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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We were happy to find PFI as nice as always. Value is great! We always hike, two-ten miles/day, think about a home in Northern NH, drive more than we like. PFI is a superb base from which to do all. We have fond memories of each visit. Dining system provides nice structure to day. Food is good quality, nicely presented.

Room Tip: We always stay in main building.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Rich D
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

This is a huge, old inn that has clearly had better days, which could easily be said for a number of us. It is large, well located and the quiet is really special. That being said it needs a major million dollar cleaning and updating. Its not perfect but Ann and Larry try hard to do well by their guests, as does Janet who straightens your room up. There are lovely places to sit and visit with family, nice walks to be had right from the property and enough fireplaces to make one happy on chilly nights/early mornings. If you go with high expectations then I'm afraid you'll be very disappointed. There are stairs to climb, light switches to find and clear, clear night skies that show off what you've likely been missing wherever you come from. There is only one TV and its likely not to be on, no wi-fi or computers. I got fine cell reception the entire time but I wasn't there to be on the computer. The price is reasonable and again, if you're prepared you'll likely come away with a good memory or two. Do be sure to ask Ann if you can see the woodstove in the kitchen as its amazing.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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8  Thank birder50
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Our family has stayed at Philbrook Farm every year since 2000, a year after I stumbled upon the place at the end of a late autumn hike in 1999. The whole family loves it – all three generations. Usually we rent a big cottage on the grounds in the summer. In the late fall and winter we stay in the main Inn. It is a beautiful, quiet old place, on immense and lovely grounds, without modern trappings (no phones in the rooms, no internet, no TV – but a huge and beautiful library and a splendid dining room, with the single modern feature of a small but quite serviceable swimming pool for use on hot days). The Inn is perfectly situated for those who like hiking in the White Mountains. And the grounds are so immense that you can hike for quite a while without ever leaving the property, if you don’t feel like heading into the mountains.

If you value the outdoors, and enjoy early 19th century architecture (the main farmhouse was built in 1834), there is really no place like Philbrook Farm. Certainly no place that is as readily accessible and as reasonably priced.

Room Tip: If you are big group and want to stay more than a few days in the summer, rent a cottage.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Alec B
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

If you want peace, tranquillity and quiet - this is the place to stay! You will not find luxuries such as air conditioning, television, internet and phone service or fancy soaps/shampoos, but you will find the peace and beauty of the White Mountains, plenty of hiking choices, the Androscoggin River at your fingertips; and the Inn (McKnight Room was our room) offers everything you need to feel like you'd just gone back in time and visited your Grandparents home. You'll get wonderfully cooked breakfasts and dinners when Larry "rings the dinner bell" and serves as your host with Ann in the kitchen. We chose this place for basically 1 reason and that was because my husband is a descendant of the Philbrook clan (great-grandmother) and we were on a trip to explore that ancestry, and it turns out, after research with Ann, that they are 8th cousins; however, it was a good choice for our 3 day stay with easy access to all the places we wanted to hike and see while in the area. Do not go expecting to be catered too; expecting to be in a place of luxury but go expecting to understand how it was in the late 19th century or early 20th century before electronics ruled your life - and if you do, you'll experience the most serene and peaceful ambiance.

Room Tip: The McKnight room within the Inn is on the 2nd floor (no elevator) that faces the front of the Inn with the Mountains for a view, with a bay window that opens and offers a wonderful breeze (no air conditioning). Has a king (actually 2 twins put together) bed, separate but private bathroom with very old, but quite adequate facilities. Antiques galore throughout the Inn. Writing desk.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank OHRetirees
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Our family rented one of the outer cottages 'Briarcliff' this week. We arrived on Friday night & we have all left by today. The cottage is rustic, which is what we expected & looked forward to. What we did not expect, was mice running across the floors in plain sight, a drawer below the toaster filled with 'a mouse condo', which consisted of insulation and mouse feces stirred in with a bunch of crayons & napkins. The size of the spider webs & size of spiders on the porch was made for a horror movie. The shower was atrocious - hair on the walls (not from our family) & rusted beyond belief. Minimal toilet paper forced the family to use the one small box of Kleenex that luckily, was provided. No soap in the bathrooms either - we had to use the dish soap in the kitchen to wash our hands. Needless to say, the family is NOT staying there for the rest of the week. We inquired as to whether the owner (Larry) would consider a discount when we informed of our findings. All we got was 'NOPE' - not even an apology. Wont be going back to this place again. We all tried clicking our heels 3 times, to no avail. Better luck next time. You would think with what we paid for the week, the least you could expect was some amount of cleanliness.....not to be found at this place!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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7  Thank Tami95
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