The Bridges Inn at Whitcomb House

An Historic Bed & Breakfast • 27 Main Street, Swanzey, New Hampshire 03446

Your Home Away From Home

Our goal is to make you feel at home. The décor of The Bridges Inn is lovely, featuring uniquely decorated rooms, tin ceilings, and many antiques. One of our bathrooms has a tin tub, which is reputed to be the oldest tin tub in Swanzey.

Our room rates include a scrumptious, hot, bountiful breakfast each morning which our guests love.

Nestled in the beautiful Monadnock region, the Bridges Inn is near outdoor activities, dozens of unique restaurants, arts & cultural events, auction houses, antique shops, covered bridges, scenic countryside, and more.

We’re just five short miles from Downtown Keene.

Built in 1792, this quintessential inn serves as a comfortable home-away-from-home, repeatedly satisfying tourists, business travelers, students, people visiting family or friends, and other visitors. The delicious multi-course breakfast, warm hospitality, and various local attractions inspire guests to return year after year. .

This charming inn with Victorian touches is situated in the quaint and quiet village of West Swanzey, five miles from downtown Keene and a stone’s throw from the historic Thompson Covered Bridge. The décor of this building is lovely with uniquely decorated rooms, tin ceiling, and many antiques. There are five beautifully decorated guest rooms, each with private bath, and each named for one of the nearby covered bridges for which the inn is named. All guest rooms are on the second floor; the house was built in 1792 and was not designed for accessibility.

Each of our guest rooms (with private bath) is unique.

More than 220 years of history.

This historic house, called the “Old Mansion” and “Stratton Place” over the years, was built circa 1792 by Richard Stratton, the wealthy owner of a cotton and woolen mill in the village of West Swanzey. Richard Stratton’s son, John, married Susannah Whitcomb and they lived in the “Old Mansion.” In 1841, the house was sold to Roswell Whitcomb. George E. Whitcomb later became the owner, and upon his death, the house was inherited by his children, Edna Clementina Whitcomb and George E. Whitcomb Jr., known as “Ellie.”

Over the years, the house was remodeled and the Whitcombs, who were successful in the lumber business, made numerous enhancements and added on to the original house. Edna lived in the house until her death in 1961 and the “Whitcomb House” name has lived on. From the 1960s onward, Whitcomb House had several owners, and became a Bed and Breakfast in 1996. In 2006, Susan (Schuster) Karalekas bought the Inn and has made numerous improvements to the property both inside and out, making every effort to retain the historic charm.

Start your day off right.

You are welcome to come and start your day in a pleasant and relaxed way at The Bridges Inn at Whitcomb House.

Begin your day with with a bountiful breakfast cooked fresh each morning.

Our breakfasts generally include fresh fruits, and home cooked breads. 

There’s always something special about dining on fine china.

What our guests are saying about us.

This place is amazing!

We are big B and B fans but some recent experiences have made us think it’s time to quit. Not here! This place exceeds EVERY expectation! Warm, welcoming, skilled, family owner/operators. Beautifully appointed, large rooms, parlors, and screened porch. Clean!! Wi Fi throughout and TV in each room. Elegant breakfast that was beyond ample… and delicious…varied, cooked to order, attention to detail at every turn! Reasonable price … there Are only positives to say about this property. We will be back again and again! Thank you Nick, Susan and David!

A New England gem.

The Bridges is the quintessential New England inn in every delightful sense of that image. From the luscious scenery to the period decor to the outstanding food, Susan, David and Nick provide a warm, welcoming and sincere atmosphere and experience that truly defines “hospitality.” There wasn’t a single aspect of our stay that could be improved upon (other than the fact that we rued not being able to have their breakfast three meals a day!) If your travels take you anywhere near Swanzey, NH, the Bridges is the must-stay destination in the area…your one regret will be that you didn’t stay longer!

Perfect and delightful!

The owners were an absolute delight and easy to deal with. They were extremely accommodating to everyone’s needs, and their BnB is beautiful! Susan, Nick and David go above and beyond with the variety of breakfast food, from how tasty everything is to the presentation. We would highly recommend staying at the Whitcomb — best place in the area hands down!


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27 Main Street, Swanzey, New Hampshire 03446 • (603) 357-6624