When the 200-year-old home of eminent Wolfeboro entrepreneur Daniel Pickering was slated to be demolished for commercial development in 2016, locals Patty and Peter Cooke stepped in, transforming the historic homestead into a dreamy B&B.
During the two-year renovation (Pickering House Inn opened in August 2018), the Cookes painstakingly restored the home to preserve its genuine feel and eclectic design elements, like the cheery yellow façade, original 1813 windows, and whimsical wall panels crafted from the home’s old doors. Bannisters were recreated for the front-yard fence, and an overgrown maple tree was cut down and repurposed into a beautiful table. (Don’t worry: A new tree was planted in its place.)
Each of the 10 rooms features its own distinct, New England-farm-inspired style with unvarnished wood, rustic-chic accents, and surprising touches, like desks adorned with local vintage postcards, while oversized baths have his-and-hers mirrors. Two common living rooms and an old-fashioned sitting porch have cozy furnishings that make for a truly warm, comforting stay.
Daily breakfasts — expect offerings like crème brûlée French toast with locally sourced maple-smoked bacon — and evening cocktails and bites are served in the Gathering Kitchen, helmed by Chef Patty Roche, a 15-year veteran of Stonewall Kitchen.
As of June, the Cookes’ passion project got an important affirmation: a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, ensuring that this iconic Wolfeboro property will endure.
From $355/night; www.pickeringhousewolfeboro.com
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