The owners of Pickering House — Peter and Patty Cooke — are Wolfeboro residents with extensive experience completing sensitive renovations of older properties. Patty operates Wentworth Style, a renovation and interior design firm, and Peter has many years of commercial real estate project management experience.
Peter and Patty moved to Wolfeboro full time in 2010, but the area has played an important role throughout their lives. Patty’s family spent the summers on nearby Kingswood Lake in Brookfield and she was a summer camper and counselor at Camp Bernadette. Once Peter and Patty married, they spent every summer in Wolfeboro with their own children. Wolfeboro holds a special place in their hearts and they feel strongly about preserving the strong sense of community that gives the town its unique character.
This commitment to Wolfeboro has led to an exciting – and unexpected -- new chapter in their lives. Back in February 2016, Peter and Patty were concerned that Pickering House would be razed to make way for a generic commercial building. They bought the property to save it from almost certain destruction and then spent months researching and planning for the next phase in its life.
Since then, the Cookes have been overwhelmed and gratified by the tremendous outpouring of community support for Pickering House and its reinvention as a distinctive inn and a special place for celebrations and gatherings.