The Horse & Hound’s impressive indoor and outdoor wedding venue space is optimal for hosting an entire destination wedding weekend in New Hampshire’s rustic White Mountains. An equidistant drive from Boston, Portland or Burlington, your guests will enjoy all the outdoor activities of Franconia Notch with easy access to airports. The wedding party (or entire micro wedding) can stay in our on-site accommodations that consist of a historic and recently renovated 12-bedroom New England lodge on eight private acres.
A large outdoor terrace with complimentary lawn games for your guests is available for your rehearsal dinner. For your ceremony, you have multiple picturesque ceremony locations for both indoor and outdoor weddings. While your guests enjoy the garden and charming greenhouse during cocktail hour, you can take advantage of the venue’s many phenomenal wedding photo op spots, including, among the sugar maples, the bridge over the babbling brook or in front of the 3 working fireplaces. Looking for an intimate micro wedding? Enjoy the cozy, exposed-beam dining room. Having a larger event? Make it an elegant affair by hosting a tented outdoor reception in our gardens. The large parking lot across the street from the Horse & Hound provides an easy drop off and turnaround spot for busses and plenty of parking for driving wedding guests.
Want to travel off-site? Within a five minute drive on quiet country roads, you’ll find many great rehearsal dinner options and a historic church. There are also a variety of local accommodations and lodging options for your guests that are not staying at the Horse & Hound.
Each season brings a splendor all its own in this ruggedly beautiful corner of New England. The New Hampshire Fall is truly spectacular at the Horse & Hound. But consider the lovely flowers of the late Spring, the verdant Summer and cozy late Fall and Winter. The Horse & Hound is truly a White Mountains wedding venue for every season.
The Horse & Hound is also steeped in a rich history. The Horse & Hound began as a farmhouse in the 1830s. In the 1940s, wealthy Wall Street financier transformed the property into an inn using an English fox hunting estate as inspiration. The Horse & Hound catered to an exclusive A-list crowd from Boston, New York and Philadelphia and was marketed as “a country inn with a country club atmosphere.” The dazzle continued through the 1960s and the après ski parties at the Horse & Hound were legendary.
After passing through a number of owners and iterations, the Horse & Hound was recently renovated and restored to resemble the original 1940s New England lodge. The Horse & Hound is currently owned by three childhood friends and their families. We enjoy the property together, especially skiing at neighboring Cannon mountain in the winter. And although we appreciate the history of the Horse & Hound, our goal as a wedding venue is to be the opposite of exclusive. We hope that couples of all types will consider the Horse & Hound as a wedding venue. Anyone who will appreciate the rich history of the Horse & Hound, love the craftsmanship and quality of property, or take advantage of the amazing outdoor activities of the area.
12 bedrooms14 bathrooms
The Horse & Hound is a historic and recently renovated New England style lodge with original hardwood floors and custom made furniture.
The lodge is perfect for hosting your wedding party or your entire micro-wedding on-site. Upstairs, up to 24 guests can stay in the 12 guest rooms, which are furnished with solid maple furniture hand made by local New Hampshire craftsmen. Linens and towels are 100% cotton and blankets are 100% Pendleton wool. Seven of the bedrooms have private bathrooms plus there are two two-room suites that share a bathroom.
Downstairs, you’ll find a large comfortable living area with fireplace, a cozy but spacious library, bar area with fireplace, dining room with fireplace and large industrial kitchen. There are an additional five half baths downstairs in the lodge. The downstairs can also be used as an indoor wedding venue.
High speed Internet is available throughout the building. Air conditioning is provided in the warmer months.
There is a minimum 2 night stay for all weekends except Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends, which require a 3 night minimum stay. The cost for the first two nights is $1850 per night and $1500 per night for each additional night (if paying by check for all the rooms - if the guests will be individually booking rooms, there is a small on online payment fee).
Prices vary by season
Venue Rental Policies
- Decorations: No tape, staples or adhesives used on any indoor structures.
- Fireworks: Not permitted.
- Trash and Recycling: Upon departure, couples must consolidate trash and recycling in designated on-site cans. The Horse & Hound will pass along cleaning and trash removal fee; cost is dependent on the event.
- Parking: No more than 55 cars in the parking lot and parking not permitted on the road.
- Set-Up: Couple is responsible for all outdoor set up and break down of event. Couple will be charged a fee if additional set up/breakdown help is required from the Horse and Hound
- Day of Coordinator: Events over 25 require at least a Day of Coordinator to manage event for the entire duration. Inquire for our list of suggested event coordinators.
- Tents: Any wedding over 55 people must be outdoors. Outdoor venues require tent reservations to ensure adequate rain plan.
- After Parties: We are not able to accommodate after parties, but we can recommend some great spots in the area! The deposit will be forfeited if non-overnight guests are in the Horse & Hound after the wedding.
- Outside Vendors: A licensed and insured caterer is required for food service. Other outside vendors are allowed so as long as they are licensed and insured and are pre-approved by the venue.
- Security Deposit: Security Deposit is required. Inquire for more details.
- Event Insurance: Renters must secure a minimum of $1M Special Event Liability Insurance policy within 30 days of their event.
- Cleaning Fee: Couples will be held accountable for a cleaning fee. Price is dependent on the event. Inquire for more information.
- Restrooms: Portable restrooms must be rented for any outdoor weddings. Couples must rent a minimum of 1 portable restroom per 50 guests.
- Security Deposit: Security Deposit is required. Inquire for more details.
- Special Event Insurance: Renters must secure a minimum of $1M Special Event Liability Insurance policy within 30 days of their event.
- Save The Date Deposit: A 50% non-refundable payment is required to reserve the date. The remainder of the payment is due within 90 days from the wedding. COVID related refunds or rescheduling will only be allowed if New Hampshire closes its borders to other states. All couples
- Pets: Pets of the wedding couple permitted on a case-by-case basis. Only allowed on the property during the ceremony only and must remain outdoors.
- Open Flames: No flame candles in the historical home. Fireplaces can only be used in the Winter for safety reasons.
- Outside Alcohol: Renters must comply with all local laws regarding alcohol service. Minimum requirements include purchasing and serving alcohol through a New Hampshire licensed and insured caterer in accordance with state law.
- Smoking: There is no smoking on the property, including cigarettes, pipes, vaping, cigars and incense.
Overnight Accommodations Policies
- Check In Time: 12:00 pm
- Check Out Time: 3:00 pm