An Exclusive, Romantic Retreat

The Winthrop Carter House is a premier wedding and event venue, offering a historic estate-like setting, a gorgeous 18th-century barn, and a well-appointed country inn featuring gracious lodging. Located in Central New Hampshire, our private estate is a truly magnificent setting for your country fête – offering intimate settings with beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. Winthrop Carter House is the perfect private location for a wedding or special event with its scenic setting and understated elegance.

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Est. 1765

Our History

The Winthrop Carter House, constructed eleven years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, stands as one of the oldest and continuously operating inns in the Granite State. In 1765, Lieutenant Winthrop Carter, a Revolutionary War veteran, erected the main house, later becoming a licensed innkeeper in 1790. During the early colonial era, inns and taverns held great importance as prominent gathering places in the development of the burgeoning nation, following meeting houses. Innkeepers’ licenses were exclusively granted to esteemed individuals, and Winthrop Carter exemplified this as an honorable citizen who held various offices of trust and owned extensive lands in Boscawen and Canterbury.

Over the years, the Winthrop Carter House has undergone various transformations, including being known as the Old Homestead Inn and Tea Room, as well as the renowned Kettle and Crane Restaurant and Inn. These establishments garnered wide recognition as charming and historic inns in the picturesque village of Boscawen, NH, leaving an indelible mark on the region.

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About Your Hosts

We are committed to offering couples a distinctive destination wedding experience by providing a breathtaking country setting, a beautifully renovated barn, and a large, comfortable, and welcoming historic house – all made available for your long weekend celebration. We are committed to attention to detail, both inside and out and although we are rustic in nature, we are extremely well-maintained in terms of the grounds, barn, house, and property. Friendly, professional, creative, efficient, and customer-oriented – we are here to assist you in creating your exceptional wedding event. We take great pride in our property and are excited to offer it to couples looking for a rustic destination wedding experience. We feel very fortunate and appreciate the opportunity to host your wedding at the Winthrop Carter House.

Your Hosts, Katy & Colm Brophy

The Winthrop Carter House Wedding Package

  • Our packages include exclusive use of the barn, ceremony site, and grounds, and Inn
  • Venue manager to assist with planning and oversee your event including day of vendor coordination
  • Choice of three ceremony sites with garden style white seating
  • Brick patios for cocktail hour
  • Event tables and chairs for up to 150 guests. We can accommodate events up to 200 guests and this requires additional rental of dinner tent, tables, and chairs for number of guests over 150.
  • Crystal chandeliers, sheer draping and bistro lighting in barn
  • Exclusive use of our two wedding party suites with crystal chandeliers, soft seating, powder rooms with vanities, and private porch, rooftop deck, leather seating, TV, and game table.
  • Gracious living and dining room areas to entertain and host out of town guests.
  • Cocktail tables and soft lounge seating
  • Pine bar
  • 2 formal upholstered chairs and sweetheart table
  • Custom made, signature farmhouse style wooden tables for up to 150 guests
  • Farmhouse style, crossback wooden chairs for up to 150 guests
  • Use of venue for Rehearsal dinner including tables and chairs
  • Use of venue Sunday brunch including tables and chairs
  • Lawn game area with Adirondack chair seating
  • Patio seating and gas grill
  • Stone fire pit with bistro lighting
  • 3 spacious restrooms in barn
  • Ample parking area
  • Onsite trash disposal
  • Overnight lodging for up to 16 guests for three nights at our country Inn. Inn offers seven, well furnished bedrooms and five bathrooms. Large living and dining room spaces.
  • Farmhouse style kitchen for the guests staying within the house
  • Butler’s pantry with wet bar
  • Utility room with two extra refrigerators, washer and dryer, and prep sink

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As a premier wedding and event destination, our mission is to provide an enchanting and unforgettable setting that surpasses expectations, where cherished memories are made. We are dedicated to offering a unique and picturesque space, surrounded by nature’s beauty, where love, celebration, and joy intertwine seamlessly. Please complete the form below to request a wedding packet, schedule a tour of our properties, or inquire about our available wedding dates.