About Our New Hampshire Inn
Bishop Farm is a restored classic New England farm located in the rolling foothills of the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. The barn, built in 1876, was artfully renovated to be a rustic event space with a dramatic entrance, original exposed beams accented with three grand chandeliers and a new deck. In addition to the barn, the farm consists of accommodations in the main house with seven bedrooms and surrounding six cottages and charm only found at a former working farm. Owned and managed by Salter siblings and mom Maggie, Bishop Farm will make you feel like part of the family.
The Bishop family was among the earliest settlers of Lisbon, in the White Mountains Region of NH. The Bishops started farming this land in 1770. For several generations from the late 1800’s until the 1950’s, the family successfully operated this beautiful place as a dairy and stock farm. In addition to the farmhouses, the Bishop family built six cottages in the early 1900‘s to accommodate the many travelers passing through.
The Bishop Farm was sold to the Simson family who operated the farm until they sold it in the 1960’s. At that point the dairy farming was discontinued and the grounds became over run with vegetation. In the 50 years to follow the paint started to fade. Along with nature’s destructive forces, the house and barn was pilfered. By 2003 the barn floor was gone, the stair case and balusters were gone, supporting walls were removed, all of the chimneys in the cottages were destroyed. The house was about to cave in.
In the spring of 2003, the Salter family rescued this poor looking property and made the commitment to give her much needed TLC. Dan, Heather Maggie and Annie put their heart and soul into this wonderful place. After a three year restoration project we are proud to say the buildings stand tall and proud just like the old days! We are fortunate to have the Bishop family visit and reminisce about growing up on the farm. Now we can enjoy the spirit of how the farm once was.
In October, 2005 we opened the doors of Bishop Farm Bed and Breakfast in the old farmhouse. The six old cabins were transformed into 6 fabulous cottages during the summers of 2007 and 2008. All cottages were remodeled in their own style. There is also a barn. Back in it’s day the barn housed cows and horses. In the chicken coop our hardworking chickens provide fresh eggs every day as they did generations ago. There is a milk house and the carriage house, which in the old days this was the machine shop and now it is Annie’s shop. We will continue to preserve this beautiful property so it can be enjoyed for generations to follow.