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Enjoy a Memorable Stay at a Classic New England 1830 Farm Home

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1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace from one of the fields during apple blossom time.

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Last updated: 11/15/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Ashburnham farmhouse description

Between Boston and the Berkshires (but closer to Boston), 1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace offers you the opportunity to feel completely at home in a charming, fully updated, totally-turnkey and very sweet gentleman's farm on 78 private, peaceful acres.

Immerse yourself in the nature and spirit of rolling lawns, gardens, fields, ancient stone walls, forests, walking trails, hills and many lakes. In-season, abundant Adirondack Chairs on the lawns and in the fields help you breathe it all in, relax and decompress. We welcome multi-month extended stays as well. Just inquire.

This very private yet convenient, completely-furnished and fully-appointed country home is situated on a hillock surrounded by many acres with access to more – perfect for people who value privacy, scenic surroundings and making wonderful memories. (Haven Homeplace is our home – which we vacate whenever guests are in residence. When you're at Haven, it is yours alone.)

Elijah Haven Homeplace is located minutes from prestigious Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA with easy highway access from metro areas.

Inquiries for guest stays from a night, weekend, a week or longer are welcome.

In-person 'Meet & Greet Orientation' and Weekly Cleanings are included.

Wide pine floors, a center chimney in the living room and lots of windows & skylights make this a light, bright, cheerful and airy place to call your home.

A renovated barn, carriage house and artist studio are also on the property. There are over 6 acres of lawns...and gardens that begin blooming in mid-May and don't stop until Fall Foliage season.

Very welcoming. The instant each of our wide variety of guests from around the globe arrive, they exclaim that they feel like they're 'at home'.

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 1360 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Low Allergen Environment
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                21...moreless

              • Alternative Lifestyle
              • Children Welcome:

                Well-behaved children are invited. The lawns, fields, babbling brook, apple trees and forests are a kid's paradise. There is lots of room for playing ball, throwing frisbee and more....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property. Evidence of smoking results in a post-visit surcharge for a deep cleaning of the house....moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Please ask. We do allow dogs and cats on a case-by-case basis. There is a small pet cleaning surcharge because our caretaker 'lint-rollers' the entire house after pet visits....moreless

              • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                Skylight directly over the bed for star gazing at bedtime....moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 double

                Lovely antique Shaker rope bed. Tempur-pedic mattress....moreless

              • Loft: 1 twin/ single

                The loft over the kitchen has a twin daybed and 3 skylights....moreless

              • Queen size Beds (1) A Sleigh Bed with black leather headboard. Supportive Serta Camry mattress and cozy 2' foam topper., Double Beds (1) An antique converted Shaker Rope Bed with Tempur-pedic mattress., Twin or Single Beds (1) and Comfortable Daybed with a view....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1

                ...moreless

              • Restored modern bathroom with large 48' x 48' skylight, frameless glass shower, glass tiles, high end fixtures and reclaimed wide pine floors....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • ADT Intrusion and Fire Monitoring is included. Fantastic unobstructed views to large fields, an orchard, renovated outbuildings, a brook and stone walls. NEW: Horse-lovers have easy access to 2 wonderful equestrian centers nearby....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Our whole library is for you to enjoy....moreless

                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player:

                    Blu-ray with Wi-fi....moreless

                  • Games:

                    Many board games and playing cards on the library shelves....moreless

                  • Radio
                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Dish Network Satellite....moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    Cambridge Soundworks AM/FM/CD in the living room....moreless

                  • Television:

                    LCD TV discreetly hidden away in an Antique Paymaster's Desk...moreless

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Attractions

                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Festivals
                  • Forests
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Pond
                  • Restaurants
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Water Parks

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Babysitter
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Rural:

                    The Haven experience is about many, many acres of lawns, gardens, flowers, orchards, forests and nature. We abut hundreds of acres of conservation land with endless walking/hiking trails....moreless

                  • Town:

                    Ashburnham is home to prestigious Cushing Academy, the Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos and near Wachusett Mt. It is a charming circa 1765 town with ample walking, hiking, peace & charm....moreless

                  • Village:

                    Ashburnham's downtown offers everything - an excellent library, museum, gifts, deli, groceries, historic homes and more....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis

                  Dining

                  • Dining:

                    Square Wood Dining Table and Seating for 8 with panoramic lawn and field views....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 8 people

                  General

                  • Activities Guide
                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Central AC...moreless

                  • Alarm Clock
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    Electric dryer....moreless

                  • Covered Parking:

                    2-bay Post & Beam Carriage House/Garage...moreless

                  • Filtered Water
                  • Fireplace:

                    Decorative (non-functioning) fireplace with red propane stove....moreless

                  • Garage:

                    2 spaces in our Post & Beam Carriage House...moreless

                  • Heating:

                    Warm Air...moreless

                  • Internet:

                    High Speed...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Gaiam organic cotton sheets, pillows & comforters....moreless

                  • Living Room:

                    A Chimney and Rumford Fireplace, reconstructed from the locally-made 1830 bricks, is the focal point in the center of Haven's living room....moreless

                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Parking:

                    Indoor parking for up to 2 vehicles in the carriage house with 2 remote garage door openers. ...moreless

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Additional outdoor parking for your visitors....moreless

                  • Security System
                  • Shampoo
                  • Telephone:

                    Please use your mobile phone....moreless

                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided:

                    Plush Garnet Hill towels are provided....moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    Top loader...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Fast 30 MBps down/10 MBps up....moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Cuisinart Brew Central...moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    Everything is provided from flatware to cookware....moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Grill
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen:

                    Country Kitchen w/ charming antique 1948 GE 'Jetliner' Stove, dishwasher, Kenmore Elite fridge, microwave, open pantry-style shelves, 6'x6' dining table, sideboard and two 12' banks of windows. ...moreless

                  • Lobster Pot
                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items:

                    We share whatever is on the shelves with guests....moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Barbecue
                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Large 14' x 18' deck with teak dining table, chairs, 2 chaise longues and adirondack chairs....moreless

                  • Golf:

                    Many municipal and private golf courses nearby....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    6 acres of lawns, gardens and plantings refresh the spirit....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Propane Grill available in-season only....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill Gas
                  • Wood Deck

                  Payment Type

                  • Amex
                  • Discover
                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa

                  Forms Of Payment

                      • Accept Credit Card

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Included
                           

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          2014/2015
                          May 1 - Apr 30, 2015
                          2 night min stay
                          $250 $350
                          Fri, Sat, Sun
                          $1,950 $3,995

                          Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Pet Fee $100
                          • Taxes Included

                          Notes:

                          One night stays available at $375 for the night. All rates are based upon a maximum of 4 guests using 2 beds/bedrooms.

                          For Holiday Week and Cushing Academy Event Week/Weekend Rates, please refer to our website at http://www.havenhomeplace.com/rates-reservations.html or call us at 978-827-3141.

                          Monthly and Extended Stay Discounted Rates also available.

                          We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover and certain bank transactions. Please ask us.

                          50% of your total amount is due upon signing of Guest Agreement. Your balance is due 90 days prior to Arrival Date. These deposits and payments are non-cancelable and non-refundable unless we are able to rebook your time. Please call us at 978-827-3141 to discuss further details.


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                          Last updated: 11/15/2014
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                          Location

                          55 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
                          2 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Gardner Ale House
                          5 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Gardner Municipal Golf Course & Westminster Woods
                          7 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          West Fitchburg, MA
                          0.25 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Rte 101
                          2 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Peppermint Pig, Blueprint, Gardner Ale House
                          10 Miles
                          Nearest Ski
                          Wachusett Mountain
                          5 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Dunn Heritage State Park

                          Car: Necessary

                          1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace is located in 'The Heart of New England' in North Central MA near the cities of Gardner, Fitchburg & Leominster. We are just NW of Boston in the beautiful rolling hills beyond the coastal plain. (You can actually see the Boston skyline from some of Ashburnham's hilltops.)

                          Cushing Academy, The Winchendon School, Gardner, Fitchburg, Leominster, Devens, Westminster, Ashby, Princeton, Wachusett Mt., Peterborough and Mount Monadnock are all nearby.

                          Approximate Driving Times:

                          Worcester @ 35 minutes

                          Peterborough, NH @ 35 minutes

                          Manchester @ 55 minutes

                          Boston @ 60 minutes

                          Hartford @ 75 minutes

                          Providence@ 75 minutes

                          New York City/GW Bridge @ 3 hours

                          We provide door-to-door directions showing you the best possible routes to Haven Homeplace.

                          Other Activities: Walking/Hiking: Within minutes you’ll find lots of hiking trails. The Mid-State and Wapack Trails take you to 1882' Mt. Watatic, with views from Boston to the Berkshires to Mt. Monadnock and the White Mountains. We also have miles of abandoned, unpaved country roads/trails abutting the property.

                          Bike trails: ride the Gardner and Winchendon rail trails. Ashburnham and the surrounding area offer miles and miles of beautiful New England country roads.

                          Restaurants: In-town Cafe 57 serves a family menu with many locally-brewed beers on tap. There are also 2 pizza shops and 2 delis.

                          Nearby you’ll find Lucky Dragon Chinese, Blueprint, The Old Mill, Gardner Ale House, Little Anthony’s Seafood, Sonoma of Princeton, A Taste of Vietnam and many more eating establishments offering something for pretty much everybody.

                          And the propane BBQ on the deck is always ready to be fired up from May thru October.

                          Golf: Golf: Local public courses include Gardner Municipal Golf Course, Woods of Westminster, Westminster Country Club, Winchendon School Golf Club, The Shattuck Golf Club and many more. All offer beautiful views of Mt. Monadnock, Wachusett Mt. and our wonderful Heart of New England countryside.

                          Ski: 2000' Wachusett Mt is in the town to our south. It features a 1,000 vertical drop and all-trail snowmaking. Cross country skiing is also available at Wachusett – or on-property here at the farm in the fields on many miles of discontinued country roads, rail trails and logging paths.

                          We also suggest Windblown Cross Country Ski Center. Nearby, Ashburnham State Forest and other local hiking trails offer great snow shoeing and cross country skiing.  And if conditions are right, ice skating on any of Ashburnham's lakes is very fun.

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1990

                          About the owner: We acquired Elijah Haven Homeplace in December of 1990 from the descendants of the Haven family. One of us was a successful model, actor and WNNNBC radio personality in New York City, and discovered this special place on a visit to the area. He jumped at the chance to own this little slice of heaven, left the Manhattan life...and the rest is history. At first, there was not much here except potential. But slowly, together with Irma Hayward, the spunky lady who sold us the farm, we pushed back the forests to reveal the old fields and the requisite New England stone walls. In those early years here, the Haven family provided us with early 1900s photos of the farm – and we set out restoring the place to its original look (with modern updates like central air conditioning). 17 years later, we began to travel...and while we were away, hosted a family from Cushing Academy as guests for a week. They were wonderful and Haven made them so happy. It's then that we got 'the bug' to host travelers from around the world. When guests are in residence at the farm, we live at an adjacent property. Either we or our caretaker are always available to meet, orient, answer questions and assist in making your stay a memorable and comfortable one. Guests say that we are very detail-oriented, clean...and have terrific taste! And we do enjoy meeting people who come our way. You may view 5-star guest comments on every page of our website at www.HavenHomeplace.com.

                          Why the Owner Chose Ashburnham:
                          Ashburnham is our hometown. Haven Homeplace didn't start out as a guest rental. We made a dream come true for ourselves by renovating and 'TLC-ing' the farm and living there. The Haven family member that sold the farm to us actually participated in and applauded the restoration. Although we have traveled the world from Boca to Bali, there is something special here that we now enjoy sharing with others. It is just down the road from the world-famous college prep school, Cushing Academy. Luminaries such as the King of Bhutan, Nate Berkus, Bette Davis and others have graduated from its ivy clad tower. We did not choose Haven Homeplace. It chose us. Where else could you see turkey and deer grazing on a verdant green lawn close by in the morning...and be shopping on glamorous Newbury Street in Boston that same afternoon?! We're located in what we call 'The Heart of New England' in North Central MA near the cities of Gardner, Fitchburg & Leominster. Our area is just WNW of Greater Boston in the beautiful rolling hills beyond the coastal plain. Hike to the local hilltops and see the Boston skyline! Also nearby are The Winchendon School, Franklin Pierce University, Mt Wachusett Community College, the cities of Gardner, Fitchburg, Leominster, Devens, Westminster, Ashby, Princeton, Wachusett Mt., Mount Monadnock and arts mecca Peterborough.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
                          Peace. Charm. Nature. Renewal. Comfort. Quiet. Homeplace History & Guests: Elijah Haven Homeplace was built in 1830 – a gift from Elijah's parents, Jonas and Nancy Haven, who settled the 300 acres next door just after the Revolutionary War. One of their adopted daughters, Anna Dawn, was discovered on the doorstep early one morning in the late 1800s. They raised her as their own. In 1990, we purchased the farm from the descendants of the Havens (the first time it had been out of the their family in over 160 years). We completely and lovingly renovated and updated it. Some of our guests who find Haven Homeplace ideal are: – Cushing Academy Parents, Alumni and Prospective Students' Families – Relocating Doctors, Executives and other professionals – People with family in our area – Getaway Vacationers and Sightseers from around the world – Romantic Honeymoon/Engagement Cottage and Grounds We have hosted authors, actors, honeymoon couples, money fund managers, educators and many others – and we welcome you. Security, Phone, TV and Wi-Fi: The home is secured with ADT intrusion, smoke and fire protection. Comcast High Speed Wi-Fi is provided. Strong wireless phone signals for both Verizon and AT&T. Dish Network TV with local channels & DVR/Wi-Fi. Secluded Nature, Privacy and Comfort: Enjoy Mother Nature and the great outdoors. Play badminton or croquet on one of our lawns. Throw frisbees or scrimmage in the fields. Cross Country Skiing and Hiking through our fields, woods and miles of back roads is awesome for communing with nature, fresh air and exercise. Wachusett Mt. is just another few minutes away if Downhill Skiing or Snowboarding gives you a thrill. In Spring, Summer and Fall flocks of turkeys and their poults roam the grounds with the backdrop of a beautiful perennial wave garden, lilies and currants. Renew and recharge – or just retire after a hectic business day.


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                          Photos

                          • 1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace from one of the fields during apple blossom time.

                            1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace from one of the fields during apple blossom time.

                          • The deck/patio off the country kitchen and a view to the carriage house.

                            The deck/patio off the country kitchen and a view to the carriage house.

                          • The sitting are in front of the brick fireplace.

                            The sitting are in front of the brick fireplace.

                          • From the living room front door to the center chimney.

                            From the living room front door to the center chimney.

                          • The Queen Bedroom with skylight and Balinese calendar.

                            The Queen Bedroom with skylight and Balinese calendar.

                          • The Full Bed featuring our converted Shaker rope bed.

                            The Full Bed featuring our converted Shaker rope bed.

                          • The Loft above the kitchen. Perfect for reading, napping or internet browsing.

                            The Loft above the kitchen. Perfect for reading, napping or internet browsing.

                          • From the 12' window seat across the kitchen.

                            From the 12' window seat across the kitchen.

                          • Our vintage restored 1948 GE range!

                            Our vintage restored 1948 GE range!

                          • A 48' x 48" skylight illuminates the bathroom on all but the darkest days.

                            A 48' x 48" skylight illuminates the bathroom on all but the darkest days.

                          • From the barn roses to the carriage house where you'll park.

                            From the barn roses to the carriage house where you'll park.

                          • The barn through apple blossoms in the spring.

                            The barn through apple blossoms in the spring.

                          • 1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace on a recent flyover!

                            1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace on a recent flyover!

                          • The fireplace side of the living room with decorative red stove.

                            The fireplace side of the living room with decorative red stove.

                          • The fully-stocked sitting room library.

                            The fully-stocked sitting room library.

                          • The living room toward the fields.

                            The living room toward the fields.

                          • View from the head of the Queen bed.

                            View from the head of the Queen bed.

                          • View from the head of the Full Bed.

                            View from the head of the Full Bed.

                          • The loft club chair.

                            The loft club chair.

                          • Dining area with 6' x 6' table, sideboard and gorgeous open views to the fields.

                            Dining area with 6' x 6' table, sideboard and gorgeous open views to the fields.

                          • The renovated bathroom. Frameless shower. Wide pine floors. Glass Tiles.

                            The renovated bathroom. Frameless shower. Wide pine floors. Glass Tiles.

                          • Across the deck from the kitchen to our blueberry field.

                            Across the deck from the kitchen to our blueberry field.

                          • The perennial wave garden in full bloom. Different species flower from May-Oct.

                            The perennial wave garden in full bloom. Different species flower from May-Oct.

                          • View of the cottage and barn from the fields.

                            View of the cottage and barn from the fields.

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                          2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 5

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