“I'm so ready to put my feet up! Thank you for giving me a place to do so with my kids…we are happy to be here at the Rum Runner again!” -- A returning Phillips Academy parent coming from afar.
The Rum Runner House at Andover is a family-oriented property close to Phillips Academy, Brooks School, Pike School and Merrimack College. The home makes it possible to spend quality time with your student and his/her friends during your visit in a very comfortable & flexible manner. Well-stocked with HDTV, classic books & board games to suit a range of tastes, on-site recreational choices also include table tennis, basketball, street hockey, driveway soccer, bocce and Frisbee, baseball & football toss.
Enjoy getting to know your child's friends over a ping pong game, or by sharing nicely grilled steaks out on the fenced-in, brick patio. Have the freedom to spoil them by cooking up favorite family recipes that brings the group as close to your home kitchen as is possible. With the large amount of space, you can arrange with the Academy to welcome your student and friends to spend the night off-campus in 'your home away from home' -- a treat that is especially treasured by students who are themselves a long way from their own families.
For families touring Prep Schools, the following distances (# miles) apply: Phillips Andover Academy (1), Brooks School (7), Governors Academy (17), Landmark School (20), Middlesex School (24), Concord Academy (25), Lawrence Academy (28), Groton School (30), Milton Academy (31), Phillips Exeter Academy (32), Dana Hall School (32), Hillside School (42), St Mark’s School (44), Fay School (44), St Paul's School (51), Cushing Academy (53), Worcester Academy (53), Winchendon School (60), Tilton Academy (68), Proctor Academy (74), Brewster Academy (79), Tabor Academy (81), New Hampton School (82), Pomfret School (84), Stoneleigh-Burnham School (88), Northfield Mount Hermon (90), St George’s School (91), Eaglebrook School (92), Deerfield Academy (92), Holderness School (92), Williston Northampton School (102), Vermont Academy (108), Kimball Union Academy (109), Cardigan Mountain School (114), Loomis Chaffee School (116), Hotchkiss School (121), Westminster School (126), Avon Old Farms School (126), Choate Rosemary Hall (140), Miss Hall's School (145) and Taft School (145).TripAdvisor property ID 2194380...Read more
Phillips Academy Area – Ideal for Families Andover, Massachusetts
Additional Location Information
Located in sight of the Memorial Bell Tower at Phillips Academy -- the ground on which colonial troops mustered prior to engagement in the American Revolutionary War -- the property is named after the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber in which its original resident earned the Distinguished Flying Cross prior to returning home from Europe and building the home in 1947.
The property is well-located near two interstate highways that provide easy access to every charm offered by the New England region. New Hampshire is minutes away, with choice spots in Maine, Vermont, Western Mass, Cape Cod, Rhode Island and Connecticut largely accessible in less than two hours.
Additionally, the Boston-bound train station is only two miles away, while the Boston-bound bus stop is in walking distance (1/3 mile). The drive to Downtown Boston runs between 25-90 minutes.
Phillips Andover Academy's nationally respected Addison Gallery of American Art and The Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology are easily accessible. Also, the Academy's 65 acre Cochran Wildlife Sanctuary offers several miles of gently rolling trails through woodlands with beautiful ponds for hiking and X-country skiing.
The property is a large New England Ranch House, characterized by all of the rooms being on a single level. This makes it perfect for families traveling with elderly relatives -- for example, to visit their child & grandchild attending Phillips Academy (please see www.pspaandover.org), Brooks School, Pike School or Merrimack College -- and reduces risk should the elder generation prefer to rest at home while the younger family members take an aggressive approach to pursuing day trips to tour venues throughout New England.
Nearest airport: Logan International Airport, 25 miles Nearest train station: Andover, 2.2 miles Car is essential
“Spacious and clean "home away from home" - ideal for a family with children”
Left on 04/25/2015 for a stay in April 2015 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 25, 2015Stayed Apr 2015
This house is a very clean, well kept and spacious home that was ideal for my family. It is beautifully furnished and was stocked with everything we needed to live comfortably. It is as another reviewer wrote, "A home away from home."
Andover is a pretty New England sububan town. It was a great base for us to visit Boston.
Steve is a gracious host. He stocked the kitchen with milk, juice and a fruit tart to welcome us. The house was great for my kids with xbox, ping pong table, basketball hoop and games. The kitchen is set up with everything you could want.
Steve was responsive and professional throughout the reservation process and during our stay. Steve was flexible in accommodating our changing circumstances.
Left on 09/12/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | Helen AlammariReviewed Sep 12, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
The property was a very clean, well kept and spacious home for our extended family. It was well equipped and had everything we needed to live comfortably. A home away from home.
The neighbourhood is very pretty, close to Phillips academy and the town of andover and a great base to visit Boston and other areas of New England. We enjoyed it immensely and would definitely recommend it to our friends and family.
Left on 06/24/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 24, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
While planning for our class reunion, we discovered Rum Runner House on Vrbo. What a find! Perhaps the most important thing I can stay about our visit was that it made our weekend. Five of us girls joined together to engage the house. We could easily have fit a few more given the layout but that number was quite comfortable for of us all.
First the layout: the house goes on and on. There's a nice "entertainment" room, with movement-controlled TV (we didn't use it as so much else was going on), a ping pong table (definitely made use of that), computer, printer and games. Next to that is the kitchen with breakfast table - numerous well-stocked cabinets, just about everything you could want including a delicious coffee cake left for us by the owners - and lovely separate dining room. Next to that is the living room with more comfy chairs, TV and a wall of fascinating, historical books.
Beyond the game room, kitchen, dining room and sitting room is a hall that takes you to the four bedrooms: two have large beds and are quite cozy and best suited for a single or couple; the remaining two have multiple sleeping options as described on the Vrbo/Homeaway sight. We were all very comfortable and happy to discover how quiet the rooms were when others were in the kitchen or game rooms. (Also a nice patio area outside.)
If you're considering a stay at Rum Runner House for purposes of a reunion or visiting students or faculty at Phillips andover, the house is just a short ride or easy walk to campus. The house would also be a perfect base for any traveling around the state.
It should also be said that the entire process of reservation and getting settled in was seamless. Steve was quick to respond, efficient, patient in adapting to our changing circumstances, and extremely helpful throughout our stay - add to that, his delightful sense of humor and you couldn't have a better host. (Evie unfortunately was out-of-town so hopefully we'll meet on our next visit.)
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