The Grandview Inn & Resort
580 Mountain Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452
Marie &
Scott Mitchell

This is a spectacular 19th century country mansion set on 330 picturesque acres
nestled at the foot of Mount Monadnock. There are 9 large well-appointed rooms,
most with modern private baths. The Grandview Inn & Resort is a wonderful
setting for the most elegant or the simplest of weddings or special events. The
restaurant and function facility can accommodate up to 140 people. This is the
place to pamper yourself with a day at the luxurious Spa. Have a facial, a mud
wrap or choose from an array of therapeutic treatments. The possibilities are

Q&A with innkeeper, Marie Mitchell

What is the history behind the Grandview Inn & Resort?

The Grand View Inn & Resort was the first brick house built in Jaffrey, New
Hampshire by Lt. Alexander Milliken. It was a popular tavern frequented by
many weary travelers on the
third New Hampshire Turnpike in 1800. Milliken's Tavern carried on from father
to son John until 1823. The estate became a private residence to Tilly Whitcomb,
proprietor of Concert Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. After his untimely death, it
was sold to John B. Proctor, who later opened the Proctor House again as a tavern
in the 1880's. Thereafter, it was sold as a private residence and not used again as
an Inn until today.

Aside from the beautiful mansion are the majestic grounds that once spread over
2000 acres. Fields, woods and hills offered several different opportunities for the
many families that owned the property. The large sixty-acre field was used as
farmland for hay but was also Jaffrey's first air landing strip. Miss Geogiana
Yeatman was an enthusiastic aviatrix and enjoyed visiting her family, Mr. and
Mrs. Pope Yeatman, at their summer residence. Extensive reformation of the field
was needed in order for planes to land. The story is epic
in ingenuity and execution. Over 1000 pounds of dynamite was used to
disintegrate the granite for proper drainage of the swampy land. It was a private
project but hundreds of people from miles around came to see the spectacular
event. It is still talked about by the town's people today.

The original barn suffered a devastating fire. A ship builder who lived in Dublin,
New Hampshire was commissioned to build a new barn that was designed to
hold 50,000 bales of hay. The structure was transported from Dublin to Jaffrey
fully assembled! It was a perfect fit. The craftsmanship is indescribable and one
of the estate's most treasured pieces.

What made you interested in inn keeping?

We used to own a motel on Cape Cod (which is still in the family).  We were also
looking for a business we could share with our son (who now manages the inn
with our daughter-in-law).

What made you interested in buying this particular property?

It had everything we wanted, including a perfect location at the base of Mt.

What kind of shape was it in when you purchased it and what kind of
renovations were required?

When we purchased it in 2000 was in very good shape since the main house was
completely renovated in 1986 (to fit the period of the house).  We only had to
update it with safety requirements.  The barn had to be totally redone, but the
grounds were beautiful.

What is your favorite spot or room?

The porch.  It is a beautiful old screened-in porch.  We added storm curtains to
make it 4-season.  It looks out onto the mountain and the pool.

What makes a stay at your inn unique?

This is a place for busy adults to leave their cares and worries of the world
behind.  People comment that our inn is a little slice of heaven.  Our goal is to
create an atmosphere where people can gather their thoughts, relax, spend time
outdoors, and gather energy from the mountains.  This is usually a destination
for our guests – we have everything people need to relax right here.  

What kind of specials do you have for your guests throughout the year?

We have 1, 2 and 3-day spa specials throughout the year.  From November to
March we have a $500 couples getaway package for 2 nights (Thu – Sat nights
only) and includes breakfast and dinner, spa, and a choice of any room in the inn
(depending on availability).

When is the best time to stay at your inn?

Anytime is a good time; the most popular season, of course, being summer and
leaf peeping in the fall.  But our inn is about getting away – no matter what the

Please tell us about this area of New Hampshire.

This area has quite a bit of antiquing.  But most popular is taking in the
surrounding area – climbing Mt. Monadnock and just enjoying the grounds at the
inn and the spa.  We also have a beaver pond which many people enjoy fly-
fishing.  We have horseback riding available as well.  

Our restaurant is open Thursday through Saturday and is open to thegeneral
public as well on those days from 6-9 p.m.

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