Spencer House Bed And Breakfast

519 W 6th , Erie, PA 16507 USA (Show map)


One step through the beautiful arched front doors and guests quickly realize why The Spencer House is one of Erie's landmark Victorian mansions. Examples of the era abound from the 12-foot ceilings, sculpted light medallions, to the incredibly detailed, handcrafted hardwood mouldings that grace the entire house. Experienced owners/innkeepers Fletcher & Joy Coleman have been privileged to recently purchase this beautiful Inn and hope to make your visit to Erie and The Spencer House a wonderful experience.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5

A splendid glimpse into the Victorian past.

5 on September 11, 2015

Our stay at the Spencer House was a very relaxing experience. Our hosts, Fletcher and Joy, are truly on top of their game. The home is beautifully rich in Victorian splendor down to the last detail and immaculate. We stayed in the Spencer suite and enjoyed the large shower, and the king-sized bed afforded us with a very comfortable night's sleep. The breakfast was delicious and completely to our liking. The lovely wood work and rich furnishings take you back to an elegant time and way of life that one can truly appreciate. We're glad we've found this gem and are looking forward to our next visit.

Erie, PA B&B

5 on May 05, 2015

Beautiful property, wonderful hosts, Joy and Fletcher. Terrific breakfast every morning. Don't pass up an opportunity to stay at this great B & B.

great stay great people

5 on October 21, 2014

the house is beautiful and clean. the people are suoer nice and accomodating. will return and stay here again. bottom line

Great Location in Erie PA

3.8 on August 03, 2014

The inn keepers and their cat family were very friendly. Our room provided enough room and was very comfortable. Breakfast was fantastic and a variety of things were provided. We especially enjoyed hearing a little history about the home.

Awesome B&B

5 on June 19, 2014

My wife & I celebrated her birthday with 2 nights at the Spencer House, and it was exquisite. The house is beautifully decorated and impeccably clean. The rooms are spacious and the beds are very comfortable. Joy and Fletcher were awesome hosts. Joy is definitely in her element when entertaining and Fletcher is an excellent cook. Our stay was made more enjoyable by their enthusiasm. We met and shared breakfast with people from all over the world, very interesting. I look forward to staying there again, and so should you!

Relaxing Stay

5 on September 14, 2013

Great place , Thanks to Joy and Fletcher we had such a relaxing stay, first time at a B&B and wont be our last, the place was amazing , centrally located to everything check out the Tap House pizza GREAT and Smugglers Wharf great crab cake sandwiches, and Fletchers breakfasts where fantastic, Thanks again Fletcher & Joy look forward to our next stay, Steve & Bill , Lower Burrell PA. (9/12-14)

A great getaway

5 on June 26, 2013

My wife and I chose the Spencer House because we wanted to escape the rat race and try something new. We had never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, now we know what we had been missing. Fletcher and Joy have really high standards and it shows in everything from the immaculate rooms, to the lovely decorations, to the outstanding breakfasts. I usually skip breakfast, but found myself watching the board to see what was on the menu for the next day. Our hosts gave us great advice on where to eat the rest of our meals. We had a great time and managed to de-stress. I can't imagine staying in a hotel when the Spencer House is available.

A Fabulous House - A Fabulous Stay!

5 on June 12, 2013

The Spencer House is gorgeous with such beautiful woodwork and decor. We stayed in the Presidential Suite which was pristine and roomy. We could have spent the entire time in the house and would have been content. The owners, Joy and Fletcher, made us feel welcome and made our stay extra special. Extraordinary breakfast - cinnamon chip pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage!! We will definitely be returning!

Winter getaway

5 on March 18, 2013

My husband and I "escaped" to Erie just after Thanksgiving and chose Spencer House partly because of the great reviews we read. We weren't disappointed. Fletcher had been working on Christmas decorations, he even had 2 trees set up with victorian decorations. The house was like a step back in time with the wonderful high ceilings and heavy doors, but it felt fresh and new. The hallways had been freshly painted from dark red to a soft coffee, and the new wallpaper was so rich. Joy has a collection of 19th century lithographs that are as old as the house which she hung up the 3rd floor staircase. It's worth going up just to see them! We chose the Spencer Suite, which was also redone--the historic shower and tiles gave way to the most comfortable king bed and big TV. And breakfast--wow. Fletcher is an amazing cook. We'll be coming back again, there's a beach and a zoo that weren't open, so there's a lot to do next time.

We Made the Right Decision

4.6 on November 12, 2012

My husband, brother and sister-in-law were fortunate enough to spend a weekend in early November 2012 at the Spencer House. The trip would not have been the same had we stayed elsewhere. Joy and Fletcher were the hosts one imagines when planning a stay at a B&B. With the first words of greeting, we knew we had chosen the right place. We felt that we were visiting old friends, though we had never before met. As host and hostess, they were spot on. Our every need was met even before it became a need. The house was impeccable, beautifully appointed and comfortable. I can’t imagine not getting a good night’s sleep in the very comfortable beds! Before calling it a night, we spent our evenings in the “common rooms” relaxing and exploring the beautiful “heavy-on-the-wood” rooms, filled with vintage pieces and books, and partaking of the beverages stocked in the little fridge upstairs. Nothing was “hands-off”. A good breakfast is one of our criteria when choosing a B&B. Spencer House was #1 in this category from the start. Fletcher served beautiful, delicious meals, prepared to perfection. None of that snooty, “gourmet” food fit only for a ritzy photo op that wouldn’t fill a bird! This was real food: scrambled eggs with cheese, herbed potatoes, thick-cut bacon that makes your mouth water, strawberry pancakes, a variety of fruit juices—just to name a few selections. And I would be remiss if I did not mention the coffee (made by Joy); This was a cup ‘o “joy” one looks forward to drinking in the morning. Joy and Fletcher showed a real interest in getting to know us and enjoyed conversing with us, and were never at a loss for an entertaining anecdote or two. They were a pleasure, and when we left, we knew we would miss them. We also laughed a lot on this trip. That is always an indicator to me of a good get-away and time well spent. I do not see how one can go wrong by staying at Spencer House Bed & Breakfast. Do yourself a favor. Book a stay today. Monica E. Smith

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Location Type

Airport, City, Downtown, Wine country


Erie, PA (ERI) 6 miles

Directions to property:

Take I-79 north to the 12th Street exit; this is Route 5. You want to take the east exit (since you are traveling north on I-79, the easterly exit is first). In effect, you will be turning right onto 12th street (a.k.a. Route 5). You will then proceed along 12th Street approximately 1.5 miles and you should start looking for Cherry Street. Keep your eye out for Liberty Street (Rick Weaver's Buick dealership), and the next streets will be Poplar and then Cherry. Turn left (north) onto Cherry Street. Safely proceed to 6th Street and turn right (east). Spencer House is 519, located on the right (south) side of the street, about half-way down the block.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycles, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well behaved please to be courteous of our other guests.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two-night minimums weekends from May through October.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We request a valid credit card to hold a room.
  • Cancellations: A one night's deposit will be taken at the time of your reservation. Refunds will be issued minus a $20 processing fee for cancellations made 7 days prior to arrival. Cancellations made within 7 days of arrival will be charged the full amount unless the room is re-rented. For special circumstances, arrangements can be made to transfer deposits to a future stay.



Fletcher & Joy Coleman

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About the innkeepers

While Fletcher's favorites are birding and fishing, Joy prefers recreating historic needlepoint and knitting. We also both enjoy watching the cats (the true owners of the house) as they lounge in true comfort.

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  • Time Served: 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , gluten-free

Signature Dish

cinnamon chip pancakes
Imported cinnamon chips from Lancaster County, PA, make these rich pancakes topped with bananas and walnuts a treat that all ages are sure to enjoy.