We had a delightful visit, and are glad to recommend the Great Valley House. Our host Pattye was friendly and accommodating, the breakfasts were excellent, and the historic old house and its grounds were a treat. Breakfast is served in the oldest part of the house, dating from the 1690's, with a beautiful open-hearth fireplace and a unique dry sink cantilevered into the stone walls.The breakfasts were delicious and unique. We've stayed at a number of B&B's, and think each needs to be judged on its own terms. After all, if we wanted the same experience everywhere, we could have just stayed in a Fairfield! This is what it presents itself to be: a 300+ year old historic house on beautiful ground, with many excellent stories and a host who loves to tell them.
I should start by saying that I have stayed in dozens of B & Bs around the country, so I have some experience. I strongly urge travelers to avoid the Great Valley House. Here is a list of some of its deficiencies: 1 There is no common indoor space for guests to read or chat. I had never before seen a B & B without this basic amenity. The living room in the house is filled with the owner's belongings. 2 Breakfast is served in a small, almost windowless back room, what had been the kitchen in colonial times. The light bulbs are weak, so the room is very dim, and the corners are again filled with the owner's stuff. The house does have a dining room which is airy and could be beautiful, but is, once again, taken up with the owner's things and is off bounds to guests. 3 A B & B normally puts out early coffee before breakfast, but not here. The coffee with brerakfast was awful; we brought our own after the first day. And often a B & B offers a nice selection of teas, but again, not here. 4 A B & B normally provides snacks--chips, soft drinks, bottled water, maybe cookies--at no charge. Not here. Guests are expected to pay for these items. The coffee that is offered is cheap Folger's coffee bags, not decent brew. 5 The mattress in my room felt like wet spaghetti. I have never had back pain in my 65 years, but here I did for the first time. Some of these faults are major, some minor, but they all added up to a less-than-pleasant experience. The owner, Pattye, says she has 30 years of experience at this inn; she certainly has 30 years' worth of junk, but not 30 years' worth of learning. Travelers should look for other options.
We stayed at Great Valley House for a week in July, How wonderful it was, from the accommodations to the delightful breakfasts in the historic kitchen. What a wonderful retreat into history, plus the use of the swimming pool with an occasional deer wandering nearby.. Susan and Nick Bereda
B & B's can be soooooo twee - all those Martha Stewart bins of potpourri, tacky faux colonialisms...fakedom in general. but here we have the real deal - a splendidly maintained and restored home that dates from 1690, real antiques, and a gracious and knowledgeable host. if you want real American colonial history, this is the place. can't recommend The Great Valley House and Pattye Benson enough. Top Marks!
My husband and I took our 2 children (ages 11 and 13) to Valley Forge for a 3-day getaway. We homeschool our children and have found that it is really helpful to visit areas as we study them - we were studying the Revolutionary War and I thought it would be perfect to stay nearby Valley Forge National Historica Park and was delighted to find this 300-yr. old inn closeby. The owner of the Great Valley House is president of the local historical society and had one story after another to entice our 2 boys. Her special stories about the house and the area during the 1700's really made the history come to life for our boys. We visited several months ago, and they are still talking about the trip. I want to publically thank Pattye for her patience with our endless questions and for her taking so much time with us. She created special memories for this family from Wisconsin!
This is a great old, old house, but that doesn't give the right to have dust bunnies on a third of the floors, or windows that haven't been cleaned in years. The food was good and interesting that it fit the primitive surroundings of a very old kitchen with original equipped fireplace. Pattye was very knowledgeable about the history of the house, but did not seem interested in her guests or their questions. Maybe a good place for a corporate overnight, but not for the interested history buff as most of the house was off limits. What a shame in the backyard of Valley Forge.
My wife and I with our 17yr. old son were on a week-long college visit trip. We were in Valley Forge area to visit Villanova University and stayed at the Great Valley House. We arrived later than expected in the midst of a snow storm. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and instantly had a feeling of being comfortable and at home. The owner was warm and welcoming and we enjoyed a good night's sleep. Breakfast in the 'old kitchen' was a very special treat. With snow continuing to fall outside, we sat in front of a fire in the big walk-in fireplace, and struggled to leave for college visits. If our son is lucky and gets accepted at Villanova U, we know we will have a 'home away from home' for the next 4 years. Susan & John Russell PS: When we left after breakfast, Jeff (the innkeeper's husband) had thoughtfully cleared the snow from our car!
We stayed at the Great Valley House on a recent business trip to Philadelphia. We really enjoyed the building and general vibe of the old house. The innkeeper is very freindly and a history buff which made for interesting conversation. What we weren't expecting was horrible beds that felt as though they may have been original to the house and the linens/bedding felt cheap and uncomfortable. The only other complaint was the place is in desperate need of a good scrubbing.
Our stay at the GWI was memorable. The cozy rooms are full of charm and so is the staff. Our Innkeeper, Gretchen, was attentive to all our needs. Our historic window overlooked the gardens in bloom and the breakfast room was bright with a full view of the spring house. A scrumptious cinnamon coffee cake was served. We would like to revisit the Inne at Christmas time and enjoy another tasty dinner prepared by their excellent chefs.
I stayed at the Great Valley House during the Christmas holidays. I was visiting family in the area and did not want to stay in a hotel. I felt like I was returning home the moment I was greeted at the door. It is obvious that Pattye has been an innkeeper for a long time - she has an wonderful way of making you feel right at home and she treats you has a long lost relative rather than a stranger she is meeting for the first time. I plan on returning often to visit family, because now I have the perfect plact to stay!
My daughter and I recently spent a weekend touring the sights in the Valley Forge, PA area. To say the highlight of the trip for me was our stay at The Great Valley House of Valley Forge is an understatement. Having never before stayed at a bed and breakfast I was a little apprehensive. Pattye Benson, the owner and hostess of the bed and breakfast, quickly put my apprehension to rest! Her love of the house as well as her knowledge of its history are endless. The food and accommodations far exceeded our expectations. We're already thinking ahead to a time when we can return.
Valley Forge in the Fall has to be just about the perfect place to visit. Wow, what a great weekend getaway from the craziness of Manhattan. We loved our stay at the Great Valley House - it made the weekend even more special. I would highly recommend this bed & breakfast to anyone who wants to experience 'history' first hand.
My husband and I just had a wonderful weekend getaway at the Great Valley House. The old kitchen where we had breakfast -- was absolutely amazing! We had breakfast in front of a large walk in fireplace with a blazing fire going. The food was great and the conversation with the owner and other guests was wonderful! Can't wait to come back and experience each of the seasons at this place.
We recently stayed at the Great Valley House of Valley Forge. My husband found this bed & breakfast because he loves history! And history this house house -- it dates back to the 17th century. We didn't know such a place excited in the US. From the moment we opened the door we were treated like family and felt like we were returning home. The owner and innkeeper is a delight. She explained the history of the house in such a way that it kept the adults entranced as well as our 7-yr. old. Such a gift - and she has been at this for over 20 yrs. You feel her passion for the house every where you look. For any of you travelers - on vacation, business (wireless internet in the guest rooms), honeymooners, etc. it doesn't matter - this place has it all.
Dear Pattye (et al), Just a quick note to thank and tell you one more time what a wonderful stay you afforded us and for the great breakfasts, accommodations, hospitality, history lessons and directions given. We really had a (short) but wonderful time and will spread the word about you and your B&B to all who may be thinking of wanting to have a similar experience in Western PA. Thanks again, Sincerely Larry & Yvonne Oct, 2007 Napa, CA
We stayed at the Great Valley House for three nights, and found it to be charming and very comfortable. Pattye (the innkeeper) is a character, and our experience as her guests was very good. This is not a reproduction house, but is an old (old) house. We did not expect the same modern amenities as a chain hotel -- we were looking for a unique and historic place to stay. The charm and comfort of the room, and the delicious breakfasts, far outweighed the 3 minute wait for hot water. Our room was clean and comfortable, and I would definitely stay there again.
My husband and I needed time off from our busy lives in Manhattan and found the Great Valley House. Wow - what a treat. It was just what the doctor ordered! A step back in time. Don't stay here if you really want a Holiday Inn experience. This wonderful 300-yr. old bed & breakfast with its history, stone walls, antiques and great breakfasts is about as far from a hotel experience as you can get. I think we have found the perfect place to 'get away from it all'! And we hope to return many, many times. Thank you Pattye for making us feel so welcome and so special. Visiting with you was like visiting with an old friend.
Even in the dark I had no problem finding the Great Valley House. ( I love good directions)Pattye greeted me with a smile and from that moment until I pulled out of the driveway 2 days later I felt like I could stay indefinately. I felt so at home, my room was nice and cool on a very hot humid night. The strength of 27" thick stone walls, the gorgeous wood, the vintage dresses, the hand made quilts (Pattye is an amazing artist), the easy internet hookup, a kettle for tea in the alcove--I was completely content. I was thrilled to have found this place instead of staying at the hotel during the conference I was attending. 3 long days of classes I was hoping for a place I could relax. Breakfast each morning was delicious and kept my blood sugar stable til much later (not an easy feat). Pattye kept me company during breakfasts and I enjoyed her stories immensely. My second night I felt like I was home, or better, I really just enjoyed being in my room. No elevator noise, no voices in the hallways, no toilets flushing, showers running, no canned hotel air: Just peace and the beauty of the home and it's decor and it's 300 year old strength and pride-a true getaway. I found a reason to come back 5 weeks later :). Thank you Pattye for your hospitality, friendly conversation, and really interesting B&B, and thanks to you and Jeff,both, for the help with my very heavy suitcase! The Great Valley House is a rare treat as far as a safe, comfortable, relaxing, place to stay whether business or pleasure or just a retreat you've got my recommendation 100%. See you soon!
I had the good fortune to find the Great Valley House b&b while working for a nearby company. Over the course of a year I stayed with Pattye many times (about one week a month) and it felt like home from my very first visit. Pattye's creative cooking, gracious hospitality and passion for her home and its history made my stays in Malvern a real pleasure. I have stayed in many b&b's while traveling on business, but this one is truly special! Thanks, Pattye!
This was the first B&B I stayed at and I was pleasantly surprised. I was on a training seminar for business and as soon as I got back, I recommended the Great Valley House to our training coordiinator for anyone who had to travel to the area. Pattye even turned on the A/C on my second afternoon while I was away so the room was nice and cool when I got back! I will be back in touch when I travel this way again!
My husband and I had such a relaxing and comfortable stay here. I don't know what we enjoyed more -- our cozy, romantic bedroom or the huge walk in fire place that's in the dining room where we had a lovely breakfast. The house itself has so much history and the Innkeeper was very informative. We visited in the winter so unfortunately we were not able to take in the grounds and swimming pool, however, we are looking forward to going back in the summer. Besides the fact that this B&B is so charming with treats for the eyes in every room it also is close to Valley Forge National Park, many fabulous restaurants and plenty of shopping.
21st Century Convenience in 17th Century Charm greeted me at The Great Valley House, and the Innkeeper’s hospitality, scrumptious breakfasts served with fascinating history, and three gorgeous guest rooms made for a delightful visit. The Great Valley House is a destination unto itself – whether traveling for business or pleasure, a stay at The Great Valley House will not only satisfy, but also inspire. Many thanks to Pattye and her family for sharing their home and its history!
Pattye, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my stay this week at your lovely home. I regret having to leave earlier than planned, but duty called. I can assure you, I plan on making reservations the next time I'm in the area for business or pleasure. Plus, I will highly recommend your home to my friends and colleagues.