About The Inn
Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables
North Conway, New Hampshire
Historic White Mountain Lodging in North Conway: Authentic 18th Century Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast in the White Mountains: A New England Tradition since 1771- seven generations on the land!
Enjoy the history of an original 1771 land grant from King George the III of England. Guests can enjoy the historic and rural setting of the Farm By the River Bed and Breakfast with public stables, located on 70 scenic acres of forest and pasture and with panoramic mountain views.
The Farm By the River has been passed down in one family for over 230 years. This White Mountain lodge with 9 guest rooms and a 4- bedroom vacation rental a is a great vacation getaway for nature lovers and for those looking for an authentic New England getaway!
A Rich New England History-One of your hosts, Rick Davis, is a descendant of John Thompson who was deeded a 1028 acre land grant in 1771 for “settling and cultivating the land”. At one time it had been a dairy farm now the fields are still hayed providing feed for our resident horses used at our year-round stables & equestrian center.
This unique inn is located on the quiet side of North Conway and off the beaten path, but just two miles from the village of North Conway, guests can enjoy White Mountain views and a picturesque rural setting. It’s a great place for couples, families, and also business people who want a different experience -to relax in nature but be close to all the area has to offer.
B and B with an Authentic White Mountain History: Rick can remember stories about his great-grandfather, Charlie Thompson, (1863-1947) who made a livelihood from the farm. He cared for a small herd of dairy cows; had an apple orchard, and grew vegetables. There are two barns built in 1771-72, one is an English barn (unique to the area) and the other a Yankee barn.
From his wooded acreage, he cut and sold wood, and made syrup from his “Maple Sugar Orchard”. Also prior to electricity, Charlie supplied the neighbors with large blocks of ice for their “ice boxes” that he cut by hand from nearby Echo Lake, which is 1/2 mile and great for swimming.
The inn guests as well as the public can enjoy 70 acres, 11 of which is of Maple Sugar forest along the Saco River while taking a horse ride. Special inn or cottage guest rates for horseback riding, carriage and sleigh rides for 2 at our award-winning stables.
The tradition continues…Charlie passed away in 1947, leaving the estate to his only daughter Edith Thompson-James. In the early 1950s Edith opened the big three-story farmhouse to tourists until about 1980. Many of the guests came back year after year and often stayed for a month or two! Today the renovated B&B has guest rooms that are identified by the names of the former guests. They have kept the historic quality yet all rooms have private baths with modern amenities.
In 1983, Edith’s grandson, Rick inherited the family estate. Rick and his wife Charlene, a landscape architect and artist, decided to continue the tradition and re-opened “the Farm” as a Bed and Breakfast with Stables” in 1994 and are celebrating 20 years of exceptional service three time they were given the Trip Adviser Award of Excellence. And instead of cows, they now 20 have horses! The stables are open to the public as well as inn guests.
This country inn nestled in the White Mountains is a charming, award-wining inn with lovely decorum, with family antiques spanning several decades provides a comfortable, yet elegant ambiance.
It has plenty of common space to feel comfortable in with two guest common rooms- one with a large working wood fireplace and the other room a large flat screen TV/DVD. It also has a wrap around porch from which to view the horses in the south pasture as well as a patio deck and gardens to kick back and relax and watch the horses.
Today, the Farm By the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables a blend of tradition and luxury, offering an elegant yet relaxed setting with lots of country charm. It is decorated with an old-fashioned decor of antique heirlooms, and hardwood floors with oriental rugs yet offers some deluxe rooms. Alpine Moose Cottage our 4 bedroom vacation rental is our latest addition.
All rooms are uniquely appointed and have king or queen beds, private baths, A/C, free Wi-Fi, TV,clocks, hairdryer and ironing boards, toiletries. some rooms have two- person Jacuzzis and/or fireplaces, as well as two- room family suites. We have one dog-friendly room with a private entrance and deck for the owner’s convenience. Click here to see the rooms
On-Site Amenities On- site: Horseback riding year-round-even in winter, carriage or sleigh rides for two, or group wagon rides and sleigh rides. Pony rides are available too. The 18 resident horses are fun to watch frolicking in the pastures even if you are not a rider.
On-site Activities abound and include: a full, fireside or patio breakfast overlooking the gardens; 20 horses; and mountains; afternoon refreshments; (breakfast available to inn guests only); Complimentary Snowshoeing (shoes supplied), Saco River swimming & Fly-fishing access; and Nature walks – a great place for birders!
Alpine Moose Cottage- A deluxe cottage that sleeps 8-10 is also available on our sister property next door surrounded by the Farm by the River 70 acre campus.
A deluxe cottage that sleeps 8-10 is also available on our next door surrounded by the Farm by the River 70 acre campus. Rick’s great grandfather cut out a small piece of land from his acreage and gave it to his friend. He built a summer home. He lived there until he was 100 and his daughter lived there until she was 97. We were able to acquire it and renovate the property.
“Ride and Stay” Lodging packages with a horse ride component are available for couples as well as families, Elopement and Honeymoon packages as well as seasonal packages such as the Polar Express Lodging packages with tickets are also available.
Area Discounts for our guests: Mt. Cranmore and Attitash Resort adventure parks, skiing, tubing, Wildcat Gondola rides VIP settlers green shopping discounts; valley pass for discounts on restaurants and activities.
Weddings from 2-80 people are available on this exceptional piece of property. Select from many types: Garden, horse- themed, winter sleigh or fireside weddings.Just the two of you? Elopement and Honeymoon packages are also available.
Book your reservation today!