Carruth House

30 Beaumont Street Dorchester District, Boston, MA 02124 USA (Show map)


The Herbert Carruth House was built around 1877 in one of the first of the garden suburbs of Boston. It is a landmark historic property in the Ashmont section of Dorchester and overlooks one of the loveliest residential streets in Boston. Our property was built in the Second Empire style and is featured in three books on local history. Our transit system, called the MBTA or "T", is an economical alternative to negotiating downtown traffic. The Carruth House is a very convenient 10 minute walk to the Red Line's Ashmont T Station. Downtown Boston is a 15 - 20 minute ride from Ashmont, Harvard Square is 25 minutes, and the fare is US$2 each way. We have limited off-street parking offered first to the party booking the Ashmont Suite and unlimited on-street parking immediately adjacent to the property. We are in the process of restoring Carruth House and continue to add to the amenities in and decoration of our cozy and comfortable guest rooms. The oak panelled Great Room with huge fireplace and regulation-size pool table is is a wonderful addition to our facilities and provides an Event Space for 20 - 30 people. Catering can be arranged. Please come for a visit - we hope you enjoy Carruth House as much as we do.

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Innkeepers: Heidi Kieffer-Higgins



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Wonderful stay

3.2 on November 30, 2009

I stayed 2 nights in October 2009 and had a wonderful stay. Heidi was lovely and friendly. The house was beautiful and a nice place to stay. My room was clean and tidy and the bed was comfortable. It was a little out of Boston but a easy walk to the train station and a 10 minute ride into Boston.

November stay

4.6 on March 01, 2009

A truly lovely house run by a truly lovely host. Heidi was very helpful with planning our outings in Boston, and she has an extensive library of books, maps and brochures that she makes available to all of her guests. Be sure to spend some time in the Great Room!

A lovely house and an even more lovely Innkeeper !

4.4 on February 10, 2009

We travelled as a couple to Boston in Sept.2008 and stayed for two nights. The Carruth House is absolutely beautiful and easy to reach ! The house has got an atmosphere that makes you not wanting to leave. Heidi - you have been a wonderful host !! we miss your French toast - the best in the world !!! We recommended you to a bunch of friends, a group wants to visit Boston in Sept.09 and would love to stay at your house !! We wish you only the best - and will return !!!

Great stay at Carruth House!

4.4 on October 28, 2008

A great historic home, about :11 walk from Ashmont T station (subway, red line, south of downtown). Heidi is a great host and this house (and n'hood) have GREAT history. A warning: The reason the rates are so very, very low is that the house is under renovation. Everything works but the bathroom is under remodeling. Our bedroom and adjacent sitting area are finished and lovely, and the drawing room (gorgeous paneling and overhead beams--a real treasure) is original and doesn't need work. Another warning if you happen to come from a Caucasian-centric environment: This immediate n'hood is white gentry, but it's much more ethnically diverse at Ashmont. But we felt it was safe to walk there and to ride the train. So, go for the value and good food and history, and don't complain! You've been fully informed! KLE, Portland OR

Great place to stay in Boston

5 on October 21, 2008

We recently stayed three nights at the Carruth House in Boston! It was an easy walk to the subway which made renting a car unnecessary. Breakfast was great each morning and our hostess, Heidi, supplied everything we needed. While she made it clear to us before we came that the house is a work in progress, nothing we needed was unavailable and the things she was working on were unobtrusive. We had a comfortable and fun stay and met people from all over the world while there!

October stay

3.6 on October 11, 2008

My family and I recently stayed with Heidi at Carruth House and had a wonderful time - a true B&B experience. It's located within walking distance of restaurants and the "T". Heidi and her family were warm and welcoming. The house itself is a "work in progress" and there is still a lot of renovating yet to do - but I highly recommend staying at Carruth House.

A super experience

4.4 on July 28, 2008

Being in Carruth House is like being in a friendly family with Heidi looking for everything. We were very pleased by our stay and it played a premium role in our Boston experience. Thank you Heidi. Ronald, Suzanne and Justine.

Warm, Friendly, Comfortable

4.8 on June 29, 2008

I enjoyed my stay at Carruth house and would gladly stay there again.


4.0 on May 20, 2008


Small room here is among the least expensive in Boston!

3.6 on May 14, 2008

Positives: Heidi is a very hospitable and nice hostess. The breakfast was absolutely great, with croissants, different breads and jams, honey, butter, yogurt, cream cheese, real cheese, fruits, tea, coffee and whatnot! Criticisms: The bed mattress was a little uncomfortable (felt like a futon and was squeaking on every movement). The room temperature was not stable (getting too warm when the hot air was blowing, and then cooling down).

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Location Type

Garden Suburb of Boston


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.)

Area Attractions

National/State parks, All Boston and Cambridge Attractions, Hospitals, Colleges & Universities, Convention Centers

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, DVD Player, Internet Service, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Fireplace, Private entrance, Radio

On-site activities

Blue Hill Reservation nearby for hiking, Neponset River Greenway bike/walkng trail, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4:00 pm
  • Check Out:: noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking is permitted in the Great Room and outside porches
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Not suitable for children under the age of 10 years.
  • Childcare Provided: No Children must be supervised by their parents at all times.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum stay
  • Accepted payments Other, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit equal to the amount of the first night's stay is required at the time of booking. Advance payment may be made by personal check or Paypal. Balance due on arrival by cash or travelers checks.
  • Cancellations: A full refund (less $25 rebooking fee) will be made for cancellations made 7 days or more in advance. Cancellations made with fewer than 7 days notice will be subject to a charge equal to the first night's stay unless the room can be re-booked.



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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8:30 am - 11 am
  • Serving Location: Self-serve breakfast bar