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Surrounded by over forty private acres, The Maguire House beckons you to stop and stay awhile.
Built in 1764, this historic home was one of Ashburnham's first inns and remained a haven for travelers until 1898 when it became a private residence. Wishing to share the rich tradition that was first established in this beautiful home over two hundred years ago, we opened as a bed and breakfast in 1997.
Comfort prevails in our three enchanting guest rooms, each with a queen sized bed, private bath, and sitting area. In your room you will find fresh flowers, gourmet chocolates, bottled water, and refreshments. Exquisite bedding, fluffy down comforters, handmade quilts, spa bathrobes, oriental rugs, and Crabtree & Evelyn amenities are provided to make your stay thoroughly relaxing and memorable. Free wireless internet and phone service is available throughout the inn. Combine all of these with the magnificent view of the lake and mountains and you may never want to leave.
The Maguire House complements all seasons. Whether shopping at the finest furniture outlets in New England, hiking the nearby state trails, downhill or cross-country skiing, visiting Cushing Academy, or simply getting away, let us indulge you.
A full New England breakfast with fresh fruit, homemade granola,specialty breads, and a hot entree is served in the dining room or on the porch, weather permitting.
We invite you to relax by a warm fire, stroll along the pristine lake, or simply rest on the porch enjoying the spectacular view of Mt. Monadnock and surrounding hills.
You'll see why so many guests want to stay forever!
At the Maguire House our guests enjoy a full New England breakfast. We serve freshly baked specialty breads, muffins, or scones, seasonal fruit, homemade granola, and a choice of eggs, waffles, pancakes, or French toast. For beverages we offer coffee, assorted teas, juices, milk, and water.
Our Menu may Include:
Freshly Baked Creations
Poached Apples with Vanilla Yogurt
Maple Oatmeal Scones
Cranberry Orange Muffins
Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Berry Salad
Terry’s own Homemade Granola
Followed by Your Choice of
An Egg Dish Served with Toast, Home Fries, Bacon or Sausage-
Baked Egg, Cheese, and Ham Frittata
Fresh Vegetable Omelet
Cheddar Scrambled Eggs
A Baked Entrée Served with Real Maple Syrup, Home Fries, Bacon or Sausage-
Apple Walnut Pancakes
Throughout the Day
Complimentary coffee, assorted teas, a variety of sodas, wine, beer, cheese, crackers, and other snacks are available anytime throughout the day.
We also serve freshly baked cookies or brownies in the afternoon
Awards & Guest Reviews"It is with great enthusiasm that I write this review. My wife Tracy and I recently wanted a quick "get away" for a night to just sit back, chill out and enjoy each others company. I went on the web and looked up Wachusett area Bed and Breakfast's and came across the Maguire House. Luckily there was availability and may I say with 100% honestly that we had a fantastic time. I cannot say enough about the place. Beautiful does not begin to describe the home and the view. Our hosts could not have been nicer. In fact my wife and I said if we ever opened a B&B ourselves we would call Terry and Paul and pick their brains!!! The rooms were immaculate, the breakfast was a feist, and did I mention the view??? :) My wife and I will certainly be back either alone again or with friends to share the experience. To all....treat yourselves to this piece of heaven.....but leave us some availability :) Sincerely Rick and Tracy Nelson""The Maguire House is an absolutelly lovely B&B - and I've been to quite a few! The rooms are very comfortable, clean (and I'm a neat freak), and charming an a very New England sort of way. The innkeepers are delightful hosts, and truely make you feel at home. There are refreshments made available anytime, the breakfast is top-notch, and the location is spectacular. The views of nearby Monadnock over the lake (complete with loons) truely set off this location as a romantic get-away! I'll be back!""We loved staying at The Maguire House. The room was beautiful and immaculate. The House was gorgeous and the views were breath taking, The Maguire's made us feel like family. I recommend this place 5 STARS ON EVERYTHING!!!!!""We are so fortunate, that our plan of our trip had to be altered and we had the incredible luck to find The Maguire House. I only wish, we could have stayed longer. Service, Comfort and Love for Details were perfect -our stay will be unforgettable and we will definitely plan the Maguire House into our next trip on the East Coast"
Fine Dining Within 30 minutes
McNally Grill and Pub - Westminster, MA
Great Food, casual atmosphere. Closed Mondays 978-874-1444
Gardner Ale House - Gardner, MA
Gardner Ale House is the only full-menu brewpub in both North Central Massachusetts and Worcester County. It is a family style pub and restaurant featuring fresh, bistro style food in an upscale setting. The brewery offers at least 6 distinctive, house made brews at all times and continues to develop new recipes. The restaurant distinguishes itself through the use of fresh, unfrozen and unprocessed products. Menu selections are both ordinary and eclectic, but always of a high quality and very interesting.
Little Anthony’s Seafood Emporium - Winchendon, MA
Wonderful seafood in a homey, welcoming atmosphere. Open 7 days.978-297-1880
Michele's Ristorante - Keene, NH
Combining contemporary elegance, an intimate ambiance, and unparalleled service, Restaurant High Cuisine is appreciated by visitors at its true value.
Il Forno - Fitchburg, MA
Great Italian cuisine in a casual atmosphere. BYOB. Open 7 days a week. 978 345-2511
Elm City Brewing Co. - Keene, NH
Where fresh food and drink is our passion. Open 7 days.603-355-3335
Sonoma - Princeton, MA
Fine dining with contemporary American cuisine. Wed. - Sun., Closed Mondays through June.978-464-5775
The Harrington Farm - Princeton, MA
Sophisticated fine dining in an elegant country setting. New England tradition combined with European style. Open Thursday through Sunday. 978-464-5600
The Mountain Barn Restaurant - Princeton, MA
Informal, casual family restaurant serving traditional American food in a relaxed atmosphere. Open Thursday through Sunday, 978-464-2044
The Old Mill Restaurant - Westminster, MA
Casual Dining within 10 miles
Outback Steakhouse - Leominster, MA
Open daily from 4:00 p.m. 978-840-3300
Applebee’s Restaurant - Leominster MA,
Open 7 days - 978-466-9223
Longhorn Restaurant - Leominster MA,
Open 7 days - 978-534-6429
Chili's Grill & Bar - Leominster MA
Open 7 days - 978 537-1720
Border Grille & Bar - Leominster, MA
Open 7 days - 978-840-0194
Panera Bread - Leominster MA
Open 7 days - 978 534-8855
TGI Friday’s - Leominster MA
Open 7 days
Singapore Restaurant - Fitchburg, MA
Open 7 days - 978-345-0132
Chopsticks Restaurant - Leominster MA
Open 7 days - 978-534-0020
Live Theater and Movies
Theatre at the Mount - Gardner, MA - 978-632-2403
Community theatre offering a full season of shows.
The Stratton Players - Fitchburg, MA - 978-345-6066
Stratton Players was established in 1925, making it one of the oldest community theatre groups in the country. We are a non-profit organization that strives to produce quality theatrical entertainment to the surrounding communities.
Gardner Cinema - Gardner MA - 978 632-9000
Featuring Dolby Digital Surround Sound Systems and great seating!
Cinema World - Fitchburg MA - 978 354-6700
Entertainment Cinemas - Leominster MA 978-534-3536
Peterborough Players - Peterborough, NH
The Players' intimate 250-seat theater is in an 18th-century barn at historic Stearns Farm, three miles from downtown Peterborough. The barn and its outbuildings provide a uniquely charming theatrical venue, including a flower-decked patio and landscaped grounds where patrons can picnic before a performance. The theatre, which is wheelchair accessible, has been renovated over the last decade to add air conditioning and heating, a new lobby and box office, and enhanced rehearsal and dressing room space.
Less than 1 hour
Mechanics Hall - Worcester, MA - 508-752-5608
The heart of Central Massachusetts' cultural scene featuring a wide variety of performances by world-class artists.
Worcester Centrum Centre - Worcester, MA - 508-798-8888
Worcester’s civic center. Hosts a variety of concerts, sporting events and trade show.
Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra - Worcester, MA - 508-754-1234
This regional community orchestra performs symphonic and pop music throughout Worcester County.
Worcester Music Festival - Worcester, MA - 508-754-3231
Presenter of the distinguished Worcester Music Festival, the International Artists Series, and the Mass Jazz Festival.
Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster, MA - 978-368-0041
Community orchestra dedicated to public education, enrichment and pleasure.
Face-It Day Spa - Leominster, MA - 978 534-0063
With its upscale, boutique atmosphere and complete dedication to client satisfaction, Face It offers a complete range of treatments from facials to all day massage packages.
Devine Back and Body - Keene NH
Dr. Christina Devine opened her Chiropractic practice in Keene, NH in 1995 to provide a natural approach to health and healing. In 2004, Dr. Devine felt that the practice would be enhanced by offering a selection of traditional spa services, thus, Devine Back and Body Care was born. In addition to Chiropractic care, Dr. Devine's vision is to provide a sanctuary that will refresh and awaken your senses and renew your spirit.
Social Web - Calendar of Events for Central Massachusetts
Johnny Appleseed Calendar - Calendar of Events for North Central Massachusetts
eworcester.com - Entertainment news in Central Massachusetts
Keene Sentinel - Keene NH - Local events in the Monadnock Region
Within 30 minutes
Creative Connections - Ashburnham MA - 978-827-6211
Specialty gift shop featuring local and well known artisans.
Silver Hawk - Winchendon MA - 978 297-3930
New England's Largest Native American Store and Gallery.
Greater Gardner Furniture Outlets, Gardner, MA - 800-828-5556
Gardner, famous for fine craftsmanship since the early 1700's, is still known today for the many furniture factory outlets that feature home furnishings from around the world.
Country Mischief - Templeton, MA - 978-939-5460
220 year old historic stone house converted into a unique gift shop. 18 rooms filled with country, Victorian, colonial, and primitive crafts and collectibles.
The Mall at Whitney Field - Leominster MA - 978- 537-7500
Shopping mall featuring Filene’s, JC Penney, Sears, and Circuit City as anchor stores. 73 stores, one level.
Water Tower Plaza - Leominster MA - Rt 12
TJ Maxx, Barnes & Noble, Linens N’ Things
Twin City Mall - Fitchburg MA
Within 1 hour
Solomon Pond Mall - Marlborough, MA
Solomon Pond Mall promises you shopping success! The 2-level center features 4 major department stores and more than 115 specialty shops. You will also find terrific dining.
Colony Mill Marketplace- Keene, NH
The finest shops, restaurants and entertainment in the Monadnock area, all found under one roof, in a 150 year old restored mill. Come see for yourself all that the Colony Mill has to offer.
Within 30 minutes
Antiques and Collectibles Mall of New England - Greenville, NH
Just 15 minutes to the south, visitors can enjoy Delaney's famous clock shop, Hobart Village Antique Mall, and Antique Associates in Townsend Massachusetts. Five miles to the north is the new White Home Collections shop and the pretty town of Wilton, New Hampshire. A few minutes further there are several shops in Milford and Amherst.
Within 1 hour
Brimfield Antique Fair - Brimfield, MA
Largest outdoor antique show in New England
Museums and Galleries
Within 1 mile
Cushing Academy - Ashburnham MA
Cushing Academy, founded as a coeducational boarding school in 1865, exists for students, their academic growth and their personal development.
Within 30 minutes
Frederick Piano Museum - Ashburnham MA - 978-827-6232
The purpose of the Frederick Piano Collection is to give musicians and music lovers a chance to hear works by major piano composers, played on pianos such as those the composers knew, and for which their music was conceived.
Fitchburg Art Museum - Fitchburg, MA - 978-345-4207
Permanent exhibits of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts and antiques from all over the world. A wide range of changing exhibits as well.
Fitchburg State University - Fitchburg, MA
Fitchburg State College is an institution of higher education that integrates an interdisciplinary, multicultural liberal arts and sciences core with all professional and arts and sciences majors.
Franklin Pierce College - Rindge, NH
Franklin Pierce University is a small, private, regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction.
Gardner Museum - Gardner, MA - 978-632-3277
Handcrafted furniture, carriages, and silver products made in Gardner over the years. Additional special exhibits.
Winchendon School - Winchendon, MA
The Winchendon School, a multi-cultural community, provides college-bound students of good character and promise with the essential study skills and learning strategies to propel each student to achieve academic success.
Less than one hour
Sharon Arts Center - Peterborough NH
The Sharon Arts Center is dedicated to the arts and artists, from the newly-awakened to the long-established.
Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery - Keene, NH - 603-358-2720
The Gallery is the dynamic, vital center for the visual arts in the Monadnock Region, encompassing the best of the traditional and contemporary worlds.
Wyman Tavern Museum - Keene NH - 603 352-1895
The Wyman Tavern, one of Keene's most historic houses, was built more than two centuries ago. The Tavern is maintained as a period house museum representing the period from 1770 to 1820. It has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Horatio Colony House Museum & Nature Preserve - Keene, NH - 603 352-0460
This old-time New England home is filled with original family furnishings and fabulous collections which offer a gracious view of a vanishing lifestyle of culture, refinement and travel
Worcester Art Museum - Worcester, MA - 508-799-4406
The second largest Art Museum in New England offers a collection that spans 5000 years of art and culture. Special programs and exhibits.
Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, MA - 508-852-6015
Features over 100 suits of armor dramatically displayed in a great hall. Collection includes very rare and beautiful armor including special suits for children and dogs.
Mechanics Hall - Worcester, MA - 508-752-5608
The heart of Central Massachusetts' cultural scene featuring a wide variety of performances by world-class artists. Recognized as the nation's finest pre-Civil War concert hall.
Ecotarium - Worcester, MA - 508-929-2700
Indoor and outdoor wildlife exhibits, aquariums planetarium, and environmental exhibits. Summer Jazz Concert Series.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden - Boylston, MA - 508-869-6111
A living museum operated by the Worcester County Horticultural Society. Features over 350 varieties of trees and shrubs. Includes vegetable, wildflower, cottage and secret gardens, orchards, walking trails, weekend cafe. Special events and programs.
Fruitlands - Harvard, MA - 978-456-3924
Becoming the museum of the New England landscape. Explore the lifeways and landscapes of Native Americans, colonial farmers, Shakers and artists of the Hudson Valley School. All nestled on 200 acres of woodlands and meadows with beautiful views.
Lexington & Concord - Lexington & Concord, MA - 781-861-6559
The birthplace of the American Revolution. Visit Concord's North Bridge, site of "the shot heard 'round the world", Lexington's Battle Green, Minute Man National Historic Park, or the homes of Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Historic Deerfield - Deerfield, MA - 413-774-5581
Settled in 1689, Historic Deerfield is a museum of New England history and art in a village setting. Guided tours of 13 historic homes filled with antique furnishings, silver, and ceramics.
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA - 1-800-SEE-1830
1830’s living history museum situated on 200 acres. An authentic rural New England community with 40 historic buildings and more than 100,000 items collected from America’s past. Seasonal events, demonstrations and performances.
Within 30 minutes
Mt. Watatic - Ashburnham MA
Looking out the windows of The Maguire House, across the back field you are met with views of Mt. Watatic, Little Watatic and Mt. Monadnock. Just a 5 minute drive from our B&B to a fabulous hike. In 1923, Frank Robbins and Marion Buck (Davis) of Rindge, NH, saw a dream come true: the establishment of the 21-mile Wapack Trail from Mount Watatic in Ashburnham, MA, to North Pack in Greenfield, NH, passing through sections of Ashburnham and Ashby, MA, and New Ipswich, Temple, Sharon, Peterborough and Greenfield, NH. The Wapack Trail, a day-use trail for foot travel, is one of the oldest interstate trails in the Northeast. For the most part, the trail follows a skyline route along the summits of Watatic, Pratt, New Ipswich, Barrett and Temple mountains, then ascends the Pack Monadnocks. Yellow triangles on trees and rocks blaze the Wapack. Cairns mark the trail along bare stony sections and summits. Seven miles of side trails also provide an opportunity for exploration and spectacular scenery, including the side trail to Kidder Mountain.
Mid-State Trail - Ashby, MA
The Midstate trail is a scenic footpath located in Worcester county, 45 miles west of Boston. This 92 mile hiking trail extends from Rhode Island crossing the gentle hills of Central Massachusetts and eventually connecting to the Wapack trail in New Hampshire. The Midstate trail is highly accessible, easy to hike and the best way to enjoy the natural side of the region.
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Princeton, MA - 978-464-2987
Hiking trails, scenic picnicking, hawk migration & bird watching opportunities, x-country skiing, snow-shoeing, auto road to summit open May to October, spectacular views. 2nd highest mountain in Massachusetts with views of 6 states from the summit.
Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary - Princeton, MA - 978-464-2712
Operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Wildlife refuge situated on 600 acres of land with 11 miles of trails. 18th century house, numerous barns, fields, and stone walls. 100 species of birds, 60 butterflies, 50 dragonflies, 25 mammals and 500 plants live at the sanctuary. Special Events and Programs.
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area - Princeton, MA - 978-464-2300
18 trails, 5 Lifts, high speed detachable quad, 100% snow making, night skiing.
Wachusett Greenways, Princeton, MA
Trails and open spaces maintained by local volunteers including 30 miles of old rail beds being converted to walking trails.
Westminster Country Club, Westminster, MA - 978-874-5938
Public 18 hole course.
Leominster State Forest & Crow Hill State Park - Westminster MA - 978-874-2303
Over 4000 acres. Activities include swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking trails, x-country skiing, mountain bike trails and rock climbing.
Pedaling.com - Dozens of self guided bike routes around Wachusett Mountain, central Massachusetts, and New England. Includes detailed cue sheets, descriptions and maps.
Wachusett Reservoir - Boylston, MA
Picturesque reservoir with 37 miles of shoreline. Shore fishing permitted.
Harvard Forest - Petersham, MA - 978-724-3325
3000 acre sanctuary maintained by Harvard University. Includes large stands of original growth forest.
Nashoba Paddlers - West Groton, MA - 978-448-8699
Offers canoe rentals, tours and instruction on the Nashua River.
Mt. Monadnock - Jaffrey, NH
Looking out the windows of The Maguire House, across the back field you are met with views of Mt. Watatic, Little Watatic and Mt. Monadnock. Practically sitting in our back yard, with its thousands of acres of protected highlands, 3,165-ft. Mt. Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1987. There are 40 miles of maintained foot trails, many of which lead to the bare rock summit through unique alpine vegetation. Unsurpassed 100-mile views to points in all six New England states are the reward for a climb. A magnet for hikers, Monadnock is said to be the most frequently climbed mountain in the world. Approximately 12 miles of the trail system in the lower elevations offers ski touring for the experienced cross country skier.
Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing - New Ipswich, NH - 603-878-2869
Al and Irene Jenks, together with their sons, know how to make you feel welcome. Come ski their 25 miles of wooded trails; pause to enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Monadnock. After your cheeks are flushed and your muscles a bit sore, head back to the lodge where homemade soup, big sandwiches, and spiced hot cider will be waiting for you. Relax on the comfortable couch by the fire and enjoy a home-baked muffin or cookie right out of the oven.
Dunn Park - Gardner MA - 978 632-7897
This 119 acre park features a 20 acre pond, walking trails, swimming, fishing, picnicking, public programs, and play equipment. Private canoes and non-motorized boats are allowed on the pond, and paddle boats can be rented during the summer. In the winter the trails are open for cross country skiing and ice skating. Often there is a fire blazing in the visitor’s center fireplace. All activities offered by the park are accessible to people with disabilities.
Farms & Orchards
Within 30 minutes
Alta Vista Bison Farm - Rutland, MA - 508-886-4365
A home where the Buffalo have roamed for over 30 years. Over one hundred AMERICAN BISON . . . in a lovely, peaceful setting. Visit our unique gift store. Join us on a wagon ride on a Saturday or Sunday ...
Berlin Orchards - Berlin, MA - 978-838-2400
Year round retail farm stand. Gourmet foods and wines. Christmas & Country gift shop. Bakery on premises. Ice Cream window. Farm animals and family festivals. Pick your own apples in season.
Bolton Orchards -Bolton, MA - 978-779-2233
Home grown in-season fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers available year round, fruit baskets, gourmet deli & specialty foods, fresh pressed cider, best apple deal in town, gift shop, homemade fudge.
Davis Farmland & Mega Maze - Sterling, MA - 978-422-6666
Davis' Farmland is a 150 year old, super-fun family farm. Voted "Editor's Pick", Yankee Magazine Travel Guide, and "Family Favorite" Boston Parents Paper & The Landmark. Part children's museum, petting zoo.
Heifer International / Overlook Farm - Rutland, MA, 508-886-2221
270 acre hilltop farm with more than a dozen species of farm animals. Open year round. Overlook acquaints visitors with the world-wide development work of Heifer Project. Unique international gift shop. Nashoba Valley Winery - Bolton, MA - 978-779-5521
Award wining winery. Nashoba valley winery is an apple orchard oasis in Bolton. Home to a thriving business of tours and wine tastings, festivals, a retail store-complete with all our wines currently available.
Sholan Farms - Leominster, MA - 978-840-FARM
Pick your own apples and pumpkins at Sholan Farms. We are open Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm (September & October) Follow the small red apples signs to the top of Pleasant Street just off Rte 12 in Leominster
Smith's Country Cheese - Winchendon, MA - 978-939-5738
Cheese manufacturing plant and retail store. Our own award winning Gouda and Cheddar cheeses. Gift shop carrying cheeses and other related items. Gift packs, mail order available.
From Rt. 2:
- Take the Rt. 31 exit, number 28, towards Fitchburg/Princeton.
- Keep right at the fork in the ramp.
- Merge onto Rt. 31.
- Rt. 31 becomes Rt. 31/Rt. 2A.
- Turn sharp left onto Rt. 12.
- Stay straight on Rt. 12 for six miles through Ashburnham center.
- Turn right onto High St.
- High St. becomes Lake Rd. At fork bear right onto Cobb Rd. We are #30, the last house on the right, a white colonial set back from the road.