Farnam Guest House

616 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Innkeeper(s): Elizabeth Baehr Lopez
  • Introduction

    Farnam Guest House - New Haven, Connecticut

    Welcome to Farnam Guest House, an elegant, historic mansion just 1.25 miles from Yale's Old Campus and New Haven Green...

    Prospect Hill is the most exclusive and elegant neighborhood in New Haven, close to downtown and home to the Yale Divinity School, the School of Forestry, and Science Hill. Mark Twain said that Hillhouse Avenue was the most beautiful street in America and much of that stately beauty has been preserved.

  • Insider's Info

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

    Most people search Google for ‘New Haven Bed and Breakfast’ and my website comes up and convinces them that we are by far the best place to stay.

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

    Farnam Guest House is elegant in every way. All can be sure of a warm and friendly atmosphere. People love the coffee, tea and cookies anytime they desire and they love the camaraderie at our breakfasts where people often stay for 1 or 2 hours laughing and talking. We are family friendly and welcome children of all ages!

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

    Most people come to see Yale University - the architecture, the Repertory Theatre, Yale Art Gallery, and the British Art Museum.

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

    "I found this incredible gem online... This guest home was beautiful, clean, and comfortable with quality furnishings. The staff and owner were both warm and welcoming. Thank you for a wonderful experience! Aloha, the Stern's"

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We have 5 colleges in New Haven: University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, Albertus Magnus College (one block away), Quinnipiac College and Yale University.

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

    Repertory Theatre, Yale Art Gallery, the British Art Museum, The Knights of Columbus Museum, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Trolley Car Museum, the boat rides in Stony Creek on the Long Island Sound, the Yale Barnes and Noble Bookstore, the wonderful restaurants, the Criterion Movie Theater downtown to sit and drink coffee, the shopping at boutiques on Chapel Street, and the shopping at the outlets 20 minutes away.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are 1.25 miles from the center of town and the restaurants and theaters.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Union League Cafe, Lenny and Joe's Fishtail, American Sage Grill, Geronimo’s, The Sandpiper on the beach in East Haven

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

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    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 8 rooms - 5 of which have private baths and sleep 4 people.

    Do you accept pets?

    I am 100% pet free!

  • Our Distinctions

    • Farnam Guest House- A Delicious Breakfast Each MorningWireless Internet Service
    • Academic and Artistic Atmosphere - Play Steinway grand Piano
    • Grandeur with warm hospitality - Very large, oversized rooms
    • Enjoy distinctive dining at Connecticut's Finest Restaurants
    • Cycle or walk up East Rock (vistas of Long Island)
    • Lovely flower garden April through October
    • On Metro North & Amtrak lines between New York and Boston
    • Family Friendly and Christian Travel

    "Wonderful energy radiates throughout this magnificent home. Thank you for being a

    friendly respite in the stormy sea of life." ~ Marcia Russell

    Henry Farnam (1803-1883), made his fortune in the railroads in the middle 1800's and contributed a great deal of money to the early beginnings of Yale. Through his generosity, Farnam Hall, the freshman dorm at Yale, and The President's House at 43 Hillhouse were erected.

    Henry's youngest son, Henry Walcott Farnam, became a Professor of Political Economics at Yale. Through his inspiration and foresight, Connecticut Hall, Yale's oldest building, still stands today. Also notable are the Farnam Memorial Gardens and the Farnam Neighborhood House given to New Haven by other family members. The Farnams built this lovely Georgian Colonial, 616 Prospect Street, in 1934 and moved here when their residence, 43 Hillhouse Avenue, was bequeathed to the president of Yale.

    In 1950 Professor Farnam's son, Henry W. Farnam, Jr. and his wife, Eleanor Dow moved to this house. In 1970 Henry Farnam, Jr died and nine years later in 1979, we purchased our home from his widow, Eleanor Dow Farnam. Elizabeth's parents who spent their lives as Christian missionaries in China, retired and lived here with us. Elizabeth, after teaching public school music, developed and opened the Farnam Guest House Bed and Breakfast in 2004.

    "An elegant and peaceful sanctuary full of character and history, with a most charming and hospitable hostess! We shall return" ~ Gordon and Debbie Gibb

  • Around the Area


    • Shubert Theatre
    • Long Warf Theatre
    • Yale Repertory Theatre
    • British Art Museum
    • Yale University Art Gallery
    • Peabody Museum
    • Concerts at Yale University
    • Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford
    • Yale School of Medicine


    • Yale University
    • Albertus Magnus
    • Quinnipiac University
    • University of New Haven
  • Kid Friendly

    Farnam Guest House-Kid Friendly

    • We are family friendly
    • Children under 2 are free
    • Children over 2 are an additional $15.
  • Amenities

    • Self-Check-In Service - Arrive at your own convenience
    • Central Air Conditioning
    • Complimentary sumptuous breakfast
    • Complimentary (WI-FI) Wireless Internet Service
    • Complimentary off-street parking
    • Complimentary local phone calls
    • Bottled water, coffee, tea and hot chocolate bar, always available
    • Guest kitchen facility
    • Guest laundry facilities
    • Hairdryer, ironing board and iron
    • Complimentary Wall Street Journal and/or complimentary New Haven Register at breakfast
    • Call for a Swedish Massage
    • We use top grade, cozy, feather beds, down pillows, and comforters