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Bancroft Manor Bed & Breakfast, Inc.

318 Marshall Street , Kennett Square, PA 19348 USA (Show map)
60 Reviews
$145 - $190
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This historic house was built by J. Bancroft Swayne, the pioneer of Kennett Square's mushroom industry. There are hardwood floors throughout, Tuscan columns, period furniture, lead glass windows, wrap-around porch, and two sun porches. Guests may choose from a room with a king size bed and optional second guest bedroom with a full size bed, another room also with a king size bed (twin bed available upon request), and a third room with a full size bed and optional queen size Murphy bed on its own three season sun room. All rooms have private bathrooms, high-definition cable TV, air conditioning, and wireless internet. This is the quietest location in town within walking distance to the best in dining and exquisite shoppes. Near all Brandywine Valley attractions - 2 miles to Longwood Gardens, 7 miles to Winterthur and Brandywine River Museum (Wyeths' art), 10 miles to Hagley Museum, and 12 miles to Nemours Mansion and Gardens.

Rooms & Rates

Longwood Room/Suite

King size canopy bed, cable TV, air conditioning, and private ensuite bathroom. A second bedroom with full size bed may be included as an upsale - ideal for the third/fourth person(s).

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

Brantwyn Room

Walnut antique furniture with king size bed, private ensuite bathroom, cable TV, wireless internet, and a twin size bed is available upon request.

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

Amish Room

The Amish Room has a full size bed, a private bathroom, and a sunporch with a queen size Murphy bed. Amenities include cable TV, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and wireless internet.

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

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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.4

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60 Reviews

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First Rate Property And Service

5 on July 28, 2014

We recently stayed at Bancroft Manor whilst on a fly/drive and as such this was short notice for our arrival. Mike, the proprietor, could not have been more pleasant or helpful. The room was immaculate, with the most comfortable bed that we had during the whole of our trip, and the service first rate. Breakfast was excellent and the stay most enjoyable. We would not hesitate in recommending Bancroft Manor, although would suggest booking in advance as we were fortunate that a room was available at such short notice.

beautiful and romantic overnight

4.4 on July 14, 2014

Wonderful staff, romantic suites, and magical views. My boyfriend took me here for an overnight trip, and the staff were very warm and inviting. The even walked us to our room after check in. Breakfast was delicious, although I would recommend an early reservation. My favorite part of our stay was taking in the views with a glass of wine from the rocking chairs on our deck. The only negative was the size of the bathroom and the outdated tv and air conditioner. These small issues however did not in any way make our stay less enjoyable.


5 on June 29, 2014

Bancroft Manor is a great b&b. it is clean, friendly, relaxing and affordable. we spent many hours on the front porch which proved to be an added benefit of staying here. it is within walking distance of the town making that another plus.

bed and dinner deal

4.4 on April 08, 2014

lovely and comfortable room. If available get the package room and dinner, meal was very well prepared and the wait staff is excellent.

Excelent Location and nostalgia

4.6 on March 29, 2014

Great location in town with excellent service and atmosphere from the past. The place is spotless and a lot of the antiquities are quite wonderful. Mike was an excellent host and very knowledgeable about the Brandy-wine region. Would stay there again and hopefully a little longer. Thanks for a great job.

Perfect Girls Getaway'

5 on March 04, 2014

We spent an amazing girls getaway weekend at the Bancroft. We had three of the four very comfortable, absolutely clean rooms. The decor is comfortably old-fashioned, sturdy and attractive but not at all fussy. The beds are amazingly comfortable, the rooms easy to adjust to your preferred temperature with space heaters or air conditioning. The innkeeper Mike was welcoming and helpful, not at all obtrusive, and was so thoughtful. He even made us brownies! We had a lovely evening enjoying the local restraint the Half Moon, and conversation in the sitting room by the fire. A super positive experience for our first time bed and breakfast attendees!

Kennett Square

3.0 on December 22, 2013

The B&B was cold, including our room, despite having a space heater.

Innkeeper Response
As the resident owner and innkeeper. I always have encouraged my guest to let me know if they are uncomfortable, unhappy, and/or need anything and at any time while staying at the B&B. I make myself available at all times and if I cannot be reached directly at any moment then I tell my guests that I can then be reached by cell phone and that number is posted on the information sheet in each of the rooms. I also have guezt review sheets in each of the rooms and I have not found any consistent with this review nor any comments indicating a problem with the temperature within any rooms or areas of the house. Nor are the ratings for the other areas on this review consistent - only a comment was made on this review about the B&B being "cold". I certainly would have first made amends with this guest prior to finding this post. Thank you.

Great weekend at Bancroft

4.6 on December 10, 2013

Mike is a most gracious host and made us very comfortable. Longwood Gardens a must!

Great Stay

5 on December 04, 2013

My mother and I enjoyed a wonderful night away in the mushroom capital of the world! Mike was very hospitable and the breakfast was great. Really got a chance to unplug and return refreshed.

Okay B&B

2.6 on November 15, 2013

First off, the Innkeeper, Mike, is a very nice person and very personable and so are his associates. But the B&B is in decline due to the operation of this beautiful place, Cheap, Cheap and Cheap sum it up. First red flag, the Innkeeper does not want to pay the credit card fees, so it is operated as an all cash business, credit cards are seriously discouraged. Second, it was a hot weekend, and although there was air conditioning, you have no control over the temperature setting, thankfully there was an overhead fan in the room. Lastly, half of a B&B, is the Breakfast, which were sorely lacking in choices, I believe in order to control the food costs. In my opinion, the use of egg quiche (day 1) and french toast (day 2) allowed all 6 of us to be fed for about $20 the first day, which did include orange juice, and for about $10, the second day, only hot tea. Have read reviews of the other B&B just up the road, and they describe the Breakfasts as gourmet, that's where I will be staying next time!!

Innkeeper Response
First, all guests do have the option to first pay by credit card which is how I price my rates. I have not had a rate increase in nearly four years. If the guests so chooses to pay the balance on the room(s) by cash or check at the time of check in, I offer a $15 discount (plus 9% tax) on their second night of stay. This is approximately a 10% savings and that correclates to a savings passed on directly to the guest. I am unsure how it was determine that "the place is in decline." Next, I make it very clear to all my guests that they must let me know when they are uncomfortable, unhappy, and/or in need of something. All my A/C units work very well and they are also set to 70 degrees (the units are near the 9' celings and that would make it cooler below). This posting showed up on 11/15/13 and I really wonder what "hot weekend" this guest is referring to. I really wished I had found about this much sooner and not during this much cooler time of year. Finally, how $20 for breakfast is derived I am unsure. Often, I purchase items from a local dairy, meat from a local butcher, fresh baked bread from a bakery, and also produce from local farms and produce markets and all for a higher price but better and fresher quality. Besides, there is much effort and care in time for shopping and preparation of breakfasts at the B&B. And, always served for breakfast is the finest in coffee and teas, according to the guests' wishes. And, I do not recollect ever serving six guests hot tea. I only wish I know in person of such displeasure and not find out such things months later.

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Location Type

Small town, Suburban, Wine country


Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 25 miles

Directions to property:

South on I-95 to US-322 West toward West Chester. Rt 322 merges into US-1 - make a left onto US 1 South. Go approximately 10 miles passing Longwood Gardens and through five traffic lights. Take Kennett Square exit just pass the WalMart. Go approximately 1 mile into the borough of Kennett Square (State Street). First traffic light, make left onto Broad Street. Next traffic light make a left onto Cypress Street. Go one block and make a right onto Marshall Street. Go almost two blocks. B&B on right side #318 Marshall Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Hagley Museum, Nemours, Brandywine River Museum, QVC, Herrs Potato Chip Factory Tour, American Helicopter Museum, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Country Inn, Bed and Breakfast, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Farm

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Bath robes, Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Secretarial services, Telephone, VCR, Videos , Fridge, Ice Machine, Microwave oven, Drinking glasses, Keurig, Coffee / Tea / Filtered Water

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Mountain Bike trails, Wine tasting - seven local wineries, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4:30PM/flexible
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited Smoking is allowed at designated area
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well behaved children allowed, not suitable for younger.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations: A minimum of 10 day notice is required for any refund. In cases where the room can be rebooked, then a full refund may be provided less any nominal fees where applicable. Fewer than a 10 day notice may be given a credit for a future stay.



Michael E. Snyder

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  • Time Served: 8:30AM / flexible
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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318 Marshall Street , Kennett Square, PA 19348 USA (Show map)

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