A luxury bed and breakfast on a secluded estate just a half hour north of Pittsburgh, the Sun & Cricket offers peace and solitude in two nature-inspired suites appointed with comfort, style and convenience in mind, including wi-fi, satellite HDTVs, down comforters, fireplaces and dry bars. Accommodations include a log cabin and a carriage house, both of which have private entrances and porches. Guests may enjoy the in-ground outdoor pool, in-room massages and marked hiking trails after sitting down to a three-course gourmet breakfast that mines the bounty of the estate's orchards and gardens. Please visit .sunandcricket for more photos, activities and availability.
5 on April 21, 2014
A cozy, relaxing escape in a tastefully decorated carriage house. Resident horses and cats provide a welcome diversion. Breakfasts were gourmet and delicious.
5 on November 20, 2013
We were greeted on arrival and oriented to the farm, which included meeting the dogs and horses and cats! In the evening, stacks of firewood arrived at the hearth, candles lit the windows, and wine glasses were at the ready. Each morning a new array of fruit, bread, and main dishes graced the table, with the offer of recipes or more detailed explanation of ingredients as requested. Lots of coffee, too! Hiking the woodlands, traveling the back roads of the area to find special restaurants, model train displays, antique shops....it was all wonderful. What a blessing to experience Fall in Western Pennsylvania at Sun and Cricket Farm.
4.6 on March 28, 2013
John and Tara are absolutely wonderful! We (my husband, 18 month-old and I) stayed in the carriage house for a weekend! It was fantastic! They were very accommodating for my family of three- which is awesome since bringing a child along is kind of an odd thing for b&b goers, The farm was beautiful- especially with the blanket of snow we woke up to Monday morning, The location is perfect- about 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and far enough in the country that it feels like it's out in the middle of nowhere! I would LOVE to visit again and highly recommend the Sun & Cricket to anyone going to Pittsburgh!
4.8 on November 06, 2012
I surprised my husband with a 4-day getaway weekend for his birthday ... first time at a B&B for both of us. Although it rained the entire time, we nevertheless had a wonderful, relaxing time. Tara and John's restaurant recommendations were dead on ... we had three superb dinners out. And Tara's breakfasts were delicious. We antiqued every day, had early dinners out and returned each evening to a fully prepared fireplace just waiting to be lit ... cozy and romantic. Due to the crummy weather, we were unable to walk the grounds and trails, or visit the barn, which were outstanding. I can imagine this place is spectacular in the summer with everything in full bloom. Would highly recommend.
3.6 on September 03, 2012
The owners are experienced and will accommodate your dietary preferences. On 35-acre farm where you will find horses, dogs, and a cat. Wooded trails and the best in-ground pool, as well as tons of books & audio-books to keep you entertained. A highly recommended getaway.
5 on July 30, 2012
The best! Not only were the breakfasts fabulous, but the innkeeper gave us great info for touring.
5 on April 22, 2012
Our 3rd stay. Excellent! Attention to details everywhere. Breakfast 00 4 courses -- all locally grown fruit/vegetables/herbs. Prepared wonderfully!
5 on April 09, 2012
Down to earth, great owners. We've stayed in many of the PA B&Bs and this is the best of them all!
5 on March 16, 2012
Fantastic -- accommodations, decor, food, warmth & friendliness of innkeepers.
5 on February 02, 2012
John and Tara are the most wonderfully accommodating people you could hope to meet. The Sun and Cricket is beautifully kept, clean, safe, private, scenic, serene and yes, it's quite romantic. This place is a "must stay" and caution; You Won't Want To Leave! It's a great get-away and quite therapeutic for your soul. --Craig from New Jersey
The carriage house is a stand-alone structure about 500 feet from the main house and log cabin. Attached to a 200-year-old chestnut bank barn, it is painted in deep colors of gold and cranberry and features a sitting area under a vaulted ceiling and skylight, a queen-size pencil-post bed under a lower ceiling of pressed wallpaper, and a slate-covered foyer with a 18th century cherry blanket chest. The bathroom offers a whirlpool-style air tub, vessel sink and terracotta tile. Amenities include: •Gas fireplace •Satellite HDTV/DVD and stereo •Dorm-size refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker •Radiant floor heat in bathroom •Hair dryer •Iron and ironing board
Nightly Rate: $185 - $185
Nightly Rate: $185 - $185
Because of its unique construction, or perhaps because of its not-too-big, not-too-small size, the log cabin is a favorite of our returning guests. Its colorful, Adirondack décor, wood-burning fireplace and king-size featherbed are just a few reasons guests consistently request this cozy suite. On the main floor is a living room and library, where guests are treated to a full gourmet breakfast. On the upper level is the master bedroom and bath, accessed by a spiral staircase. The spiral staircase also leads to the lower level, which has a separate bedroom with two twin beds and another bathroom. The log cabin's amenities include: A complete library stocked with hundreds of books and audiobooks, satellite HDTV and DVD, private porch and separate stone patio, walk-in shower in master bedroom, tub/shower on lower level bedroom, dorm-size refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker, and free wireless Internet.
Nightly Rate: $200 - $200
Nightly Rate: $200 - $200
Countryside, Rural, Secluded
Pittsburgh, PA (PIT) 30 miles
Take exit 4 of PA Turnpike(I-76). Go north 2 miles and east on Red Belt (also Bakerstown Road) 2.5 miles. From Pittsburgh, take Rt 28 north to Rt 8. Take Rt 8 north about 13 miles and east on Red Belt (Bakerstown Road) 2.5 miles.
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Free outdoor summer concerts, Summer arts festival and river regatta, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, Festival of lights at Hartwood Acres, Amish country, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, Ski area, Winery, Zoo
Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Swimming pool, Down comforters and handmade quilts, Marked hiking/biking/bridle trails, Pasture and stalls for guest horses, Massages by appointment, Birdwatching
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi
Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Bridle and hiking trails, Massages by appointment, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails
Tara and John Bradley-Steck
English, French, German, Spanish
Cats , Dogs , 3 Horses
Tara is a writer and journalist; John a geotechnical engineer. Both enjoy horsebackriding, gardening, traveling, skiing and restoration work. Both are animal lovers and breed golden retrievers and Morgan horses. Resident cats and dogs are not permitted in the suites.