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New owners of Henniker's historic Colby Hill Inn hope to transform business into eco-retreat, dining

Saturday, February 27, 2016  
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New owners of Henniker's historic Colby Hill Inn hope to transform business into eco-retreat, dining destination
By Kimberly Houghton

The new owners of Colby Hill Inn have a different vision for the historic property and are planning to transform the business into a dining destination and country eco-retreat.

On Feb. 1, Bruce Barnes and Jefferson Brechbuhl left their home in Washington, D.C., and brought their 15-year-old daughter, Elza, to begin a new business venture in this small town.

They purchased the Colby Hill Inn from Mason and Cynthia Cobb, a couple that decided to sell the property after 15 years of ownership and move to South Carolina to explore new opportunities.

“We love the quality of life in New England compared to the city,” Brechbuhl said. “We love the people and the politics here.”

Brechbuhl and Barnes have already settled in, making immediate changes to the small business.

“We are taking on a very strong focus on local sourcing and we want to strengthen the brand as a country inn and escape retreat,” Brechbuhl said.

Although the name Colby Hill Inn will remain, the new owners have changed the name of the inn's restaurant to The Grazing Room. While the inn has a lot of charming qualities that will remain, it does need some new energy, Brechbuhl said. Read more from unionleader.com.


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