118 N. River Rd (rt 155) Lee, NH 03861
Google Maps and Mapquest are very unreliable. The do not have our location far enough down RT 155, so please use these directions instead. We have also purchased blue state road signs on RT 125 north & south as well as on RT 152 east, so keep an eye out for those.
From the South
Take EXIT 7 off RT 101. Head NORTH on RT 125. Take a RIGHT onto RT 155 (see blue road sign). At STOP sign go STRAIGHT. Coppal House Farm is 1 mile further on LEFT.
From the North via 95
Take EXIT 5 onto RT 4 WEST. Take EXIT 6W to stay on RT 4. At traffic circle go SOUTH on RT 125. Take LEFT onto RT 152 (at stoplight - see blue road sign). Take LEFT onto RT 155 (see second blue road sign). Coppal House Farm is 1 mile further on Left.
Coppal House Farm got its start in Stratham, NH 31 years ago as Coppal House Station, a small family farm run by John and Carol Hutton. They decided to make the move to a 78-acre piece of farmland in Lee, NH that was once a dairy farm, with just six sheep, two Belgian draft horses, three cats and a border collie. The farm name then changed from “station” to “farm” because of the unfamiliarity of the word “station”; a name for a large sheep farm in New Zealand. Knowing they would always use draft horses in their farming, the name “Coppal”, meaning horse in Gaelic, was chosen with the help of an Irish friend.
Only months after moving to Lee, John and Carol started preparations for a corn maze. With only a folding table and an umbrella for a booth, the first Coppal House Farm corn maze opened in the fall of 2005. What used to exist only as an idea has flourished into a highly diversified, self-sustaining farm. Coppal House is now home to a flock of seventy-five Dorper Katahdin breeding ewes, five hundred heritage breed chickens of the laying and meat varieties, twenty-five hogs, three Belgian draft horses, three sentry cats, and two Great Pyrenees sheep-guarding dogs. Aside from the livestock, it also boasts a six-acre corn maze, the largest in seacoast NH, and a yearly sunflower festival which has carried the farm name into the surrounding states.
Sheep are rotationally grazed on the pastural fields. Hogs are raised on grains grown on the property. Laying hens and roasters free range in selected areas. Belgian Draft horses plow and work the fields. A variety of crops are rotated around the farm from row crops to small grains, corn and oilseed. The public is encouraged to purchase farm fresh products from the farm stand and partake in the fall activities of the sunflower festival, corn maze, and pumpkin harvest.
Coppal House Farm holds itself to high standards, trying to keep all of its vistas scenic and beautiful. The animals are healthy and active, and the buildings are well maintained and upgrades are part of the growth plans for the farm. Guests always comment on the beauty of the farm. This farm has been in existence since the 1740’s and we try to maintain it’s historical integrity with modern functionality.
John & Carol Hutton, owners
We started coppal House Farm in Stratham NH before moving to Lee NH in 2005. John's passion for farming arose from childhood, being raised in a dairy family. He values being successful in a time-honored profession that controls one's own destiny. John is a registered storyteller with the state of NH, and if you have ever been on a wagon or sleigh ride with John, you will know why. He has a never ending supply of farming tales, some even a seasoned author couldn't make up.
Carol has had a passion for the outdoors and growing things since childhood. She grew up in CT where she learned to ride horses and found her love of nature. She is a retired 8th grade science teacher turned full time farmer. While she has a hand in every area of the farm, she is our veggie, pest, and wildlife guru. When she finds time to leave the farm she enjoys exploring NH by hiking the Forty 4,000 footers or visiting various gardens and art exhibits with her long time college friend, Linda.
meghan Kelley, Farm Mgr
I am an alumni of the unh class of 2009, graduating with a BS in animal sciences. I have always loved working outside and with animals, so when I found Coppal House Farm it was a great fit. I definitely did not come from a farming background, but I learn a little more every day and enjoy what I do very much (at least I hope so after working here for 11 years!). I have always loved riding horses, so when I got the opportunity to learn how to drive them I was ecstatic. it is definitely my favorite job on the farm. John and Carol have become family and I feel truly blessed to have this amazing place to go to every day!
Hannah Bendroth, Asst Mgr
I am the niece of John and Carol and began working for Coppal House back in 2008 on the weekends when I lived in Maine. I worked in Residential Life at 5 different Universities for 15 years and have my masters degree in Training & Human Resource Development from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Three years ago, I decided to try something new and moved home to NH and joined the Coppal House Farm team full time!
I now get to use my Res Life skills here at the farm and learn all about farming! What I loved about Res Life stays true at the farm... everyday is different and you are always learning something new!