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Idyllic, Private Storybook Country Home on 78 Acres.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,360 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Unique & Very Private Property surrounded by beautiful Lawns, Fields and Gardens


Retreat to the rolling hills and nature of Central MA just west of Boston. Make memories "someplace different". Walk on the quiet side.

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 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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South Ashburnham Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1360 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Restored Modern Bathroom with large 48' x 48' skylight, frameless glass shower, glass tiles, high end fixtures and reclaimed wide pine floors.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Skylight directly over the bed for star gazing at bedtime.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Lovely antique Shaker rope bed. Tempur-pedic mattress.
    Loft - 1 twin/ single , Loft has a daybed and can accommodate a queen air mattress.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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.


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Idyllic, Private Storybook Country Home on 78 Acres.
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
East Sussex

Idyllic cottage

  • 5 of 5

Idyllic cottage set in beautiful grounds. Cottage very well supplied, having everything you could possibly need. Our family had a wonderful few days relaxing and recharging our batteries. Thanks John and Scott

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home on gorgeous property

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property. We were only there for a couple of days, wish we could have stayed longer. The home is beautiful with a nice mix of modern conveniences combined with charm that ties to the age of the house. The surrounding acreage is amazing with various types of trees, beautiful flowers surrounding the house. We loved sitting on the patio watching the humming birds and the chipmunks playing on the rocks. Hope to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home on a gorgeous property!

  • 5 of 5

I rent a lot of homes through Home Away and similar sites and this is the first one that was even better than the pictures. A beautiful and quaint home on a gorgeous property. Perfect size for me and my two 72 year old parents. John was welcoming and spent time with us to show us around the property. It was a great experience and I would rent again.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing and peaceful stay

  • 5 of 5

Even before our arrival, we were pleased with the attention to detail and communications. Once we did arrive, it was even more than we expected, with many thoughtful touches to help get us settled. A great big thank you to John for connecting with us before and greeting us when we arrived.

The property is beautiful and we took advantage of the various Adirondack chairs to enjoy the many views. The home itself was very clean and comfortable, and there was nothing missing. This is an amazing place to disconnect and relax, with some nearby towns handy for groceries and browsing.

If your goal is to get away, relax, and enjoy the beautiful area - then I unreservedly recommend Elijah Haven Homeplace.

Thank you John and Scott.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spartanburg, SC

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The grounds at Haven Home were meticulously and beautifully landscaped, and were perfect for an evening stroll. The home was spotless, and very comfortable. Our Aussie enjoyed it as much as we did, starting every day with a walk through the yard. Scott and John's library included a wide variety of books in case the rain kept us inside. We felt it was a real treat to find our breakfast ingredients already in the refrigerator, and cooking on the 1948 stove was a step back in time. We highly recommend Haven Home to anyone...the location is perfect for so many activities. We are planning to return next spring. Thanks John and Scott for letting us share your wonderful home.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a beyond-lovely review of Haven Homeplace. You two were truly superb and appreciative guests—and frankly, people that make hosting a Guest Rental like ours so fulfilling. Have safe travels and we cannot wait to have you as guests again!
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A very special place...

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful vacation our family had at Haven. We got a deep sense of the history of the property and community and think that John and Scott have done a beautiful job of bringing history to life here. We had everything we needed for the week, and were pleasantly surprised to find the fridge stocked with breakfast items for us when we arrived late our first night. The beds were very comfortable, the bathroom beautifully updated. We enjoyed hiking in the surrounding woods and watching the birds using the nesting houses on the property. We went skiing at Wachusett Mountain for a couple of days, and fly fishing the Nissitissit River with Charlie from the Evening Sun Fly Shop in Pepperell. We loved our visit to Cushing Academy, just a short drive from Haven. We hope to return again some day. It would be amazing to see the landscape run the gamut of the seasons. Haven is clearly a labor of love for John and Scott and we are thankful they offer their masterpiece for others to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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John Rahaim & Scott Bingham
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2017

About John Rahaim & Scott Bingham

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 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, have terrific taste! And we do enjoy meeting people who come our way.

John Rahaim & Scott Bingham purchased this farmhouse in 1990

Why John Rahaim & Scott Bingham chose South Ashburnham

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 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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Peace. Charm. Nature. Renewal. Comfort. Quiet. "A Spiritual, Healing Vibe."


Sharon Arts Center
Cushing Academy
"World-renowned college preparatory school."
LaChance Furniture
"A cooperative of famous furniture outlets located in Gardner, known as The 'Chair City'."
Wachusett Mountain
"Ski and state recreational area. Skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Hiking for the rest ..."
Mount Watatic
"1882' mountain that is excellent for walks and hikes. Wonderful views, streams and wildlife."
Monadnock State Park
"At over 3,000' above sea level with views to Boston, this is the world's most hiked mountain."
Ashby Stock Farm
"Horseback riding, dressage and lessons on a scenic farm in-season."
"Historic houses. The Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos from the 17 and 1800s. The Pepp..."
Meeting House Hill Cemetery
"The summit of this hill was the original town square. Ashburnham's first cemetery is located..."
Red Apple Farm
"Enjoyment for all ages at this pick-your-own family farm. Season is approximately July throu..."
Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos
"Exquisite collection of 18th and 19th century pianos from Europe. Tours by appointment and p..."
Woods of Westminster Golf Crs
"A lovely golf course on the grounds of an old farm in Westminster, MA."
Cambridge Grant Historic District
"Well-preserved old homes, an estate and family cemetery created by some of the town's origin..."
Fitchburg Art Museum
"The visual arts are prominent and recognized at both of these venues."
Gardner Museum Inc
"The museum of history-rich Gardner, MA — formerly the largest chair manufacturing locale in ..."
Dunn Pond State Park
"Swimming, games and a hiking trail around the pond are all available at this well-run facility."
Lake Dennison
"Swimming, camping and lots of nature."
Gardner Municipal Golf Course
"Bordering Crystal Lake, this lovely municipal golf course is open to the public."
Wapack Trail
"Hiking over hills and by lakes on a well-maintained trail system."
The Waterhouse
"Year-round upscale casual dining next to a river in a beautiful downtown. Al fresco dining o..."
"Upscale dining. Dinner only. Perennially highly-rated on"
Peppermint Pig Candy & Sweets -- CLOSED
"Much more than candy, this sweet little spot offers gourmet coffees, teas, pastries, paninis..."
Gardner Ale House
"Great place to kick back and enjoy an in-house crafter brew and some casual fare. "
1761 Old Mill Restaurant
"Lovely restaurant actually located in a historic old mill on a mill stream. Locals and touri..."
Blueprint American Bar And Grille
"Very welcome addition to the local food and drink scene. Loud, but fun!"
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Worcester Airport, Worcester, MA
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Gardner Ale House
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Gardner Municipal Golf Course & Westminster Woods
Nearest Train
7 Miles
West Fitchburg, MA
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Rte 2
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Blueprint and Gardner Ale House
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Wachusett Mountain
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Dunn Heritage State Park
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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