Carlisle House

148 South Hanover Street , Carlisle, PA 17013 USA (Show map)


Click "Visit Website" to choose your room! A ½ mile from I-81, & 3 miles from I-76 (PA Turnpike), in Downtown Historic Carlisle, Carlisle House and Carlisle Events featured as one of NBC Washington's Top Ten Weekend Getaways! The 1826 Carlisle House is also one of USA Today's 10BEST Harrisburg Hotels, and 12-year "Best of Carlisle" winners! Friendly to all! We are an easy stroll from Dickinson College, and some of the best restaurants, shops and antiques in South Central PA. Walk to the Carlisle Fairgrounds, the Cumberland County Historical Society, the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center and places visited by the nation’s most important and historic characters. Our amenities include in-room telephones with free local and domestic long-distance calls, all-private bathrooms, 50mb wi-fi, fine English teas and an international-themed gourmet quiche breakfast - all in the nightly rate! FREE LEVEL 2 40WATT J1772 ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING!!!



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Best B&B Experience Ever

5 on November 25, 2014

The gorgeous Ewing Room was super romantic, and larger than the pics can convey. It was an excellent value. Mary and Alan were the most gracious hosts ~ warm and friendly people who seem to enjoy and are quite natural at their calling. A nice touch was that they have menus on hand from area restaurants, and on each one they label how many blocks the restaurant is from the B&B... this is a great place to stay if you want to be on foot in a charming town for the weekend. Breakfast at Carlisle House was scrumptious. We enjoyed walking to and around the Dickinson College campus. Everything was terrific; we would love to go back!

Wonderful stay!

5 on July 10, 2014

We stayed 2 nights at the Carlisle House and loved everything about it! Mary and Alan were such wonderful hosts and keep this place running like a well-oiled machine. The room, accommodations, and breakfast were all amazing. We will definitely be staying here again if we are ever back in the area! The Carlisle House quickly made our "Top 5" best places that we've ever stayed. Thank you!!

Clean, accomodating and super friendly

4.2 on April 06, 2014

Booking a last minute visit to my niece at nearby Dickinson college, we decided to use our Bed and Breakfast gift card to pay for our stay. When I had trouble booking it through the website I contacted the Carlisle House directly, and Mary and Alan opened up another room for us specifically so we could book it through the B and B .com website (a requirement for our gift card)...that was only the beginning of their outstanding service. The room was beautiful, and Mary and Alan helped us out with where to dine in town, even offering to call ahead to speak with restaurant owners about my special dietary needs. Breakfast was also delicious, and before checkout we spent nearly an hour chatting with Mary and Alan about the town of Carlisle and being in the Bed and Breakfast business in general, something I've always been interested in. Needless to say, we had a wonderful stay and will be visiting them again soon.

Exquisite B&B!

5 on July 27, 2013

We just stayed for the second time at the Carlisle House but it won't be our last visit! Everything about this B&B is lovely and welcoming. The Innkeepers/Owners, Mary and Alan, are a delightful couple and extremely helpful in suggesting restaurants (of which there are many!), sights to see, events at Dickinson College, and all things Carlisle, PA. The breakfasts are delicious and the atmosphere conducive to lingering over just one more cuppa!

The wonderful Carlisle House in PA

5 on July 24, 2012

we loved that Carlisle House; our one night stay was too short and we hope to visit again. The food was delicious and our hosts, mary and alan were very welcoming and warm. Thanks for a great stay !!

Carlisle hospitality

5 on July 05, 2012

Absolutely fantastic place in Carlisle, PA. Mary and Alan were extremely gracious hosts and the quiche Alan prepared at breakfast will not soon be forgotten. I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a comfortable B&B while exploring central Pennsylvania.

Fantastic Carlisle House

5 on June 30, 2012

A lovely warm welcome awaits guests arriving at Carlisle House. The beds are the most comfortable I have slept in anywhere. The breakfasts are wonderful and every preference is catered for as far as humanly possible. I have just returned from my 3rd visit and am already looking forward to my 4th visit in 2014. Alan and Mary Duxbury are wonderful hosts and run a superb Guest House. Chris Couldridge, Somerset, UK.

Home Sweet Home

5 on June 11, 2012

My husband and I stayed 2 nights at the Carlisle House. Mary and Allan were gracious and welcoming. From our warm welcome at the front door, to assistance with our luggage, and every amenity in between (and I mean every amenity), our stay was heaven. Our room was cozy and comfortable and the linens felt like silk. Breakfast was extraordinary and the conversation delightful. We will definitely return to Carlisle, and will only stay at the Carlisle House.

Had a great time

4.8 on June 11, 2012

We had a fantastic time at the Carlisle house and would highly reccomend staying here. Mary and Alan were very nice and the place was beautiful.

A perfect base of operations for expolring historic Cumberland County

5 on June 09, 2012

Call a deal in advance. This place is busy and rightly so!

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Rooms & Rates

Ewing Room

As the original front parlor, a remarkable feature of the room is the Ben Franklin type fireplace insert which warmed the home much more efficiently than just a fireplace. This stove, the marbleized slate mantle, 11 foot ceilings with both crown and chair moldings lend an appropriate period touch to the decor of this dramatic room which is lit by original wall lights and an antique pewter chandelier. For your comfort, this room has been equipped with a burl wood four poster king size bed, ensuite double size Jacuzzi bath with twin shower-heads, and a private half bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $169 - $229

English Library

The English Library was the second of the formal parlors in the home. This room features beautiful encased book shelves to either side of the marbleized slate ornamental fireplace. An 11 foot ceiling with a beautiful antique pewter chandelier highlights the queen size sleigh bed. A separate half bath with double vanity accompanies an ensuite double Jacuzzi with twin shower-heads which can be enjoyed under light from the chandelier. A flat-screen TV and BluRay player provide your entertainment and the stocked refrigerator provides your beverages.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $229

Anna Woods

Probably our most popular suite, Anna Woods is at the back of the house on the first floor. It comprises two rooms, each room having its own private bathroom, work area, its own refrigerator, and its own cable TV with BluRay player. The first room has a queen four poster bed and a beautiful bathroom with soaking tub, jetted shower, and vessel sink incorporated into the original china cabinet. The second bedroom with a full-size bed has both a connecting door with the first room and its own external access from the patio. This bedroom's bathroom is equipped with a shower with rainfall head.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $249 - $309

Rose Room

This spacious front bedroom on the second floor is the jewel of the home and was the bedroom of the Ewing twins in the “new” part of the home built in the 1820s. The room (walls and ceiling) was papered with the present rose design in the 1930s when the boys were in grade school. The wide plank yellow pine floorboards highlight the scrollwork on the queen size bed. The adjoining bathroom features the early 1900s floor tiles and claw foot bathtub with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $159 - $219

Jessie's Room

Unlike a typical hotel or motel, our rooms are individually furnished to fit the history of both the home and Historic Carlisle, PA. This second floor room was the bedroom of Jessie Ewing from 1927 until she left the home in 1965. With a beautiful queen bed, It features painted yellow pine flooring, original lighting fixtures and an ornamental fireplace, with a closet in one nook, and a shelved closet on the other side of the fireplace. The adjoining bathroom has a spectacular MAAX shower with 6 body jets and a seat with 10 back jets!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $219

Molly's Garden

Named for Carlisle’s heroine Mary Hays McCauly, commonly known as Molly Pitcher, the large third floor room front windows look out toward the old Carlisle Graveyard in which she is buried. It features two decorative queen size iron beds, a love seat, and of course all the other modern amenities to enhance your stay. A private bathroom with 5ft jetted shower adjoins the room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $219

Blair Room

The Blair Room is a queen bed room with interior access, and its own private entrance from the rear and a door to the balcony for relaxing outside. It features a ceiling fan and a private bathroom with spa jetted shower. A work area, flat screen TV with BluRay player, and a stocked refrigerator add even more amenities to this delightful room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $219

Bailey Suite

One of our four multi-roomed suites, Bailey on the second floor comprises 670 square feet of space with a sitting room with flat screen TV and BluRay player, bedroom with queen bed and daybed, a second bedroom with two twin beds, and a private bathroom with shower. A kitchen complete with a ceramic-top range, dishwasher, and full-size refrigerator makes this suite perfect for both brief and extended stays.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 3 Twin

Nightly Rate: $189 - $249

Hayes Suite

The Hayes Suite has two queen bedrooms with a connecting door, and a private bath room with glass enclosed shower. Situated on the second floor at the rear, this suite is extremely popular with families of high-school students visiting Dickinson College just four blocks away. Each room has its own flat screen TV with BluRay player. The first room features a burl wood four poster queen bed enhanced by elegant floral blue bedding, while the adjacent sterling blue bedroom features a fluted iron queen bed with deep red bedding and acorn brown carpet giving it a warm glow.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $219

Queen bed room

Your room will have a Queen bed, television with DVD player, refrigerator with complimentary soft drinks, a work area, internet access and all the other amenities which have made us one of Pennsylvania's top-rated B&Bs. We are in the Historic Downtown area within easy walking distance of over 20 different restaurants, Dickinson College, the Historical Society, car shows etc.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $219

Penn Suite

Located on the third floor, Penn Suite is the largest of our suites, almost 1000 square feet. It comprises two large bedrooms each with a queen bed, a beautiful bathroom with natural light from the skylight above, a fully-equipped kitchen that includes a washer/dryer, full ceramic-top range, dishwasher, and full-size refrigerator, and a sitting room with work area, easy chair, settee, and flat screen cable TV with Blu-Ray player.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $189 - $249

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Location Type

Carlisle Downtown Historic District


Harrisburg, PA (MDT) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From I-81 take Carlisle Exit 47 (US Route 34) for northbound Hanover Street. Follow South Hanover Street in toward the center of Carlisle just past the third traffic light. The Carlisle House at 148 South Hanover will be on your left. From I-76 (the PA Turnpike), take the Carlisle Exit 226 and follow signs to Carlisle by taking US Route 11 southbound. It is about 3 miles to the square in Carlisle and we are 1 3/4 blocks past the square on the right at 148 S HANOVER ST.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, National Car Shows - Cars at Carlisle, Army Heritage Museum, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Private entrance, Videos , 24-hr kitchen access, Fresh Fruit, Brick Patio

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4pm to 7pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking on patio and second floor verandah
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited We welcome young adults over the age of 11.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We can assist in finding pet boarding.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Special event weekends require a 2-3 night minimum stay.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: n/a
  • Cancellations: If you find the need to cancel your reservation please note the following cancellation period limitations: Special Event Dates (See list *) – 30 days prior to check-in date Group Reservations of six or more rooms – 30 days prior to check-in date High Season weekends (April 1-October 30) – 14 days prior to check-in date All other reservations – 72 hours prior to check-in date Special Event Dates include but are not limited to: Dickinson Orientation, Homecoming, Commencement (3-night minimum), Alumni Weekend, All Carlisle Events including Ford Nationals and Corvettes at Carlisle (3-night minimum)



Tim and Carolyn Carlisle

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  • Time Served: 7.30 to 9.30
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Quiche created with an international flair.
Our selection features 15 different quiches all described on our website, including favorites such as the English quiche with smoked ham, leeks and sharp cheddar, Greek with spinach, feta and nutmeg, Scandinavian with smoked salmon, Jarlsburg and dill, and our German quiche with cremini mushrooms, cambozola cheese, and fresh rosemary! A fresh fruit plate is always provided along with baked goods which may be our spectacular muffins, a glazed sweet bread, or even an almond or dried blueberry or dried cherry torte! Of course cereals, yogurts, a choice of five juices, fresh coffee and a wide selection of teas are always available!