Historic, classic, and unassuming, the Colony House Bed & Breakfast is quietly nestled amongst the bustling historic district of downtown Keene. The federal style brick structure is home to Joslin Kimball Frank, and a home away from home for guests seeking the charm of a quintessential New England town.
Built in 1819 as a private home by local merchant Timothy Hall, the house was purchased by Horatio Colony – the youngest member of the wool manufacturing Colony family – in 1863. Three generations of Colonys occupied the home until its sale in the 1970s. The extensive fields and gardens that originally surrounded the home were replaced by commercial buildings and through streets as the city of Keene grew. However, grass, hedges, stone, and brick paths have recently replaced the former dirt driveway, restoring the warmth of green space to the downtown historic district.
Joslin Kimball Frank’s life took an unexpected turn when she found the former home of her great grandparents vacant and for sale. Fearing the historic building would be demolished, she relocated from Manhattan (abandoning her plans to move to Boston) to purchase the house. Fifteen years later, with restoration that spanned more than a decade and earned her the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Achievement Award for outstanding restoration, Kimball Frank continues to enjoy sharing her home with family and guests.
The interior of the home offers a sophisticated warmth. “I have kept the rooms very simple, as I believe beauty lies in the architecture itself,” shares Kimball Frank. High ceilings and large windows allow for ample light. The classic and stylish furnishings are a blend of antiques and found items. By and large, the rooms have retained their original configurations with the additions of private bathrooms in the guest rooms.
The 5,000 square foot building, listed on the National Historic Register, divides naturally into two parts – a private residence for the owner and a full separate living space for the Bed & Breakfast.
Guests have a private entrance with living room, pantry, and breakfast room on the main floor and four guest rooms with private baths on the second floor. They enjoy the luxury of ironed sheets, modern conveniences, and a European-inspired expansive continental breakfast of fresh fruits, yogurt, local eggs, ham & artisanal cheese, pastries, juices, locally roasted coffee, and a variety of fine teas. Within walking distance to downtown shops, eateries, arts venues, parks, and trails, the Colony House truly exhibits an opportunity to step into the past and enjoy being present in historic Keene.
Colony House Bed & Breakfast
104 West Street | Keene, NH
603.352.0215 | colonyhouse104.com