Bridges Inn at Whitcomb House

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

About

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.

Reviews

Overall
4.8

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

Wedding weekend

5 on September 03, 2018

My daugther was getting married in the area and my family rented all the rooms of the home. Susan and Nick were wonderful hosts. The home was very welcoming and our family felt very relaxed in the spacious inn. We enjoyed sitting the screen porch in the evenings and in the living room in the morning. The breakfast was scrumptious with many items to choose from to eat. Susan and Nick were very accomodating and I highly recommend this inn.


Shangri-La found

5 on July 16, 2018

Looking for a place to spend the weekend in the Brattleboro, VT area. All the hotels in the area were priced more in line with the Boston area. Took a look at lodging in the Keene, NH area. What we found was Shangri-La. When we arrived we were met by Susan. Very friendly, gave us the tour of the house, showed us our room and all the others where quests hadn’t checked in yet. Great decorating. Antique furniture, pictures, clothing and other items everywhere. Every room spotless. Read some of the entries in the guest book in the room, all entries couldn’t say enough good things about the innkeepers, Susan, Nick and Susan’s son David. Everyone raved about the breakfasts. First breakfast was very good. Fresh bread for toasting. Blueberry and apple crisp with yogurt. Fresh fruit. Broccoli frittata, mini “pizza” quiches, bacon and chicken sausages rounded out the meal. Great conversation with the two other couples from Massachusetts and the couple from Scotland. That breakfast was a David Ortiz hit out of the park. Nick’s Seafood, about 1/2 a mile from the Inn for a nice dinner, Harriet’s broiled scallops were fresh, cooked to perfection. Breakfast the next morning was fresh fruit, breaded roasted eggplant topped with two of the mini quiches and a delightful parmesan cream sauce. Pancakes, maple syrup and sausages completed the meal. Another great breakfast. We spent breakfast getting to know David who had driven a college friend up from Yonkers, NY the day before. After breakfast, spent some wonderful time talking with David, Susan and David’s friend, Simon, before leaving to come home. We took the covered bridge tour mapped out by Susan as part of our slow trip back from Shangri-La to reality. Much more of the Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT area to see, so we’ll be back to Bridges Inn in the near future. Jim C and Harriet O.


A wonderful New England weekend

5 on May 09, 2018

We were heading to Keene, NH for our son's wedding, but it was Keene State graduation weekend and no hotel rooms available, even booking months in advance. We searched the area and got the last room at The Bridges (The Slate Room) and we are so glad this worked out this way. The house is beautiful, the room was excellent and Susan and Nick were great. Susan was very accommodating and the breakfasts were delicious. I would recommend The Bridges to anyone seeking a quiet weekend in a lovely New England setting. Gary & Tammy St. Augustine, FL


A Very Nice Place to Stay Near Keene

4.6 on January 11, 2018

The innkeeper Susan accommodated my wife and me & our 5 year old daughter very well. Our room (Thompson Bridge) was very well kept and the roll-away for our child fit nicely at the foot of our bed. Breakfast was a delight and we had plenty of items to eat each morning. It was a very peaceful stay and we'd stay again on future trips.


A true New England B&B

5 on August 07, 2017

I have stayed at many B&B's at the Bridges Inn ranks up with the best. The rooms were clean and I loved the antiques in the room. Susan (the inn keeper) was extremely pleasant and accommodating to our needs. I would recommend the Bridges Inn any guests wanting to experience a true New England B&B.


Wonderful Winter Stay

5 on March 13, 2017

I made a last minute reservation here for a getaway on a winter weekend with my partner & a friend from out of town, and we were not disappointed. The room was lovely, and we enjoyed a nice evening by the fireplace with board games and tea before settling in. Breakfast was delicious (egg bake, fruit, pancakes, apple crisp, potatoes, and meats), and Susan was wonderful and ready with recommendations for the area. The trees were tapped, ready to collect sap for their own maple syrup. I was especially happy that they were willing and able to accommodate a group of 3 (hard to find in a b&b). My only complaint is that the Inn is near a church that rings a bell on the hour and half hour throughout the night - not the Inn's fault, to be sure, but can be tough if you are a light sleeper.


The Perfect Winter Stay

5 on February 06, 2017

My husband and I love touring New England and this was the second time we visited the Bridges Inn in winter. We wanted it to snow and it did! It was just enough snow to make the landscape look like a winter wonderland and the roads were cleared quickly (they know how to do it up there), so driving was not a problem. We were warm and cozy at the Inn and fully enjoyed staying in the Thompson Bridge room with all its amenities. Breakfast as always, was a real treat. A special thank you to our warm and welcoming hosts, Susan and Nick. We'll definitely be back and look forward to bringing friends with us the next time!


A Delight!

5 on August 18, 2016

The Bridges Inn is in a beautiful setting, the Inn is lovely and the rooms are very comfortable. The hosts are great people and the food is delicious! I loved the maple syrup tapped from the tree in the yard. I would highly recommend The Bridges Inn to all who want a quiet and relaxing off the beaten path to stay. Very close to downtown Keene too!


I have found my new, favorite B and B!

5 on January 16, 2016

This inn is a wonderful combination of NH history with lavish guest rooms, charming common areas, and a wonderful and substantial breakfast! What really made my stay amazing was the warmth and charm of the owners, Susan and David! I can't wait to return to the inn and bring my mom along to enjoy a beautiful stay!


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.


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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

Location Type

Small town, Village

Airport

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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Policies

  • 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

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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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • 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!


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