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.
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).
Walnut antique furniture with king size bed, private ensuite bathroom, cable TV, wireless internet, and a twin size bed is available upon request.
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.
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!
3.0 on December 22, 2013
The B&B was cold, including our room, despite having a space heater.
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.
4.6 on December 10, 2013
Mike is a most gracious host and made us very comfortable. Longwood Gardens a must!
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.
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!!
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.
Small town, Suburban, Wine country
Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 25 miles
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.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, QVC, Herrs Potato Chip Factory Tour, Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Hagley Museum, American Helicopter Museum, Nemours, Brandywine River Museum, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo, 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
Historic Inn, Country Inn, Bed and Breakfast, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Agritourism/Farmstay
BBQ grill, Bath robes, Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Secretarial services, Telephone, VCR, Videos
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
Fridge, Ice Machine, Microwave oven, Drinking glasses, Keurig, Coffee / Tea / Filtered Water
Michael E. Snyder
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian