“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).
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.