Carlisle House

148 South Hanover Street , Carlisle, PA 17013 USA (Show map)


Click "Visit Website" or call us to choose your room at the same great rate (or lower) or for same day bookings! A ½ mile from I-81, & 3 miles from I-76 (PA Turnpike), in Downtown Historic Carlisle, Carlisle House and Carlisle Events featured as one of NBC Washington's Top Ten Weekend Getaways! The 1826 Carlisle House is also one of USA Today's 10 BEST Harrisburg Hotels, and 13-year "Best of Carlisle" winners! Friendly to all! We are an easy stroll from Dickinson College, and some of the best restaurants, shops and antiques in South Central PA. Walk to the Carlisle Fairgrounds, the Cumberland County Historical Society, the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center and places visited by the nation’s most important and historic characters. Our amenities include in-room telephones with free local and domestic long-distance calls, all-private bathrooms, 50mb wi-fi, fine English teas and an international-themed gourmet quiche breakfast - all in the nightly rate! FREE LEVEL 2 40WATT J1772 ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING!!!




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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Delightful Stay in a Splendid Old House

4.6 on July 04, 2017

We were happily blown away by our hosts' attention to detail--not only in providing information about the history of the house, the neighborhood, places to dine, and so on, but also by the care and artistry with which they had restored this beautiful building (now almost 200 years old!) and fitted it with all the modern conveniences. Note to guests: Do not skip breakfast! Tim's quiche and breakfast breads are wonderful.

Most enjoyable stay at the Carlisle House

4.8 on February 03, 2016

Stayed in the English Garden Room. Decorated and appointed just as pictured on the Web, and very clean. Tim and Carolyn were fantastic hosts, with a variety of breadfast delights, quiche, danish, fruit, juices and the like. More than we could eat. Great Southern "hospitality" in South Central Pennsylvania. A highly recommended Bed & Breakfast.

Great Place

4.8 on January 20, 2016

We have stayed at the Carlisle House with the previous owners. We are pleased that Carolyn and Tim didn't miss a beat! They are very hospitable and we enjoyed our stay.

Best B&B Experience Ever

5 on November 25, 2014

The gorgeous Ewing Room was super romantic, and larger than the pics can convey. It was an excellent value. Mary and Alan were the most gracious hosts ~ warm and friendly people who seem to enjoy and are quite natural at their calling. A nice touch was that they have menus on hand from area restaurants, and on each one they label how many blocks the restaurant is from the B&B... this is a great place to stay if you want to be on foot in a charming town for the weekend. Breakfast at Carlisle House was scrumptious. We enjoyed walking to and around the Dickinson College campus. Everything was terrific; we would love to go back!

Wonderful stay!

5 on July 10, 2014

We stayed 2 nights at the Carlisle House and loved everything about it! Mary and Alan were such wonderful hosts and keep this place running like a well-oiled machine. The room, accommodations, and breakfast were all amazing. We will definitely be staying here again if we are ever back in the area! The Carlisle House quickly made our "Top 5" best places that we've ever stayed. Thank you!!

Clean, accomodating and super friendly

4.2 on April 06, 2014

Booking a last minute visit to my niece at nearby Dickinson college, we decided to use our Bed and Breakfast gift card to pay for our stay. When I had trouble booking it through the website I contacted the Carlisle House directly, and Mary and Alan opened up another room for us specifically so we could book it through the B and B .com website (a requirement for our gift card)...that was only the beginning of their outstanding service. The room was beautiful, and Mary and Alan helped us out with where to dine in town, even offering to call ahead to speak with restaurant owners about my special dietary needs. Breakfast was also delicious, and before checkout we spent nearly an hour chatting with Mary and Alan about the town of Carlisle and being in the Bed and Breakfast business in general, something I've always been interested in. Needless to say, we had a wonderful stay and will be visiting them again soon.

Exquisite B&B!

5 on July 27, 2013

We just stayed for the second time at the Carlisle House but it won't be our last visit! Everything about this B&B is lovely and welcoming. The Innkeepers/Owners, Mary and Alan, are a delightful couple and extremely helpful in suggesting restaurants (of which there are many!), sights to see, events at Dickinson College, and all things Carlisle, PA. The breakfasts are delicious and the atmosphere conducive to lingering over just one more cuppa!

The wonderful Carlisle House in PA

5 on July 24, 2012

we loved that Carlisle House; our one night stay was too short and we hope to visit again. The food was delicious and our hosts, mary and alan were very welcoming and warm. Thanks for a great stay !!

Carlisle hospitality

5 on July 05, 2012

Absolutely fantastic place in Carlisle, PA. Mary and Alan were extremely gracious hosts and the quiche Alan prepared at breakfast will not soon be forgotten. I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a comfortable B&B while exploring central Pennsylvania.

Fantastic Carlisle House

5 on June 30, 2012

A lovely warm welcome awaits guests arriving at Carlisle House. The beds are the most comfortable I have slept in anywhere. The breakfasts are wonderful and every preference is catered for as far as humanly possible. I have just returned from my 3rd visit and am already looking forward to my 4th visit in 2014. Alan and Mary Duxbury are wonderful hosts and run a superb Guest House. Chris Couldridge, Somerset, UK.

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Rooms & Rates

Ewing Room

Named for the long time owners of the Carlisle House, the Ewings have been a part of Carlisle history since 1853. William and Jessie Ewing purchased the home in 1927. As the original 1st floor front parlor, a remarkable feature of the room is the Ben Franklin type fireplace insert which warmed the home much more efficiently that just the fireplace. This stove, which is now just ornamental, the marbleized slate mantle, 11 foot ceilings with both crown and chair moldings lend an appropriate period touch to the decor of this dramatic room. For your comfort, this front room has been equipped with a burl wood four poster king bed, work desk with Ethernet and wireless internet connections. A double in-room whirlpool bath with twin showers offers you enjoyment by the light of the early 1930s pewter chandelier, and a private half bath completes the room.

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

English Library

Originally the 1st floor middle parlor, the room features beautiful encased book shelves to either side of the ornamental marbleized slate fireplace and a queen sleigh bed. A separate half bath with double vanity is en-suite and an in-room double whirlpool with twin showers can be enjoyed under chandelier light from the 11-foot ceiling. At the work table, there is both Ethernet and wireless internet connection, and of course a power strip to recharge your smart devices.

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

Anna Woods Suite

This two-room suite, joined by privacy doors, is ideally and comfortably located on the first floor at the rear of the inn. The rear room is highlighted in soft fern greens colors and linens and features a late 19th century fireplace façade, comfortable high-back chair and well-lit work area with both Ethernet and wireless internet connection, and of course a power strip to recharge your smart devices. It also has a private entrance from the side guest patio. The front room is decorated in soft French accents with comfortable lounging chair, worktable and large bathroom. Relax in the five-foot soaker tub or revitalize with the European multi-jetted shower. The decorative porcelain vessel sink is set into one of the china cabinets of the 1826 dining room and features the original brick wall of the house. The bathroom to the rear provides a walk-in corner shower with a rainfall shower head. At the work table, there is both Ethernet and wireless inte

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


The spacious front bedroom on the 2nd floor features a queen bed and a twin bed. A sitting area with two easy chairs provides a comfortable place for reading, conversation, or watching TV or DVD or Blu-Ray movie. The bedroom of the Ewing twins, whose family arrived in Carlisle in 1849, it was papered with the present rose design in the 1930s when the boys were in grade school. The wide plank yellow pine floorboards highlight the scrollwork on the queen bed. A unique feature are the original pocket-shutters which fold back into the window frame. A work table area with wired and wireless connection makes this large and friendly room ideal for the business traveler. The bathroom includes a 5ft soaking tub, with a Grohe Aquatower multi-jetted shower unit and a marble topped double vanity.

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

Jessie's Room

This 2nd floor middle room was the bedroom of Jessie Ewing from 1927 until she left the home in 1965. It features painted yellow pine flooring, original lighting fixtures and an ornamental fireplace. Jessie would have loved the beaded cameo queen bed and warm pale green colors and flowers of the room. It is said her presence has been felt in the room as she watches benignly over her home. The adjoining bathroom features a very special shower with six front body jets for that all-over tingle! Also enjoy the spacious seat for a healing massage from ten powerful pulsating back-jets, and a thermostatic valve so you can pre-set your ideal water temperature At the work table, there is both Ethernet and wireless internet connection, and of course a power strip to recharge your smart devices.

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


The first owner of the home in 1826, Andrew Blair, gives his name to this room on the 2nd floor at the rear. It has access both from the main house and directly from the parking area at the rear. A door also leads to the second floor balcony where cafe tables and chairs allow you to relax outside. The room itself features an ornamental fireplace and a ceiling fan, and is conveniently located near the sitting room. The newly remodeled bathroom incorporates a five-foot wide shower with seat and a Grohe Aquatower with body-jets. At the work table, there is both Ethernet and wireless internet connection, and of course a power strip to recharge your smart devices.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Hayes Suite

The Hayes Suite, is located on the 2nd floor at the rear. Hayes has two cozy bedrooms with a connecting door, and a private bathroom with large enclosed shower with corner seat, and European style vanity. Each room has cable TV with a Blu-Ray DVD player. The first room opens to soft mauve carpet and a burl wood four poster queen bed enhanced by elegant bedding and has a work table with Ethernet or wireless connection. The adjacent Sterling blue bedroom features a fluted iron queen bed with cozy bedding and acorn brown carpet giving a luxurious warm glow to the room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Bailey Suite

The Bailey Suite on the 2nd floor front features 2 spacious bedrooms, one with queen and twin beds and one with two twins all in 670 square feet of space. The bedrooms overlook Hanover Street at the front of the suite, the first having two twin beds and large work area with Ethernet and wireless internet connectivity, and the adjoining spacious Williamsburg blue bedroom features a dark rail queen bed with floral Ralph Lauren bedding, and a twin bed. It has a sunny yellow kitchen with refrigerator, ceramic top range, oven and dishwasher. It is adjacent to the living room in which the central focus is an original etching titled Farmland, an image very typical of the PA countryside. The suite includes two private bath rooms, one with a rainfall shower, and the second with soaking tub and Grohe combination rainfall shower and separate hand-held shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 3 Twin

Molly's Garden

Named for Carlisle's heroine Mary Hays McCauly, commonly known as Molly Pitcher, the spacious 3rd floor front room has windows that look out toward the old Carlisle Graveyard in which she was buried. It features two decorative iron queen beds enhanced with Williamsburg accessories, soft cherry furniture, a comfy loveseat and work table area with telephone, ethernet and wireless internet connections. The bathroom includes a five-foot shower with seat and a Grohe Aquatower multi-jetted shower unit.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

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Location Type

Carlisle Downtown Historic District, Downtown, Small town


Baltimore, MD (BWI-Baltimore Washington) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From I-81 take Carlisle Exit 47 (US Route 34) for northbound Hanover Street. Follow South Hanover Street in toward the center of Carlisle just past the third traffic light. The Carlisle House at 148 South Hanover will be on your left. From I-76 (the PA Turnpike), take the Carlisle Exit 226 and follow signs to Carlisle by taking US Route 11 southbound. It is about 3 miles to the square in Carlisle and we are 1 3/4 blocks past the square on the right at 148 S HANOVER ST.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, National Car Shows - Cars at Carlisle, Army Heritage Museum, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Sports venue, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Videos , 24-hr kitchen access, Fresh Fruit, Brick Patio

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Salt Room, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 16:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking on patio and second floor veranda
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children are allowed in Family friendly suites
  • Childcare Provided: No No Childcare provided
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We can assist in finding pet boarding.
  • Disabled Access No

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Tim and Carolyn Carlisle

Languages spoken


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About the innkeepers

Five generations ago Tim's forefathers left the city of Carlisle, England, crossed the Atlantic and settled in St. Michaels, MD with one of them venturing south into Carolina where he settled and raised his family. We both have a passion for meeting new friends, making great food, and are looking forward to forging new friendships, to absorbing the history of the Cumberland Valley in all its varied aspects and to exploring this rich and interesting area.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 to 9.30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian gluten free, vegan, lactose intolerant

Signature Dish

Quiche created with an international flair.
Our selection features 15 different quiches all described on our website, including favorites such as the English quiche with smoked ham, leeks and sharp cheddar, Greek with spinach, feta and nutmeg, Scandinavian with smoked salmon, Jarlsburg and dill, and our German quiche with cremini mushrooms, cambozola cheese, and fresh rosemary! A fresh fruit plate is always provided along with baked goods which may be our spectacular muffins, a glazed sweet bread, or even an almond or dried blueberry or dried cherry torte! Of course cereals, yogurts, a choice of five juices, fresh coffee and a wide selection of teas are always available!


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