Where are you located?
We are conveniently between the Lakes Region and White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Barn is in the town of Eaton, Cold Brook Cottage itself is in Freedom. North Conway is approximately twenty minutes away. See the map and directions on the Contact page.


Are you open year round?
Our season is from late-April to mid-October.


Are you a barn or a function hall?
The Barn at Cold Brook Cottage is an original, early 20th century barn which has been meticulously maintained. It has not been renovated or converted into a function hall.


How many people can the Barn accommodate?
Our maximum occupancy is 100 people (in the Barn and in any tents located on the property – this does not include waitstaff, caterers, bartenders, etc.).


Is the Barn heated or air-conditioned?
The Barn is not heated or air-conditioned. For cooler months it is possible to rent gas heaters and locate them on the outside of the Barn and have the warm air vented inside the Barn through the windows.


Do you have a dance floor?
There is plenty of room inside the Barn to dance directly on the floor of the Barn.


Do you offer wedding packages?
Our pricing reflects renting the Barn as a venue only. Although our companion property, the Inn at Crystal Lake, offers wedding packages, you would still be responsible for the details of your reception at the Barn.

Do you do tours?
We have two ‘Open Barn Days’ during the warmer months – usually in May and October – when people can tour the property. There are other times throughout the year when no events are scheduled (usually during the week) and we can show you around with advance notice.

I will be catering or bartending an event at your venue. Do you have any guidelines or rules I must follow?
Yes – click here for our Catering and Bartending Policies. After reviewing, please call us with any questions or concerns you may have; 603-447-2120.


Can I use my own caterer or do I have to use one from your list?
You may use any caterer you like, but they must provide us a copy of their Liability Insurance Certificate.


Is there a kitchen on site where we can prepare food?
No. If you plan to cook your own food you would need to have all your own off-premise cooking equipment or rent it (no cooking equipment is allowed inside the Barn).


Do you sell liquor?
No. You are responsible for purchasing your own liquor or hiring a bar service.


Do you allow camping, fireworks, bonfires or fire-pits?
No. In addition, the towns of Eaton and Freedom prohibit the use of fireworks. Due to fire danger, we do not permit any open flames, including candles.

The Barn

Here are our guidelines


  • No smoking, cooking, gas/electric heaters or open flames (including candles) of any kind are allowed inside the Barn. Caterers must set up all stoves and grills outside. Sterno may be used to keep food warm provided caterer appropriately supervises use at all times. Sand buckets are provided for outdoor smoking. Heaters used during cooler months must be located outside of Barn and vented in through the Barn windows.



  • Car parking is available in the field to the left of the Barn (overflow parking is available to the left of the Cottage).



  • All events must end by 10:00pm.



  • All wedding reception music must be contained within the Barn at all times and must end by 9:30pm as a courtesy to our neighbors. No exceptions to the music policy.



  • You are responsible for cleanup after your event. All decorations, flowers, and other personal items must be removed from the property by 12pm on Sunday. Rental equipment (tables, chairs, plates, glasses, etc.) must be stacked neatly and removed promptly by your rental company. The Barn must be left tidy and restored to original order. Please request that your caterer remove all food related trash on the day/evening of your event. Remaining trash and recyclables must be placed in designated bins.



  • Renters are responsible for any damage done to the property during set-up, during the event, and during clean-up afterwards including Barn, well house, fields, lawns, driveway, Cottage and stonewalls.



  • The basement and second and third floors of the Barn are off limits at all times to renters, their guests and vendors.