The Raritan Inn at Middle Valley

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


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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Innkeepers: Bill and Marcia Asdal



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Elegant charm in a country setting

5 on October 04, 2014

From the moment you enter the driveway and admire the well kept grounds, vintage barn and hear the sounds of the nearby stream you instantly start to relax! Inside we were warmly greeted by the owner Marcia who gave us a tour. We learned of its rich history as well as its modern technology. Don't miss the before picture! All the rooms are beautifully decorated with elegant warmth and charm . You can't help but notice the perfectly placed furniture, paintings and beautiful linens. Our first stay was in the Morris room. It was light and bright and had the most comfortable bed we ever slept in! We returned in September and stayed in the Hunterdon room with its rich autumn colors was perfect for a fall get-a-way! Both rooms were clean, cozy and very quiet. Note: we requested the chocolate covered strawberries at the time if reservation and were well worth it! The other enjoyable part of our stay was the inn keeper Brooke. She was polite, friendly and made us feel right at home! She prepared a scrumptious breakfast that was beautifully served at the time we requested. Some of the delicious delights were: mixed berry smoothie, cranberry orange bread, apple cider pancakes and of course the BACON ( fresh from the local butcher) what we couldn't finish Brooke would wrap for us in a goodie bag complete with water bottles and napkins for our "road trips " or for a snack later. She also remembered to have my favorite tea ready for me. It's those special touches that make you feel pampered and keep us coming back . We have such pleasant memories here that we will be including the Inn in our future wedding plans! Scott & Jackie

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!

- John (Innkeeper)

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.

- John Bovill (Innkeeper)

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.

Had the most wonderful weekend here

4.6 on March 26, 2012

Booked a Sunday night in the Warren Room ("the honeymoon suite") based on the great reviews here. The owner, Bill, was on hand when we arrived and gave us a personal tour of the house even though they were in the middle of a wedding information open house. His enthusiasm for the place was evident and his knowledge of the area and the history is extensive and interesting. John, the innkeeper, is a treasure. Always smiling, and genuinely happy to meet us and make our stay great, he also makes a mean spinach omelet. We were in the Warren Room this time, but after looking at the rest of the rooms, I might go with the Hunterdon room next time - it faces the back of the property instead of the front and gets morning sunlight, which I generally prefer. But ALL the rooms were absolutely gorgeous (since we were the only guests that night, we got to check them all out!). If we can, we will certainly stay here again. Might be great to snowshoe on their large field in the wintertime!

Oustanding in every way!

5 on February 25, 2012

My wife and I needed one night away to relax and be refreshed. After searching for the "perfect" B&B in our area (quality, price, location) -- I finally decided on the Raritan. We were NOT disappointed! The innkeeper answered every question and treated us like royalty. We were given our choice of breakfast time (so we slept in and ate late!), and our entire stay was just what we needed. We WILL be back!

Fall Wedding Weekend at Raritan Inn

5 on November 19, 2011

The Raritan Inn was exactly what we were looking for - a non-traditional venue that had character, warmth, charm and endless possibilities for our Fall 2011 wedding. As our wedding weekend rapidly approached, both the owner Marcia and Innkeeper John helped answer ALL of our questions and concerns, particularly about the logistics of the weekend. We were able to visit the Inn throughout our planning process in order to help us more fully envision our day and also to ensure that we had the correct measurements etc for our DIY decorations and projects. The weekend of our wedding, John, the Innkeeper was indispensible – helping with the delivery of some of our rentals, checking our Inn guests in, and problem solving some last minute details that we overlooked in the planning process. The guests that stayed at the Inn with us were blown away by the beauty and character of the Inn itself. The rooms were warm and cozy (especially with the fireplaces in the bedrooms!) and John made each of us feel at home in the common areas. The breakfasts at the Inn are absolutely amazing! John took time out of his busy schedule to answer questions about the Inn’s history, as well as some of the natural history of the area. We are thrilled that we chose the Raritan Inn for our wedding. Our guests are still talking about the venue, and how unique and intimate the setting was. We were fortunate to hold our ceremony outside, down by the river and we couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful backdrop. The barn and rented tent made for a one of a kind setting for our cocktail hour and reception. Our only regret is that the entire weekend went way too fast for us and we can’t remember all of the details and wish we could turn back time to that weekend. The Raritan Inn exceeded our expectations. Thank you John and Marcia for helping us with the wedding experience we had dreamed of, we would highly recommend the Raritan Inn to anyone! Kate and Tim

What a Find!!

5 on July 27, 2011

We stayed at the Raritan Inn the weekend of July 23/24 this summer and it absolutely surpassed our expectations! The location is serene, the Inn grounds are lovely, the rooms are but with a charming sense of history, quaintness with a nice flavor of modern day technology to add the location. Breakfast was wonderful as prepared by Holly....who was so thoughtful and caring. Bob and Kim

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Location Type



Newark, NJ (EWR) 47 miles

Directions to property:

From the North: From I-80: - Take exit 27A, Route 206 South towards Somerville. - Follow Route 206 South for approximately 9 miles. - At the historic town of Chester (Larison’s Restaurant is on the right) - Turn right onto Route 513 for approximately 8.5 miles to arrive at The Raritan Inn, 528 Route 513, Califon on the left From the South: 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, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Horseback riding, Fly fishing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Billiards, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Parking, Piano, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Scanner, Solar panels, Geothermal energy, Spa showers

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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: Outside only Permitted on the grounds w/ care and cleanliness encouraged
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well-behaved young adults age 13 or older are welcomed.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash



Bill and Marcia Asdal

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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.