Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables

2555 West Side Road, North Conway, New Hampshire 03860
Innkeeper(s): Charlene Browne and Rick Davis
 
  • Introduction

    New England the way you always dreamed it would be! Not just an Inn but a tradtion of seven generations on the land!

    The Farm by the River Bed & Breakfast with Stables, North Conway is nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This  historic country inn -is off the beaten path, but just 2 miles from North Conway Village. this country inn offers lodging in a unique country setting on 70 scenic acres along the Saco River  with panoramic White Mountain views with horseback riding offered year round.

    Awarded "Perfect B&B" , New Hampshire Magazine, 2011. This inn is perfect for couples and families who love natural scenery and horses of course!

    Each room at the inn is uniquely decorated and  is a blend of New England charm with modern amenities. All rooms have king or queen beds, private bath and free Wi-Fi.  Some rooms with jacuzzi and or fireplaces as well as family suites. 

    Alpine Moose Cottage (themed as such) is also available - a deluxe 4 bedroom cottage that sleeps 8.It has a 2 person jacuzzi, fireplace, 2 TVs, free  Wi-Fi, living room, full kitchen and year round sunporch.

    The Farm by the River has an award-winning stableson- site "One of the top 15 stables in the U.S.", Trail Blazer Magazine, 2010. This full service stables with 18 horses offers something unique to northern NH. It is is open to the public, daily, year round, and  offers horseback riding, (even in winter!) sleigh rides & carriage rides for 2 or groups,  wagon rides and pony rides Also available:  Alpine Moose Cottage- a deluxe 4 bedrrom cottage that  sleeps 8.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Charlene Browne and Rick Davis for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are on 70 scenic acres with panoramic mtn. views; we have a year round horse stables offering horseback riding, sleigh and carriage rides as well as wagon and pony rides and horsemanship workshops; we are off the beaten path on a designated scenic road but close to DT North Conway; we offer wonderful food and friendship; we have unique lodging in a 1780s (renovated of course) farmhouse.

    What are you best known for? 

    Warm hospitality, great food and great grounds, horses, and panoramic mountain views.


    What makes your inn unique? 

    We are the only stables in the White Mountains offering year round horseback riding – so on spring break if you want a horse ride everyone comes here. We have an award winning stables and inn and it has been in one family since 1771 – a land grant from King George III of England.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    The land and seeing the 17 horses frolic in the pasture, the historic structure. No other hospitality place can boast of having that much land in the area. The fact that we are on the quiet side of North Conway but just 2 miles away from the center.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    North Conway offers wonderful restaurants, lots of shopping and live theatre and attractions. What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn? We have had so many lovely guests that come back 2 or 3 times a year over many years.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    We have had so many lovely guests that come back 2 or 3 times a year over many years.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    All the great natural beauty of the area. My husband is a native and ardent hiker so he knows all the off the beaten path great trails in the area.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    It would depend on a person’s interests. Naturally our guests like nature, like the out of doors, like horseback riding or take a romantic sleigh ride for two, like a natural surroundings-they hike mountains or hike into waterfalls, climb or drive to Mt. Washington.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are on 70 acres and our property abuts the Saco River so people go swimming or fly fishing, or go snowshoe (we have snowshoes to use) enjoy our garden (we are a designated wildlife habitat with many birds(national wildlife federation). Guests can walk to Echo Lake State Park for swimming and hike to Cathedral Ledge. You can walk to a restaurant 1/3 mile away or drive into the center of North Conway in less than 5 minutes.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are many places that we enjoy eating from wine and dine, to pubs, to family restaurants, to ethnic cuisine and we have all the menus of places we recommend.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Our web site is loaded with information see “Nearby Activities”, Mt. Washington Valley Chamber, visitwhitemountains.com, visitnh.gov/ and northconwaynh.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 6 rooms-4 of which have fireplaces and /or Jacuzzis, 2 superior corner rooms and 2 – 2 room family suites. We also have a 4 bedroom, 2400 sq. ft. cottage- perfect for larger groups and families .

    Do you accept pets?

    We have one room in the inn that is pet friendly (pets must be well behaved as some dogs like to chase horses) and the cottage is available to guests with pets

     

  • B&B Offerings

    This B and B is a great vacation getaway for those who enjoy the great outdoors and who can enjoy  recreational on-site amenities such as perennial gardens, and Saco River swimming and fly- fishing, bird watching and complimentary snowshoeing.

    North Conway is in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley in the White Mountains.- and is the cultural and recreational center for the area offeereing a wide range of activities. Farm by theRiver offers many discounts to some of thiese activities  such as Mt. Cranmore, Wildcat and Attitash for summer and winter activities

    Farm By the River B and B with Stables, North Conway, NH offers a relaxing four season getaway for lodging for couples or families in this authentic country inn .
     
    Take a carriage ride or sleigh ride-right outside our door- Cozy up to that special someone on a romantic  ride for 2!  A perfect way to propose or "tie the knot". Or take a group ride on the "Big Red Sleigh". (Our sleigh rides were recommended in the online National Geographic Feb.2012).

    Perfect for Honeymoons, Elopements, or Romantic Getaways

    Select one of our unique packages  from riding, to romance,to elopments or honeymoons or family fun!

    Simply Stay, or Simply Ride or "Ride and Stay"

    Stables and On-Site Activities

    • Horseback Riding and Carriage Rides-all year long.
    • Carriage & Wagon Rides- Spring until Snowfall
    • Horse-drawn Victorian Sleigh Rides for 2-4, or join in with others for a group sleigh ride-12 people
    • Stroll through our perennial gardens.
    • Swim the Saco from our private sandy beach
    • Fly fish on Saco River.
    • Snowshoe from our doorstep.
    • Horseback Riding Lessons
    • Girlfriend Getaway Horsemanship workshops
    • Carriage drving workshop

    A full breakfast is included and served on the patio with views to the mountains, barns, horses & gardens. In the  cooler months- enjoy a  cozy fireside breakfast and watch the horses frolicking in the snow.

    An Intimate Inn in a League of it's Own for Nature Lover's.

    Included in your stay:

    • Free Wi-Fi  access
    • Baked goods & beverages
    • Discount on horseback riding and private carriage and sleigh rides
    • Complimentary on-site snowshoeing

    A Perfect Place for Weddings or Elopements with a Justice of The Peace available for your convenience. Stay in a deluxe room, take a romantic sleigh or carriage ride for two and propose to your sweetheart or get married on a sleigh out in nature! In the warm season we do tent weddings of up to 80 people.

  • Year-round Horseback Riding, Carriage And Sleigh Rides

    Awarded "Best Horse Lovers B & B".

    A horse ride for any season! This award winning stables  with 18 resident horses is open to the PUBLIC year round daily- which is unique to northrern NH. The stables is owner-operated with resident horses and experienced guides.

    Open daily, year round, our public stables offers horseback riding  daily -even in the winter. Inn guests enjoy the ambiance of this pastoral setting and if they choose to ride they renjoy a special guest rate. Guided  horseback rides are offered4-5 times a day and are approximately one hour long. Riders traverse through meadows and forest and along the Saco River while enjoying panoramic mountain views. Children must be at least 7 years old to do a full trail ride.

    Pony Rides

    Children 4 yrs and up can do a pony ride which is approx. 15 minutes long and a gentle horse is led by a trail guide.The parents are asked to walk along side their child. 

    Trail Blazer Magazine Feb. 2010 says the Stables at the Farm by the River is one of top 15 trail rides  in the U.S.

    Reservations are highly recommended so that we can have the proper match between the horse and the rider. riding is offered to inn guests as well as

    Carriage and Wagon Rides

    Forty-five minute Carriage and Wagon Rides  are offered during the warmer season until snowfall- The rides are especially beautiful during Ocober fall foliage. Eleven of the 70 acres is in mature Maple sugar forest along the Saco River at this time- a kaleidiscope of crimson color!

    Sleigh rides

    Sleigh rides are offered in the winter season-cozy up to someone you love and take a 45 minute private sleigh ride for two -5 people. Or join in with others for a group sleigh fride for up to 12-14 people. Offered daily starting at 10am in the morning.

  • Horseback Ridng and Carriage Driving Classes and Worshops

    Horseback riding Lessons are open to the pubic as well as our inn guests and are avaialbe by appointment only spring until snowfall (not avail during July & Aug). Lessons are offered to horse enthusiasts wishing to learn to horseback ride or to improve their skills, whether they are our inn guests, a "local", or a tourist vacationing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Why not ride and StaVoted "Yankee Magazine Editors Pick, 2001." A great  place to go for a New England horseback riding vacation -in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

    Our lessons are geared towards beginners to intermediate riders and are given during shoulder seasons.  English technique is used  for walk-trot lessons. The lessons are for 7 years old and up and we have a weight limit of 225 pounds. Western riding is also offered if prefered.

    There are three different types of horsemanship venues:
     
    Option 1:

    Perfect for our guests at the Farm By the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables and other Vacationers.

    One hr. lesson for 1-3 people who want to take a lesson to improve their skills or perhaps have never been on a horse before and want to build their confidence before they venture out on a trail ride offered at our stables. We offer the following options private lessons for $70 semi-private with 2-3 people $60/person.

    Option 2:

    Four week long Group Lesson-one lesson per week- 1 hr and 15 minutes long .We offer 4 weeks of group lessons during Spring, Early summer and fall until snowfall (excluding July and Aug.) by appointment. The 4 weeks of lessons are $220. (max. 3 people). They include lessons in  horse care, ground work and riding skills. Private Lessons for 4 weeks is $250.

    Option 3:

    Horsemanship Workshop Getaways offered 2 times a year in June, September and late October. Intensive workshops over a 3-5 day time period provides the perfect vacation getaway for those who would like to learn more about the care of and riding of horses. 4 people max.

    Carriage Driving Workshops:

    3 days of sessions. Are offered  in the warmer seasons spring and fall - and are open to the public as well as inn guests-2-6 people max.

    Meet the Instructors:

    All of our guides have over 10 years of horse experience in riding  and driving as well as teaching horseback riding.

  • Weddings

    The Farm By the River B and B is in a peaceful, pictureque and natural setting on 70 acres with mountain views along the Saco River in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The inn and grounds are perfect for intimate winter weddings in front of the fireplace then take a romantic Victorian sleigh ride for two. In the warmer months, get married in the garden or for a more natural setting, tie the knot down by the river with panoramic mountain views-afterwords take a carriage ride for two. A Justice of the Peace is on site. Elopement and honeymoon packages are also available.

    Celebrate Romance in Nature

    • Flower gardens in bloom
    • Union under the open sky
    • Surrounded by mountains
    • Dance under the stars
    • Moonlit river walks
    • A horse-drawn carriage ride

    Celebrate Romance by the Fireside

    • The radiance of fire
    • The soft glow of candlelight
    • The warmth & intimacy of a circle of family & friends
    • A sleigh ride for two

    Let us plan your Special Day

    • Elopements
    • Weddings
    • Honeymoons
    • Anniversaries
    • 10 guest rooms-some with jacuzzi whirlpool tubs & fireplaces
  • Nearby Activities

    Activities from Spring to Fall:

    • Swim & Hike, at Echo Lake State Park (1/2 mile)
    • 2 Golf Courses (1/2 mile & 3 miles)
    • Restaurants, (1/2 mile)
    • Tax Free Shopping, & regional arts and crafts (2 miles away)
    • Live theatre (2 miles)
    • Eight Movie Theatres, North Conway and Conway
    • Mountain Biking Trails, (1/2 mile)
    • Hiking, White Mountain National Forest - over 250 trails (Trailhead - 1 mile away)
    • Rock Climbing, April to Nov. White Horse & Cathedral Ledges (1 mile). Mt. Washington – Huntington Ravine (20 miles)

    Activities in the Winter:

    • Ice Climbing, Dec. - March. White Horse & Cathedral Ledges (1 mile). Mt. Washington-Huntington Ravine (20 miles)
    • Hartman Model Railroad and Museum, Glen NH (6 miles)
    • Diana's Bath - Waterfall (2 miles)
    • Conway Scenic Railroad, (2 miles)
    • Mt. Washington Auto Rd., (20 miles)
    • Mt. Washington Cog Railroad, (35 miles)
    • Ice Skating, No. Conway (2 miles)
    • Heritage, New Hampshire & Storyland (15 min.)
    • Mt. Washington (20 min.)
    • Downhill Skiing - Mt. Cranmore (3 miles), Black Mountain (15 miles), Attitash (15 min.), Wildcat (25 min), Mt. Washington Snow Fields and Tuckerman's Ravine, April - June (20 min)
    • Cross-Country Skiing - Whitaker Woods (1/2 mile) free, Bear Notch Ski Touring Center (10 min.), Great Glen Trails (20 min), Mount Washington Valley X-Country Skiing Network (10 min.), Jackson Ski Touring Foundation - 125 miles of maintained x-country trails (10 min)
  • History

    Experience the Tradition:   

    An original land grant from King George the III of England, guests can enjoy the historic and pastoral 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- Just two miles from the village of North Conway, NH.

    The Farm By the River has been passed down in one family for over 200 years. One of your hosts, Rick Davis, is a descendent 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.

    B and B with a 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. 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 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.  They have kept the historic character of "classic New England" style yet have introduced luxuries sush as jacuzzis and fireplaces.

    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. Instead of cows, they now 18 have horses! And two goats.

  • How to Find Us

    Directions Going North from Boston, MAMap

    1. Take I-95 North to Spaulding Turnpike, to Rt. 16 North to Conway
    2. At the 4-way lighted intersection, turn left onto Washington St.
    3. Go 1 block & stay left where the road forks-this will put you on West Side Rd.
    4. Go 6 miles, on your right you will see a white farmhouse, The FARM "By the River."

    Jetports:

    • Portland, Maine (1 1/2 hours)
    • Manchester, NH (2 hours)
    • Boston, MA (2 1/2 hours)
    • Fryeburg, Maine, Eastern Slope Regional Airport (15 mins.) - no jets, for private or chartered planes

     

 
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