118 N. River Rd (rt 155) Lee, NH 03861
Google Maps and Mapquest are very unreliable. They 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it cost anything to go to the sunflower field?
Yes, weekend admission is $12 per person ages 13 and older and $10 for persons ages 5-12. Weekday admission is $8 per person ages 13 and older and $6 per person ages 5-12. 4 yrs & Under is free. Seniors (65+) and Military are children's price. We donate 10% of the total profits to Make-A-Wish NH at the end of the festival.
Can I bring my well behaved dog to the sunflower field?
No, pets are not allowed on the property.
Can I bring my emotional support animal to the farm?
Service animals are defined as working animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of individuals with physical or mental disabilities- such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and projecting people prone to seizures , or other tasks directly related to a disability and are welcome at Coppal House Farm.
Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Coppal House Farm requires guests to leave pets at home to provide a safer and more positive experience for all attendees, including those pets.
Are your farm and the sunflower fields handicap accessible?
Yes, for the most part it is. Our paths in the sunflower field are certainly wide enough to allow wheelchairs through, but you would need assistance in pushing it. Plan accordingly, please remember that this is an outside event with uneven terrain that requires a significant amount of walking. Please visit our Festival Info page where our accessibility is discussed in more detail or call ahead prior to your visit to discuss your needs.
Can I buy tickets ahead of time for the festival?
Yes! Visit our Festival Info page to purchase tickets online. Online tickets available starting July 1st.
How do I know if the farm has reached capacity?
We will post on our website home page as well as on Facebook if we have to close the farm for any reason and when it has reopened.
If I can't make it to the festival during the scheduled dates, can I come see the sunflowers another time?
Yes you can! While we plan the festival dates for the best blooming period of our large oil seed sunflower field, we have a sprawling display garden filled with many sunflower varieties that is scheduled to bloom through August! For more information see our Sunflower Variety Garden page.
Can I bring a professional photographer to have my senior photos, engagement photos, or family photos taken in the sunflower field?
Yes, of course! We would love for you to use our farm for your photos. Please see our Photography page for details.
What is the best time of day to photograph the sunflowers?
All day! Have fun with it! The lighting changes the flowers throughout the day, so try taking photos at different times. You won't be disappointed.
Can I take photos of the sunflowers before 10 am?
Yes, the mornings of Sunday August 1st and Monday August 2nd. 2021 we will be open for check-in between 5:30 - 7:30 am for sunrise photos. Tickets must be purchased ahead by visiting our Festival Info page. Professional photographers with clients must make a reservation. See Photography page for more info on reservations. You are welcome to remain in the field as long as you'd like, but you must check in by 7:30 am. Our fields open for general admission from 10 am until 6 pm.
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
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Twiggy "The Queen"
Twiggy is a Belgian mare that came to us when she was four years old from Ontario Canada. At 17, she is now one of our most seasoned working horses on the farm. At 1900 lbs she is also one of the biggest horses in the barn. She enjoys working with her fellow horses pulling the plough, grain drill, or wagons. Her least favorite job is pulling logs out of the woods...our once big, tough horse acts like the smallest twig is a 2,000 lb mighty oak log. No worries, we know where each horse shines, so we let Twiggy work with her fellow horses and keep her out of the woods!
Like Twiggy, Ice also came to us at four years old from Prince Edward Island Canada. He is a Belgian gelding and he is our largest horse in the barn at 2,100 lbs and standing at 18.2 hands. Ice is one of our most versatile horses. He can be hitched single, or with a team of anywhere from 2-6 horses. He has done every job on the farm and is our best horse to go logging with because of his easygoing nature. Ice has only one stipulation while on the farm...he is not a riding horse...or as we say "His union card says DRAFT HORSE only".
Charlie is a shire/percheron cross that, at 20 years old, is the oldest horse in the barn. With that age comes smarts. Charlies brain is always thinking and he is ready to take advantage of sneaking more hay on his way out of the barn or checking the other horse stalls to be sure they vacuumed up all their grain before heading to the pasture. Charlie is great with the public and kids, so he has become a well loved addition to the farm. Charlie was born right over in East Kingston NH and has been owned by John and Carol for the better part of 18 years.
Wyatt is a Belgian gelding that was born in Barnstead NH. He has only been at Coppal House Farm for a couple of years and is the youngest horse in the barn at 9 years old. Wyatt is our famous "dead" horse in our front pasture. even though he is a young horse, he is the one that enjoys sleeping by laying down in the tall grass the most. We have had more phone calls from passers by concerned that we have a dead horse because of wyatt than any other horse we have owned. For those that call, we appreciate your concern...we always check, but he is just sleeping.
the Feathered ladies
Our Wish Kids
Granted Summer 2018
Ranger is a talented hockey player. Headaches curtailed his playing time, so he chose to seek help from his doctor. To everyone’s surprise and devastation, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor! Since then he suffered through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments, but did not let their effects stop him from continuing to play hockey. Imagine how his family worried each time he stepped onto the rink!
When he is not on the ice, Ranger enjoys reading Calvin & Hobbs, doing puzzles, building with Legos, and playing video games. Among his food passions are Trix cereal, Lexie’s burgers, and Extra Toasty Cheez-its. As a true New Englander, he is a fan of the Red Sox and the Patriots.
Thanks to you Ranger and his family were able to have the time of their lives at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Granted Summer 2018
When the Wish Granters visited twelve year old Cameron they discovered that he enjoys sculpting with clay, building with Legos, and drawing, when not at school. He also enjoys spending time with his family. He has a nine year old brother, Logan, and an Alaskan Malamute named Athena. His favorite place to go on vacation is to Cape Neddick, Maine, where his great aunt and uncle have a camp.
At age 3 Cameron was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes. This is a chronic, auto immune condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Cameron uses an insulin to help manage his diabetes. In 2017 he was diagnosed with Childhood Onset Absence Epilepsy (also known as petite mal (seizures). Currently his seizures are well-controlled with daily medication. Recently a build-up of fluid on the brain, causing intense, frequent headaches, required him to undergo more surgery, which has been successful so far.
Cameron’s wish granters visited him and he shared that he and his brother have always dreamed of one day going to Disney World. They knew this dream was not financially possible for their family. Thanks to everyone who supported the Coppal House Farm Sunflower Festival in the summer of 2018, Cameron's Wish of going to Disney World came true! He absolutely loved the Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom and his favorite part was certainy the many tasty treats that Disney World had to offer!
The granting of Cameron’s Wish shows how different groups of people can work in concert to create magic for children facing critical illnesses.
Granted Summer 2017
Elizabeth is a 5 year old girl with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of cancer that causes the bone marrow to produce too many immature white blood cells. Elizabeth is enamored with Moana, the character from the Disney film. The Moana soundtrack is her favorite album and she even has all of the Moana figurines from the movie! When Elizabeth was offered her wish, it was no surprise she chose to meet Moana!
Elizabeth’s wish trip started with a Limo ride to the airport, where she and her family were then sent off to Hawaii for a 6 day excursion! Once they touched down, they were checked into the Aulani Disney Spa and Resort. On the resort, Elizabeth and her family had access to a host of amenities including pools, water slides, a surfing fishing and dancing party, a kids club, and much more!
All of these activities were a bonus for Elizabeth, whose favorite moment came when she finally had the opportunity to meet and dance with Moana! The ecstatic Elizabeth even got to wear a Moana themed outfit when they met! Elizabeth's week of joy was spent with her sister and parents, a family experience they won't soon forget!