Peckett's at Iris Farm is a total winner. If you read no further, just go ahead and book now. The house has been renovated with astoundingly loving care, the location is ideal, and the site is beautiful in a way that very few rentals are, even in the White Mountains area.
The farmhouse in which we stayed was pristine and gorgeous. Its a beautiful old house whose renovations were accomplished with extraordinarily good taste and marks of luxury -- high-end appliances, granite surfaces in the kitchen, beautiful wood floors (thought maybe they were maple). It was roomy and remarkable not only in attention to detail and historical value (keeping the mesh wire on closet doors from the original was one of many nice touches) but also -- the view!
The large window in the kitchen commands a view of not just the bucolic slope down the Sugar Hill property (with cows and sheep) but also the Presidentials, Mt. Washington and the northern Franconia Ridge. Simply divine to have breakfast at the ample dining table there and watch the clouds roll over waves of distant mountains. We stayed there in the heat of summer and the house remained very well ventilated, including two cozy screen porches for late night chats. There's also a grand fireplace for winter stayers.
The location is perfect for anyone who wants to get away -- hiking (my brother and I hiked the Franconia Ridge -- world class views), skiing (Cannon Mountain is within view and minutes away) or weddings and celebrations (Sugar Hill Inn is right down the road and the town is small but adorable). Families will enjoy the proximity to the Flume and Echo Lake; Storyland and North Conway are a drive away. Also for artists and writers (Robert Frost's former house and nature walk is minutes away).
I can't say enough wonderful things about Iris Farm. Our only wish was to have stayed longer. An absolute gem!