On the banks of the Cockermouth River
363 Sculptured Rocks Road, Groton, New Hampshire 03241
Click here to see the views around the Sculptured Rocks Farm
Our very own moose visits every once in a while. If only we could get him to stop by on schedule we could book the show.
Sculptured Rocks Farm is located in Groton, New Hampshire, just a couple of miles from picturesque Hebron village and Newfound Lake. We are within walking distance of Sculptured Rocks State Park, a geological rock formation in the Cockermouth River that was formed thousands of years ago at the end of the ice age as the glaciers were receding and the melting snow and rocks rushed down the valley and carved unique shapes into the granite. Sculptured Rocks is not only a spectacular viewing experience, but is also a great place to go swimming (for the brave -- the water is icy cold - but feels real good on a hot August day) and fishing.
Other nearby natural attractions include: Wellington Beach State Park at Newfound Lake for both boating (free boat launch) and swimming; Cardigan Mt. State Forest that can be accessed from several nearby trailheads in Alexandria, Grafton, Orange and a little used trail that starts just up the road from Sculptured Rocks Farm.
We are located in the heart of ski country. Nearby area is Ragged Mountain. Cannon, Waterville Valley and Loon are all within less than an hours drive. Ski and stay packages with Loon Mountain can be arranged, call for more information. Dinner at Sculptured Rocks Farm can be arranged so you can come home, take a hot soak in the tub, put on your jammies and relax right here. Dinners should be booked in advance of your stay.Cross-country skiing starts right outside our door on the many logging trails on our property that link up to limitless old trails that traverse the nearby mountains. Snowshoeing, sledding and snowmobiling are all available from Sculptured Rocks Farm as well.
Hunters are always welcome at Sculptured Rocks Farm. Early morning breakfasts will include swapping a lot of information (and some tall tales) about where to find the best hunting nearby. Just don't try for our very own backyard moose.
Hiking is a favorite activity here at Sculptured Rocks Farm. Groton was a thriving community of farmers and miners over 100 years ago. The town is crisscrossed with old roads that have fallen into disuse, but still make wonderful trails for leisurely hikes. There are also some not so leisurely hikes for the hard core hiker including the all day hike to the top of Firescrew and then Cardigan Mountains. Cardigan is a bald knob mountain with a fire tower at the top that has spectacular views for miles around. On the way up the nearby trail you will pass Ciley's cave and a lean-to for overnight camping. Directly behind Sculptured Rocks Farm you will top Spruce ridge for a view of Moosilauke, Newfound Lake, Jewell Hill and Oregon Mountain.
My favorite activity after a long day is just laying back and enjoying the solitude. Sitting with my feet in the river washes the worries of the world away (the Cockermouth is right across the street and we have our own brooks on either side of the farm too). At night the stars are the brightest you will ever see. From the front porch you cannot see the light of another house or a street light. On a clear night the sky is as black as black can be, pierced by stars too many to count.
Sculptured Rocks Farm is a Gothic Revival farm house built in 1865 by Artemus Crosby, who owned a saw mill on the Cockermouth River across the street. It's a very fancy home for this neck of the woods (although Artemus described it as a cottage). Click here for more historical information about Sculptured Rocks Farm.
You will step up from the huge mica shist front stoop, under the cantilevered Gothic Gable, to walk through the double coffin doors into the grand entry hall (the front hall also served as the waking room back then, when family members were waked at home). In the hall you will encounter one of the truly special details of the Sculptured Rocks Farm -- the spiral staircase which is echoed in the curved walls of the adjacent rooms. In the formal front parlor walk, through the arch in front of the gorgeous bay window to overlook the Cockermouth River and a wonderful view of nearby Jewell Hill. There is a cozy den off the parlor for reading, relaxing or watching a movie from our library. Sorry, no TV at the Farm, your here to get away from all that.
Pearl Sculptured Rock Farms original greeter
In the morning you can have breakfast in the family dining room or read the paper near one of the bay windows in the birthing room just off the dining room. Sit at the bar made of the old woodworker's bench (from the barn) and chat with Michael as he makes breakfast. Sculptured Rocks Farm is surrounded by 158 acres of land for all types of activities.
Many people wonder if a bed and breakfast is the right type of accommodations for them. Sculptured Rocks Farm is a very homey atmosphere. Most guests go away saying, "it is like staying at grandma's house". And, those are our favorite guests. We have a television but only to view DVDs (no satelite or cable), so our guests are more comfortable playing a game of chess or reading a book in the evening than watching the latest episode of American Idol. It is an intimate setting where you might share breakfast with total strangers only to later plan an afternoon hike with them. We look forward to your visit.
Sculptured Rocks Farm
On the banks of the Cockermouth River
363 Sculptured Rocks Road
Groton, NH 03241
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