Bridges Inn at Whitcomb House

27 Main Street , Swanzey, NH 03446 USA (Show map)


Our guests love our breakfasts, our warm hospitality, and the cleanliness of this charming, old, well-maintained house. Enjoy the splendor of yesteryear with the amenities of today. The decor of this quintessential 1792 inn is lovely with distinctively decorated rooms, tin ceiling, and many antiques. Five guest rooms each with modern, private bathroom and air conditioning; wireless Internet; cable TV; scrumptious breakfasts. Minutes from downtown Keene.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Another wonderful weekend at Whitcomb House

4.8 on October 26, 2015

Once again we had a wonderful weekend at the Bridges. As always Susan made us feel like family, was so welcoming and even looked up details of places we wanted to visit almost before we mentioned them and printed out everything we needed to know. David's cooking is unbelievable and any food restrictions are accommodated. Susan always leaves us both chocolate and non-chocolate goodies in our room as she knows I can not eat chocolate! This was our fifth year here and as always we booked for next year before heading home.

A New England Gem

5 on October 13, 2015

The Bridges is the quintessential New England Inn in every delightful sense of that image. From the period decor to the outstanding food, Susan, David and Nick provide a warm, welcoming and sincere atmosphere and experience that truly defines "hospitality." There wasn't a single aspect of our stay that could be improved upon (other than the fact that we rued not being able to have their breakfast three meals a day!) If your travels take you anywhere near Swanzey, NH, the Bridges is the must-stay destination in the area...your one regret will be that you didn't stay longer!

Peace, tranquility, and gastronomic delights at Bridges Inn

5 on September 14, 2015

This was our first stay at the Bridges Inn and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves during four nights in the Thompson Bridge room. The room was spacious and quiet and the king sized bed was outstanding. We're not particularly good sleepers but in this bed/room we slept like babes. David is a font of information on local lore, history, and activities. He made several suggestions that turned out to be outstanding experiences. For example, he suggested hiking in in Pisgah State Park which we did. Later we found out (through him, I believe) that this Park encloses one of the few remaining stands of old growth timber in all of New England. On a rainy day he suggested traveling to Manchester and touring the Currier Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright house which we did. This was also a trip highlight! We are vegans and David cooked excellent and creative breakfasts that met our food restrictions. Each of the four breaksfasts we had there was different and created from locally provisioned foods. Home baked bread!! Our only regrets are that lunch and dinner are not included! On top of all this David and Susan are so personable and we had wonderful conversations while consumin our scrumptious breakfasts. The Bridges Inn gets our highest possible recommendation!

Creme de la creme

5 on June 30, 2015

We have known Susan and David for over 10 years now and stay at the Inn for our traditional anniversary weekend vacation/hike to Mt. Monadnock. Both are truly the best at what they do - Susan makes everyone feel warm and welcome as the innkeeper and David is a chef extraordinaire! Beautiful grounds, clean and comfortable rooms, and delicious breakfasts are a standard here. Our daughter has joined us for the last several years and has enjoyed it just as much. She is slowly introducing it to her friends from high school, too. We hope to continue coming to Bridges Inn as long as Susan and David are innkeepers there. Absolutely the best!! Vanita & Howard Wagner

Wonderful place to stay

4.8 on April 28, 2015

We were thrilled to find this Bed and Breakfast. The owners are just wonderful. The inn is very clean and comfortable. The breakfast was a smorgasbord of color and flavor. We only wish that our stay could have been longer.

First stay at The Bridges

5 on March 30, 2015

Thank you Susan for your hospitality. Your house is so comfortable and decorated with a very good taste in every detail. We enjoyed our stay and we appreciated the delicious gourmet breakfast cooked by David. M & G


4.4 on March 16, 2015

This was our first stay at this B&B. We found it searching online by location for a weekend getaway. We were a bit apprehensive due to the lack of pictures on its website and its small size but were delighted upon arriving. Inkeeper Susan Karalekas and her son David the chef were welcoming, genuine and helpful. The building is well kept, very warm and decorated beautifully. The breakfast was unhurried and gourmet; all courses made of high quality ingredients and expertly prepared. We recommend the Bridges Inn at Whitcomb House highly.

Perfect girl's weekend!

5 on October 02, 2014

My daughter and I had stayed here in the Fall of 2013 and loved it! This year, I was planning a weekend getaway to include my daughter, my three sisters, and my niece. My daughter attends Keene State College, so we wanted a place close by to accommodate her schedule. I immediately thought of The Bridges Inn and I am so glad I did. The owner, Susan, her husband, Nick, and her son, David, are just the nicest people. They bend over backwards to make you feel comfortable and to provide for any special requests or needs. Honestly, they make you feel like family. The inn is so charming, each room with a unique decor, and the breakfasts included with the price of the room are phenomenal. David is the cook and it is obvious that he loves what he does. I cannot say enough about this wonderful place!

Amazing B&B

5 on September 10, 2014

It was such a pleasure to stay at the Bridges Inn. The innkeepers were extremely warm and welcoming, and the inn itself was so beautiful. The breakfasts each morning were delicious! We will definitely be back for a stay here.

More Wonderful Visits to Come!

5 on August 25, 2014

We LOVE staying at The Bridges Inn when we come to the Keene/Swanzey, NH area. My husband and I have found with each time we have stayed there we feel a wonderfully, warm and loving environment where we are able to find a special “retreat” when we return home from our rigorous vacation plans!! We love spending time there and hope to spend MORE time in the near future. We highly recommend this delightfully quaint, historic yet modern (WiFi available) home. Each room is arranged with beautiful antique accents which remind you of by-gone eras. Not to mention the delicious smells of the breakfasts that wake you from your slumber to fortify you for the days plans! Thank you, Susan, Nick and David for allowing us to become a small part of your Bridges Inn “family”. We look forward to a long relationship with you!

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Rooms & Rates

Coombs Bridge (Queen)

Spacious, comfortable room King-size bed with wicker headboard Pleasant, cheerful blue and white décor Private adjoining bathroom (en suite) with oversized shower TV with cable Antique bureau; appointed with antiques Accommodates roll-away bed

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Thompson Bridge Room

Spacious, comfortable room King-size bed with wicker headboard Pleasant, cheerful blue and white décor Private adjoining bathroom (en suite) with oversized shower TV with cable Antique bureau; appointed with antiques Accommodates roll-away bed

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Carlton Bridge Room

Antique wood double bed Regal, romantic burgundy and green décor Private adjoining bathroom (en suite) Accommodates roll-away bed

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Slate Bridge Room

Brass queen-size bed with pillow-top mattress Victorian pink and white décor and the feeling of centuries past Private adjoining bathroom (en suite) with bath tub in addition to shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Ashuelot Bridge Room

Two twin beds Pleasant blue and rose décor Private bathroom across the hall Bathrobes TV with cable

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

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Location Type

Small town, Village


Manchester, NH (MHT) 55 miles

Directions to property:

From the traffic circle at Routes 10/12/101 in Keene, take Route 10 South toward Winchester. Continue for four miles, pass the blue "Whitcomb House Bed & Breakfast" sign (on your right) and Nick's Restaurant (on your left). After Nick's, take the first LEFT onto California Street. Go through the Thompson Covered Bridge and you'll be on Main Street. The Bridges Inn at Whitcomb House is located on the left, five houses past the covered bridge. It is a large white house up on the hill. Immediately after the house, turn LEFT onto Prospect Street, and turn LEFT into our parking lot. Welcome!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Antioch Graduate School, Apple Hill Chamber Music, Mount Monadnock, the most-climbed mtn. in N. Amer., Keene State College, Franklin Pierce Univ., Keene Pumpkin Festival, six covered bridges, Knotty Pine Antiques, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, golfing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR , Lovely porch and gazebo (warmer months), Free wireless Internet access, Free long distance calls anytime within the USA, Computer w/ hi-speed Internet & printer

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Hike Mount Monadnock, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3pm or arrange
  • Check Out:: 11am or arrange
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Family-friendly; we accept well-behaved, supervised children
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Boarding at Monadnock Humane Society, 603-352-9011 ext. 105
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two-night minimum some weekends May through October
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Required ONLY for multi-room rentals or extended visits, 25% deposit when reservation is made. Details available upon request.
  • Cancellations: Reservations are held with a valid credit card. A $20 service charge will be charged if cancellation is received within 14 days of your scheduled arrival. The full room rate plus tax will be charged for no-shows and will be charged for unfilled reserved rooms in which the cancellation was not received at least 7 days before your scheduled arrival. At the innkeeper's discretion, cancellation charges may be applied towards a future stay if booked within one year.



Susan (Schuster) Karalekas and David Schuster

Languages spoken

Russian, English

About the innkeepers

We have traveled extensively -- the USA, Europe, Canada, and Latin America are some of the places we've visited. We love meeting people from all over. In addition to running the inn, Susan is a writer and David is a chef.

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  • Time Served: 7:30-9:00 or by arrangement
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , wheat-free

Signature Dish

David's homemade breads
The scents and flavors of David's bread are a favorite of our guests. David uses multiple grains, and adds herbs, vegetables, fruit and other ingredients. It's a delightful smell to experience as you walk into the inn!