Family-owned for three generations and also family focused, a vacation here gets remembered long after children are grown. With 70 rooms and suites spread among eight buildings throughout the property, of particular interest to parents is that many have 2 bedrooms plus a living room with fireplace, so kiddies can flop into bed at a reasonable time after activity-filled days and Mom and Dad can enjoy some quiet time by the fire before turning in, in their own bedroom, just like at home. One accommodation is a 2-story Colonial house that’s 1/2 mile from the Inn’s hub center for those who like more remote privacy, and that house as well as some of the other accommodations allow pets.
The interesting thing is that in addition to being a full service inn, this also is a real working farm. That means farm animals including horses, donkeys, sheep, cows, goats, pigs, bunnies, chickens…. Children can pet and them, milk a cow or a goat and they can gather eggs at any time which the kitchen will prepare for them.
In addition to an indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna enjoyable in dead of winter (two more outdoor pools in summer), the staff provides ongoing activities for all ages, including arts and crafts ranging from fingerpainting to candle making. Add countless outdoor seasonal activities that you can enjoy such as cross country skiing, sledding, snow shoeing in winter (they also have an indoor ice skating rink) and, in summer, horseback riding, tennis, swimming and nearby waterskiing. Or enjoy a relaxing wagon or sleigh ride.
Always available is taking part in farm-related things to whatever extent you want, either helping with the chores or just watching how it all comes together. You’re also overlooking Mt. Monadnock which has great hiking trails of all levels. For those who want little more than to kick back and relax, there’s nothing better than a good book in a comfy easy chair by the fire in the Main Inn, snuggled up with a cup of hot chocolate, and you can do that at any time because snacks and beverages are available 24/7. In other words, you can totally enjoy yourself here however you’re inclined.
As for meals, the Inn’s per-person rates include full breakfast, lunch and dinner—all home cooked and served family style, all you can eat. Their breads, donuts, soups and other things are all made from local ingredients and special dietary requests are accommodated. You sure won’t go hungry.
While you can be perfectly happy never leaving premises, if you do want to explore, you are in one of New Hampshire’s most beautiful and scenic regions and Troy is close to Keene, Mt. Monadnock and only 40 minutes from the famous Vermont Country Store (Rockingham, VT location) or the quaint shops in downtown Brattleboro, VT. The Inn also is just a 50 minute drive to the museum at Old Fort #4 in Charlestown and within easy reach of a number of other historic destinations. The Monadnock Region has a good number of covered bridges as well. That said, however, there’s so much to do in and around the farm that you definitely don’t need to exhaust yourself (or your pocketbook) coming up with ways to entertain the family.
Most weekends are themed with a special focus, e.g., “Back in Time Weekends” when they demonstrate the likes of horse shoeing, butter churning, cheese making, sheep shearing, pony grooming and more of the traditional tasks and crafts, or “Dog Sledding Weekends” where you not only get to be pulled, but learn how all that works. At any time you go, however, in the event that a farm animal birth is imminent, you can let the staff know that you want to be notified, and even awakened if it happens at night, so you can come down to the barn and witness it.
Rates range from $128 pp ($45 children) but remember, that includes everything–all meals, activities and special amenities. Certain optional services are charged extra (e.g., a variety of massages, guided horseback trail rides and other special duty choices) but there’s so much included in the rate that it’s more than competitive with other properties that don’t offer anything near what you find here, let alone not having to plan a thing or be in charge of entertaining the kids.
The Inn also books itself to business and other groups, and it hosts weddings, complete with receptions.
Their website’s calendar lists the activity weekends and what you can expect from each theme, it has photos of their accommodation choices, what’s included in their rates if anything not covered here, and it gives you tons of more info including a map of the grounds so you can get a pretty good feel for a time out under their care. Their website is well organized, intuitive and easy to navigate. http://www.east-hill-farm.com/. Do be aware, stays at The Inn can get booked early, so call for availability as soon as you know when you may want to go.
PLEASE do us a favor. If you are going to call them, would you pleeeeeeease let them know specifically that you found them on About Town’s website? This would settle a bet once and for all. (I’d really, truly, honestly, earnestly, totally appreciate your doing that. Thank you in advance from Carol Fox.)
The Inn at East Hill Farm
460 Monadnock Street
(603) 242-6495 or if calling from outside New Hampshire, (800) 242-6495.