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Pickering House renovation in Wolfeboro now underway

Historic Wolfeboro Main Street property to reopen as new inn

RENOVATION of the historic Pickering House at 116 South Main St. in Wolfeboro is now underway. Plans call for reopening in 2018 as Pickering House Inn and The Barn at Pickering House. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
April 20, 2017
WOLFEBORO — Just over a year ago, the historic homestead of Daniel Pickering in downtown Wolfeboro was destined for demolition. Today, new owners have announced that construction is underway to renovate the early 1800s property to create a distinctive inn and event venue.

According to property owners Peter and Patty Cooke of Wolfeboro, when the renovation is completed in 2018, the property will be home to an intimate upscale inn called "Pickering House Inn." The attached 40-foot by 60 barn, aptly called "The Barn at Pickering House," will provide a unique event space for weddings, private parties and other celebrations.

The Inn and event barn will open in 2018, but bookings are expected to open late in 2017. When completed, the inn will feature 10 guest rooms, gathering kitchen, two living rooms, private dining/meeting room, sitting porches and a garden area. The event barn will offer a separate entrance, private bathrooms, heating and air conditioning and a wide-open loft and barn space.

Pickering House Inn and The Barn at Pickering House are being designed by Wentworth Style, the renovation design firm owned and operated by Patty Cooke. The general contractor for the project is Conneston Construction Inc. of Laconia.

Located at 116 South Main Street, directly across from the Brewster Academy campus, for more than two centuries Pickering House has held a prominent position at the gateway to Wolfeboro's downtown area. "Pickering House was on the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance's list of seven important historical properties to save in 2015. We knew the property was about to be purchased as the site for generic commercial development and couldn't just stand by and watch it and the character of the downtown be destroyed," says Peter Cooke.

Many Wolfeboro citizens and visitors rallied around the couple's purchase of the property and supported the project with heartfelt letters, emails and offers of support. "The kind words and enthusiasm that we have received about this project show how buildings can play such an important role in the fabric of the community. As an inn, we look forward to adding to the vibrancy of Wolfeboro's downtown," comments Patty Cooke.

For more information and the latest updates, please visit www.pickeringhousewolfeboro.com.

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