Meadow Wind Bed and Breakfast
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Tucked in the foothills of the White Mountains and on the northern shores of pristine Newfound Lake is the Town of Hebron, New Hampshire. Home to 494 year-round residents, it’s the quintessential New England village with historic homes and town buildings surrounding a gorgeous common. The entire village district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just yards from the common is the circa 1820 Meadow Wind farm, once a working farm and now a small bed and breakfast. On Meadow Wind's other sides is a spectacularly beautiful New Hampshire Audubon wildlife sanctuary, all once part of this almost two-centuries-old farm, comprised of woods and meadows bounded by the meandering Cockermouth River and stretching to the lake shore on Hebron marsh and bay.
The entire main house and ell of this classic connected farm have been restored by your host, Pete Carey, only the fifth Meadow Wind owner since Captain Enos Ferrin first built the place. Historic colors, vintage wall coverings, plaster and beadboard walls, wood beamed and tin ceilings, and period furniture combine to provide the flavor of yesteryear and comfort of a simpler time. Two massive barns today look much as they did 50 years ago when they last housed livestock, farm equipment, and harvest and feed stores.
Coffee and tea are always brewing in the country kitchen, where a sumptuous, healthy buffet breakfast is served each morning. Share breakfast with other guests in the dining room, or start your day at your own pace on one of the farm’s three porches, including the spacious veranda overlooking the main garden, field, and long meadow to the Cockermouth River and wooded mountains beyond.
Meadow Wind's natural beauty is enhanced by an amazing array of wildlife. In the stillness of dawn or dusk, you may spy moose and deer foraging in the meadow and lake marsh. You'll likely see loons, eagles, mergansers, ospreys, and great blue herons fishing ... beavers at work and otters at play in the river and lake. After dark, listen for the cries of fishers and howls of coyotes hunting ... and the beautiful song of the loons echoing from the lake.
Whether you come to take in nature's sights and sounds, swim or boat on Newfound's Lake's crystal clear waters, hike or ski the White Mountains, or hunt for antiques at area shops and auctions, Meadow Wind offers beautiful, elegantly simple, relaxing accommodations in the middle of it all.
The circa 1820 farmhouse is elegantly simple. Painted wide plank floors, plaster walls and ceilings in an array of historic colors, exposed beams, hand-carved fireplace mantles, antique furniture, claw-footed tubs, and braided and Persian rugs underscore the farm’s rich history.
At the same time, amenities such as a Hot Springs hot tub, outside shower, subfloor radiant heating, cable and satellite television, and wireless internet service bring modern comforts.
Downstairs in the main farmhouse is the living room where you will marvel at the extraordinary tin ceiling, be warmed by the fireplace stove, be drawn into the inviting couches, and watch your favorite television programs and movies.
An elegant dining room is centered on a Delft chandelier and mahogany dining table set for six guests. For those who prefer less formal dining, choose the huge back screened porch, side porch, or breakfast porch.
In all, there are six guest bedrooms, all but the Loft named after mountains around Hebron and Newfound Lake.
Meadow Wind’s three upstairs bedrooms and their two adjoining bathrooms boast breathtaking views of Hebron common, its quintessentially New England church, town offices, and homes, as well as views of the meadow, forests, and White Mountains foothills beyond.
The ell includes two cozy downstairs guest rooms (former servants' quarters) and the second story Loft now transformed into a beautiful, spacious apartment with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room with gorgeous northern and southern views.
Weddings and Functions
An ideal setting for weddings and other functions, Meadow Wind’s nearly two-acre backyard offers incredible views of Hebron common, meadow, and mountains beyond. On the western side of Meadow Wind is the common, the center of Hebron’s 248-acre historic village district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meadow Wind is flanked on its remaining sides by beautiful meadows and woods that once belonged to the farm and are now owned and permanently conserved by New Hampshire Audubon. Across North Shore Road is Audubon’s Ash Cottage, a nature center that was once Meadow Wind’s guest cottage, and pristine Newfound Lake.
Spectacular sunsets over Hebron village and its only church, the Union Congregational Church, provide the perfect backdrop for weddings and receptions in our large backyard. Audubon’s Ash Cottage grounds are a popular venue for wedding ceremonies. The Audubon sanctuary is situated on Hebron marsh and bay and offers breathtaking views down Newfound Lake. Audubon accepts nominal donations for the use of the sanctuary for wedding ceremonies and parking.
We’ll furnish the spectacular scenery, power, water, and all the help you need to put together the perfect wedding. We have a long list of caterers, bands, DJs, florists, tent (including tables, chairs, and dance floors) and portable toilet vendors … and we can even line up a tractor and wagon or horse-drawn carriage for you.
Retreats, small conferences, anniversaries, family reunions, snowshoe and ski parties
Meadow Wind’s a wonderful, quiet getaway for small conferences, off-site meetings, and artists, writers, and health retreats. Lunch with us or at Hebron’s Village Store, the second oldest village store in New Hampshire and just a two-minute walk across the common. Take a break, walk to the lake beach, or find yourself a secluded sandbar and swimming hole on the Cockermouth River … or hike out our backyard and across Audubon’s trails to the Hebron Town Forest, Spectacle Pond, and the vast Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests protected land behind us.
We’re ideally suited for anniversaries and family reunions. You can spread out here … there’s plenty to do and lots of services. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and hiking—in daylight or under a full moon and stars—are some of our favorite activities … followed by a trip to the hot tub in our barn, you simply can’t beat it.
Newfound Lake, one of the clearest, cleanest lakes in the United States, extends seven miles South from Hebron’s shores. This spring- and river-fed gem includes twenty-two miles of shoreline, created with the passing of glacier ice millions of years ago. Its sandy beaches and natural, unspoiled watershed have attracted visitors for over a hundred and fifty years, when travelers used to arrive by stagecoach from Concord.
Outdoor activities abound: lake and river boating, swimming, and fishing; snowmobiling, snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding; hiking; and all manner of sightseeing, including one of the world’s most spectacular fall foliage displays.
Launch your kayak or canoe a half-mile from the farm for a relaxing ride up or down the Cockermouth River. View beavers hard at work, otters at play, and blue herons fishing.
For those who like to motor, West Shore Marine, situated at the foot of the lake, offers boat rentals and access to the lake. Wellington State Park, four miles down the western shore of the lake, offers free boat launch facilities.
Nearby natural attractions include Audubon's Paradise Point, Hebron Marsh, and Bear Mountain wildlife sanctuaries; Wellington State Park for boating, hiking, and swimming; Cardigan Mountain State Park with its Appalachian Mountain Club lodge and camping facilities; and Sculptured Rocks, a beautiful gorge on the Cockermouth River and ideal rock jumping and swimming hole.
A scenic forty-minute drive North takes you to Franconia Notch and the heart of the White Mountains, known around these parts as "the Whites." The nearly 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest offers a huge array of recreation options: Hike the Whites, try out some of the Appalachian Mountain Club's great programs, explore Mount Washington--at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the northeastern United States and home to the renowned Mount Washington Observatory--on foot, by car, or by cog railway.
World-class Alpine and Nordic ski resorts are all within an hour’s drive -- Gunstock, Ragged, Waterville Valley, Loon, Cannon, Bretton Woods and many other New Hampshire and Vermont resorts. Audubon wildlife sanctuaries bordering the farm on three sides provide access to exceptional cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Nordic skating, hiking and snowmobiling trails—literally right out our back doors.
Whether you come to boat on Newfound’s crystal clear waters, hike the Appalachian Mountain Trail, ski northern New England’s finest ski resorts, or hunt for antiques at area shops and auctions, Meadow Wind offers beautiful accommodations, simple country charm, and an unbeatable location right in the middle of it all.
From Boston (2 hours):
Take I-93 North to New Hampshire Exit 23 towards Meredith and New Hampton. Turn left at ramp bottom onto Route 104 West (Ragged Mountain Highway). Follow Route 104 to Bristol and at traffic light, continue straight onto Route 3A North. At northern end of Newfound Lake, turn left onto North Shore Road toward Hebron village. Go past Newfound Marina, Audubon's Hebron Marsh Nature Store (little red cottage), and Cross Road on left, and then look for Meadow Wind on the right--big red barn attached to white house and ell—about 50 yards short of the Hebron common.
From New York and Connecticut (4 to 5 hours):
Take I-95 East to New Haven, connecting to I-91 North. Follow I-91 to I-89 South (Vermont Exit 10S, marked New Hampshire and Airport). Follow I-89 South into New Hampshire and on to Exit 17 towards Route 4A/Enfield/Canaan. Turn right at ramp bottom onto Route 4 East (Dartmouth College Highway). Take Route 4 to Canaan, and in downtown Canaan, bear left on Route 118 toward Dorchester and Rumney. Follow Route 118 for 13 miles to N. Groton Road on right. Take N. Groton Road through Groton and into Hebron. At Hebron common, continue straight on North Shore Road about 200 yards to Meadow Wind on the left--big red barn attached to white house and ell.