The Inn at Mill Falls is Getting a New Makeover!

Inn at Mill Falls design board

The design board for the refreshed Inn at Mill Falls

How time flies! It’s been 30 years since the original Inn at Mill Falls opened its doors and kicked off the amazing journey of Mill Falls at the Lake, which helped transform the sleepy town of Meredith into a revitalized resort village, all while maintaining the character of this old New England lakeside destination. In that same spirit, the Inn is now undergoing a little transformation of its own to freshen up for a new season while keeping it’s old country charm!

The Inn at Mill Falls closed for refurbishing in late February and will reopen in early May. Each of the four Inns and Lodges at Mill Falls gets a new makeover every 7 – 10 years, and this is the second renovation for the original Inn. This makeover will update the Inn with new wall coverings, sofas, and bedding in the guest rooms and hard wood flooring throughout the main lobby. Pat Sava of Sava Designs, who has been dressing Mill Falls since its inception, has created another stunning palette to complement the unique style of the Inn.

“They all have a different flavor and different style,” explains Pat. “Church Landing and the Lodges are Adirondack. They were designed to feel like a New Hampshire lake house that has been lived in for generations. Bay Point’s design approach is taken from the antique classic mahogany boats that cruise Lake Winnipesaukee. Chase House is more of a New England traditional design, and the Inn at Mill Falls has always been more like a ‘Country Inn.’ It has simple, Shaker-style furniture and country fabrics and wall coverings.”

In this phase of the Inn’s renovation, the guest rooms will have new paint and wall coverings, Pat explains. “The headboard wall has a decorative wallpaper with a French country feel. The other three walls are a cream linen texture. The headboard wall covering is in keeping with the crimson and crème giant check draperies, bed skirts and closet curtain. The luxurious gray/taupe carpeting is all new. Large framed prints from local artist Stephen Hodecker depict New England scenes. New red sleep sofas, deep blue wing chairs, and refinished furniture pieces complete the guest room furnishings. In addition, new custom colored lamps will replace lamps we have used since the first design.”

“The bedding is also new,” says Pat. “We are using soft synthetic down blankets with a cream matelasse bed cover. The dust ruffles will be ensuite with the draperies and closet curtain in the crimson and crème check fabric. The new look is simple, contemporary country. The bed has a comfortable, fresh and inviting look.”

The new palette is in keeping with Pat’s original theme, which has been loved by many guests over the years. “I originally designed the Inn at Mill Falls 30 years ago,” she explains. “At that time, it was also done in dramatic colors. All rooms had a Portuguese traditional stripe fabric for draperies and bedding. In some of the rooms the fabrics had a black background, some had a forest green background, and others had a French blue background. The fabric was a classic Portuguese Stripe as “In” now as it was then. All the fabrics chosen for the Inns are classic in style and are timeless. In the last renovation I did for the Inn at Mill Falls, I used a faded linen floral fabric of Ralph Lauren with soft pastel colors. In this renovation the colors are light and bright. The new sofas are more contemporary in design but they complement the simple Shaker-style furnishings we have had since the beginning.”

In the main lobby, a wood floor highlighted with Oriental rugs will replace the carpeted entry, and new love seats and chairs will be covered in blue and red fabrics that complement the colors in the rugs.

“In the fall, Phase II of the renovation will focus on the corridors and other lobbies in the Inn,” says Pat. “The floors will feature a gray/taupe patterned carpet, and the wallpaper will be a crème texture stripe. Original paintings of Winnipesauke Lake scenes by local artist Christine Hodecker George (Stephen’s sister) will bring the surrounding area and our halls to life. New LED lighting sconces will replace the original sconces.”

This new makeover is a great opportunity to make the Inns more eco-friendly, and the team is taking innovative steps in that direction. “Tim Marshand, Director of Engineering, has been in contact with Phillips Lighting Company representative Nate Dennis to put together an energy-saving program for the Inns using LED technology,” says Pat. “We will be using LED lamping through the new renovation as well as at all of the other Inns of Mill Falls at the Lake.”

Pat said in a previous interview with the Mill Falls blogging team that she loves “creating spaces people can feel relaxed and good in.” Her success at Mill Falls speaks volumes, as generations have now enjoyed the beautiful spaces she has created at this lakeside resort, and the crew is bringing her on again for this new phase.

Says Pat, “I’m very excited to be redoing the Inn at Mill Falls once again with a wonderful team!”

While the Inn at Mill Falls is closed for renovations, guests will be treated to special rates for lake-view rooms at Chase House and Bay Point. Check out the Spring In offer at

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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