After reading all the glowing reviews about the Inn, we were anticipating much more than was delivered. This establishment is desperately in need of refurbishment and redecorating. Our rooms were tired, tacky, and stifling with no ventilation or air conditioning. The bed was comfortable, however. If your idea of a great B&B breakfast is a packet of instant oatmeal or a conservatory filled with plastic plants, you'll love this place. If not, don't book it.
You cannot ask for a better location to visit Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, and Brandywine River Art Museum & Conservation. I was a little put off by the proximity to Route 1 and the traffic noise but once I setting in for the night, I didn't hear anything. I slept like a rock! Super comfy bedding. Breakfast was varied, healthy, and plentiful. Hosts are very welcoming.
Overall experience was great. My only concern was that nobody picked up the phone or returned my calls. I was not able to order champagne or wine at 6pm. No one answers the phone. When we checked out we left keys but I was not able to buy tea or anything at the gift shop. Nobody was at the desk 1030 am or answered the phone. The grounds are beautiful, house, and room lovely. We sleep so well. If you want peace and quiet with no interactions with inn keepers this is the place they avoid you all the time. Breakfast was delicious yum yum.
Certainly enjoyed staying in a comfortable room from 1714 with modern amenities, but the best part was the time spent chatting with the owners, Cheryl and Chip. They leave you alone or engage you--whatever you wish. Lots of little "extras". I look forward to future visits.
What a lovely inn. The hosts have kept as many original touches as possible but have added all the modern amenities. My room had a lovely fireplace, brass bedstead, en suite bathroom, and three sunny windows. The bed was very comfortable. Breakfast each morning was different and healthy! The inn is close to US Rte 1 and I thought the traffic noise would bother me but it didn't. I spent 4 wonderful days exploring the Brandywine Valley from this great location.
My wife and I feel like had taken a mini-retreat with our stay at Elk Forge. The common areas were fabulous to be alone in and settle back and read. Our room was comfortable and loved the two person tub. The setting was serene and wooded. And, the breakfast was great--food and service. we can't wait to go back!
We stayed one night in the John Marshall room. The room is on the back side of the house and faces the garden. It was very comfortable and quiet. While not particularly spacious it was adequate, with a comfortable chair and a chest at the foot of the bed for seating. Although the Inn is on a busy route there was no traffic noise discernible from our room. The bathroom is not en-suite but rather just a few steps down the hall. The hall is shared with only one other room, which has an ensuite bath, so essentially no chance of running into another guest in the middle of the night. This arrangement may not be for everyone but it certainly provides an excellent value for an area that can be quite expensive. The Inn is very close to Longwood Gardens and just a couple of miles from the Brandywine River Museum.
Elk Forge is a beautiful estate home with a very cozy, family type atmosphere. We stayed in The Chesapeake Room on the third floor. It was lovely and the bed was amazingly comfortable! My only suggestion would be for the B&B to offer "do not disturb" signs for the door as we were trying to rest during the day and housekeeping knocked on our for twice and woke us up. We had to answer the door so they didn't think the room was empty and come in. The breakfasts were delicious both mornings. I would love to and most likely will return.
My fiancé and I only stayed one night, but we loved it! The building itself is super cool and they provide you with everything you need. Definitely will be returning and recommending.
We stayed at Hamanassett from January 19-23, 2017 for the first time and do plan to return for more visits. I was searching for a B&B in the area and am delighted to find this Old English Manor style B&B here. It is huge, gorgeous, exquisitely appointed. The rooms are all beautiful with attached baths. The main house has three levels by staircase (very elegant). There are separate cottages, as well. And a horse barn and pasture. Its magical. The rooms are large, very well appointed and stocked with the finest linens and toiletries. The innkeepers are a delight and went out of their way to accommodate all of our needs. The staff is unobtrusive and delightful. Breakfast is gourmet and to die for. We received a surprise upgrade on our room when they found out it was a celebration visit. The innkeepers, Ashley and Glenn, could not have gone out of their way for us any more than they did. Our stay felt like home and I don't look forward to leaving. I highly recommend Hamanassett, especially if you are looking for this style B&B. It is PERFECT for an entire wedding or corporate stay (I am a former meeting planner). Don't miss this magical place.
We greatly enjoyed our stay at Pennsbury Inn. I was extremely impressed to find a book Cheryl had found detailing a bicycle ride route in the Brandywine Valley. That was quite resourceful. Cheryl suggested I browse mapmyride.com as well, which is an online road mapping resource used by bicyclists to find bicycle ride routes. Chip made really great breakfasts for us each morning. I myself like cooking and I hope to some day make omelettes and pancakes as good as Chip makes. Delicious food! Plenty of coffee or tea is available, and there is an interesting bread each morning. Cheryl also makes tasty cookies, and I was so pleased to bring them to the room along with an evening cup of tea. The dining room area is close to a large fireplace, which Chip would light each morning just before starting breakfast. We would eat breakfast and enjoy the scent of a nice wood fire. One can also watch the very active birds in the back yard: our hosts enjoy the birds and feed them, so there is a good variety of birds in the morning. I liked to stand by the fireplace and warm myself. It brought back some nice memories. The entire Inn is very clean and neatly kept. There were numerous cheery Christmas decorations during our stay. Inside and out, there is neatness and orderliness about everything. Pennsbury Inn is close to Longwood Gardens, and Cheryl and Chip are able to supply tickets to Longwood. Getting to Longwood from the Pennsbury is simple: turn right onto Route 1, and go straight for a couple miles. The exit for Longwood will be on the right, you can't miss it. The room we stayed in felt just a little bit small to one of us, and was fine for the other person. The room had a very cheery holiday display of a small town, with model houses and outdoor decorations. The room is comfortable and romantic. Cleanliness of the room and bathroom was outstanding. We highly recommend the Pennsbury Inn. It is a great place to stay at any time of the year.
We return to find our stay just the best experience each time. Having started when Pennsbury first opened we look forward to coming back to the same warm welcome and wonderful breakfast and lovely decorated rooms. We are never disappointed.
First I'll start with categorizing myself as a light B&B-er. I've been to roughly 20 different beds and breakfasts in my lifetime. The Pennsbury Inn was very quaint and very homey. Unlike other B&Bs, this one really did feel like I was a guest at the homeowners residence. Chip the Inn Keeper was very nice and accommodating, and always able to provide help and information abou the Chadds Ford area, specials he had available, and the Inn itself. The Pennsbury Inn dates back to 1714 - and the architecture and decor suit the home. We stayed in their Winterthur Room - considered their best suite - which was decorated very homey and was warm and inviting. We peeked into the other rooms whose doors were open and they were also quaint, cozy - albeit small. Check the website for photos and call Chip at the Inn for tons of information. Breakfast was outstanding, all homemade in the open kitchen next to the dining room (which had a humongous hearth and working fireplace surrounded by cozy chairs). The entire house has excellent wifi. TVs in the rooms are very small equipped with basic cable that was having lag issues on the morning of New Years trying to watch the Mummers Parade. The property is located less than two miles from the quaint Chadds Ford business district where we had dinner (at Brandywine Prime - outstanding!) as well as the Chadds Ford winery, and Longwood Gardens. I would recommend the Pennsbury Inn for your next stay in the southeastern PA area!
I just love The Pennsbury! Chip and Cheryl are so kind and they make you feel right at home! They have an adorable dog named Tucker and Tucker is so friendly and well trained, that while we are eating Breakfast, Tucker knows not to disturb the guests. I went over Christmas vacation and Chip made a great fire in the main dinning area/living room and it added such a homey feel. I can't say enough about them, the house and the rooms. I have stayed in several of the rooms and they are all so lovely. Cheryl adds such attention to details. When you return at night after dinner, you will find your bed turned down and some home made goodies and music playing in your room. I go at least 4 times a year. You will not be disappointed.
I was looking for an Inn that could accommodate a large group (family and friends) for my mom's 70th birthday weekend, and I found it at the Pennsbury with Cheryl and Chip! They were perfect hosts - helping with the planning, dining, answering my many questions and offering guidance when needed. The rooms were beautiful, spacious, and full of character. The breakfasts, well, I'm still pining for them! The grounds were a perfect place to relax and explore after a day at Longwood Gardens, and before getting ready for dinner - plenty of cozy nooks to sit in or places to walk. The entire weekend could not have been as successful without the prominent role that the Pennsbury Inn, and Cheryl and Chip, played in it. Many thanks!!
This was a beautiful bed and breakfast. Quiet get away. Well maintained and located close to places Togo out to. Will definately be back again.
The building, its grounds, and location in Elkton, are beautiful, but we felt the B&B was not living up to its full potential. The room we stayed in was very comfortable and quiet, but seemed a little dated. As did other areas of the Inn.
Second stay at this bed and breakfast. Comfortable, relaxing and a great place to refresh from a busy life.
Fairville Inn stands apart for its numerous strengths. We are looking forward to our fourth stay there in just a few weeks. The Inn's bucolic setting is quiet and relaxing, yet it sits within easy driving distance of all the most popular Brandywine Valley attractions. The accommodations are comfortable and well-appointed; the Inn offers an excellent breakfast and afternoon tea; and most importantly, owners Laura and Rick Carro and their always-helpful staff are a dedicated team.
We enjoyed relaxing at this inn for 3 nights while touring the Brandywine Valley. Room was cozy with a nice view of the property and cleaned fully each day. Breakfast had three nice options each day and was served in a lovely dining area in the historic house, however the staff could use a bit of training.
Well...we have 4 kiddos and live away from family in Texas so we don't get many chances to get away by ourselves. I wanted to do something nice for our 16 year anniversary and this was exactly what we needed, a nice place away from the normal hotel stay. Everything was very nice and clean on our arrival. We stayed in the Wilmington suite, which was very affordable and cozy. The breakfast was definitely one of the highlights. I definitely recommend the elk forge and hope to visit again in the future.
We were two couples looking for a small, historic bnb in the Brandywine area. We couldn't have been more pleased. The owners are gracious, the room, common areas and grounds are lovely -- quite a memorable stay. Highly recommended. Laurie Young Silver Spring Md
We don't expect to be pampered or wowed when we stay anywhere, if we are its a nice surprise, so with that being said it just didn't happen here. Suite was sub par in decor, although nice and roomy and the sleep number bed was a perk. The included breakfast was delicious but on last day of our stay once the two catering size trays of food were empty the last few guests to get to the dining room went without. The interior of the Inn was quant, old, with nice details and same with the outside, but you could tell there was a lack of required routine maintenance that is keeping this place from moving to the next level.
What a cool little place. My husband and I got to speak with the caretakers of the property while there (Brittany & Seth) who just so happened to be as charming and interesting as the house itself. They gave us quite o bit of background on Elk Forge as well. The main house is over 200 years old (the additions were added in 2000 when it was turned into a bed and breakfast). Only 2 owners have held the deed to this property in it's 200 year history. Seth, one of the current owners son's (and dual property manager along with is equally amazing and hardworking wife Brittany) has traveled the country staying at several different B&B's in order to get a feel for the style and quality he wanted to bring to this unique little getaway located in Elkton MD. It's definitely a step back in time to a more old school feel. Cracks in the walls show the homes age while simultaneously giving it character without the feel of it it falling apart. Lots of things have been re-purposed and reused. From all the stained glass windows that remind you of a church, to the old furniture and even the amazing artwork all over the walls and ceilings....it all just goes to prove that no stone was left unturned while converting this house into a budding B&B dream. The homes' charm and character can't be ignored from the moment you turn up the driveway. As you step across the threshold a very relaxing feeling of yesteryear consumes you while still giving off an air of elegance at the same time. What a beautiful place. So glad we found it. We will definitely be going back. We stayed in the Baltimore Room. The bed was BEYOND comfortable and it felt just like my bed at home. The bathroom was quaint and the decor was very elegant. I just can't say enough glowing and positive things about this place. It's a must to see and experience if you're going to be in the area.
Everything we had hoped for... very romantic