Three Chimneys Inn ~ ffrost Sawyer Tavern - Durham Inn: Seacoast Inn, NH

Three Chimneys Inn ~ ffrost Sawyer TavernDurham, NH
Built in 1649 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Three Chimneys Inn is one of the oldest homes in the State. Having undergone extensive renovations in the early 90’s, it now serves as a bed & breakfast offering 23 guest rooms, dining and entertainment. In addition, Three Chimneys Inn hosts many weddings, social events and corporate conferences. Located just an hour from Boston, 45 minutes from Manchester/ Boston Regional Airport and minutes from Portsmouth, Three Chimneys Inn is a hidden gem on the seacoast. Delicious food and personable service has earned top billing from The Phantom Gourmet, accolades in Yankee Magazine and features on New Hampshire Chronicle.

This 1649 Homestead listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in 1998 became Three Chimneys Inn, ffrost Sawyer Tavern which is the oldest house in Durham and one of the oldest buildings in New Hampshire.  Part of the original settlement at Oyster River Falls, this property is a "living" record of over three centuries of cultural and commercial development, having passed through four significant families prior to 1987, when Sagamore Hill, Inc. obtained the property and completed restoration in 1997.



  • Air Conditioning
  • Family Friendly
  • Fireplaces
  • Gardens
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Historical Features
  • Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
  • In-Room Jacuzzi Tub
  • In-Room TV
  • Live Entertainment
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Romantic
  • Room Service
  • Wireless Internet Access


  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cultural Activities
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Shopping
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Whale Watching


ffrost Sawyer Tavern
The Tavern, with its open hearth "Summer Kitchen" fireplace, granite walls, and hand-hewn beams, provides a cozy spot for hearty traditional New England fare. The ffrost Sawyer Tavern is a popular dining spot for local guests and travelers.

Maples: With millwork commissioned in 1699, this room contains the original "Indian Shutters" that protected settlers from one of the many attacks, which occurred in the pre-Revolutionary war period.  Georgian décor and candlelight recreates the warmth and charm of a fine colonial residence.

Coppers: Coppers, the original winter kitchen of the 1649 homestead, provide an elegant and romantic setting. Wide plank floors, the open hearth, and original millwork create an authentic old New England dining experience.

The Terrace: Shaded by the wisteria-covered arbor, and lined with seasonal flowering plants, the Terrace offers outdoor dining in spring, summer, and fall.

Restaurant Awards
Phantom Gourmet ~ Best Inn Dining
North American Restaurant Association ~ Award Of Excellence
Manchester Union Leader ~ Gourmet ~ 4 Stars


17 Newmarket Road
Durham, NH  03824


(603) 868-7800

Toll Free:

(888) 399-9777

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Three Chimneys Inn provides 23 elegantly appointed guest rooms located in the 1649 homestead and the 1795 Carriage House.
Each room boasts its own personality showing original millwork and exposed beams with fine Georgian Mahogany furnishings, rich tapestries, antique artwork, and polished wood floors warmed by oriental rugs, and overstuffed lounge chairs and sofas.
All rooms are equipped with their own private baths. Every room has individual heat and air-conditioning controls



Meetings Capacity: 200
Meetings Guestrooms: 23
We provide event space for meetings, dinners, holiday parties and more. Our experienced staff, along with personalized event coordination, is ready to accommodate your group of 10 to 200 guests. Whether it’s a casual get-together for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Terrace or an elegant five-course, candle-lit dinner in one of our beautiful function rooms, Three Chimneys Inn is the ideal location for all of your needs. Allow us to set the stage… 


Weddings Capacity: 200
Weddings Guestrooms: 23
Three Chimneys Inn is a unique setting to celebrate your wedding and reception. Nestled atop Valentine Hill over looking Oyster River, surrounded by trees and flowering plants, this historic 1649 Inn will set the stage for an unforgettable experience.  Our romantic grounds featuring two beautifully landscaped gardens with lighted arbors, rock walls, stone walkways and reflection pool with majestic water fountain, offer a picturesque backdrop for outdoor ceremonies and almost limitless photo opportunities.  The Terrace outlined with lights, outdoor bar, and umbrella patio furniture surrounded by an array of seasonal flowers, is an ideal spot for enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres alfresco-style.  Dine and dance with your guests in the charming Madbury and Orchards Rooms. A spacious parquet dance floor, private function bar, fireplace and private outdoor patio offers a distinctive venue for dinner, dancing and socializing.
The award-winning cuisine includes a creative blend of traditional New England, classic American and rustic European style cuisine with international influence and flavors. 

No matter what season, Three Chimneys Inn and its experienced and dedicated staff are committed to making your wedding dreams become a reality. We will take care of the details so you won't have to. The historic Three Chimneys Inn would be honored to be part of your history on one of the most important days in your lives together.