New Hampshire’s Pickering House Inn
August 27, 2020
Text by Erika Ayn Finch Photography by Emilie Sommer, Emilie Inc. Photography and John Gauvin, Studio One
Some places just aren’t meant to be a discount store. At least that’s what Patty and Peter Cooke thought when they discovered that a historic 1813 home and barn in downtown Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, was in the process of being purchased by a discount chain. The local residents swooped in and purchased the yellow house and, in short order, decided to turn it into an inn. The couple took a crash course on hospitality (Peter was in finance and Patty owns design firm Wentworth Style) and opened Pickering House Inn in July 2018.
The property, which now boasts ten luxury rooms and an astounding ninety-three windows, had sat empty for four years and needed some major TLC before it could open to the public. Patty describes her style as “vernacular, rural, northern New England,” and admits that she isn’t a purist when it comes to the space, which was originally the home of Daniel Pickering, who opened the first bank in Wolfeboro. (Coincidentally, he also built a long-gone 240-room hotel across the street from his home.) You won’t find any floral wallpaper, but you will find bathrooms with heated floors, wainscoting crafted from boards found in the barn, floor coverings from Dash & Albert, a gathering kitchen where chefs cook breakfast each morning, and a library with original woodwork that has never been painted. There’s also a barn (complete with haylofts) where the inn hosts events including tasting dinners and innkeeper suppers. As for those aforementioned ninety-three windows? Eight are restored originals.
Pickering House Inn, Wolfeboro, N.H., pickeringhousewolfeboro.com