The Gables

4520 Chester Avenue , Philadelphia, PA 19143 USA (Show map)


A magnificently restored Victorian mansion near the Universities. 10 elegant bedrooms, sitting rooms and dining room with an extensive collection of period antiques. A large wrap-around porch over looks the side yard and gardens. Free off-street parking. Easy access to the trolley line. Rooms are all air-conditioned, have cable television, private phones, vcr's, clock radios and cd players. Wireless DSL is accessible in all the rooms and there is a computer station in the hall for guest use. Refrigerator and microwave available in common area. Guests are asked to smoke outside only. Well behaved children are welcome but sorry no pets. Awards include: Historic Preservation Award and Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly Award" "Best Urban Get-away." The Gables is featured in the holiday 2002 issue of Victorian Homes Magazine.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Second stay at Gables

5 on June 21, 2016

We live in the Woodlands, TX and this was our second stay at the Gables

Another great stay at the Gables.

4.2 on June 20, 2016

Our stay at the Gables was the highlight of our trip to Philly to see our son, his partner and our first grandson. As always, Warren was accommodating when we asked to arrive before check in time. Breakfast was, as always, a delightful treat. Not only was the food exceptional, the folks who were staying there and joined us for breakfast were enjoyable, adding international spice to an already enjoyable experience. We exchanged pictures with our new French friend and enjoyed the company of the Chinese couple who were touring the states. Good food, nice people and very kind inn keepers. We will return.

recent stay

4.6 on June 15, 2016

The Gables B and B was clean, comfortable, hospitable and in a great location.

Sister trip 2016

4.0 on June 09, 2016

The host was welcoming and provided good information about transportation. The rooms were neat and clean and beautifully furnished. The host was friendly and breakfast had several options to choose from. I highly recommend this place for service, beauty and comfort. We enjoyed our stay. it was the best of the 3 BnBs we stayed at throughout our vacation trip.

Have stayed here three times now. Each time in a different room .All are great!

5 on May 31, 2016

Love it there everytime

Great B&B

3.8 on May 30, 2016

Great bed and breakfast! Beautiful home, very clean! Our room was very nice and comfortable. Quiet neighborhood. Trolley stops right in front of the home for ease in getting around. Lots of great places to eat within walking distance.

Outstanding B&B

5 on May 29, 2016

The gables has beautiful antiques, excellent breakfasts, and fabulous gardens. We were treated like family and enjoyed every minute of our stay, whether inside the beautiful home or sitting on the porch or in the gardens. Warren is a warm and gracious host. We look forward to our next stay.

Lovely surroundings, convenient location

3.4 on May 23, 2016

Stayed for one night during business travel. Architecture of the house is wonderful and it is full of charming pieces and off street parking was a great bonus. One glitch was that the room I originally reserved had been given to another guest before I arrived, but Alison, who checked me in was gracious about making sure that I was not charged the higher rate for the room I ended up in. She let me know that a temporary plumbing issue meant no hot water in the sink but there was hot water in the shower. She also pointed me to the trolley stop and advised me about using it which was much appreciated since I was not familiar with the area. Location was very convenient to an event I was attending at the Penn Museum. The bed and the house overall were very comfortable. I had to leave early the next a.m. for an appointment so did not get to try the breakfast. I hope to come back again for pleasure vs. business.

Great Stay

5 on May 17, 2016

I stayed at the Gables overnight to get my daughter after finishing her year at U of Penn. I loved my stay and will return next year.

Perfect in every way

5 on April 21, 2016

Warren, the co-owner, who greeted me on my afternoon arrival, was gracious, welcoming, and generous of spirit. Extraordinary house. Quiet, private, immaculately clean. Historic, residential neighborhood near many small and delightful restaurants (Moroccan, Indian, Ethiopian--my favorite cuisines). I wake early and need to eat breakfast right away. I'd brought my own food for that and Warren understood and kindly showed me the guest fridge, tea bar, toaster, etc. so that there would be no difficulties for me in the morning. I look forward to another visit! Many thanks.

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Rooms & Rates

Victorian Suite

This was once the master bedroom suite. It has a cozy attached glassed in porch with wicker furniture. The bedroom itself has a romantic queen sized canopy bed draped in soft lace, a highly carved antique armoire, electric fireplace and revolving bookcase, small sofa and chairs. The tiled bath still has the original soaking tub with shower, a large sink and its own heat control and heat lamp. Lace trimmed linens, lots of pillows and a down comforter adorn the bed and plush Egyptian cotton towels and bathrobes complete this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $175

Tower Room

The Tower Room has great architectual details comprising a turret with large windows and a working gas fireplace. The brass queen sized bed is covered in plump pillows and laced sheets. Two comfortable upholstered chairs and Queen Anne sofa create a small sitting area, oak armoire and dresser complete the room's romantic ambiance.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $170

Blue Willow Room

The Blue Willow Room tells its story in blue and white. Collectible plates from around the world cover the walls of the turret. A gas fireplace adds warmth and ambiance while white lace curtains allows in lots of light. The dark walnut wood of the armoire, queen sized bed, complementary lady's and gentleman's chair, and chests add strength and character. Embroidered sheets and pillow cases accentuate the blue and white theme.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $170

Country Willow Room

Beautiful country quilts and accessories fill this room with charm. The queen sized four poster bed and floral comforter take center stage, but guests love curling up with a good book on the upholstered chaise lounge. A white marble bathroom sparkles against a back drop of Swedish Blue walls and plush hand knotted Chinese rug.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $165

Regent Room

This bright, cheery room is located on the third floor and has two twin beds and tall cherry armoire. It has a large flat screen television and a luxurious leather sofa. The Regent Room has its own private bathroom with shower. A third bed may be added to accommodate three people.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $145 - $180

Garden Room

This room overlooks the English Garden in the side yard and the Victorian floral wallpaper brings the garden right inside. The highback Victorian full sized bed and tall mirrored armoire make this room majestic. Accessories decorated with violets and grapes and pansies carry out the garden theme. A great oak rocker and Morris chair upholstered in a gold sun and moon design adds further interest and excitement.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $150


The library theme adds a slightly masculine flair to the home. The furniture is a mix of mahogany and pine from the early days of the last century and even before. A Victorian walnut dresser and a beautiful antique brass headboard stands amidst a leafy vine wallpaper print in burgandy and cream. The room has a chesterfield style leather sofa and comfortable upholstered chair perfect for reading. The bathroom is tiled in white marble and burgandy. By its name, library, you could guess that books abound in the room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $150

Egan Room

The Egan family was the first owners of this magnificent Queen Anne home. This room has been recently redecorated and named in their memory. The gentle elegance of the white and blue toile print and stately Chinese oriental carpet is fitting of the family memory. A full sized wrought iron bed, pine armoire, and Victorian highback dresser adorn the room. A small wash room has been created en suite with easy access to a private hall bath complete with clawfoot tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $135

East Room

The East Room was once attached to the master suite as a sitting room with a decorative fireplace. It now serves as a completely separate guestroom with a brass bed and oak furnishings. The striped wallpaper and floral bed quilt was chosen to complement the tile that surrounds the fireplace. This room has a sink en suite and shares a bathroom in the hall with one other room. Arts and crafts style furnishings fill this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $125

South Room

The South Room was once an upstairs living room. The navy blue color is brightened by the many large windows in the room. Two antique brass twin beds are separated by a large fruitwood armoire. A unique civil war era sofa and high backed mirrored dresser make this room truly regal.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $0 - $125

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Location Type

Near Hospitals, Urban Residential, Near Universities, City


Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 4 miles

Directions to property:

From Center City take Walnut Street (one way) heading west. Turn left at 42nd Street, go 5 blocks to stop sign, turn right onto Chester Avenue. The Gables is about 4 blocks on the left at the corner of 46th and Chester Ave. The driveway enters onto the property from 46th Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, universities, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Videos , free parking on the premises, easy access to public transportation

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

museums, dining, universities, hospitals, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: Noon-10:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on certain weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit Card Number or one night's stay
  • Cancellations: 48 hours except at certain high peak times when 1 week or even 1 month may be required



Warren Cederholm and Don Caskey

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  • Time Served: flexible
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Signature Dish

Apple Walnut Muffins
Our neighbor makes all our muffins and cakes and they are all fantastic, but her apple walnut muffins are everyone's favorite. They are a meal in themselves filled with huge chunks of apple and nuts.