Colby Hill Inn

33 The Oaks St. P. O. Box 779, Henniker, New Hampshire 03242
Innkeeper(s): Mason & Cynthia Cobb, Owners
  • Introduction

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    Colby Hill Inn is an intimate New England bed and breakfast country inn located just 90 minutes North of Boston in Henniker, New Hampshire. We sit on the Currier and Ives Byway -a scenic and historic drive. The inn has 14 individually decorated guest rooms, award-winning dining and as always, warm hospitality. We are the ideal locale for a romantic getaway, or a vacation to New England (we are nearly in the geographical center of New England!) We are perfect for visits to New England College or St. Paul's School. Osram Sylvania and other nearby businesses make us a comfortable and easy overnight for a business trip.

    For those planning a wedding, reception, or business conference or retreat, we offer a wonderful opportunity to experience New England hospitality. Some might consider us a small village hotel with an acclaimed restaurant. We provide all the modern comforts (complimentary WiFi, air conditioning, full bar service) with warm New England hospitality.

    We are proud to have received the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence as well as being selected as a Yankee Magazine Editor's Pick as the perfect Gourmet Getaway!

    Since we are Located right in the middle of New England we can direct you to many areas of interest whether it be antiques, photography, kayaking, outlet shopping, canoeing, skiing, hiking, etc. Of course our Inn is also the perfect respite if you just want to relax with a good book near one of our fireplaces and enjoy some of our freshly baked cookies. Henniker is just 90 minutes north of Boston and 20 minutes west of Concord, NH. We're also just an hour from the seashore and minutes to New Hampshire's mountains and lakes.

    Our picturesque gardens overlook our antique barns and provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic outdoor tented wedding including our famous "barn bar"! Our private dining room is a delightful place for groups up to 50. We also can provide a private room for corporate and association meetings and retreats.

    Our acclaimed restaurant serves dinner to inn guests and the public year-round except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Superbowl Sunday. We are proud to feature a 'cooking local' philosophy, utilizing as many local ingredients as possible. We support the New Hampshire "Farm to Table" initiative.

  • Insider Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Cynthia Cobb for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are in the center of New England and an ideal place for touring the region. We are also just 90 minutes from Boston and many couples come here for a romantic getaway, skiing, visiting colleges and prep schools, hiking, biking and other outdoor adventure.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Attentive service and tranquil environment. We have a restaurant with the Wine Spectator award and we are known for wonderful dining and wines. Our dining rooms overlook antique barns, bird feeders and lush perennial gardens. The inn was originally built in 1797 as Bartlett Tavern and has a long history of welcoming travelers. We love the historical nature of the inn (wide board original flooring etc.).

    We are also well known for Cooking Confidential, An Evening with the Chef cooking classes (January through April). We also sit on the Currier and Ives Byway and New England College is in our town. Henniker is the ONLY Henniker on Earth (this is the town’s slogan) but there is no other town in the world with this name.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Quintessential and authentic New England. Antique barns, gorgeous covered bridge and arched granite bridge over the Contoocook River in town. Interesting shops (antiques, quilting, yarn & felting, antique, used and rare books) and historical sites such as the nearby Fells Museum and Canterbury Shaker Village. New England College providing interesting art, theater, cultural and political events.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    You make us feel so welcome and provide the perfect environment for us to relax and rejuvenate. Amazing food!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    How easy and close we are to Boston. There is only one stop sign between Boston and the Colby Hill Inn! 90 minutes door to door, but a world away. We sit on the Currier and Ives Byway.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Visit the Canterbury Shaker Village for a step back in “Shaker Time”, interesting classes, dining and history; visit the Old Number 6 Bookstore with antique, rare as well as thousands of other books (great cookbooks) all at great prices. Take a tour of the Henniker Brewery microbrewery and enjoy their tasting room for some of their hand-crafted ales. Visit the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens a beautiful summer estate listed on the Historical register. Tours of the 22 room estate and 84 conserved acres. A visit to the Mt. Sunapee Adventure Park for Zip Lining or mini golf then on to Lake Sunapee for a cruise on this beautiful lake. Fly fishing on the Contoocook River is a highlight. If during the winter there is skiing and tubing at Pats Peak and Mt. Sunapee as well.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Contoock River, The covered bridge, New England College, Quilted Threads and the Henniker Brewery.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The Colby Hill Inn restaurant on our premises serves dinner nightly (closed on Mondays Dec – April). We’ve been voted Best Gourmet Getaway by Yankee Magazine and featured in multiple magazines for our dinners. Nearby we like a traditional clam shack kind of a place called High Tide in Hillsborough. Great clams, shrimp, burgers and ice cream. Fun for a casual lunch or dinner.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    14 including two luxury pool side suites.

    Do you accept pets?

    We don’t accept pets, but a wonderful place in our town cares for them while our guests are visiting. A Precious Pet Resort.


  • About Our Accommodations



    Each of Our 14 Individually Decorated Guestrooms

    • A private bath
    • Telephone (with private line)
    • CD radio/alarm clock and data port
    • Some have wood-burning or gas fireplaces
    • Two-person whirlpool tubs
    • Cozy down comforters
    • In room bathrobes
    • King and queen beds (some rooms have two beds or a sleeper sofa for a third guest)
    • Central air conditioning
    • Wi-Fi Access
    • Chocolate turn-down favors
    • Hairdryers in each guest bathroom
    • Luxury bath amenities including glycerin soap, shampoo, hair rinse, body lotion, make-up removers, and shower cap
    • Elegant Egyptian cotton towels and sheets
    • Down comforters
    • Fluffy Colby Hill Inn monogrammed bathrobes in each guest room
    • CD radio alarm clocks
    • Homemade afternoon cookies
    • Coffee, tea, and hot cocoa available throughout the day
    • Our luxury suites also offer television and DVD players as well as a DVD library selection
    • In-ground pool
    • Extensive historical perennial gardens
    • Garden gazebo with wicker furniture
    • Lawn chess
    • Badminton
    • Volleyball and croquet
    • In-room massages offered by our licensed massage therapist
    • Specialty "romantic additions" to make your visit special
  • Weddings

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    Colby Hill Inn is the ideal setting for a New Hampshire wedding.  With six acres of beautiful grounds surrounding the main inn, which is an historical 1797 farmhouse. Our perennial gardens overlook the antique barns, our whimmsical "barn bar" and a garden gazebo create the perfect backdrop for a memorable outdoor wedding.

    Whether your dream is an intimate fireside wedding for ten or a spectacular event for 125 under expansive tents, we are anxious to customize your special day.  Many couples seek out a rustic wedding environment and love our antique barns that provide beautiful (and authentic) background for your photos.

    Rehearsal dinners, intimate elopements, or weekend destination weddings, the Colby Hill Inn provides the perfect locale for your special day. Barbecues, tented weddings, garden ceremonies, or intimate weddings in front of a crackling fireplace, the Inn is the ideal spot for your event.  Since we have 14 guest rooms and a full service restaurant and bar, we can take care of all of the details for a destination wedding.   We can provide assistance and recommendations for florists, Justice of the Peace, minister, photographers, and hairdressers who come to the inn for your special day; we can even create a magnificent wedding cake for you!

    To make arrangements for your event, please contact us at 1-800-531-0330 or email

  • Dining


    Our award-winning restaurant which is near Concord, New Hampshire at the Colby Hill Inn serves dinner nightly to inn guests and the public.     Our dining rooms overlook the antique barns, garden gazebo and perennial gardens.

    Innkeeper, Mason Cobb takes great care to select some of the top wines and best-kept secrets with amazing value. Together with our chef they pair wines with entrees to make wine choices easy.  We are proud of the Wine Spectator Award we've been awarded.

    Our chefs put a twist on contemporary and seasonal New England cuisine. We  feature a 'cooking local' philosophy utilizing many local ingredients as possible in our menus. We support the New Hampshire "Farm to Table" initiative.

    The restaurant is open seven nights a week (May – December) and Tuesday through Sunday (January – April). Accepting reservations from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  Call us to make reservations at 1-800-531-0330 or email us at  The restaurant is closed for dinner Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Superbowl Sunday.

  • Cooking Classes


    Cooking Confidential - An Evening with the Chef

    Are you a foodie and want to learn more from our pro chefs? Don't miss our exciting cooking classes  at the Colby Hill Inn .  You will be participating in the hands-on preparation (and enjoyment of) a gourmet dinner.

    Our cooking classes begin in January and end in April.   Our chefs include take home recipes, hands-on techniques and a chance to learn in a commercial kitchen from professional chefs.

    You'll then join our chef and innkeeper in our dining room to enjoy the beautiful dinner you've created along with hand-selected wines.   We'll even do the clean up! An exciting evening for all of our participants and one you can combine with a two night lodging package  if you like.

     Enjoy our hands-on bed and breakfast cooking school class followed by a three-course dinner with wine.

    2015 Schedule

    • All classes begin at 5:30 pm
    • Monday, January 26
    • Monday, February 09
    • Monday, March 9
    • Monday, April 20

    Class Details

    • $125 Per Person Includes
    • Hands-on cooking instruction
    • Monogrammed chef jacket
    • Take-home recipes
    • Three-course dinner
    • Wine
    • Tax and gratuity
    • Limited availability- reservations required

    Cooking classes make great gifts and are available as a gift certificate.

    (We'll even wrap up the chef coat along with the gift certificate!)

    Please contact us to arrange for your private team building/retreat cooking class event for corporate/association or club participation.

    Please contact Mason Cobb regarding customized Cooking Confidential Evenings for your corporate, club or team retreat.

  • Area Information

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    We hope you will spend your New Hampshire vacation with us at Colby Hill Inn. Our Henniker bed and breakfast is conveniently located near many area attractions and activities. With 14 individually decorated guest rooms, we have accommodations to fit your needs.

    Our area offers many attractions including: water sports, cruises, shopping, dining, antiquing, and sightseeing.

    Northeast Fly Fishing School: If you were ever interested in learning how to fly fish these are the guys. They have group lessons as well as private instruction. Maybe you just need a guide so you don't waste your vacation trying to find the right location. Log onto their website and give them a call.

    Quilted Threads:  Right here in town this is a quilter's destination! Classes, events, materials.  A short and delightful walk from the inn just a few blocks. Call 603-428-6622.

    New Hampshire School of Falconry: Touch the wild and an amazing experience. The opportunity to have hands-on experience in the ancient sport of Falconry. Only minutes from the Inn. By appointments only 603 464-6213.

    The Gallery at Well Sweep occupies a beautiful barn in nearby historic Hillsborough Center. Originally owned and operated as an antique shop by Edith Withington-Kyle, the barn still reverberates with her personality.   Don't miss this wonderful gallery offering photography, fine crafts, folk art, sculpture, oriental rugs, and paintings, in addition to exhibits all summer.

    Sunapee Cruises on Sunapee Harbor.  A narrated cruise by the Captain while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Lake Sunapee is a perfect day at the lake.  The narration includes the history, landmarks, and lore of this crystal clear mountain lake. Sailing daily from Sunapee Harbor...keep your eye out for local summer resident Stephen Tyler of Aerosmith!

    The Franklin Pierce Homestead is the childhood home of our 14th President, Franklin Pierce, located in nearby Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Maintained and operated by the Hillsborough Historical Society, they are dedicated to the preservation of the history and historic properties of Hillsborough, New Hampshire.  In addition, several times a year they offer re-creation of live events at the Homestead.  Open to the public and is often the site of featured programs sponsored by the society throughout the summer months.

    Kayak Country Adventures in Andover, New Hampshire brings the exciting sport of kayaking to New Hampshire! Rentals, sales, demos, instruction, and tours. Don't miss summer photography and fishing clinics too.

    New Hampshire Golf Courses are abundant and picturesque, many within minutes of the Colby Hill Inn here in Henniker, NH.

    The Fells/Hay Estate in Newbury, New Hampshire is one of New England's finest examples of an early 20th-century summer estate, with outstanding gardens. Stroll the length of a 100-foot perennial border, and admire the view of Lake Sunapee from the formal Rose Terrace. A brook trickles to a Japanese water lily pool in the hillside rock garden, which includes a nationally significant collection of alpine and native plants.

    Tanger Outlet Center - Tilton, NH "The shop 'till you drop spot." New England Outlet shopping at its best. Guarantees credit card meltdown! 30 minutes away, but well worth the drive for great shopping at Coach, Gap, Bass, Nine West, etc.

    The Fiber Studio: Great yarns, weaving supplies, and workshops. Many inn guests spend time attending their workshops and wish they could have stayed longer!

    Main Street BookEnds of Warner: One of our favorite bookstore. Not only a bookstore but an art gallery, as well, featuring great local artists and special events. Log on and check out their events.

    New England College: Find out what's happening at NEC located right in Henniker.

    Canterbury Shaker Village: Plan on spending the day. A great learning experience and a true step back in time.

    What's up Ballooning: Get a view from the top of it all.  Local Hot air balooning right in Henniker.

    Pickity Place: Rustic and very special. Beautiful gardens, gardening and children's books, and exquisite lunches. Their menu changes monthly and is located in Mason, NH.  Check out the Wolf Room and the history related to it regarding the author of "Little Red Riding Hood".

    Pat's Peak Ski Area:  Just 3 minutes from the Inn and a great place to ski, tube and snowboard. Great kids programs, cafeteria, rentals and pub with live music on weekends and holiday weeks!

    Mt. Sunapee Downhill skiing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and more. About 30 to 40 minutes from the inn.

    Quilted Threads -Right here in Henniker and just a few blocks away.  All of your quilting needs plus classes.

    King Arthur Flour Co - Visit America's oldest flour company and New England's oldest food company located just about an hour from the Inn in Norwich, VT. They offer excellent baking classes as well as one of the finest selections of baking products and ingredients in their shop.  Also has a terrific little cafe if you can't wait to get home to bake and want to try out a few things while there.

    The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center - 20 minutes from the Inn in Concord.  A fantastic learning experience for everyone interested in space travel.

    Audubon Society of New Hampshire - The Audubon Society of NH is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife throughout the state. In nearby Concord, they offer programs in wildlife conservation, land protection, environmental policy, and education.

    New Hampshire International Speedway - New England's largest sports facility and home to professional motor sports in New England. NHIS hosts prestigious  NASCAR event twice per year in nearby Loudon, NH.  About 30 minutes NE of the Inn.

    Capital Center for the Arts - Concord is home to this newly renovated and most successful performing arts center in New Hampshire.  They offer a variety of vents including touring Broadway shows, dance performances, pop and country stars, family shows, international performances, school time shows, business conferences and seminars. Just 20 minutes from the Inn.

    League of New Hampshire Craftsmen - Nurtering New Hampshire's rich craft heritage the League supports the state's finest craftspeople.  Many shops located throughout the state displaying for sale works of art including glass, jewelry, furniture, paintings etc.  The Annual Craftsmen's Fair is an acclaimed event that is the oldest in the country.  Held each August at nearby Mt. Sunapee, the event draws guests from far and wide to watch demonstrations as well as purchase beautiful arts and crafts from New Hampshire's finest craftsman.

    The Currier Museum of Art - The Currier is an internationally renowned art museum located in Manchester, NH. The museum is 30 minutes South of the Inn, featuring American and European paintings, decorative arts, photographs, and sculptures including works by Picasso, Monet, O'Keefe, and Wyeth, with exhibitions year round. The Currier  owns Frank Lloyd Wright's Zimmerman house in Manchester. Tours are available to both the museum and the house.

    Pierce Manse -Right in Concord on Penacook St. in the northern end of downtown Concord stands the only house in Concord owned by Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States.  It opened to the public in 1974 and is now an important historical attraction.

    New Hampshire Historical Society - Conveniently located in historic downtown Concord, the museum offers  exhibits and collections including an original Concord Coach and rare examples of early furniture,  White Mountain landscape paintings, and the memorabilia of NH notables like Daniel Webster, John Stark, Franklin Pierce, Mary Baker Eddy, and Sarah Josepha Hale.

    Forster's Christmas Tree Farm -  Located just minutes from the inn, this tree farm is in a beautiful location (take your camera)  right here in Henniker.  Trees, wreaths and a beautiful selection of European ornaments .  They are open from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.


  • How to Find Us

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    Since we are just 90 minutes North of Boston and about 2 1/2 hours from Hartford, Ct we are nearly in the geographical center of New England....and we are easy to get to.   If you are looking for Concord, New Hampshire area accommodations or lodging, we are the perfect place for you, whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a new england vacation or a quick business trip.

    Colby Hill Inn has a wide selection of luxurious accommodations including some guest rooms with whirlpool tubs for two and fireplaces. You can relax on our attractive grounds or visit the many area attractions in the nearby New Hampshire Lakes Region.

    If you are usingyour GPS or an online mapping tool, please compare those directions to ours  to insure the most direct route to the inn. As always if you are lost or unsure of your route as you drive to the inn, please call us at 1-800-531-0330 or 603-428-3281 and we will direct you.

    Directions to Colby Hill Inn from Logan Airport in Boston, MA

    1.5 hours drive time. Once you are on 93 there is only one stop sign between Boston and the Colby Hill Inn.

    1. Upon exiting airport, find your way onto Interstate 93 North
    2. Take I-93 North through Massachusetts and well into New Hampshire
    3. 6 miles north of the toll booth take Interstate 89 North
    4. Travel 8 miles and take Exit 5 (left hand ramp) which is Rt. 202/9 West
    5. Take 7 miles and exit onto Rt. 114. At end of ramp turn left (South)
    6. Travel 0.6 mile to flashing light in center of Henniker village (Henniker Pharmacy on One Corner and Citizens Bank on the other corner)
    7. Turn right
    8. Travel 0.5 mile and you'll find the inn on your right

    Directions to Colby Hill Inn from Manchester Airport, Manchester, NH

    30 minutes drive time.

    1. Upon exiting airport, take Brown Ave. north to Rt. 101 East
    2. Take Rt. 101 East to Interstate 93 North
    3. Take I-93 North (toward Concord)
    4. 6 miles north of the toll booth take Interstate 89 North
    5. Travel 8 miles and take Exit 5 (left hand ramp) which is Rt. 202/9 West
    6. Take 7 miles and exit onto Rt. 114. At end of ramp turn left (South)
    7. Travel 0.6 mile to flashing light in center of Henniker village
    8. Turn right
    9. Travel 0.5 mile and you'll find the inn on your right