This is a new addition... a recent photo taken by a guest who gave us permission to share our beautiful starlight view with you!
Nestled amid conservation forest at the base of Little Monadnock Mountain in historical Fitzwilliam, Stone Farm was established in 1785 and is comprised of 40 acres, including a pond. We are located at the base of one of the most beautiful trails in New Hampshire. There are activities here for every season: boating, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, hunting, sledding, skiing and just relaxing! We are a great place to connect with the beauty and fierce independence of New England's outdoors.
We are available for your needs year round and gourmet breakfast is always served to our guests. Other meals can be provided for an additional cost. Just let us know before your arrival if you follow a special diet... we can accommodate most anyone.
We have two rooms for overnight guests: The Snowden Room has a king size bed, single cot (if needed) and a DVD/TV setup. The Manning Room has a queen size bed, fold out full-size couch/bed, VCR/TV setup and a private entrance. Both rooms are furnished with hot water, tea and honey as well as board/card games and books to read. We welcome your children and pets. Children especially love the farm atmosphere! The two rooms have an adjoining door and can be made into a two room suite if you have a larger group. The main floor has a living room and dining room, a fully updated kitchen, a shared bathroom and a lovely french door exit to the stone patio and view for miles to Northern Massachusetts and Vermont.
Please note: the rooms do not have private bathrooms. The bathroom is shared.
Regardless of which room you stay in, the scenery is breathtaking and wildlife is regularly spotted just outside your bedroom window: turkey, deer, porcupine and geese make Stone Farm their daily visit, along with the chickens, ducks, cats and a dog who live here.
We provide transportation to guests who are arriving within an hour's drive of Stone Farm. Transportation around town and for longer distances can be secured for an additional fee.
We are located a short drive to the local ski lifts, 3 miles from the Massachusetts border, 18 miles from artsy Brattleboro and 13 miles from the quaint college town of Keene. Antique stores are abundant, live entertainment and delicious meals are just three miles down the road at the Fitzwilliam Inn.
We take our cue from you! We have worked in hospitality for a long time. We will be completely unseen if you prefer to have a quiet time alone, or we will sit down and play a game of cards with you.
While our home is far from the evidence of other people, we do live within minutes of town. The historic Fitzwilliam Inn offers live entertainment and meals. There are antique stores and a history museum if you are interested. But most of our guests prefer to meet the neighbors on four feet who live in the conservation behind our home.
We can provide transportation around town if you need it, but it is ideal to bring your own vehicle. Contact us ahead of time if you are coming in the winter so we can advise you of the road conditions.
If you like picking wild edibles, come during the summer or fall. We have berries, fruit and herbs a-plenty!
Tea is provided in the rooms and various complimentary toiletries are found in the bathroom. Fresh towels and sheets are provided for each guest and coffee, hot chocolate and breakfast are provided each morning.
Our only house rules are:
1. No smoking within the house.
2. If you plan to use the pond or trails, please bring your own equipment (such as snowmobiles, skis or boat).
3. We are libertarians and believe people should live and let live. We expect that you will not threaten or be aggressive towards peaceful people. We will treat you with the same respect.
Other than that... Check in is any time between 2 and 8pm. Check out is by 11am. If you need to arrive or leave later, please notify us and we will try to work with you.
Breakfast is served whenever you request it (ideally we like to be told the night before) and we can manage most any dietary restrictions or preferences.
Fitzwilliam is a very small town. It has only one restaurant which is not open on some nights. If you would like to eat away from Stone Farm, expect to drive into Keene. However, you are more than welcome to use our kitchen to prepare meals and Matt, our resident chef, would be delighted to prepare a gourmet meal for you for an additional charge. Just ask!
If you need groceries, the nearest stores are in Swanzey or Rindge. You may want to bring your groceries in with you so you don't have to head back out again, unless you are the exploring type!
Stone Farm is very rural. While the town of Keene is about a 20 minute drive, there isn't much else between here and there. You will see and hear wild animals and there are bugs in the spring and summer. We can supply you with bug spray if you need and you may want to bring binoculars for bird and animal watching. On a clear night, you can see the milky way from our back porch before it sets for the winter. There are lots of berries and peaches on our land to be picked too! Sometimes our house smells like peach pie, and in the fall it smells more like baked apples.
In the fall, you will also see the gorgeous display of autumn color that New Hampshire is famous for. This is also apple picking season and we have trees on our property. We are also busy harvesting Hawthorn and Elder Berries and herbs to tincture for the winter months.
In the winter time, it can get very cold here. The house is warmed with wood regularly and oil during the coldest days, but you may want to bring extra warm clothes if you are not accustomed to New Hampshire winters. Please also consider bringing chains or snow tires during the months of November through March. Winter is the season we do a lot of wild mushroom foraging.
Due to the fact that we have animals of our own and there are wild beasties that roam in our woods, we do own firearms. This is not unusual for people who live rural areas. Matt is a firearms instructor and takes extra care to maintain top safety. No firearms are allowed to be discharged on our property, however. If you are interested in learning to shoot safely or in going hunting, please let us know and Matt would be happy to guide you.
We hope that your time away from home will be filled with rest and peace!
The Stone Farm was great! My girlfriend and I stayed for 2 nights. It was so relaxing that it felt like I had just had a month of vacation. The bed and bedroom was comfortable, clean, warm, private, and there was nice natural light.
The chef asked us about our dietary restrictions (which were none). He asked what time we wanted breakfast in the morning and he was totally accommodating. He made coffee, omelettes that were baked in a cast iron pan, fruits, and bacon! on the first day. The second day, Katie made coffee, fried eggs, sausage (yum), oatmeal, and there were several fruits and nuts for side dishes - butter, brown sugar, cream, dates, etc.
Katie was in touch with us the day before we arrived to ensure that we could find the place. We had no problem getting up the driveway through the snow with our Subaru Outback despite blizzard conditions. The chef even cleared our car off in the morning and blew snow off the driveway so we didn't have to shovel out.
The cats were really sweet and friendly and each one had their own personality (Dragon was my favorite). There was a semi-permanent guest staying in a different wing of the house and he had a friendly, (very excited) dog that joined us on our snowshoe adventure into the woods out behind the house - good times!
Katie and Matt were fantastic hosts while we were visiting! They were welcoming and were in contact during the days leading up. They provided any bathroom necessities that we might have forgotten and cooked a delicious breakfast in the morning! The property is gorgeous and the beds were very comfortable, topped with heated blankets for a cold night stay! We would definitely stay again with Katie and Matt! Make sure you know where you are going if traveling at night, the property is back in the woods, just look for the house flashing lights as Katie is probably trying to help you out! :)
I had a wonderful experience here, we were communicating all day before I arrived and someone was there to meet us and show us our room. It was clean and quiet and I couldn't have imagined anything we needed that we didn't have. There are awesome walking trails all around, too!
Katie was extraordinarily welcoming, accommodating and communicative. The property was beautiful, breakfast was delicious, and the cats were just as friendly as the humans. Fitzwilliam is fairly close to artsy New England towns including North Adams (Mass MoCA) and Brattleboro, VT. A recommended stay for a laid-back traveler looking for a respite off the beaten path.
Though our arrangements were very last-minute, Katie was responsive, helpful and welcoming. The location is quiet and beautiful, the house is lovely, our room was comfortable and our breakfast was wonderfully delicious! We were very happy with our visit and would love to return.
In such a beautiful area, my girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Close to walking trails and nature, it was exactly what we were after. The house is historical, dating back to 1790, and Matt was happy to share some of the stories of the house. Breakfast was delicious and varied. Katie was a lovely human being.
I enjoy opening my home to visitors and spent some of my youth as a foreign exchange student. For this reason, I'm uniquely suited to welcoming those visiting from outside of the United States but I still enjoy stays from those from within the US borders.