Family Activities:

The Fells


One of the most beautiful antique homes in New Hampshire, the grand summer cottage on the shores of Lake Sunapee was once the home of Secretary of State John Milton Hay. Tours of the house, given May through October, explore its architecture and the lives of the family who lived there. The home’s main draw, however, is its sculpted estate, full of terraced gardens, topiary animals, and a mile-long nature trail along the shore of the lake. The grounds are open even during winter and make for a pleasant hike (or snowshoeing expedition) any time of year.

Recent Traveler Reviews

A wonderful visit to a historic building

by Les F

We enjoyed this visit to view this historical estate and gardens on Lake Sunapee, NH. Established in 1891, the Fells was the summer home of Secretary of State John Milton Hay. This 22 room Colonial...
Beautiful peek into life over 100 years ago

by GammyWhiteCar

We visited The Fells over Memorial Day weekend with our two grandsons, aged 3 and almost 5. It was lovely to hike the beautiful grounds and to take a self guided tour through the home…