THE TOAD HILL FARM
in The White Mountains of New Hampshire
(now accepting inquiries for 2021 and 2022)
At The Toad Hill Farm, we’ll make sure the vision for your special event becomes a reality. Our Wedding Venue offers everything you need to create the stunning occasion you and your guests will always remember. We’ve been making celebrations our business since 2000, and can’t wait to work with you.
The minute I found my first love song,
I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
We’ve hosted countless numbers of beautiful weddings and special events here at The Toad Hill Farm. We invite you to look through our online portfolio to see photos and videos from some of our past parties and celebrations. With picturesque, one-of-a-kind views and incredible decor options, you’re guaranteed to come away with some lasting memories.
The Road Not Taken
Local legend credits The Toad Hill Farm as the inspiration for Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken". We knew Frost was good friends with Joe Fobes Sr., who previously owned the farm, and stayed in the cottage often. Certainly, Frost was familiar with the series of forks in the road throughout the farm and may have easily taken this physical reference as a spiritual analogy.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
What we offer
Unlike other venues, the site (the Main House, the former paddock area as well as a separate field for parking in the middle of almost 600 acres of woodland and pastures) is available to you from Thursday afternoon until Monday at noon. During that time, you may opt to use the site for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, brunch or any combination of those. The choice is yours. However, as you would be booking for, and essentially blocking out, the entire five days, we do not offer a smaller package.
The Main House (which you can see on the site) has 6 bedrooms (sleeping up to 16), 3-1/2 baths, a family room with a fireplace (as well as satellite tv and wi-fi), a large living room (with another fireplace), a dining room, kitchen, laundry room, and large wraparound porch from which to enjoy the wonderful view. If you have friends who would like to camp out, they may do so in one of our fields.
We do not include catering, a tent or portable toilets but can arrange for those or guide you to local vendors. Electricity and water are both available from the former stable in the paddock as well as outlets along the fence. There is a hill to the side of the paddock area (which offers an additional wonderful view) on which many couples have held their ceremony, moving down to the paddock for the reception. As the farm sits on on top of a mountain, there are no "quiet hours". You may celebrate as long as you like. Additionally, any of your guests may camp out in one of our fields.
Our farm lends itself to both large and small gatherings.
A Wedding Venue with History
Our history begins with Issac Bowles, who homesteaded the farm in about 1817 and created and developed the farm for the next 50 years. The original house and barn were located toward the top of the hill, where the main house still stands. The foundation for the barn can be seen today directly in front of the horse paddock. Issac's son, Loren Bowles, carried on the farm until his death in the 1890s. From then until its purchase in 1912 by Joe Fobes Senior, the farm was pretty much abandoned. Joe Sr. resurrected the land and created the first sugarhouse in 1915, tapping the large maple grove one passes through on the way to the site. The hurricane of 1938 brought much devastation to the farm, including the original sugarhouse and guest cottage. The present sugarhouse was erected before the 1939 sugaring season, as well as the blue cottage, which sits in part of the maple grove, downhill from the main house.
We know Robert Frost stayed in the cottage often and was good friends with Joe Sr.
Roughly around this same time, the present day farmhouse was built, along with the main barn, allowing the house on the hill to become a 'summer' house. The original barn was abandoned in favor of the larger barn, which was recently highlighted in the book Preserving Old Barns by John Foster and Franklin Gilman (2001) as a fine example of a 'bank' barn.
Joe Fobes Sr's son, also named Joe, took over the farm from his father, and created a covenant with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the first such covenant in the state. This agreement declared that the farm was never to be subdivided and it would remain a 'working' farm. This was Joe Fobes' way of resisting development and the loss of farm land long after he was gone. In 1978, Fobes sold the property to Chester Martin, along with the covenant which remains in perpetuity. Four years later, Richard and Letitia Burwell purchased the 'summer' house with 3 acres on the hill from Martin. The surrounding farm land remained in Martin's possession until1985, when the Burwells purchased the remaining 368 acres. Since then, the Burwells have acquired several adjacent pieces of land, increasing the acreage to almost 600 acres. It remains a working farm, with Mandy and Gene Young (their daughter and son-in-law) maintaining the covenant and reclaiming the work of those before them. The Youngs were married here in 2000 and have, since then, hosted weddings. It is their desire to share this beautiful and unique spot with others wishing a special location for their momentous occasion.
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Kayla and Brandon-
The Toad Hill Farm was the perfect venue for our wedding day. It offered a beautiful home for our family to stay in for the weekend which allowed us all to be close together. Being able to use the venue for multiple days makes it the perfect spot to make memories that will last a lifetime with all of your closest family and friends. I also must mention - The views are to die for and your guests will surely be talking about them for a long time to come! Mandy and Gene were so helpful every step of the way. They ensured our wedding day went smoothly and made us feel at home while we were there!
By Emily B. (for Mackenzie and Galen-
We had the very best experience at Toad Hill Farm. We just love you guys and are so honored to have worked there alongside you. Mandy and Gene, you work so hard to deliver an amazing experience and work like I do, nothing is "not your job." You stepped up at every turn and I am so grateful for everything you did.
Mackenzie and Galen-
This venue was absolute perfection. Our wedding was 10/13/18 and I cannot picture a more magical place. The owners are incredibly accommodating, checking in, made sure we had everything we needed and helped problem solve a few items along the way. If you want a NH outdoor wedding, this is the place. Your backdrop is the White Mountains. The grounds are absolutely stunning. This is a gem of a venue in the white mountains. The house on site is picturesque farmhouse style and accommodates quote a number of folks. I would recommend Toad Hill Farm over and over again for new brides!
Angie and Andrew-
Our experience at Toad Hill Farm was nothing short of amazing! We loved being there and have even joked about getting divorced just so we can do it all over again next summer! Honestly the pictures don't do it justice; the view, the grounds and the house are all breathtaking! We even had rain and clouds on our wedding day and it was STILL the most beautiful place we could have gotten married. Being able to rent the venue from Thursday through Monday was awesome, we got to settle in with our bridal party before all the craziness of the wedding weekend began and we didn't have to rush out right after the wedding. One of our favorite moments of the weekend was early Sunday evening once everyone had left and it was just my husband and I. There was a beautiful sunset and alpenglow happening so we plugged in the fence twinkle lights and played our song and danced just the two of us in this incredible place. It was definitely a moment that we will remember forever and we were able to have it because of the extended time you get to stay. It was also really nice because we were able to have the rehearsal dinner and the farewell brunch all on site. Besides the place speaking for itself once you see it, Gene and Mandy are amazing!! In the beginning working with Mandy I felt like not only did I have someone who helped out and took care of things but also that I was working with a friend. She has a very friendly and calming demeanor which is great when you're feeling stressed out. To say they went above and beyond once we got there for the wedding would be an understatement. We had a nightmare rental/wedding planner/tent company and not only was Mandy there taking care of dealing with them and keeping me calm, Gene was busy replacing and fixing any problems that they were creating. I can't say enough about Toad Hill Farm and Mandy and Gene! Thank you guys for making our wedding so perfect!!
Liz and Brian-
Our wedding at The Toad Hill Farm was by far the best party we every threw! We were able to have the exact experience we were looking for. We are passionate about the White Mountains and getting to be with them during our wedding ceremony, followed by having a beautiful New Hampshire outdoor summer party to commemorate our vows couldn't have been more perfect! Thank you Mandy and Gene for all of your love and support from planning to execution!
Toad Hill Farm was the perfect wedding venue for so many reasons! The setting is gorgeous - a perfect NH outdoor venue. We loved that the venue was ours from Thursday to Monday and that the house on site was a perfect fit for the entire bridal party. I wanted a venue that offered us the flexibility to plan all of the details and Toad Hill Farm was just that. Mandy was very helpful throughout the planning process, and Gene was available for any needs or questions during the weekend, while still making it feel as though we had the place to ourselves. We received SO many compliments on the venue. I will forever be thankful that we found Toad Hill Farm!!
Ilaria and Mike-
We could't hope for a better place for our wedding. Our search was long but well worth it when we finally found Toad Hill Farm.
The venue has a hill overlooking the White Mountains. We had our ceremony there. After one year our guests still talk about how beautiful the place was.
The house is decorated with very good taste with all sort of very peculiar little objects that will make your wedding pictures unique. It has 6 rooms, so it was easy to accomodate all our immediate families, and we enjoyed cooking dinner and spend our evenings there.
If you choose this venue you will have the flexibility to have your wedding completely your way, since the only thing provided is the space there. That's a big pro if you are willing to spend a little bit more time researching all the rest you need.
Ours was a all DIY wedding, Mandy and Gene are very accommodating people and they helped us with local connections in the search for vendors. We could also stay at the venue as long as we wanted the night of the wedding and that it's almost an exception for US weddings.
I would definitely recommend this venue for somebody that doesn't want a cookie-cutter wedding.
My husband and I got married at Toad Hill Farm two years ago, and we absolutely loved it! The location could not be more beautiful – truly, pictures cannot do it justice. We had our ceremony up on the small hill and the reception in front of the house in a big, white tent. Our guests loved being in such a gorgeous location. Aside from the amazing views, we loved that everything could have a free, easygoing feel to it. Our guests could wander around, take pictures with the great scenery, and play lawn games during the cocktail hour and reception. We loved that the party could go on as long as we wanted it to – we danced until 3:30 am and never had to worry about music bothering neighbors.
The house on the property that you rent with the venue is great to have access to. It has six bedrooms and is adorably decorated. Much of our family stayed here, and we held our rehearsal dinner on the porch. We also invited friends over the night before the wedding for drinks and smores outside.
Mandy and Gene are extremely helpful and accommodating. They welcomed us to their property with open arms and wanted to make sure everything went smoothly during our time there. Whenever we needed something while we were there, Gene was sure to help out right away. They are wonderful people and will make sure that you have what you need from them to make your time there perfect!
One thing to note is that, with this venue, you have to do a lot of work yourself – rentals, catering, decorations, etc. There are fantastic vendors in the area, but if you want someone to take care of all the wedding details for you, you would need to hire a wedding planner to coordinate all of that for you as wedding planning and coordinating does not come with the venue.
Overall, we highly recommend this venue if you are looking for a gorgeous, outdoor venue. We could not be happier with our choice!
2+ years ago
We currently live in California but I wanted to get married in New Hampshire where my parents still live. We wanted a place that captured the beauty and essence of New Hampshire as well as our love for the outdoors. With its breathtaking views of the mountains, hilltop ceremony location and quintessential New England feel, Toad Hill Farm was like a fairytale. The Farmhouse worked out perfectly to house my family and Gene and Mandy were very kind and readily available. Although the cost was a little expensive, the flexibility and versatility of the venue allowed us to save money in a lot of other ways which allowed us to stay within our budget while still having our dream wedding.
Mandy and Gene were extremely helpful in planning our wedding. We felt like they truly wanted our weekend to be magical and happily went out of their way to make our experience stress free- accommodating us and our guests in every way possible. The venue is breathtaking and I have nothing but fond memories.
Genesis and Chuck-
Totally the best!! Loved our spot, the house, the wedding and working with these guys.
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