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
- The Naming Contest for our four baby goats ends Wednesday night. Check in with us on Facebook on Thursday to learn their names!
- Make your reservations for Mother’s Day soon. Seatings 11:30 – 4:00 p.m.
- Have you heard about Sunday Suppers?!
- Special Cooking Class Gift for Mom – May 16. Give your Mom the best gift ever, a cooking class for her husband or significant other! She and the other mothers will join our Chef and their sweetheart just for dinner (we wash the dishes!).
- 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 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 investment in our staff.
A Message from Your Innkeepers
As New Hampshire was counting down the days until the First in the Nation primary, we were moving in to Colby Hill Inn as its new owners (effective February 1). With an incredibly warm welcome from the community, we already feel at home. We jumped right into our roles as Innkeeper and Chef as well since we were open for business with a corporate event on our first day! We are delighted with our new home of Henniker along with our daughter Elza who has enrolled as a sophomore at John Stark Regional High School. We are coming directly from Washington, D.C. We met in 2007 and married in 2009 in Provincetown; so, we are New Englanders at heart!
We immediately fell in love with this historic property first built in 1797 with its five acres and barns dating back to the 1840s. It’s idyllic and ideal for special events and building the Inn’s image as a country retreat – and, yes, the barn will soon be open for events! In brief, we look to creating 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, glass shower cabins) as well as across the inn and its grounds. 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