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John Rahaim & Scott Bingham

Member since: 2009
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Speaks english

Private Storybook Country Home on 78 Acres.

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this South Ashburnham holiday farmhouse

Unique, Very Private Property surrounded by beautiful Lawns, Fields and Gardens

Summer vacation in the hills of Central MA just west of Boston. Make memories "someplace different". We're closer to Boston than the Berkshires and with many fewer traffic jams and hassles than the Cape and Islands.

1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace is a very special, private and unique New England country place. Numerous travelers over the past 7 years have said that it's unlike any other.

—Exploring Nature, Hiking & Adventuring

—Unplugging, Retreating & Decompressing

—Family Together Time

—Healing from Illnesses & Reintegration from Retreats

—Creativity & Inspiration (writing, painting, movement...)

Haven is truly that for most people — a haven. A much-needed quality-of-life place to take a break from the stresses of everyday life.

We offer Guests the opportunity to feel completely at home in a beautiful, clean, fully-updated, totally-turnkey Gentleman's Farm on many peaceful acres. Haven's near Cushing Academy, Wachusett Mountain and many other attractions in the hill & lake town of Ashburnham just beyond the suburbs.

Enjoy the Herb Cutting Garden just outside the kitchen door. BBQ and dine on the patio/deck. Immerse yourself in the nature and spirit of rolling lawns, gardens, fields, ancient stone walls, forests, walking trails, hills and many lakes. In-season, numerous Adirondack Chairs (10 at last count) on the lawns and in the fields help you breathe it all in — retreat, relax and decompress.

Very private. Convenient. Haven is situated on a secluded hillock – perfect for people who value a bit of seclusion, scenic surroundings and making wonderful memories. (Haven is our home – which we vacate whenever guests are in residence. When you're a Guest at Haven, it is yours alone.)

The property is has easy highway access from Boston and New York. Airports (Worcester and Manchester) are less than an hour away.

Includes in-person Meet & Greet Orientation, Weekly Cleanings, Central AC, Xfinity BlastPlus High Speed Wi-Fi, Groundskeeping and lots more.

Wide pine floors, a center chimney in the living room and lots of windows & skylights make this a light, bright and cheerful place to call your home.

A renovated barn, carriage house and artist studio are also on the property, as well as over 6 acres of lawns...and gardens that begin blooming in mid-May and don't stop until Fall Foliage season.

Please read the comments and compliments from other guests, then plan your stay and experience this special place for yourself. We'll help you in any way we're able.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John Rahaim & Scott Bingham (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks english

About John Rahaim & Scott Bingham

We acquired Elijah Haven Homeplace in December of 1990 from the descendants of the Haven family. Scott was a successful model, commercial actor and 66 WNNNBC radio personality in New York City, and discovered this special place on a visit to the area. He jumped at the chance to own this little slice of heaven, left the Manhattan life — and the rest is history.

Initially, there was not much here except potential. But slowly, together with Irma Hayward, the spunky lady who sold us the farm (it had been in her family since 1830), we pushed back the forests to reveal the old fields and the requisite New England stone walls.

In those early years here, the Haven family provided us with early 1900s photos of the farm – and we set out restoring the place to its original look (with modern updates like central air conditioning and underground utilities).

Several years ago, we began to travel...and while we were away, we hosted a family from Cushing Academy for hockey tournament week. They were wonderful — and Haven made them so happy. It's then that we got 'the bug' to host travelers from around the world whenever we weren't in town.

Today, when guests are in residence at the farm, we live at an adjacent property. Either we or our caretaker are always available to meet, orient, answer questions and assist in making your stay a memorable and comfortable one.

Guests say that we are very detail-oriented, clean...and have terrific taste! And we do enjoy meeting people who come our way.

John Rahaim & Scott Bingham purchased this farmhouse in 1990

Why John Rahaim & Scott Bingham chose Ashburnham

Although we now travel the world, Ashburnham is our hometown. Haven Homeplace didn't start out as a Guest Rental. We made a dream come true for ourselves by renovating and 'TLC-ing' the farm and living there. The Haven family member that sold the farm to us actually participated in and applauded the restoration.

Although we have explored the world from Boca to Bali, there is something special here that we now enjoy sharing with others.

It is just down the road from the world-famous college prep school, Cushing Academy. Notables such as the King of Bhutan, Nate Berkus, actress Bette Davis and others have graduated from its ivy clad tower.

We did not choose Haven Homeplace. It chose us. Where else could you see turkey and deer grazing on a verdant green lawn close by in the morning...and be shopping on glamorous Newbury Street in Boston that same afternoon?!

We're located in what we call 'The Heart of New England' in North Central MA near the cities of Gardner, Fitchburg & Leominster. It's just NW of Greater Boston in the beautiful rolling hills and lakes just beyond the coastal plain. Hike to the local hilltops and see the Boston skyline!

Also nearby are The Winchendon School, Franklin Pierce University, Mt Wachusett Community College, the cities of Gardner, Fitchburg, Leominster, Devens, Westminster, Ashby, Princeton, Wachusett Mt., Mount Monadnock and arts mecca Peterborough.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Peace. Charm. Nature. Renewal. Comfort. Quiet. "A Spiritual, Healing Vibe."


based on 27 traveller reviews

Private Storybook Country Home on 78 Acres.
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Beautiful Home on gorgeous property

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property. We were only there for a couple of days, wish we could have stayed longer. The home is beautiful with a nice mix of modern conveniences combined with charm that ties to the age of the house. The surrounding acreage is amazing with various types of trees, beautiful flowers surrounding the house. We loved sitting on the patio watching the humming birds and the chipmunks playing on the rocks. Hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home on a gorgeous property!

  • 5 of 5

I rent a lot of homes through Home Away and similar sites and this is the first one that was even better than the pictures. A beautiful and quaint home on a gorgeous property. Perfect size for me and my two 72 year old parents. John was welcoming and spent time with us to show us around the property. It was a great experience and I would rent again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing and peaceful stay

  • 5 of 5

Even before our arrival, we were pleased with the attention to detail and communications. Once we did arrive, it was even more than we expected, with many thoughtful touches to help get us settled. A great big thank you to John for connecting with us before and greeting us when we arrived.

The property is beautiful and we took advantage of the various Adirondack chairs to enjoy the many views. The home itself was very clean and comfortable, and there was nothing missing. This is an amazing place to disconnect and relax, with some nearby towns handy for groceries and browsing.

If your goal is to get away, relax, and enjoy the beautiful area - then I unreservedly recommend Elijah Haven Homeplace.

Thank you John and Scott.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spartanburg, SC

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The grounds at Haven Home were meticulously and beautifully landscaped, and were perfect for an evening stroll. The home was spotless, and very comfortable. Our Aussie enjoyed it as much as we did, starting every day with a walk through the yard. Scott and John's library included a wide variety of books in case the rain kept us inside. We felt it was a real treat to find our breakfast ingredients already in the refrigerator, and cooking on the 1948 stove was a step back in time. We highly recommend Haven Home to anyone...the location is perfect for so many activities. We are planning to return next spring. Thanks John and Scott for letting us share your wonderful home.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a beyond-lovely review of Haven Homeplace. You two were truly superb and appreciative guests—and frankly, people that make hosting a Guest Rental like ours so fulfilling. Have safe travels and we cannot wait to have you as guests again!
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A very special place...

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful vacation our family had at Haven. We got a deep sense of the history of the property and community and think that John and Scott have done a beautiful job of bringing history to life here. We had everything we needed for the week, and were pleasantly surprised to find the fridge stocked with breakfast items for us when we arrived late our first night. The beds were very comfortable, the bathroom beautifully updated. We enjoyed hiking in the surrounding woods and watching the birds using the nesting houses on the property. We went skiing at Wachusett Mountain for a couple of days, and fly fishing the Nissitissit River with Charlie from the Evening Sun Fly Shop in Pepperell. We loved our visit to Cushing Academy, just a short drive from Haven. We hope to return again some day. It would be amazing to see the landscape run the gamut of the seasons. Haven is clearly a labor of love for John and Scott and we are thankful they offer their masterpiece for others to enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pensacola, FL

Incredible Haven Home

  • 5 of 5

Incredible home and property with fantastic hosts. John and Scott provided breakfast fixins due to our late arrival and walked us thru orientation early the next morning. The landscape is covered with beautiful flowers, birds of several varieties and hummingbirds... We walked with the turkeys and enjoyed watching a porcupine where we picked blueberries. We had coffee outside each morning and family up for BBQ and later lobster on the grill. Their photos are spot on and you'll find yourself just walking the grounds to soak it all in. The property is for sale and only hope any new owners continue to care for it as lovingly as John and Scott do. Great jumping off point to NH, South to Sturbridge and we headed over to Glouscester to explore as well. Surrounding towns are quaint and full of organic items and more. We found sleeping upstairs in bedrooms and loft great and love all their treasures. We had my daughter and granddaughter (6) and Mom-n-law with us and found the home just right for all of us ...beautiful memories.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Worcester Airport, Worcester, MA
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Gardner Ale House
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Gardner Municipal Golf Course & Westminster Woods
Nearest Train
7 Miles
West Fitchburg, MA
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Rte 2
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Blueprint and Gardner Ale House
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Wachusett Mountain
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Dunn Heritage State Park
Car: necessary

1830 Elijah Haven Homeplace is located in 'The Heart of New England' in North Central MA outside the cities of Gardner, Fitchburg & Leominster. We are just NW of Boston in the beautiful rolling hills beyond the coastal plain. (You can actually see the Boston skyline from some of Ashburnham's hilltops.)

Cushing Academy, The Winchendon School, Gardner, Fitchburg, Leominster, Devens, Westminster, Ashby, Princeton, Wachusett Mt., Peterborough and Mount Monadnock are all nearby.

Approximate Driving Times:

Worcester @ 35 minutes

Peterborough, NH @ 35 minutes

Manchester, NH @ 55 minutes

Boston, MA @ 60 minutes

Hartford, CT @ 75 minutes

Providence, RI @ 75 minutes

New York City & the GW Bridge @ 3 hours

Every Haven Guest receives door-to-door directions showing you the best possible routes to Haven Homeplace.

Other Activities: Walking/Hiking: Within minutes you’ll find lots of hiking trails. The Mid-State and Wapack Trails take you to 1882' Mt. Watatic, with views from Boston to the Berkshires to Mt. Monadnock and the White Mountains. We also have miles of abandoned, unpaved country roads/trails abutting the property.

Bike trails: ride the Gardner and Winchendon rail trails. Ashburnham and the surrounding area offer miles and miles of beautiful New England country roads.

Restaurants: In-town Peppermint Pig serves a pastries, coffees and lunch paninis. There are also 2 pizza shops and 2 delis.

Nearby you’ll find Lucky Dragon Chinese Takeout, Blueprint, The Old Mill, Gardner Ale House, Little Anthony’s Seafood, Sonoma of Princeton, A Taste of Vietnam and many more eating establishments offering something for pretty much everybody.

The propane BBQ on the deck is always ready to be fired up from May thru October.

Golf: Golf: Local public courses include Gardner Municipal Golf Course, Woods of Westminster, Westminster Country Club, Winchendon School Golf Club, The Shattuck Golf Club and many more. All offer beautiful views of Mt. Monadnock, Wachusett Mt. and our wonderful Heart of New England countryside.

Skiing: 2006' Wachusett Mt is in the town to our south. It features a 1,000 vertical drop and all-trail snowmaking. Cross country skiing is also available at Wachusett – or on-property here at the farm in the fields on many miles of discontinued country roads, rail trails and logging paths.

We also suggest Windblown Cross Country Ski Center in Sharon, NH. Nearby, Ashburnham State Forest and other local hiking trails offer great snowshoeing and cross country skiing.  And if conditions are right, ice skating on any of Ashburnham's lakes is very fun.

What's your activity? Ask us and we'll provide you with the information you need to fulfill your desires.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in South Ashburnham, Massachusetts

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1, 2017
1 May 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$66 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$66 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$132

— 1-Night Stays Anytime are available at $500.00 for the night.
— All rates are based upon a maximum of 4 guests using 2 beds/bedrooms. Additional guest = $50/night per person. For groups of 4 or fewer guests, additional bed fee = $100/week.
— Pet Fee: $100 flat fee per pet for stays of up to 1 Week.
— Monthly High Season Rate is based upon a 28 Night month and is all-inclusive except for phone usage and food.
— Monthly Off-season Discounted Rate is based upon a 28 Night month and is all-inclusive except for phone, food and heating fuel oil.
— All guests must complete, sign and return a Guest Agreement to us via Fax or Email within one week of the date that your reservation is accepted by us or before your arrival date, whichever is sooner, or we have the option of terminating your reservation. Please download and review this Guest Agreement located in the "Rental Agreement" section when making a reservation.
— Cancellation Policy: A nonrefundable Reservation Deposit equal to 50% of the total reserved stay (plus VRBO/HomeAway Service Fees) is required to confirm your reservation. The remaining 50% nonrefundable Balance is due 90 days prior to your arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in South Ashburnham, Massachusetts

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1360 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Restored Modern Bathroom with large 48' x 48' skylight, frameless glass shower, glass tiles, high end fixtures and reclaimed wide pine floors.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Skylight directly over the bed for star gazing at bedtime.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Lovely antique Shaker rope bed. Tempur-pedic mattress.
    Loft - 1 single bed , Loft has a daybed and can accommodate a queen air mattress.
  • Queen size Bedroom - (1) A Sleigh Bed with black leather headboard. Supportive Serta Camry mattress and cozy 2' foam topper. Double Bedroom - (1) An antique converted Shaker Rope Bed with Tempur-pedic mattress. Loft - (1) Comfortable Daybed with a view. Premium Queen Air Mattress available.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
ADT Intrusion and Fire Monitoring is included. Fantastic unobstructed views to large fields, an orchard, renovated outbuildings, a brook and stone walls. NEW: Horse-lovers have easy access to 2 wonderful equestrian centers nearby.