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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 dreamd it would be! Nestled in the White Mountains this historic inn offers a superb mountain setting, delicious food  and relaxed atmosphere.  Open the door to this authentic 200 year old farmhouse and enjoy  an elegant yet  comfortable decorum- all rooms, two-room suites and  the 4 bedroom cottage have private baths some with 2 person jacuzzis and/ or fireplaces. Guests will enjoy  the personal attention of being in a small inn, yet take advantage of the variety of natural amenities one might find at a larger resort  retreat.

    Farm by the River white house

     Not just an Inn, but a tradition of seven generations on the land! The Farm by the River Bed & Breakfast with Stables in North Conway is in a great location, off the beaten path, but just 2 miles from North Conway Village Center. It is on 70 scenic acres of meadows and forest and is  along the Saco River.The stables is open daily offering horseback riding year- round, as well as carriage, wagon sleigh and pony rides. Perfect for couples, families and  groups who love nature and horses- of course! 

    All rooms have king or queen-sized beds, private baths, and free Wi-Fi. A/C and cable TV. Some rooms with jacuzzi and/ or fireplaces as well as family suites.

    TripAdvisor Award of Excellence for 6 consecutive years-2011-16

    Awarded "Perfect B&B " in New Hampshire Magazine,2011

    Our stables was recognized as  " One of the top 15 stables in the U.S". Trail Blazer Magazine, 2010

    Alpine Moose Cottage - 4 bedrooms, 2 baths 2400 sq. feet

    Farm by the River Cottage

    • Deluxe 4 bedroom cottage that sleeps 8
    • 1- two-1 shower bathroom person jacuzzi/ shower bathroom
    • Fireplace,
    • 2 TV's- 1 DVD
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Living room
    • Full kitchen
    • Year round sunporch
  • 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!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are on 70 scenic acres with panoramic mountain views. We have year round horse stables offering horseback riding, sleigh and carriage rides, 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, and 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 whose land grant was 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 and the historic structure. No other hospitality place can boast of having that much land in the area given 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 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, the outdoors, horseback riding, the romantic sleigh ride for two, the natural surroundings, the hike to the mountains and or waterfalls, and the 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 can 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; 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,, and

    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 room family suites. We also have a 4 bedroom, 2400 sq. ft. cottage which is perfect for larger groups and families.

    Do you allow 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

    Farm by the River red barnFarm By the River B&B with Stables in North Conway in New Hampshire 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, fly- fishing, bird watching and complimentary snowshoeing. We offer a relaxing four season getaway lodging for couples or families in this authentic country inn.

    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 offering a wide range of activities. We offer many discounts to some of these activities such as Mt. Cranmore, Wildcat and Attitash for summer and winter activities. 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 February 2012).

    Perfect for Honeymoons, Elopements, or Romantic Getaways

    Select one of our unique packages from riding, to romance, to elopements 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 driving 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 its Own for Nature Lovers

    Included in your stay:

    • Private baths
    • cable TV
    • Cree Wi-Fi accessFarm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-Marquee
    • Baked goods & beverages
    • Discount on horseback riding and private carriage and sleigh rides
    • Complimentary on-site snowshoeing
    • access to Saco River  frontage

    A Perfect Place for Weddings or Elopements with a Carriage or sleigh ride included. 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 70 people.

  • Year-Round Horseback Riding, Carriage And Sleigh Rides

    Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-Horse back ridingAwarded "Best Horse Lovers B & B"

    A horse ride for any season! This award winning stable with 18 resident horses is open to the public year round daily; which is unique to northern New Hampshire. The stable is owner-operated with resident horses and experienced guides.

    Open daily and year round, our public stables offer horseback riding daily (even in the winter). Inn guests enjoy the ambiance of this pastoral setting and if they choose to ride, they enjoy a special guest rate. Guided horseback rides are offered 4-5 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 approximately 15 minutes long with a gentle horse lead by a trail guide. The parents are asked to walk along side their child. Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables was noted as "One of the top 15 trail rides in the U.S." by Trail Blazer Magazine in February, 2010.

    Reservations are highly recommended so that we can have the proper match between the horse and the rider.

    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 October fall foliage. Eleven of the 70 acres is in mature Maple sugar forest along the Saco River at this time; a kaleidoscope of crimson color!

    Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-Sleigh Ride

    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 2-5 people. Or join in with others for a group sleigh ride of up to 12-14 people. Offered daily starting at 10am in the morning.

  • Horseback Riding, Carriage Driving Classes and Workshops

    Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-People on a trailHorseback Riding Lessons are open to the public as well as our inn guests and are available by appointment only spring until snowfall (not available during July & August). Lessons are offered to horse enthusiasts wishing to learn how to horseback ride and 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 in "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 year olds and up with a weight limit of 225 pounds. Western riding is also offered if preferred.

    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 hour 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.

    Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-Horseback Riding

    Option 2

    Four week long Group Lesson:

    • One lesson per week for 1 hour and 15 minutes long
    • Offered during Spring, Early Summer and Fall until snowfall (excluding July and August) by appointment
    • $220 for a maximum of 3 people
    • Lessons in horse care, ground work and riding skills are included
    • Private Lessons are $250

    Option 3

    Horsemanship Workshop Getaways are 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 maximum.

    Carriage DFarm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-Instructorriving Workshops

    3 days of sessions are offered in the warmer seasons of Spring and Fall and are open to the public as well as inn guests (2-6 people maximum).

    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

    Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-BrideThe Farm By the River B&B is in a peaceful, picturesque 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 and 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 and 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
    • Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-Bride with HorseUnion 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

    Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-White WagonActivities from Spring to Fall

    • Swim & Hike at Echo Lake State Park (1/2 mile)
    • Cathedral Ledge- 1/2 miles away
    • White Mountain National Forest trail head -1/2 miles away
    • Diana's Bath- 2 miles away-
    • 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)
    • North Conway movies 4 miles
    • Conway Scenic Railroad 12 miles away
    • Mountain Biking Trails(1/2 mile)
    • Hiking in the White Mountain National Forest over 250 trails (Trailhead 1 mile away)
    • Rock Climbing from April to November in the White Horse & Cathedral Ledges (1 mile) and Mountain Washington Huntington Ravine (20 miles)

    Activities in the Winter

    Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-horse ride with wagon

    • Ice Climbing December through March at the White Horse & Cathedral Ledges (1 mile) and Mountain Washington-Huntington Ravine (20 miles)
    • Hartman Model Railroad and Museum at Glen New Hampshire (6 miles)
    • Diana's Bath Waterfall (2 miles)
    • Conway Scenic Railroad(2 miles)
    • Mt. Washington Auto Road(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 at 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 in 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 of 125 miles of maintained cross country trails (10 min)
  • History

    Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-Green ScenaryExperience the Tradition

    On 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, New Hampshire.

    The Farm By the River has been passed down in one family for over 200 years. 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.

    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 ContinuesFarm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-Brown Horse

    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 such 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, MAFarm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables-Map

    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"


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    • Boston, MA (2 1/2 hours)
    • Fryeburg, Maine, Eastern Slope Regional Airport (15 mins)
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