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The Raritan Inn at Middle Valley

528 County Road 513 , Califon, NJ 07830 USA (Show map)
25 Reviews
$149 - $279
per night

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The Raritan Inn is a completely restored upscale bed and breakfast in Califon, New Jersey, located on twenty-five acres on the South Branch of the Raritan River. The Inn has five guest rooms with private baths and spa showers, satellite TV, wireless internet and parlor stoves. We offer an "eco-friendly" experience, including geothermal heating and cooling and solar power. A three-course breakfast is provided each morning served in our dining room or on the stone patio next to the millrace. The Inn is located in the area of Northwest New Jersey once known as the “German Valley.” It is noted for its fine restaurants, many antique shops, historic towns, outdoor recreation, and local theaters.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Services4.9
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.8

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Charming B&B!

4.6 on May 05, 2013

From the moment we met John (our host) at the back door, he made us feel "part of the family". The room and Inn is so magnificent, clean, charming, bright/sunny, and relaxing that we look forward to staying again next year. The breakfasts were exactly what we asked for- prepared by John and his staff, and they accommodated our vegetarian diet with smiles on their faces. The fishing is awesome too (those large trout are not easy to catch) and the grounds are immaculately groomed and it is so relaxing to just sit by the water and listen to the birds. One of the nicest B & B's we've ever stayed at. We highly recommend this country Inn.

Innkeeper Response
What a wonderful weekend it was to host you here at the Inn. The weather was perfect for fishing and I am so glad you took the time to enjoy the sight and sounds of the country. We do our best to make sure you have several breakfast options and plenty of fresh fruit to accommodate your diet; I'm glad you were happy and well-fed. What a joy it was to get to know you and share our stories together. I look forward to your visit next year. Until then our trout will have a chance to get bigger!

Delightful Inn & hosts

5 on May 03, 2013

Our friends treated us to a night in the Sussex Room. It was lovely & the breakfast was delectable~creme brulee french toast!! The hosts were very friendly & aimed to please.

Wonderful Doesn't Say Enough

5 on October 29, 2012

John and his family MADE our stay great. The place is beautiful, yes...very clean, and the food was awesome. But it's PEOPLE that make it great and John helped us make our friend's wedding there just a perfect event. He helped us, he shared stories with us and our friends. and the room my wife and I had was clean, and full of personality. The food he made for breakfast was fresh and wonderfully presented. And his wife and daughter were so nice to us. I hope I can go back there very soon. Thanks John! Mark L.

Romantic Getaway

4.8 on October 08, 2012

Just came back from our stay here. John is so accommodating and treats you like family. His service was over the top to please his guest. Rooms were beautiful and very clean. We can't wait to go back again and make this a regular stop for getting away from everyday life. Thank you John.

Innkeeper Response
I am so glad you were able to get away from the hectic pace of life and enjoy the beauty of the Inn and property, especially when the trees are in full color. I'm sure it was a joy to take a horse ride and bike the Columbia trail with the one you love. You are always welcome to come anytime and have a little getaway, a home away from home.

Wonderful Bed & Breakfast in Califon, NJ

5 on April 04, 2012

My family recently traveled to New Jersey for a funeral, and our previous experience with the only hotel within 10 miles was beyond awful. Terrifying, even. So, this time we were cautiously optimistic about the Raritan Inn, which wasn't open last time we were there. We arrived late to a wonderfully rustic, restored house, all rooms are highly upgraded, the kitchen is top-notch, bathrooms are gorgeous. It has a cozy unique feel, and it felt warm and friendly inside. The innkeeper is a wonderful man named Jon, who joined us for a drink when we arrived. Wonderful conversation over a glass of wine, and we felt as at home as you can when you're in another state for a funeral. The rooms were spotless, and each had their own charm. It's eco friendly, and on a gorgeous property, complete with a river and barn that apparently has been host to many weddings and events. The absolute highlight was getting to meet the chickens that are on the property. Jon takes such great care of them and the property, he is the true heart and soul of the Inn. He absolutely made our stay wonderful. Oh, and his omelette was amazing.

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Location Type



Newark, NJ (EWR) 47 miles

Directions to property:

From I-78: - Take Exit 16 at Clinton, follow the signs to reach Route 31 North (towards Washington, NJ). - Go approx 1.5 miles to make a right onto Route 513 North, (just after the Hess Station) towards High Bridge and Califon. - Follow the Route 513 signs closely as it makes several turns through the historic town of High Bridge. - After leaving High Bridge continue on Route 513 for another 6 miles to arrive at The Raritan Inn, 526 Route 513, Califon on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Horseback riding, Fly fishing, Performing Theater, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Scanner, Solar panels, Geothermal energy, Spa showers

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Mountain Bike trails, Pinball machine, Shopping, Snow shoe trails

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  • Check In:: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Limited
  • Suitable For Children: Well-behaved young adults age 16 or older are welcomed.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions



Bill and Marcia Asdal

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Bill and Marcia of Chester, NJ renovated The Raritan Inn eight years ago, bringing it back from its 30-year vacant dilapidated state, restoring it to a vibrant welcoming bed and breakfast. They are parents to five daughters who are working and going to school all across the United States and China.

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  • Time Served: 8-10 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Outside on patio, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Homemade French Quarter Beignets
Our recent breakfast menus have included: white chocolate cinnamon scones, a parfait of our seasonal fruits, homemade granola, and yogurt, eggs benedict with grilled polenta parmesan cakes, goat cheese crepes with mixed berry compote, and sausage and smoked bacon country tart. Our breakfast sausage and bacon is handmade by a local butcher; our eggs are organic and locally gathered.


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528 County Road 513 , Califon, NJ 07830 USA (Show map)

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