CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS PRIVATE, ANTIQUE COUNTRY FARM HOME ON 78 ACRES OF NATURE

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS PRIVATE, ANTIQUE COUNTRY FARM HOME ON 78 ACRES OF NATURE

Ashburnham Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Private, Peaceful, Unique with 2 Bedrooms + Loft in The Heart of New England.

Between Boston and the Berkshires, 1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace is a charming, fully updated, totally-turnkey and very special gentleman's farm located on 78 private, bucolic acres. Immerse yourself in nature and spirit of peaceful lawns, gardens, fields, ancient stone walls, forests, walking trails, rolling hills and many lakes. Our many Adirondack Chairs on the lawns and in the fields help you breathe it all in, relax and decompress.

This very private yet convenient, completely-furnished and fully-appointed country home is situated on a hillock surrounded by many rolling acres – 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. Easy highway access from metro areas.

Inquiries for guest stays from a night, weekend, a week are all welcome. Short Term Rentals & Relocation stays of many months are also possible.

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'.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

John Rahaim

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We bought Haven Homeplace in December of 1990 from the descendants of the original family that created the farm back in 1830. Scott was a successful model, actor and WNNNBC radio personality in New York City, and discovered the place on a visit back home. He jumped at the chance to own this little slice of heaven.

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 after we bought it, we began to travel and while we were away, hosted a family from Cushing Academy 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.

John Rahaim purchased this farmhouse in 1990

Ashburnham is our hometown. Haven Homeplace didn't start out as a guest rental property. 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 Rome 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. (You can actually see the Boston skyline from some of the hilltops.)

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. and arts mecca Peterborough & Mount Monadnock.

Peace. Charm. Nature. Renewal. Comfort.

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.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Three services to protect your trip:
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Central Massachusetts Private, Antique Country Farm Home on 78 Acres of Nature
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
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Central Massachusetts Private, Antique Country Farm Home on 78 Acres of Nature
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Ashburnham Central Massachusetts
5

Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
My wife and I stayed at Haven Homeplace for a week to celebrate her birthday. John and Scott were consummate hosts, friendly, informative, and accommodating, and we enjoyed making their beautiful house our home away from home for a week. The house is wonderfully decorated and cozy, and it really feels like a home, as opposed to just another rental property. It is by far the cleanest property we've ever rented. The beautiful surrounding acreage offers endless opportunities for day hikes, picnics, etc. We also found the location convenient for accessing Wachusett, Watatic, and the towering majesty of Monadnock. The house also well accommodated my wife's parents who joined us for a couple nights to help celebrate my wife's birthday. We highly recommend Sonoma, which is about 20-25 minutes away, for an elegant dining experience, Little Anthony's for fresh seafood, the Gardner Ale House for pub food and music, and the deli in town for killer sandwiches to pack for a day hike. Great for antiquing, hiking, relaxing, creative pursuits, special occasions, etc., etc., we hope to make a return visit in the not too distant future. Perfect. Thanks John & Scott!
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Central Massachusetts Private, Antique Country Farm Home on 78 Acres of Nature
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9788273141
Ashburnham Central Massachusetts
5

funtastic stay i ashburnhAM

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
GREAT PLACE TO STAY WELL APPOINTED YET COZY RECOMMEND IT TO ANYBODY
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities
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Central Massachusetts Private, Antique Country Farm Home on 78 Acres of Nature
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9788273141
Ashburnham Central Massachusetts
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Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
This fall, my wife and I were looking for a place to retreat, spend time with our new son, and enjoy a quiet Thanksgiving week together. We found an excellent place! Elijah Haven Homeplace is a great place to relax, recoup and spend time together. The house is an amazingly restored. It was cozy and comfortable with framed views of the surrounding grounds from every window. The rolling fields, trees, stream and rock walls made our walks memorable. We are very pleased to have enjoyed a week at the Elijah Haven Homeplace. It was a terrific experience!
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Central Massachusetts Private, Antique Country Farm Home on 78 Acres of Nature
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9788273141
Ashburnham Central Massachusetts
San Antonio, Texas
5

Heavenly Haven in the heart of New England

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
This historic,restored, 1830 farm house in the heart of New England embraced us and offered us all the comforts of home as we explored Massachusetts foliage at its peak.

The charming cottage is beautifully decorated with furnishings that speak to the era of another time yet it is equipped with chic modern touches like Crate and Barrel designer stoneware, Garnet towels and linens, large Rain Shower head, microwave, full size fridge, stocked pantry, and so many luxury touches that made us feel so special. John and Scott have decorated with rustic yet exquisitely elegant style.

The numerous windows in each room provide a breathtaking view of the manicured lawns, Carriage house, gardens,orchards, woods,stoned walls, birdhouses, and roses to name a few. We saw a flock of bluebirds dancing among the falling leaves. I curled up in the loft nook and read passages from Robert Frosts Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays--a book borrowed form the hosts' library.

John and Scott were personable, friendly, warm,informative, and accommodating. Having arrived late, John had taken the time to call a few of the restaurants to let us know which would be opened upon our arrival. As locals, they know the history of their farm and the the lovely town of Ashburnham and they obviously have great pride in both.

My husband and I enjoyed this Heavenly Haven so much it was difficult to depart from the cottage and our new Hosts friends.

Our week at Elijah Haven Homeplace was physically and spiritually renewing. The experience was magnificent and one we plan to repeat. Thank you John and Scott for opening your home!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Central Massachusetts Private, Antique Country Farm Home on 78 Acres of Nature
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9788273141
Ashburnham Central Massachusetts
Lewisville, NC
5

one of a kind

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
This is a very unique place: a small, restored 1830's farmhouse which now looks like something out of a design magazine. All kinds of small, meticulous details and thoughtful features. Surrounded by some of the original pastures, stone walls, beautiful flower gardens, an apple orchard and a large blueberry patch. Also a barn under renovation and a new two-stall garage which looks like it's been there for 100 years and a large deck. Very well equipped, comfortable, quality materials and finishes, but also lots of vintage touches. Hosts couldn't have been nicer, accommodating in every way. There's not much going on in Ashburnham but there's a decent market, bakery/coffee shop, package store, ice cream, pizza, etc. An hour from Boston and Worcester, but you'd think you were miles from anywhere. We'll go back as soon and as often as possible. You won't regret it.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Fitchburg, MA
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Rte 101
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Dunn Heritage State Park
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Cafe 57
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Wachusett Mountain
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Gardner Municipal Golf Course & Westminster Woods
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Cafe 57, Mezcal & Sonoma of Princeton
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 The Old Mill, Gardner Ale House, Little Anthony’s Seafood, Sonoma of Princeton, Monument Grill, 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.

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Availability & Rates

Ashburnham Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
 
Winter 2014
Nov 27 2013 - Apr 30 2014
$250
$350
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,495
$3,995
2 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring/Summer/Fall 2014
May 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
$250
$350
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,950
$5,600
2 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100.00
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-cancellable and non-refundable unless we are able to rebook your time. Please call us at 978-827-3141 to discuss further details.
Notes ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS:
— 4, 5 or 6 Day Discounted Rate: Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur Nights = $225/night | Fri, Sat & Sun Nights = $325/night
— 3-Night HOLIDAY PERIOD STAY (Week and Weekend Nights) = $1,050.00
— 1 WEEK / 7-13 consecutive nights) = $1,750.00/wk
— 2 WEEKS or more (14-27 consecutive nights) = $1,600.00/wk
— MONTH (4 weeks/28 nights) = $4,500.00
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Amenities

Ashburnham Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Filtered Water
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Living Room ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Restored bathroom with giant 48' x 48' skylight, frameless glass shower, high end fixtures and reclaimed wide pine floors.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 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 , The loft over the kitchen has a twin daybed and 3 skylights.
  • 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) Comfortable daybed with a view., Child Beds (1) Our KidCo Peapod Plus child bed is great for children up to 7 years old. Kids love it.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • boating
  • shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • basketball court
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • cross country skiing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
Notes:
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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