create cuisine that focuses on freshness, flavor, balance, texture and color.

    Our restaurant boasts a wonderfully well balanced wine list. The list covers many popular varietals and also has many selections of beer, aperitifs and after dinner drinks. View our selection of red and white wines.

    Dinner is $55 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages. One seating. From 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM there is a reception time in the common areas of the inn, cocktails are available for purchase. 7:00 PM is the chef presentation of the evening’s menu followed by seating at your table. The restaurant is closed for dinner on Mond ays and Tuesdays. Reservations Required.

  • Things To Do

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake New London, New Hampshire Activities

    Inn at Pleasant Lake Waterfront

    It’s just a short stroll down to the private beach that we share with our neighboring Slope n’ Shore Community. The inn offers two canoes, one rowboat, a two person kayak, two single kayaks and a paddleboard for guests to borrow for boating out on Pleasant Lake. Relax on the sandy beach, play volleyball, shoot some hoops or swim in the pristine water.

    Nearby Trails 

    The Inn is just 3/10 of a mile from an extensive hiking trail system. You can immerse yourself in nature and forget about the outside world. Just in front of the inn, the public roads that circle the lake will challenge you to a six mile run or walk.


    Kayak Country, Andover (10 min. drive),
    Village Sports, New London (5 min. drive),

    Boat Rentals

    Sargent’s Marina, George’s Mills (10 min. drive),

    Hiking and Exploring

    Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition, area hikes,
    Cricenti’s Bog, New London (5 min. drive)
    Mt. Kearsarge: Wilmot side, Winslow State Park, 1.75 mile trail (15 min. drive),
    Mt. Kearsarge, Warner side, Rollins State Park, 1/2 mile trail (30 min. drive)
    Pillsbury State Park, Washington (45-55 minute drive)
    Mt. Sunapee, Newbury (20 minute drive),
    Coco’s Path & Great Brook Trail, New London (1/3 mile from inn)
    The Northern Rail Trail, Potter Place (10 min drive),

    Zip Lining

    Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 minute drive),

    Zip Lining

    Regional State Parks, (eight parks nearby),


    Village Sports (rentals), New London (5 min. drive),
    The Northern Rail Trail, Potter Place (10 min drive),


    Tight Lines Fishing Services, Elkins (5 min. drive)


    Country Club of New Hampshire, Sutton (15 min drive)
    Twin Lake Village, New London (10 min drive)
    Eastman Golf Links, Grantham (20 min. drive),
    Newport Golf Club, Newport (20 min. drive),
    Ragged Mountain Resort, Danbury (20 min. drive),

    Disc Golf

    Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 minute drive),

    Minature Golf

    Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 minute drive),

    Indoor Recreation / Indoor Pool

    Hogan Sports Center, Colby Sawyer College, New London (5 min. drive)


    Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 min. drive),
    Ragged Mountain Resort, Danbury (20 min. drive),
    Eastman Cross Country Center, Grantham (20 min. drive),
    Dexter’s Inn Cross Country Skiing, Sunapee (20 min. drive),
    Pine Hill Ski Club, New London (5 min. drive),

    Ice Skating

    Village Sports (rentals), New London (5 min drive),


    Ski Joring, (Jan-Mar), area towns, winter equestrian spectator sport.,
    West Meadow Stables, Bradford, (all year), Trail Riding (all levels) plus “bring your own horse” packages. Sleigh rides (weather permitting),
    Punch Brook Farm, Franklin (603) 934-2738, (40 min. drive) horse drawn hay rides

    Off-Road Segway Excursions

    Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 minute drive),


    Upper Valley Lanes & Games, White River Junction, VT (45 min. drive) candlepin & ten pin
    Sunset Lanes and Lounge, Newport (20 min. drive) candlepin & ten pin

    Roller Skating

    Upper Valley Fun Center, Enfield (25 min. drive) (603) 632-7878 … call for schedule,

    Theater, Music, and Entertainment

    Barn Playhouse, New London (5 min. drive) June-September,
    Newport Opera House, Newport (20 min. drive),
    Claremont Opera House, Claremont (40 min. drive),
    Outdoor Summer Concerts, Many area towns different days of the week, free
    Dartmouth Performing Arts (The Hop), Hanover (35 min drive),
    Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon (35 min. drive),
    NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble, Travelling cast some area shows,
    Northern Stage, White River Junction, VT (45 min. drive),
    Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord (35 min. drive),


    New London Historical Society, New London (5 min. drive) various events, check calendar,
    The Ice House, New London, (2 min. drive),
    Musterfield Farm, North Sutton (10 min. drive),
    John Hay Estate, The Fells, Newbury, (20 min. drive),
    Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, (40 min. drive),
    Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, (40 min drive),
    Canterbury Shaker Village, Sanbornton, (55 min. drive), discount available, inquire,
    Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, (25 min. drive),
    Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield, (25 min. drive),
    Sunapee Boat Cruises, Sunapee, (15 min. drive),
    New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Warner, (25 min drive), check days & hrs.,
    Fort at #4, Charlestown, (45 min drive). Wed-Sun, Jun-Oct,
    Christa MacAuliffe Planetarium, Concord, (45 min. drive),
    Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT, (35 min. drive),
    Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, (55 min. drive),
    Library Arts Center, Newport (20 min. drive),
    Mt. Sunapee Skyrides, Newbury (20 min. drive), seasonal, see site for dates,
    Covered Bridges, Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region,
    Budweiser Brewery Tours, Merrimack (1 hr. drive),
    Harpoon Brewery Tours, Windsor, VT (1 hr. drive), tours on Fri. & Sat. at 3PM,
    King Arthur Flour, Norwich, VT (45 min. drive), baking classes, store,
    VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT (45 min drive),
    Quechee Gorge, Quechee, VT (45 min. drive),
    Cicely Farms Llama Adventures, Concord (45 min. drive)
    New Hampshire Historical Society Museum, Concord (45 min. drive),


    Prospect Hill Antiques, Georges Mills, (10 min. drive),
    The Renaissance Shop, New London, (5 min. drive)
    Tatewell Gallery, New London, (5 min. drive)
    Sunapee Landing Trading Company, Sunapee, (30 min. drive),


    Retail Shops, Boutiques, Pharmacy, Clothing, etc., Nearby area towns,
    Tanger Outlet Center, Tilton (45 min. drive),
    Crozer & Crozer Orchids, New London (5 min. drive) Contact them for delivery or greenhouse visits.

    Auto Racing

    NH International Speedway, Loudon,

    Indoor Flying Experience

    Skyventure New Hampshire, Nashua (75 min drive),


    The Nugget, Hanover (35 min. drive), street & public parking,
    Entertainment Cinemas, Lebanon, (30 min. drive),
    Regal Cinemas, Concord, (45 min. drive)
    Smitty's Cinema, Tilton (45 min. drive), cinema pub
    Red River Theaters, Concord (45 min. drive), alternative, independent theater,
    Regal Cinemas, Hooksett, (50 min drive), $1.00 toll on I-93 each way
    Cinemagic & Imax Theater, Hooksett, (50 min drive)  $1.00 toll on I-93 each way,
    Weir’s Beach Drive-in, Weir’s Beach (60 min. drive),

    Nearby Restaurant (within a 20 minute drive)

    The Inn at Pleasant Lake, New London, Fine Dining, prix-fixe (Wed-Sun) on site!
    Traditions at the Lake Sunapee Country Club, New London, American cuisine. (5 min. drive),
    Rockwell’s at the New London Inn, New London, Fine Dining & Tavern (closed Mondays) (3 min. drive)
    The Millstone American Bistro & Wine Bar, New London, Fine Dining (5 min drive),
    The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille, New London (10 min drive),
    La Meridiana, Wilmot, Authentic Italian (closes by 7pm Sundays)
    Ellie’s, New London, b’fast & lunch cafe (closes at 3pm) (5 min. drive),
    MacKenna’s, New London, breakfast, lunch and dinner diner (5 min. drive)
    The Anchorage, Sunapee Harbor (15 min. drive), seasonal (Late May-Oct),
    Bubba’s Grille, Newbury Harbor (20 min. drive),
    Blackwater Station, Andover,  diner, (10 min. drive) closed Mondays
    Pizza Chef, New London, Sunapee, Andover, Grantham, pizza and more,
    Nonni’s, New London, Italian fare,
    The Old Courthouse, Newport, Creative American cuisine (20 min. drive),
    Salt Hill Pub, Newport, Irish pub fare, (20 min. drive),
    Bistro Nouveau at Eastman, Grantham, American fare (20 min. drive),
    Lil’ Red Baron, Newport, Mexican (20 minute drive),

    Restaurant (25-45 minute drive)

    Simon Pearce, Quechee VT, Fine dining: lunch & dinner (45 min drive),
    Colby Hill Inn, Henniker, Fine dining (40 minute drive)

    The Appleseed, Bradford, American, dinner Tues-Sun, brunch Sun (30 min. drive),
    One Mile West, Sunapee, American, dinner (25 min. drive),

  • Directions

    Directions from Boston:

    1. Take I-93 North towards Concord, NH
    2. Continue through one toll towards the exit for I-89 North
    3. From I-89, take exit 11
    4. Bear right off the exit ramp
    5. Follow this road, Route 11, for 1.1 miles to a four way stop
    6. Take a left onto Route 114 and follow this road into the center of New London
    7. At the first yellow blinking light, take a right onto Pleasant Street
    8. The Inn at Pleasant Lake is located 1.5 miles down the hill on the left
    9. Take a left just before our sign, then take the second driveway on your right

    Directions from I-91

    1. Connect with I-89 South near White River Junction, VT
    2. Follow I-89 south to exit 12, New London
    3. At the end of the ramp go left and follow into New London
    4. Bear right at the intersection with Rte 114
    5. Follow for approx. 1/2 mile to a blinking light and the intersection with ARTISAN’S Store on the left and the Tracy Memorial Library on the right
    6. Turn left onto Pleasant Street
    7. The Inn at Pleasant Lake is located 1.5 miles down the hill on the left
    8. Take a left just before our sign
    9. Take the second driveway on your right