Idyllic, Private Storybook Country Home on 78 Acres.(28 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Farmhouse
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Unique & Very Private Property surrounded by beautiful Lawns, Fields and Gardens
1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace is a very special, private and unique New England country place. Numerous travelers over the past 8 years have said that it's unlike any other.
—Exploring Nature, Hiking & Adventuring
—Unplugging, Retreating & Decompressing
—Family Together Time
—Healing from Illnesses & Reintegration from Retreats
—Creativity & Inspiration (writing, painting, movement...)
Haven is truly that for most people — a haven. A much-needed quality-of-life place to take a break from the stresses of everyday life.
We offer Guests the opportunity to feel completely at home in a beautiful, clean, fully-updated, totally-turnkey Gentleman's Farm on many peaceful acres. Haven's near Cushing Academy, Wachusett Mountain and many other attractions in the hill & lake town of Ashburnham just beyond the suburbs.
In-season, enjoy the Herb Cutting Garden just outside the kitchen door. BBQ and dine on the patio/deck. Immerse yourself in the nature and spirit of rolling lawns, gardens, fields, ancient stone walls, forests, walking trails, hills and many lakes. Numerous Adirondack Chairs (10 at last count) on the lawns and in the fields help you breathe it all in — retreat, relax and decompress.
Very private. Convenient. Haven is situated on a secluded hillock – perfect for people who value a bit of seclusion, scenic surroundings and making wonderful memories. (Haven is our home – which we vacate whenever guests are in residence. When you're a Guest at Haven, it is yours alone.)
The property is has easy highway access from Boston and New York. Airports (Worcester and Manchester) are less than an hour away.
Includes in-person Meet & Greet Orientation, Weekly Cleanings, Central AC, Xfinity BlastPlus High Speed Wi-Fi, Groundskeeping and more.
Wide pine floors, a center chimney in the living room and lots of windows & skylights make this a light, bright and cheerful place to call your home.
A renovated barn, carriage house and artist studio are also on the property, as well as over 6 acres of lawns...and gardens that begin blooming in mid-May and don't stop until Fall Foliage season.
Please read the comments and compliments from other guests, then plan your stay and experience this special place for yourself. We'll help you in any way we're able.
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Member since: 2009
- 1360 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
Well-behaved and supervised 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. Kids love it here, as do pets....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
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. Pets left inside the home when guests leave the property are required to be crated....moreless
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- Queen size Bedroom - (1) A Sleigh Bed with black leather headboard. Supportive Serta Camry mattress and cozy 2' foam topper. Double Bedroom - (1) An antique converted Shaker Rope Bed with Tempur-pedic mattress. Loft - (1) Comfortable Daybed with a view. Premium Queen Air Mattress available....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
The Haven experience is about many, many acres of lawns, gardens, flowers, fields, orchards, forests and nature. We abut 100s of acres of conservation land with endless walking/hiking trails. ...moreless
Ashburnham is home to prestigious Cushing Academy, the Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos and is near Wachusett Mt. It is a charming circa 1765 town with ample walking, hiking, peace and charm....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning:
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Clothes Dryer:
- Filtered Water
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Security System
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
Country Kitchen with dishwasher, Kenmore Elite fridge, microwave, open pantry-style shelves, 6'x6' dining table, sideboard and two 12' banks of windows with inspiring views to lawns, gardens & fields....moreless
- Lobster Pot
- Deck / Patio:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Housekeeper Included
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1, 2017
May 1 - Apr 30, 2018
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $100
— 1-Night Stays Anytime are available at $500.00 for the night.
— All rates are based upon a maximum of 4 guests using 2 beds/bedrooms. Additional guest = $50/night per person. For groups of 4 or fewer guests, additional bed fee = $100/week.
— Pet Fee: $100 flat fee per pet for stays of up to 1 Week.
— Monthly High Season Rate is based upon a 28 Night month and is all-inclusive except for phone usage and food.
— Monthly Off-season Discounted Rate is based upon a 28 Night month and is all-inclusive except for phone, food and heating fuel oil.
— All guests must complete, sign and return a Guest Agreement to us via Fax or Email within one week of the date that your reservation is accepted by us or before your arrival date, whichever is sooner, or we have the option of terminating your reservation. Please download and review this Guest Agreement located in the "Rental Agreement" section when making a reservation.
— Cancellation Policy: A nonrefundable Reservation Deposit equal to 50% of the total reserved stay (plus VRBO/HomeAway Service Fees) is required to confirm your reservation. The remaining 50% nonrefundable Balance is due 90 days prior to your arrival date.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace is located in 'The Heart of New England' in North Central MA outside 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, NH @ 55 minutes
Boston, MA @ 60 minutes
Hartford, CT @ 75 minutes
Providence, RI @ 75 minutes
New York City & the GW Bridge @ 3 hours
Every Haven Guest receives 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 Peppermint Pig serves a pastries, coffees and lunch paninis. There are also 2 pizza shops and 2 delis.
Nearby you’ll find Lucky Dragon Chinese Takeout, 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.
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.
Skiing: 2006' 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 in Sharon, NH. Nearby, Ashburnham State Forest and other local hiking trails offer great snowshoeing and cross country skiing. And if conditions are right, ice skating on any of Ashburnham's lakes is very fun.
What's your activity? Ask us and we'll provide you with the information you need to fulfill your desires.
Year Purchased: 1990
About the owner: We acquired Elijah Haven Homeplace in December of 1990 from the descendants of the Haven family. Scott was a successful model, commercial actor and 66 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. Initially, there was not much here except potential. But slowly, together with Irma Hayward, the spunky lady who sold us the farm (it had been in her family since 1830), 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 and underground utilities). Several years ago, we began to travel...and while we were away, we hosted a family from Cushing Academy for hockey tournament 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 whenever we weren't in town. Today, 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.
Why the Owner Chose South Ashburnham, Ashburnham, MA, USA:
Although we now travel the world, 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 explored 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. Notables such as the King of Bhutan, Nate Berkus, actress 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. It's just NW of Greater Boston in the beautiful rolling hills and lakes just 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. "A Spiritual, Healing Vibe."
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1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace during Apple Blossom time.
The fireplace side of the living room with decorative red stove.
From the living room front door to the center chimney.
The sitting are in front of the brick fireplace.
The Queen Bedroom with skylight and Balinese calendar.
The Full Bed featuring our converted Shaker rope bed.
The Loft above the kitchen. Perfect for reading, napping or internet browsing.
From the 12' window seat across the kitchen.
Our vintage restored 1948 GE range!
A 48' x 48" skylight illuminates the bathroom on all but the darkest days.
Across the deck from the kitchen to our blueberry field.
The perennial wave garden in full bloom. Different species flower from May-Oct.
Haven's Storybook Cottage
The old barn beam mantlepiece
The living room toward the fields.
The fully-stocked sitting room library.
View from the head of the Queen bed.
View from the head of the Full Bed.
The loft club chair.
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 deck/patio off the country kitchen and a view to the carriage house.
From the barn roses to the carriage house where you'll park.
A foliage season flyover of the Haven farm.
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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