The Notchland Inn

Route 302, Harts Location, New Hampshire 03812
Innkeeper(s): Ed Butler & Les Schoof; Kath Harris, Assistant Innkeeper
  • Introduction

    The Notchland Inn - Harts Location, New Hampshire

    Welcome to The Notchland Inn, a romantic country inn in a magical location surrounded by the 780,000+ acre White Mountain National Forest ... perfect for a uniquely special occasion. Visit The Notchland Inn and relax in our comfortable 1860's granite mansion located on a 100-acre estate. Settle into one of twelve spacious, romantic guest rooms all with woodburning fireplaces or into one of two pet-friendly cottages, our newest accommodations, offering a bit more independence for couples or families. The Notchland Inn serves a wonderful five-course dinner and a bountiful country breakfast. Nature's wonders abound at Notchland. You'll enjoy activities that vary with the season - including hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, swimming, or skating - topped off with a soak in our wooden hot tub which sits in a gazebo by the pond.

    Voted one of the TOP TEN inns overall in the United States in the B&B Awards Program

    One of the top 54 Inns from coast-to-coast chosen by National Geographic Traveler

    Music Room

    We have 8,000 feet of Saco River frontage on our property and two of the area's best swimming holes! Many hiking trails begin on or near the inn. Swimming, skiing, skating, antiquing and tax-free outlet shopping are just some of the area's activities close at hand. Some of the attractions nearby include: Crawford Notch; Arethusa Falls; Frankenstein Cliffs; the Bretton Woods and Attitash ski areas; Bear Notch, Great Glen and Jackson Ski Touring Nordic Ski Centers; five 18-hole golf courses; shopping, shopping, and more shopping at the antiques, arts & crafts, and factory outlet stores in North Conway: the Mount Washington Auto Road & Cog Railway; the CrawfordNotch Line of Conway Scenic Railroad; and more.

    A Magical Location, secluded & yet near to all that the Mount Washington Valley has to offer.

    Weddings and Elopements: Secluded yet near to all that Mount Washington Valley has to offer, the Notchland Inn is an idyllic setting for your wedding, elopement, or vow renewal. Notchland's own Justice of the Peace adds the personal touch to make your wedding or special occasion magical.

  • History

    Ed Butler and Les Schoof, InnkeepersWe are often asked how we found the Notchland. When we began looking in earnest for an inn, it was the Summer of 1990. After more than a decade in NYC; renovating two brownstones, each more than 125 years old; preoccupied with "cosmopolitan careers" and driven by the daily mill of the megalopolis, the glimmer of hope that there might be a more pastoral surrounding in which to work, live, and thrive was more than appealing. It was becoming a necessity to think in terms of "moving on". The search started nationwide and soon narrowed to the Northeast, then to New England, and finally to only New Hampshire and Vermont. Armed with our individual criteria as well as those we mutually shared, scores of properties were driven by, stayed at, passed over. Three years later, after several close calls ... delayed by banks, owners, weather, and lack of time ... we were encouraged to "make one more trip." We drove down Route 302 and up the drive to look at yet another property and knew, in that first look, that The Notchland Inn was going to be our next home. An inspiring setting framed a unique property with just the right amount of warmth, grace, and elegance. Three months later it was ours to work on, care for, and develop. From the outset of our search, we had said that the right property would "sing" to us. From that first moment, Notchland sang a fine tune and, though being an Innkeeper is demanding at times, her song grows richer and more enticing each day. Welcome.


    We received our first Bernese Mountain Dog in 1993 as a gift from our friends in New York soon after we purchased the Notchland Inn. They all agreed an inn dog would suit us and our location and after lots of research chose a Berner as the most suitable. Four Berners later, it is clear, we agree! Their friendly, gentle nature makes them very comfortable in this social situation meeting each and every guest that arrives at Notchland. They thrive on the attention they get from many hands and the room they have to romp and play. Coco, the original puppy, was with us for ten years. Our 2nd female, Abby, arrived in March of 1999 when Coco was about 6 years old. Abby grew to be much taller than Coco. At just a year old Abby was so tall Coco could walk under her belly. The wag of one tale was a welcoming site to our guests, but two greeters was double the pleasure! We now have two. Crawford was next to arrive. You should see him today. He is the biggest love of them all so far! Crawford's buddy is Felonie (we'll explain about her name when you get here) who is a couple of years older than he is but smaller. She loves to bark at arriving guests but is really a cuddler.

    Other Wandering Visitors

    Our location in the White Mountain National Forest close to several water sources and our extensive gardens makes the Notchland a very desirable stop for wildlife. We have seen moose in the garden and black bears, blue heron have been spotted in our own pond along with an endless variety of birds at the feeders. Hummingbirds feeding at our dining room windows have entertained many a guest in our dining room.
  • Dining At The Notchland Inn

    Breakfast at NotchlandBreakfast at Notchland is served in the Dining Room between 8 and 9:30 in the morning. Come down at anytime during that hour and a half, and you'll find fresh fruit and orange juice on your table. For you early risers, hot beverages are usually available about 7:30 am. Please feel free to take a cup back to your room, or into one of the sitting rooms. Please help yourself at the Buffet to: Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate, Notchland's Own Granola Mix, Cold Cereals For Breakfast each morning, your choices are: Pancakes (Blueberry, Strawberry, Apple, Chocolate Chip or Plain), French Toast (Orange & Spice, Cinnamon-Almond, or Plain), Eggs Any Style Your Choice (subject to the Chef's whim, ability, disposition, sleepiness, etc. Eggs Benedict are never available; most other varieties generally are). In addition, please feel free to order: Yogurt - Flavors vary, Oatmeal, Bacon, Sausage, Ham, White or Whole Wheat Toast, English Muffins - Grilled or Toasted. Sorry, breakfast is only available to guests at Notchland Inn.

    Dinner at Notchland Inn is served at one seating at 7:00 p.m., at individual tables, five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday most of the year, and Tuesday through Sunday during Foliage. There are always several choices for dinner and we take pride in accommodating our menu to most dietary preferences or restrictions. Your selection is made from a choice of 2 Soups, 2 Appetizers, 3 Entrees & 3 Desserts. A salad is served after the Entree.

    Dinner at Notchland Inn

    The Chef reserves the right to create new and different dishes at any time from the freshest available ingredients, in the market or the garden. If your reservation is for B&B, but you decide you'd like to join us for dinner, please let us know as early as possible in the day, preferably before noon. This way we can ensure that there will be enough of our individually prepared food to go around. A selection of wines, beers, spirits, and cordials is available.

    Reservations are necessary. Please call 603-374-6131.

    Prix fixe dinner per person:
    Notchland Guests - $40
    Outside Guests - $45 (Wed., Thurs., Sun.)
    Outside Guests - $48 (Fri. Sat., Holidays)

  • Weddings

    Notchland is a wonderfully beautiful, magical and romantic place to have your wedding, elopement or renew your vows. Ceremonies can be held at any number of beautiful locations within the Inn or outside on the property.

    Ed Butler, one of the innkeepers, is also a Justice of the Peace and would love to perform your ceremony. Of course, you are welcome to have any other officiant acceptable under NH laws perform the ceremony.

    Small and Intimate Weddings: 

    Some couples plan to celebrate their wedding with an intimate group of friends and family. We are happy to accommodate a group of up to 14 people for such a gathering. We expect that you and your guests will stay with us at the Inn and, for weekends, holidays and the foliage period, we require a two- or three-night minimum. Our dining table in the library can comfortably accommodate from 4 to 14 people. It is a warm & inviting space with a candle chandelier over the table. Wedding couples are welcome to decorate with flowers. We serve a wonderful 5-course dinner at 7PM which is included in our MAP rates. We are happy to have our chef discuss meal planning with you so that your preferences are taken into consideration when devising the menu. We have Wedding Package Fees that depend on the number of people who will be part of your group. These fees are $300 if your group will be 2 to 8 people and $500 if your group will be 9 to 14 people. Included in the fees are: The Ceremony and Justice of the Peace A Wedding Cake A Bottle of Champagne, and Photos taken by a Notchland staffer These fees are in addition to lodging charges and any dinners, and will not be reduced if you choose not to avail yourselves of any of the included items.

    Large Weddings up to 50 Guests

    For couples planning a larger wedding, we accommodate weddings of up to 50 people. Our goal is to make each event uniquely special, and to be able to give you our full attention. Therefore, we do not hold special events of this size when there are other guests at the Inn. In the case of such a wedding, we require you to reserve and rent all of the rooms in the Inn for a two-night minimum, beginning no later than the night before the event. Call or e-mail us to request more information about large weddings. Please note that during the Foliage period, we rarely have the whole inn available for a wedding of more than 14 people.

    Elegant Elopement

    It really is an easy process at The Notchland. You'll find everything you'll need when you read about our 2-night midweek Elopement Package. Call 1-800-866-6131 for more details, including license applications, adding people to the party, weekend weddings, or any other questions you might have.

  • Things To Do

    The White Mountain Region of New Hampshire is home to Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, and the White Mountain National Forest. Both provide spectacular scenery to enjoy while driving, hiking, biking, canoeing, golfing or skiing, and nearly endless opportunities for outdoor recreation including over 450 km of cross country ski trails to explore. Along with outdoor concerts, summer theatre, and tax-free shopping at hundreds of name-brand outlets, boutiques, craft and antique shops and galleries, this area has been a popular vacation destination for over 200 years. Here are some of our suggestions of Things to Do "Inn Our Back Yard."


    • Hundreds of miles of hiking, including the Appalachian Trail, and the Crawford and Davis Paths
    • Snowshoeing trails - back-country and groomed trail systems abound
    • Fishing, canoeing, swimming, and kayaking in the rivers and lakes
    • Minutes to 6 major downhill ski areas (Attitash/Bear Peak, Black Mountain, Bretton Woods, Cranmore, Wildcat, Cannon)
    • A short drive to hundreds of kilometers of cross-country skiing (Jackson Ski Touring, Bear Notch Ski Touring, Great Glen Trails, Bretton Woods, Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring)
    • Back-country snowshoeing and cross-country skiing from our door
    • Rock- and ice-climbing at sites such as Frankenstein Cliff, and Cathedral and White Horse Ledges
    • There are indoor and outdoor tennis courts in nearby towns including North Conway and Bethlehem. There are several wonderful golf courses in those towns, too, as well as several driving ranges in Bartlett and Intervale.
    • Indoor and outdoor skating can be found in the Conways and in Jackson, just a short drive away.
    • Horses are available in several nearby locations for lessons and/or guided trail rides.

    Nature's Bounty

    • White Mountain National Forest - 1,000,000 acres of woodland
    • Mount Washington, the highest mountain in the Northeast US (with a summit known for the worst weather in the world)
    • Waterfalls and cascades, including Arethusa Falls, The Flume, and Diana's Baths
    • Crawford Notch State Park B 6,000 acres of wooded mountains and valleys
    • The Saco, Ellis, Wildcat, and Swift Rivers watershed areas
    • Mountain vistas of New Hampshire's famous notches, including Crawford, Franconia, and Pinkham
    • Rock formations such as "Elephant Head"
    • Countless scenic drives in all seasons, but world-famous for Fall color
    • Our dooryard garden has been judged best in its class repeatedly in the Mt. Washington Valley Garden Trails competition. We also have close ties to several other wonderful local gardens.
    • The Valley is home to myriad farms with associated farms stands on all the major highways. Products range from fresh eggs to produce, to flowers, gourds, pumpkins and apples.
    • A visit to Schartner's Strawberry Farm in North Conway in early July is a great opportunity to "pick your own" and to purchase their homemade jams and jellies.
    • Christie's Maple Farm is a short drive away past heavenly mountain vistas

    Shopping/Factory Tours

    • Nearly 200 factory outlet stores in the valley
    • Tuckerman's Brewery in North Conway offers tours and tastings
    • Antique shops - hundreds of dealers represented in private and co-op shops
    • Art galleries - individual and collective galleries throughout the valley
    • Handicrafts stores, ranging from juried exhibitions to the individually eclectic


    • The Covered Bridges of Carroll County (dozens within an afternoon drive)
    • Bretton Woods - Site of the 1945 World Monetary Conference and home to the Mount Washington Hotel, one of the "Grande Dames" of Victorian hotels
    • Frankenstein Trestle - One of the oldest, longest and highest mountain train trestles in the world
    • Mount Washington's Cog Railroad - The oldest cog railway in the world, it goes to the summit
    • Hart's Location is the smallest town in NH, and the site of the first votes reported in national elections

    Pop Culture, Fairs and Festivals

    • 9 screens for current movies
    • 1 "Art" Movie House in the historic Majestic Theatre, slowly undergoing restoration, while screening 1st run movies
    • Wildquack River Festival "Rubber Ducky Race " Hundreds of rubber duckies brave the rapids of the Wildcat River for charity (Memorial Day Weekend)
    • Fryeburg Fair - Maine's Blue Ribbon Classic, the largest and oldest country fair in the Northeast is less than 30 miles away (late September/early October)
    • Mud Bowl - Charity football game played by amateur teams in a mud-filled stadium (mid-September)
    • Return of the Pumpkin People! Jackson and its environs are invaded by festive Pumpkin People expressing a variety of themes and attitudes. (1st 3 weeks of October)
    • Wintry Trails B Winter Festival/Tour of award-winning local decorations and lighting displays (December) (Notchland has been a perennial winner!)
    • Official NH Snow Sculpture Competition (Late January/Early February)

    Movie and Book Locations:

    • Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods was one of the sites of the film "The Shining".
    • North Conway and Conway Lake were the sites for the film "The Good Son".
    • "Secaucus Seven" was filmed in the Nancy Gorge on Notchland's property.
    • Crawford Notch - Location of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Great Carbuncle.
    • Lucy Crawford's History of the White Mountains - focuses on the Notch that bears her family's name

    Fine Arts:

    • Mount Washington Valley Players (Summer stock - 4 musicals annually in North Conway)
    • M&D Productions (5 to 8 plays year-round in North Conway)
    • The Barnstormers (Summer stock, 8 - 12 plays annually in Tamworth)
    • Live music in venues almost every night of the week, year round - The Mount Washington Valley is home to a wide range of talented musicians and music ranging from classical, to pop classics, to folk, to Celtic traditions and innovations, to rock
    • Art in the Park - 2-day outdoor show and sale of hundreds of New England artists (late July)
    • White Mountain Arts Festival - a juried art and artisans show in the park in Jackson, NH (August)
  • Four Seasons At The Notchland Inn

    Come Discover The Magic Of The Notchland Inn. The Perfect Getaway For Any Season Of The Year!



  • Pets Welcome

    Pets are welcome in our cottages, Sandwich and Willard. There is a $15 per night per pet charge. We ask our guests to be aware that there are 2 Bernese Mountain Dogs on site, and that this is their home. Please do not bring your pet(s) into the main building without checking first with an innkeeper here.

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