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“Excellent accomodations, excellent hospitality and great breakfasts” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables

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Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables
Ranked #7 of 21 North Conway B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Boylston, Massachusetts
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448 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Excellent accomodations, excellent hospitality and great breakfasts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

Plenty to do and see year round at this B&B, originally built in 1750.The owners, Rick &
Charlene, are very warm and pleasant and easy to get to know. Plus they serve up great breakfasts--homemade waffles, muffins & pancakes together with eggs, ham and/or bacon. The B&B has 17 resident horses for riding separately or for pulling a sleigh or carriage. My wife & I toured most of the 10 rooms .All were decorated nicely and very comfortable. Some have fireplaces and/or Jacuzzis. Our room had a fireplace and a view of the nearby mountains (the "Notch Room"). Our next trip to North Conway, NH will definitely include a stay at the Farm by the River.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

My husband & I returned to the Farm by the River for a 2nd visit, & again stayed in the Notch room for 7 nights in the last week of February 2013.

Rick & his wife Charlene are the most welcoming and friendly hosts to their guests. Those people who leave negative reviews clearly do not appreciate how hard they work using their home to run both a busy B&B and stables business.

We enjoyed a sleigh ride for 2 on a perfect winter's day - blue skies, sunshine and pristine snow. As a guest staying at the farm, you are also able to use the complimentary snowshoes provided - we went to Echo Lake State Park, Diana's Baths, and Whittaker Woods
Northern New England has had plenty of snow this winter, and the Mount Washington Valley is perfect for a winter sports holiday.

Northern Extremes in Bartlett or Bretton Woods is recommended for snowmobiling tours:-
The 4 hour Mount Washington tour included snow covered forests and Jefferson Notch (which is the highest public road in New Hampshire at 3009 feet), and has wonderful views.

For non-skiers or non winter sports enthusiasts, there are many restaurants to enjoy, tax free shopping in North Conway village, and the Mount Washington Valley Observatory Museum (which has free admission).

We are hoping to return again to the Farm by the River for a 3rd visit, and to enjoy wonderful New Hampshire and the spectacular Mount Washington Valley

Room Tip: The Notch Room is very quiet, and has views of the horses grazing and the mountains.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LynnR60
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rexidnight, Owner at Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind comments- we look forward to seeing you next year!
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

We stayed there for a night and we loved it!
The farm is amazing and very warm hearted. The people love their animals and the atmosphere is lovely. The bedroom was really nice, with the Jacuzzi and the vintage decoration make you feel in a different world. The breakfast was nice too and they have all you need to know about what to do in the area.
Also, we personally fell in love with their little two goats that are so cute and friendly.
If you plan on going to the White Mountain, we definitely recommend this place which is, by far, better than a hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for the Jacuzzi and even the king size bed!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rochester, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

I first visited the Farm by the River Inn and Stables property about five years ago for a sleigh ride; I instantly fell in love with the picturesque setting, the adorable horses, and the hospitality of the innkeepers. Although I didn't stay there initially, I always felt a pull to go back. This February, I was able to revisit the inn with my family, and we stayed for two wonderful (and restful!) nights. Everything about out visit was perfect- except the weather. The howling wind on the second day kept us from snowshoeing, but we were able to take a Victorian sleigh ride with Charlie (the horse) and Walter (our driver). It was a little icy, so two of our party members had to walk down the steep hill and board the sleigh at the bottom. While this may have upset some people, my family and I were touched by the concern the innkeepers and their stable-hands showed for the horses. As an animal lover, I appreciated that they favored the horses' care and well-being over the convenience of four able-bodied adults. In addition to the sleigh ride, we also enjoyed the hospitality (and excellent cooking!) of the innkeepers at breakfast; I was sad to have to return to my own cooking at the end of our stay! We also enjoyed commisserating with others around the warm fireplace, our first experience in a communal inn. All in all, our stay was relaxing and friendly, and we look forward to seeing the keepers and their beautiful inn again!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Amanda F
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rexidnight, Owner at Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Thank you so much for your comments. It is great to have such animals lovers at the Farm!
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

So I called to make a reservation for 6 people to ride horses this weekend well the guy basically said after a long story how he has 17 horses and the conditions are not very good it's very icy after he told me that he told me the horses do have shoes but as an owner he doesn't feel comfortable.. Ok and then on top of that he asked if anyone weighs over 220lbs which we have one person who does and he basicay said no there's no way we could do that which is strange cause this persons been horse back riding millions of times with no problem very strange person who ever answers the phone make sure you go in the spring and don't weigh over 220lbs

Stayed February 2013
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rexidnight, Owner at Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
It is unfortunate that the potential rider was unhappy because we could not take a rider who did not meet our weight requirement-hence safety requirements. We are a unique, award winning riding stables as we are able to offer horseback riding year round- even in winter.! We have been doing winter riding for over a decade. To our knowledge we are the only stables offering horseback riding year round in northern NH- if not all of NH. We put special shoes on the horses to deal with winter conditions.
Like other outdoor attractions we have safety, weight and age requirements (such as ziplines). We go out when we feel the the conditions are SAFE to do so- for riders and animals alike. Sometimes we cannot go out depending on the winter conditions- it may be too icy, or windy &/or too snowy ( whiteouts). We do have a weight limit of 235-240 pds. It is especially important to adhere to to the weight limit due to the winter footing conditions.

The owner told her he would be told her be happy to take her out if the weather conditions allow. She had 6 people riding. We always ask how much people weigh and their experience level, so we can determine if we have the proper mounts to accommodate riders. He asked her how many people were over 220 lbs,as we have draft horses horses to accommodate people over this weight in winter conditions. We have 17 horses but not all horses go out in the winter, as some are more suitable for winter conditions and some horses are driving horses and pull sleigh only. Unfortunately one person weighed 250 lbs. We had to tell her we could not take that person out. We hate to turn people away however safety is our number one priority.
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Alton, New Hampshire
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15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

This was my first experience with a Bed & Breakfast and what a fantastic one it was! This B&B is in the most picturesque setting, yet only 2 miles from Route 16 for all the restaurants and shopping outlets. We had fantastic breakfasts, a wonderful sleigh ride with Sarah (there were 4 of us) and of course our horse Charlie! Charlene & Rick are so friendly and accommodating to everyone's needs it made our two nights delightful. If planning a trip here, do check out this Farm. And don't miss Heidi the dog! There are other horses too making for a beautiful sight. One can see Mt Cranmore from this Farm. They have romantic specials for Valentine's Weekend so do check it out.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

We just returned from our first Polar Express weekend and second visit to the Farm by the River. After meeting Rick and Charlene last February, we knew we had found THE place for future visits to the North Conway area.

From the delicious meals and bottomless cups of coffee and cocoa to the trail ride we enjoyed with Sara, we had a family weekend we will long remember. We loved the Polar Express train ride, made all the more special by the Christmas cookies delivered by Santa's Elves when we arrived at the Farm. The golden horseshoe memento was a huge hit with our girls too, especially because they were worn by horses from the Farm. The recent arrival of two baby goats added an additional feeling of celebration to our visit. Charlene and Rick are clearly thrilled to introduce their new kids. My kids got a big kick out of playing with Max and Freckles.

Rick and Charlene have mastered the Innkeeper's art of having a casual conversation while refilling your coffee so you barely notice they are chatting AND working. In the early morning, when I was enjoying the rare chance to read a book, I appreciated that no one had a word to say to me and coffee appeared almost magically.

Rick has many great stories of his childhood on the Farm and NH history and Charlene's knowledge of landscape design and personalities of animals make it tempting to spend the day chatting with them. Watching Charlene converse with Heidi, her gorgeous Weimaraner, is a guaranteed stress reducer - seeing a dog so enchanted with her mistress is really heartwarming. Heidi is a good judge of character - we are enchanted with Charlene too!

We recommend the Farm by the River for people who like comfort, good food, proximity to town, horses, goats, dogs, cats, and people.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables
Address: 2555 W Side Rd, North Conway, Conway, NH 03860-5925
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Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Conway > North Conway
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in North Conway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Take a horseback ride or a private carriage or sleigh ride for 2-4 - right outside your door from this charming inn with 9 units. All rooms or 2 room suites have private baths, flat screen TVs, A/C, and free Wi-Fi. Both the inn and the public stables are open yr-round. We are located off the beaten path but just 2 miles from Downtown North Conway and on 70 scenic acres along the Saco river and have 20 resident horses frolicking in the pastures! Complimentary snowshoeing, private sleigh or carriage rides for two; group sleigh or wagon, and pony rides are also available. Enjoy a complimentary full patio or fireside breakfast with views of the gardens and the mountains. Some rooms: 2-person jacuzzis and/or fireplaces. A deluxe 4 bedroom cottage-Alpine Moose Cottage is also available. We are a family-friendly inn, and offer a variety of packages: Ride & Stay, murder mystery theatre,family adventure, snowmobiling and skiing. We have a dog friendly room and cottage. Also on site: gardens, horseback all yr-river swimming & fly-fishing. Close to Storyland, Echo Lake State Park, Diana's bath to name a few. ... more   less 
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