Over the last few years, we have acclimated to the overall Bed and Breakfast experience where ever we travel. We feel very fortunate that this was not our first experience with a Bed and Breakfast.
When we first arrived at the inn, we could not find the inn keeper. Another guest directed us outside to the back of the inn where we first met "Char" who curtly asked us to "come back later... (she) was busy".
When she finally did have time to take us to "the best room in the house" (and also the most expensive), we were appalled at the lack of cleanliness. The bed spread was just loosely tossed on top, and when we did pull it down for the evening, the sheets were not only wrinkled, they were creased as if the bed had already been slept in. The bathroom (a closet converted to shower and toilet) continued the trend as the shower stall was filthy and the towels smelled.
The next morning, as my wife usually sleeps later than I do, I went down for coffee around 6am and picked up a conversation with a woman from another state who was knitting in the living room. Rick came running in and requested that we not talk as there was a door to another guest room 8 feet away.
The food was average. Breakfast (a belgian waffle with some whipped cream and half a strawberry on top) is no where near what we are used to indulging in when we stay at a B&B.
As for farm by the "river"... the land may well back up to the river, but the farmhouse which serves as the B&B is actually about 20 feet from a state highway from which you cannot see the river.
This establishment would serve well as a boarding house, but from our experience with many other wonderful inns, the "Farm by the River" does not really make the grade in the hospitality industry. Our advice is that your $200+ can be better spent elsewhere.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Farm By The River b&b With Stables
- Farm By The River Bed And Breakfast With Stables Hotel North Conway