Welcome to Colby Hill Inn!
N e w s & U p c o m i n g H i g h l i g h t s
- Join us for a Wine & Cheese Social every Friday from 5:30-6:30 pm. With weather permitting, we will be outside. We pour 2 whites and 1 red and offer a great assortment of local cheeses, cured meats, pickled vegetables and accoutrements.
- Bring a group of 6 or more to an Afternoon Tea on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Reservations required.
- Join us for a Murder Mystery Weekend – 1950’s Carnival & Barn Dancing Theme – Lodging and Dining package October 28-30 with a flat rate of $569 for two adults (best rooms given to those who reserve first!). $75 per person rate for non-lodging (locals) to attend just the Saturday Carnival Murder Event (includes a great dinner). Costumes required for all!
- We are seeking artists for a September 18th Oktoberfest Celebration and a December 10th Christmas Barn Celebration with Food, Art & Music. Please contact us if interested in one or both.
We are an award-winning country inn in the quintessential New England town of Henniker, New Hampshire. We offer 14 individually decorated guest rooms, over five acres for your enjoyment, acclaimed dining at The Grazing Room, and warm hospitality. We sit on the scenic and historic Currier and Ives Byway. Since we are located in nearly the geographical center of New England, only 90 minutes north of Boston and 25 minutes from the Manchester airport, we are the perfect location for exploring the best of New England. Ask about our day-trip itineraries and packages that offer something rewarding for everyone.
An ECO retreat and Dining Destination. Colby Hill Inn caters to romantic couples, families, private meetings or events, people who are looking for outdoor recreation, and foodies who are seeking an innovative meal crafted from foods within our region. Whatever your plans include during the day, you will certainly want to dine with us and locals in The Grazing Room. Bruce Barnes is a celebrated chef who has led all culinary operations at the World Bank in Washington, DC and owned two successful East Village restaurants. The Grazing Room is already receiving outstanding reviews and accolades for his expert culinary execution and varied menus.
Our decisions are made with a focus on bringing the property to new heights in guest services and comfort, environmental sustainability, support to the community and local farmers, and investment in our staff.
Upon arrival, one of the first things all guest want to do is to grab one of our freshly baked cookies and then meet our baby French Alpine goats Annabelle, Chloe, Gertrude and Lucy.
A Message from Your Innkeepers
Arriving to Henniker just a few months ago from Washington, D.C., we immediately fell in love with this historic property first built in 1797 with its five acres and barns dating back to the 1890s. We are working hard to apply our skills to increase guest comforts, drive the restaurant to new heights and build the Inn’s brand and capacity as a country retreat. It’s truly an idyllic place and ideal for romantic escapes, planning retreats and special events – and, yes, the Barn Bar is open for the season and the barn will soon be open for events, including local music!
In brief, we look to create a strong synergy between Colby Hill’s appeal as a country inn and becoming a popular dining destination. Any foodie would agree that good local foods are a draw to any place, and we are fortunate that New Hampshire has an abundance of great foods. It’s been truly exciting to start reaching out to local farmers, fishermen and other food producers over the last month. Our focus on local foods and beverages is a key pillar in our overall commitment to evolving into an eco-operated inn and restaurant (we like to say a “re-treat”).
Our restaurant has been renamed The Grazing Room because the finest, freshest local ingredients bring the best tastes to the table; so, we hope you slowly enjoy every bite of our food. Since our dining rooms provide an excellent view of our gardens, barns and goats, we are furnishing the dining room with tables crafted locally from a 1740s barn (due by late April) and commissioning original artwork of goats and farm scenes.
While we are dedicated to maintaining the historic charm of the inn, you will already notice many enhancements to the 14 guest rooms and guest services (like new mattresses and pillows, daily treats, organic local coffee, and remarkable furnishings) as well as across the inn and its grounds. Currently, we are working hard to get our vegetable and herb gardens planted and prepare the pool for the upcoming season. We also look forward to creating a broad range of itineraries, services, and partnerships to allow guests to fully enjoy the fact that Henniker is perhaps one of the most centrally located towns to the best of New England, all within 90 minutes or less from the Inn.
Thank you so much for your support! While change can be an uncomfortable topic for people who have long loved Colby Hill Inn, we encourage you to embrace the excitement and we promise to give you our very best.
A warm welcome to you all,
Bruce Barnes, Chef Proprietor
Jefferson Brechbuhl, Chief INNovation Officer