Pleasant View Bed and Breakfast was built prior to 1832 by Edmund Brown, a local blacksmith. It was deeded to Reverend Amos Brown, son of Edmund Brown, and then passed down to his son, Silas Brown. In a deed dated from 1832, “with cleared land extending to the shores of pristine Newfound Lake”, located over 1 mile away, Pleasant View was one of the seven biggest farms in New Hampshire. Although not a working farm anymore, and over time the land reduced to 9 ½ acres, the character of Pleasant View remains while keeping up with today.
Pleasant View has been in the business of putting up guests since the turn of the last century (1900 that is); when two men came over the mountain from Dartmouth and asked if they could stay the night.
From the early 1930’s to as recent as the late 1960’s, Pleasant View in addition to being a working farm, acted as a boarding house. Several people who were children when they stayed here in the 40’s and 50’s have come back to stay. The picture in the slide show, taken in 1942, shows several of the guests that stayed here enjoying a picnic.
Since 1960 Peasant View has served as a boarding house and convalescent home until in 1989 when it became a bed and breakfast. Still in the business of “putting up guests”, Pleasant View continues a long tradition to make your stay welcoming and warm.
Before purchasing her first B&B, the current owner, Heidi Milbrand, spent 11 years as an Aquatic Resources Program Specialist with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. While working full-time, she obtained her master’s degree in Parks & Recreation Administration from Penn State University. It’s no wonder that beautiful Newfound Lake attracted her attention.
Retiring from the Fish & Boat Commission in October 2000, she started looking for a small inn to purchase. Finding the Inn at Elizabethville, located in southcentral Pennsylvania, she owned and operated it for over 3 years. Her “promotion” came when her husband accepted a job in Nashua. Fulfilling a dream in May of 2004, Pleasant View was purchased by Heidi with the intention of bringing her back to her full grandeur.
Today finds the farmer’s porch back on the Inn as well as the entire Inn renovated, ever keeping in mind the history of this grand old structure, but adding many modern conveniences such as free Wi-fi access, guest computer, flat screen TV's, and private baths throughout. Many previous guests and owners have stopped in and are amazed by the transformation of Pleasant View.
In keeping with the tradition of greeting guests, Porter (pictured on the steps) and Moshannon (pictured in front of the stove), Pleasant View’s two friendly labs, are always happy to give a friendly welcome and lend a paw.
So, come by, stick around, sit a spell, or stay a few days, and watch us grow!