Lake Shore Farm Inn

275 Jenness Pond Road, Northwood, New Hampshire 03261
Innkeeper(s): Rick Dowling
  • Introduction

    Lakeshore Farm Inn front of inn

    Welcome to the Lake Shore Farm Inn, located in Northwood, New Hampshire!

    The past year brought major renovations to Lake Shore Farm Inn: new roofs, a new septic system, and many rooms have been redecorated. Some work is still in progress, but we are happy to announce that the Inn is ready for guests.

    We are situated on Jenness Pond in Northwood, New Hampshire. Jenness Pond is wonderful - for people, fish, or loons. Our half mile of shore frontage helps insure that the pond will maintain its attractiveness. We have kayaks plus a rowboat for guests, and two beaches. One beach is near the inn; the other is a secret we will share when you arrive!

    We also own 100 acres across the street from the Inn. This property has lovely fields, hiking trails,and a small pond (not nearly as large as impled by the photo on the left.

    We provide breakfast for our guests.

    We have a function hall that has been used by generations for weddings, sqaure dancing, musical events and more. This building is not ready for functions yet, but should be in 2014.

  • 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 Rick Dowling for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay at our Inn because they have been coming for generations. One of our recent guests has been coming here since she was born in 1942.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for family vacations and over 1/2 mile of frontage on beautiful Jenness Pond.

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

    People come to enjoy ten local lakes and ponds. The fishing is exceptional.

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

    “You treated us just like family.” By the time a lot of guests leave, we feel the same about them.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    How peaceful it is only 3 miles from a state highway. It seems like a different time, a simpler time.

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

    There are two local State Parks. In the winter there is snowmobiling right outside our front door. There is plenty of boating, swimming, fishing and hiking.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Walking distance, we have two beaches on the property and an abundance of walking trails on our 140 acre retreat.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Johnson's Restaurant and Dairy bar, local kids like to bike there on a hot summer day to spend extra money on the well-known heaping ice cream cones. For lunch or dinner you can drive back for seafood and steak.

    Do you accept pets?

    No pets.

  • Accomodations

    Lakeshore Farm Inn beds

    The inn was built in three stages. The oldest part of the Inn was built in 1926 and contains 16 rooms, some of which are used by our family. These rooms are lettered A-V (with some letters omitted for reasons unknown to us). Next the Annex was built, with Rooms 1-8 . Later Dembling Hall was built to connect the two sections. The second floor of Dembling Hall has Rooms 21 - 28.

    1) The Inn, Dembling, and Annex 2) The Inn 3) Dembling and Annex

  • History

    Lakeshore Farm Inn front sign

    In 1789 Reuben and Elizabeth Brown first came to live on a farm in the Northwood area. Their daughter Deborah married a man named Jonathan Watson and they took over running of the farm after Reuben died. Two of the Watson boys (Reuben and James) stayed in the area, but the original farm passed into other hands.

    Reuben Watson tried working in the mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, but soon returned to Northwood. In 1848 Reuben built a house for his wife Jane on the land on which Lake Shore Farm Inn now sits. Together they worked hard and the farm prospered, with Jane taking over as head when Reuben went off to fight in the Civil War. Three of their children died at a young age, but Edville survived to carry on the family name. Their daughter Lenora was a skilled needlewoman and many of her rugs and the hooked welcome sign are among the inn’s treasures.

    In 2012 the Inn was bought by Rick and Michelle Dowling and Rick's father Dick Daniels. Rick and Michelle's sons Ricky and Randy live at the inn with their parents. Dick Daniels and Sandy Cole live at Lake Shore Farm Inn half the year. The entire extended family is helping to modernize the accomodations for what we hope will be generations to come!

  • Event Photos

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    Lakeshore Farm Inn North wood sign Lakeshore Farm Inn motor boat


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