The Benjamin Prescott Inn
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Welcome to the Benjamin Prescott Inn, located in the city of Jaffrey, the heart of southern New Hampshire.
Our Inn is a classic Greek Revival home, dating back to 1853 when the Prescotts built the house. Thier influence is found in the antiques and country furnishing placed throughout the Inn.
Benjamin Prescott Inn offers 10 rooms and suites, each with a private bathroom. From travelling pairs or large groups, there is a room that suites your party. Enjoy the charming country ambience in the Inn's living room, where you can meet other guests or make it your rendezvous spot.
Our bed and breakfast is only about 2 miles from downtown Jaffrey. Benjamin Prescott's locale makes it convenient lodging for families visiting students attending the local colleges. For our more adventurous guests, Mount Monadnock is only a short drive away, where you can explore the second most climbed mountain in the world. Wherever you visit, Benjamin Prescott Inn will welcome you home after your activity filled day.
A full gourmet New England breakfast will be served to you each morning. You can enjoy fruit, freshly baked treats, and hot entree in our breakfast room.
"Relax. Refresh. Take time to reacquaint yourself with the warm hospitality of years gone by."
Three Diamond Rated by the AAA
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Sue and Charlie Lyle for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Although our guests are diverse, most stay with us to visit and explore the Monadnocks. Whether its hiking Mt Monadnock, visiting Pack Monadnock for the Audubon supported Hawk Watch and Count other treasures from the Wapack Range, most come to enjoy the unspoiled vistas. Did you know there is and only will ever be one home on Mt. Monadnock, grandfathered in a century ago.
What are you best known for?
We are known for our fresh creative breakfasts such as Nest Eggs - fresh farm eggs in puff pastry with scallion and local cheeses and the peaceful land ~ 350 acres of Sawyer rolling farmland ~ surrounding our inn.
What makes your inn unique?
Our inn is unique in that we have a wide variety of fresh loose leaf teas, really good ones from atop the Himalayas to African Rooibus Crème Brulee to a Spiced Fig Formosa Oolong ~ or create your own blend ~ maybe we'll make it famous too?
What do you love most about your inn?
I love the unique character of each of our rooms and our century maple trees.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The 360 degree views of Boston, White Mountains and Green Mountains at Mr. Monadnock summit
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
“This inn feels more like home than home does.” Angie
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Pilots create flight plans around the lobster roll at Kimballs Ice Cream, just a short stroll from Jaffrey's airpark.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Ski, kayak, hike, paint, walk and wander, write, bird watch, antique hunt, enjoy theatre, meet a farmer at our farmer's markets, horseback riding, scenic plane ride, eat ice cream on a hay wagon or gourmet riverside dining under the lights, swim in one of our 20 lakes and fly fish too, take a class and learn to paint, sculpt, silversmith at Sharon Arts Center. And why not allow yourself enough time to finish a whole book out in the back yard overlooking the bird-filled fields and Mt. Monadnock?
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Horseback riding and homemade ice cream and the most perfect view of Mt. Monadnock with rolling hills, calfs and silos in foreground. I walk it every single day!
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Lee Mt. Fuji - upscale Asian including sushi, curries and Japanese lunchboxes in a black granite room with a glass wall overlooking a waterfall ~ including otter watching at no additional price!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
We’re offering our own guidebook this year.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 10 (7 rooms, 3 suites).
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets, but we would be glad to make some suggestions in the area for pet boarding.
The Benjamin Prescott Inn is excited to serve our new teas. At no extra cost to our guests, we will be serving loose and fresh teas and tisanes harvested, dried, and blended from around the world. As guests enjoy their tea, we will share with them the various health benefits of the kinds of teas, and the best way prepare it.
We are learning more about tea each day. As we continue to learn, we will begin to conduct more formal classes.
We hope you will join us for some tea, shared conversations and relish a growing enthusiasm for this wonderful plant.
Activities and Attractions
No matter what your age or energy level, there is a wide variety of activities to delight in while staying at the Inn. Take a leisurely stroll up Witt Hill Road, a stone-lined lane that passes by the Inn. Witt Hill provides spectacular views of Mt. Monadnock and the surrounding countryside. The century-old dairy farm beyond the Inn remains operative; cows and their calves are often grazing in the neighboring meadows. For those who wish a more spirited outing, we recommend a hike up Mt. Monadnock, the most climbed mountain in North America. With its diversity of trails there are hikes you can take just to enjoy the solitude. Cross country and Alpine skiing are just minutes away. Visitors may also enjoy going for an old fashioned sleigh ride.
Historic Jaffrey Center, a delightful little colonial village, combines both the history and the culture of the region. Early 18th century homes flank a picturesque common; author Willa Cather is buried in the cemetery nearby. The magnificent old Jaffrey Meeting House is the home of the Amos Fortune Forum, a series of lectures on subjects of public interest, and a continuing tribute to honor Fortune, a freed slave and much estemed intellectual gentleman in the Jaffrey of his day.
There is always something of interest to do, whatever the season. Applaud Peterborough Players , our renowned summer stock theatre; attend Monadnock Music, a widely acclaimed concert series; shop for art, antiques and gifts; make a bid at a country auction; or browse through the region's many fascinating museums and art centers. Then select from a roster of fine nearby restaurants for dining.
Meet the Innkeepers
Sue and Charlie Lyle.