by Michael Blanding
It’s not every B&B that has its own stables, nevermind 18 horses and a trail for riding that meanders along the Saco River with views of the Moat Mountain Range, and White Horse and Cathedral Ledges. For a more sedate experience, the inn offers carriage rides in summer and sleigh rides in winter. DÃ©cor is all Laura Ashley plaids and tea roses, with several larger rooms and two-room family-size suites; several include fireplaces and two-person Jacuzzi tubs. Next door is a four-bedroom cottage with a full kitchen and room for eight.
Our Editor Loves
- Two-room family suites
- Horseback riding from the stables
- Swimming and fly-fishing in the river
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
This was such a fantastic activity through the winter wonderland of the White Mountains. The owners of the stable and our sleigh driver were very friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable. The draft horse, Charlie, was very sweet and posed for pictures with us before taking us out on our ride. Our route took us through pristine snow-covered meadows and a peaceful forest path, with several beautiful views of the White Mountains along the way.
The sleigh itself felt very traditional, and also was very comfortable. Blankets were provided to ward off the cold but you'll want to dress warm and make sure to bring gloves and a hat/scarf. We opted for the romance package, so our sleigh ride included champagne and fine chocolates, which was a very nice touch. We were out for about 30-40 minutes, but it felt like it went by faster because we were having such a great time!
I highly recommend the Farm by the River - it was a great experience from start to finish!
Highly recommend staying here. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The owners are exceptionally attentive and their staff member (Carrie) was down to earth and extremely personable.. We were able to take a sleigh ride, which was spectacular! Breakfast every morning was out of this world.