A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being in my cousin's wedding at Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine. I have to admit I wasn't sure what to expect when she said she was renting a farm dating to the 1750's for the weekend and that we would be staying on it. Having spent two nights there, I can tell you that the setting is nothing less than beautiful. The farmhouse we stayed in made my white chippy paint lovin' heart flutter and the grounds were just lovely. I got up early one morning and took some pictures of the grounds. I wanted to share them in case any of my readers are from New England and looking for venues for a wedding, family reunion, or other function. Or heck, just for some good ol' farmhouse inspiration!
Since I was a guest, I can't provide specifics on her experience with pricing, or the management, I can only speak to my experience staying there. This is really just meant to show you some of the cute spaces that the property contained. I took these pictures the morning before the wedding so nothing was decorated yet. I will include a link to the property's site at the end in case you want to contact them with questions.
The property has several buildings on it including the actual farmhouse. It had tons of bedrooms and bathrooms inside where the bridal party and family stayed. I was surprised at how big it was inside since it looks so quaint on the outside. I'll show you a few of the interior spaces. I didn't really get any bedrooms since people were sleeping but it will give you a sense of some of the rooms.
The kitchen was actually very large (this is only one part of it) and had lots of countertops and a pantry. My aunt was able to put out breakfast each morning for those staying in the house. It was also a nice gathering space throughout the weekend. Below is the dining room and one of the living room spaces (there were several sitting areas throughout the house). I didn't really have a ton of natural light in the living room, so the pictures are what they are!
As I said, since people were sleeping I didn't really get any bedroom shots, but I find one open one and took a couple quick snaps before it's weekend inhabitant showed up. The rooms were all decorated and reminded me of a B&B. Thankfully, they also had air conditioning, which while not "authentic farmhouse," was needed and appreciated in the 93 degree (yes you read that right) heat.
So the inside was adorable, but honestly, it's the outside space and the barn that make this property what it is. They have a courtyard where my cousin hosted cocktail hour, and a big fire pit. Edison lights go throughout both of these spaces. It was great because guests that weren't into dancing could hang out by the fire and chat. There was also space for cornhole and other lawn games. Finally, the garden gave her a great spot to take her "first look" pictures and added a nice backdrop throughout the weekend.
I wish I got a picture of the outdoor chapel (she did a no cellphone service, which I really liked). In the middle of large trees was an opening and rustic benches surrounded it. You had to cross a bridge to get to it. It was just beautiful. There was also a large tent where we had dinner.
All of that is well and good, but let's be honest, you rent this property for the barn. Is your rustic chic, chippy paint, exposed beam, whitewashed lovin' heart ready? Okay here it is:
Beautiful, right? How amazing is that chandelier? I didn't get a great picture, but in one the photos you can see horseshoes. Every couple that gets married there gets a horseshoe to sign. They also rent the property for other events like reunions. I've included the website since as a guest I don't have information for you on pricing, but if you are in the New England area, I would recommend checking it out. Even if you aren't planning a wedding, you can get some great inspiration just looking at the property. I know those barn doors have my wheels turning! I think I'm going to do a mini-version on one of my closets! Do you ever get home decor inspiration from real life places?
Hardy Farms Website: Hardy Farm