Pickering House Inn ©John Gauvin
PICKERING HOUSE INN A NEW HAMPSHIRE GEM By Jeff & Stephanie Sylva
istinguished as “The Oldest Summer Resort in America,” the town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, attracted summer visitors primarily because of its location on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s largest lake. But this attractive New England town has grown to become a popular four-season vacation destination, often being referred to as “The Jewel of Lake Winnipesaukee.” And within this “jewel” of a town, you will discover another jewel— The Pickering House Inn. Barn at Pickering House ©John Gauvin
Opened in 2018, the inn proudly reflects Wolfeboro’s history as a resort town. The building was constructed in 1813 by John Pickering and then purchased by his brother Daniel two years later to serve as his private home. For over 40 years, the stately building remained the home of one of Wolfeboro’s most prominent citizens and then continued to be a local historic landmark for generations. By 2015 the Yellow House, as it was affectionately called, had fallen into a state of disrepair and was threatened with demolition to make way for commercial development. Into the picture stepped Wolfeboro residents Peter and Patty Cooke. The Cookes had a vision of creating a distinctive inn and a special place for social gatherings. Committed to the principle of preserving a strong sense of community, they devoted more than two years to painstakingly renovating Pickering House. The exquisite quality and attention to detail are evident throughout the inn. In 2019 the Pickering House Inn was selected by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 30 hotels in New England. The inn was also named to the National Register of Historic Inns in 2019.
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