Built by an original Welsh settler prior to 1720 the house was added to in 1740 and completed in 1791 to create the overall traditional colonial appearance. The oldest part of the house, the "old kitchen" conveys much of the colonial charm and history of the house. Title deeds can be traced back to William Penn in 1681.
5 on July 24, 2012
We stayed at Great Valley House for a week in July, How wonderful it was, from the accommodations to the delightful breakfasts in the historic kitchen. What a wonderful retreat into history, plus the use of the swimming pool with an occasional deer wandering nearby.. Susan and Nick Bereda
5 on April 18, 2011
B & B's can be soooooo twee - all those Martha Stewart bins of potpourri, tacky faux colonialisms...fakedom in general. but here we have the real deal - a splendidly maintained and restored home that dates from 1690, real antiques, and a gracious and knowledgeable host. if you want real American colonial history, this is the place. can't recommend The Great Valley House and Pattye Benson enough. Top Marks!
5 on April 16, 2011
My husband and I took our 2 children (ages 11 and 13) to Valley Forge for a 3-day getaway. We homeschool our children and have found that it is really helpful to visit areas as we study them - we were studying the Revolutionary War and I thought it would be perfect to stay nearby Valley Forge National Historica Park and was delighted to find this 300-yr. old inn closeby. The owner of the Great Valley House is president of the local historical society and had one story after another to entice our 2 boys. Her special stories about the house and the area during the 1700's really made the history come to life for our boys. We visited several months ago, and they are still talking about the trip. I want to publically thank Pattye for her patience with our endless questions and for her taking so much time with us. She created special memories for this family from Wisconsin!
2.6 on March 02, 2011
This is a great old, old house, but that doesn't give the right to have dust bunnies on a third of the floors, or windows that haven't been cleaned in years. The food was good and interesting that it fit the primitive surroundings of a very old kitchen with original equipped fireplace. Pattye was very knowledgeable about the history of the house, but did not seem interested in her guests or their questions. Maybe a good place for a corporate overnight, but not for the interested history buff as most of the house was off limits. What a shame in the backyard of Valley Forge.
5 on February 22, 2011
My wife and I with our 17yr. old son were on a week-long college visit trip. We were in Valley Forge area to visit Villanova University and stayed at the Great Valley House. We arrived later than expected in the midst of a snow storm. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and instantly had a feeling of being comfortable and at home. The owner was warm and welcoming and we enjoyed a good night's sleep. Breakfast in the 'old kitchen' was a very special treat. With snow continuing to fall outside, we sat in front of a fire in the big walk-in fireplace, and struggled to leave for college visits. If our son is lucky and gets accepted at Villanova U, we know we will have a 'home away from home' for the next 4 years. Susan & John Russell PS: When we left after breakfast, Jeff (the innkeeper's husband) had thoughtfully cleared the snow from our car!
3.0 on February 08, 2011
We stayed at the Great Valley House on a recent business trip to Philadelphia. We really enjoyed the building and general vibe of the old house. The innkeeper is very freindly and a history buff which made for interesting conversation. What we weren't expecting was horrible beds that felt as though they may have been original to the house and the linens/bedding felt cheap and uncomfortable. The only other complaint was the place is in desperate need of a good scrubbing.
5 on January 24, 2010
I stayed at the Great Valley House during the Christmas holidays. I was visiting family in the area and did not want to stay in a hotel. I felt like I was returning home the moment I was greeted at the door. It is obvious that Pattye has been an innkeeper for a long time - she has an wonderful way of making you feel right at home and she treats you has a long lost relative rather than a stranger she is meeting for the first time. I plan on returning often to visit family, because now I have the perfect plact to stay!
4.0 on November 03, 2009
My daughter and I recently spent a weekend touring the sights in the Valley Forge, PA area. To say the highlight of the trip for me was our stay at The Great Valley House of Valley Forge is an understatement. Having never before stayed at a bed and breakfast I was a little apprehensive. Pattye Benson, the owner and hostess of the bed and breakfast, quickly put my apprehension to rest! Her love of the house as well as her knowledge of its history are endless. The food and accommodations far exceeded our expectations. We're already thinking ahead to a time when we can return.
4.8 on November 17, 2008
Valley Forge in the Fall has to be just about the perfect place to visit. Wow, what a great weekend getaway from the craziness of Manhattan. We loved our stay at the Great Valley House - it made the weekend even more special. I would highly recommend this bed & breakfast to anyone who wants to experience 'history' first hand.
5 on November 12, 2008
My husband and I just had a wonderful weekend getaway at the Great Valley House. The old kitchen where we had breakfast -- was absolutely amazing! We had breakfast in front of a large walk in fireplace with a blazing fire going. The food was great and the conversation with the owner and other guests was wonderful! Can't wait to come back and experience each of the seasons at this place.
National Park, Countryside, Suburban
Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 25 miles
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo
Historic Inn, Other, Bed and Breakfast
BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano , Free High Speed Internet In Room
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Antiquing, Shopping, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports
I am an avid quilter and the house is filled with quilts I've designed and created; also restore antique quilts. I enjoy playing the grand piano in sitting room for guests in evening- classical blues, jazz, etc. I also have a prolific antique collection including vintage clothes and textiles.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
Breakfast Burritos with Tomato-Basil Topping