Our hotel in North Conway, NH was originally built as the summer estate for Erastus Bigelow, the inventor of the power loom, which revolutionized weaving. The original property included a cottage for the gatekeeper, large stables, and servant’s house. Despite physical alterations over the years, our historic hotel in New England conveys the same elegant impression as it did a century ago. It provides important physical evidence of upper-class summer architecture and life in late-Victorian America.
Construction began in 1871 and was completed by May 1872, when the Bigelows took up occupancy. The original house burned down in 1875, but the Bigelows rebuilt it, following the exact same design, in 1877. Today, the twenty-three-room interior is replete with magnificent English Oak woodwork.
In the summer of 1907, while the Merrimans were traveling in England, Stonehurst served as the temporary British Embassy for the Viscount James Bryce, the British ambassador to the United States. During that summer, Stonehurst Manor was at the center of international diplomatic exchange, along with Bryce’s active and glamorous social life.
Since 1946, Stonehurst has been an upscale country inn. Stonehurst encompasses the Manor house, a connected motel, privately owned condominiums, and recreational facilities. The grand Manor house retained its historical character and passed to the current generation largely intact.
Stonehurst Manor expanded to house one of the best restaurants in North Conway, The Wild Rose Restaurant. Guests and locals frequent this upscale dining establishment, which features Italian cuisine with a New England twist. The Manor now also features its own elegant in-house bar, the Library Lounge. Situated in the properties former library, this cozy bar features our world-renowned bartender Michael serving up classic cocktails in a cozy, rustic setting.
Our hotel’s rich history, elegant charm and countless amenities continues to make it one of the best resorts in New England.