Pennsbury Inn

883 Baltimore Pike , Chadds Ford, PA 19317 USA (Show map)
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About

The Pennsbury Inn's 5 sitting rooms, 7 bedrooms, dining room & 8 acres of landscaped grounds comfortably blend colonial heritage with casual elegance. A study done a few years ago by a well-known historical architect and six Penn grad students, reveals much of the Inn's past. The inn is a large but cozy retreat with uneven floorboards, slanted doorways, winding staircases and walk-in fireplaces. The Inn's original dwelling house was erected in 1714. It was enlarged mid-18th century by a stone and brick addition and in the 19th century with a clapboard extension. The large Garden room added in 1969 was built with beams and the walk-in fireplace from stone, from the ruins of an 18th century ice house on the property. Until recently a private home, owners Cheryl and Chip Grono have returned the structure to its 1800's role as a country inn. All the rooms have feather beds, modern baths, garden views & wireless, as well as cable TV. Let Cheryl turn down your covers and leave a home baked goody on your pillow and start you off the next morning with a sumptuous breakfast on your next special trip to the near by attractions. Longwood Gardens, the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Winterthur and the Nemours mansion are just a few of the must-see attractions and the Philadelphia area is America's Garden Capital with 30 + gardens within 35 miles.

Reviews

Overall
4.5

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

Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, and Andrew Wyeth

5 on September 15, 2017

Our hosts, Chip and Cheryl, made our 48th Anniversay a memorable event. Their hospitality far exceeded our expectations. Upon arrival, Chip had our tickets to Longwood Gardens ready and we started our adventure. The Inn is centrally located and only a 5 minute drive to the Gardens, Winterthur, and the Brandywine River Art Museum's Andrew Wyeth Retrospective. Pensbury Inn has a collection of period pieces, and each of the rooms has a unique theme. After a hearty breakfast including home-baked breads and pastries, and a stroll around the well-manicured grounds, we were off to the Wyeth exhibit. We highly recommend Pennsbury Inn when touring the Chadds Ford and Brandywine region.


Perfect for a Longwood Gardens visit

4.0 on August 07, 2017

This was our first stay at the Pennsbury Inn. We live about 50 miles away and planned to view the new Longwood Gardens Fountains evening show. not wanting to drive home afterward we decided to spend the night nearby. The Inn is conveniently located close to Longwood Gardens. When we arrived we had some time before we left for dinner and decided to sit outside in the gardens. We watched the butterflies all around the bushes and sat near one of the ponds. Very relaxing. Our room was in the oldest part of the property and very clean. I saw other reviews critical of the amount of "clutter" or "nicknacks" in the rooms. Our room did have an abundance of items, like 3 pitcher/bowl sets and antique furniture but I was not bothered by this, just felt a little overwhelmed. When returned after the show the bed was turned down with cookies placed on the bed and soft music playing. Very nice. One of the things I enjoy about B&B's is the breakfast. I enjoy the meal and make a variety for my self. Generally the breakfast is something that I would not make for myself. I guess this was my only disappointment. A tortilla with egg, pepper, mushrooms, onion. Taste was OK, but frankly I make this for myself and it was not the type of meal I usually have at a B&B.


Brandywine Country

5 on August 07, 2017

Pennsbury was a joy after staying in a hotel for four days. The innkeeper provided the perfect balance of providing information and giving us the space we wanted. Great hospitality, surprising breakfasts and all the creature comforts of home. The care package they left us for our early morning departure was a nice touch.


Charming Chadds Ford Inn

5 on August 03, 2017

My wife and I were looking for a relaxing escape from it all... and boy did we find it! Cheryl and Chip are lovely innkeepers who attend to every little detail to make your stay feel home like. In fact... we almost forgot we were at a B and B and felt like we were at Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Chip's. Cheryl's food (homemade jams and breads) are like none other. Her garden is perfection! Chip provided guidance for all we should visit while there. He even hooked up an extension cord outside so we could charge our hybrid car. The house itself is a beautiful old colonial home with much history! Visit the Pennbury Inn. You will be happy!

Innkeeper Response
Wow!!! & Thank you!!!!!

- Cheryl (innkeeper)


Pennsbury Inn / Mother-Daughter Weekend

3.8 on August 01, 2017

Pennsbury Inn- B&B was my daughters 1st experience. Breakfast was terrific. House was super homey. Reminded me of my childhood. The Innkeepers were extremely welcoming. Will definitely recommend . Thank you for our 1st mother-daughter weekend to be a success.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much and we wish you many years of weekends together¿¿¿¿

- Cheryl (innkeeper)


Loved my old room

4.8 on July 31, 2017

My room was built in 1714... you don't try that everyday. The owners were the sweetest. I would definitely go back.

Innkeeper Response
You're right, I can only try it when there are no guests in it:) ! Seriously though, the General Lafayette room is my favorite, even though people ooo and ahhh over the Winterthur Suite, the Lafayette just exudes colonial history. So glad you enjoyed your stay.

- Cheryl (innkeeper)


Wonderful Place

5 on July 22, 2017

We loved this gorgeous historic little Inn. From the kind helpful nature of the owners, to the beautiful comfortable room, to the stunning breakfast, we 2 strangers could not have been happier. A definite place to head if you are visiting this wonderful area.

Innkeeper Response
Wow strangers, even our best friends couldn't have said nicer things. Please come back!!

- Cheryl (innkeeper)


June visit

4.6 on June 26, 2017

the gardens were better than I expected and the building was charming. The hosts were extremely nice and helpful.


spring vaction

4.8 on June 12, 2017

the gardens were beautiful. The breakfasts were very different each day.


Gorgeous garden room view!

4.0 on June 11, 2017

Very comfortable room with the most gorgeous garden view! Very much enjoyed our night away from the city to enjoy Longwood gardens and Chadds Ford winery - this was the perfect way to end our beautiful day!


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Rooms & Rates

General Lafayette

King 4 poster canopy bed. From 1714, private winder staircase to the room. The ultimate in Charm There is a daybed, so the room capacity is “3”. It is also possible to book this room and the parlor below as an Up & Down Suite

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

1 Winterthur

Queen suite. Simply put - our OOOH - AAAH Room

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

Four Seasons

King 4 Poster bed Walk-in closet. Big Bed, Bigger TV, Bigger Closet- great for an extended stay

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

Daniel Webster

Queen antique brass bed. Historic Quaker Woodwork over Fireplace, Great Shower Bath

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

Longwood

Twin beds or King. Very Flexible- Can be two twin beds or for an additional $10 fee we lock them into a king. Either way very charming

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

John Marshall

Queen bed, Hall bath. Very quiet, The PRIVATE Bath is just a few feet down the hall. A great value

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

Guest Room

Double 4 poster bed, No bath with this room! There is a Powder Room downstairs. The room is usually used when traveling with others who take an adjoining room with a bath. Can be a real bargain, that way.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Parlor

Lafayette parlor only

  • Maximum Capacity: 48

z Parlor +

Parlor in conjunction w/ other rooms

  • Maximum Capacity: 50

First Floor

Entire first floor except owner's quarters

  • Maximum Capacity: 110

z Garden Room

Garden livingroom and L Sit down capacity=26-dinner w/ extra round for 8-buffet =30-if served Cocktail=35

  • Maximum Capacity: 26

North Lawns

Outside grounds Tented wedding

  • Maximum Capacity: 150

Inn guest rooms

All seven of the Inn's guest rms

  • Maximum Capacity: 21

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Location

Location Type

Casinos/Racetrack, Museums, Colonial historical area, Gardens, Revlutionary War Battlefield, Antique/Outlet Shopping, Countryside, Small town, Wine country

Airport

Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 20 miles

Directions to property:

Please check out our web site for detailed directions. Drive slowly, watch for our small yellow sign with flag flying over it as the inn is not visible from the road. Brandywine Valley (home of the world renowned, Longwood Gardens (2miles away), Brandywine River Museum of Art, (2 miles) the DuPont mansions, (5-10 miles) Brandywine Battlefield (4 miles) and so much more, with Valley Forge and historic Philadelphia minutes away.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Lancaster & the Amish, Reading Outlets,Old Historic New Castle,Historic Philidelphia,

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , 4 acres landscaped w/ formal gardens, Putting green, Outdoor games, 4 acres of wooded trails, Fish pond, Reflecting pool

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Badmitten, Volleyball, & extensive gardens

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3-6 pm or call
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Limited outside area available
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Well behaved children who can respect antiques & collectible
  • Childcare Provided: Limited Ask about possibility of using the innkeepers as babysitters
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required One dog per night-must sign a pet contract, have vaccines
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends preferred, 3 nights on holiday weekends preferred
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card hold.
  • Cancellations: Credit card hold at time of booking, if canceled 10 days or more before (2 weeks for stays involving a holiday), the deposit is refunded,if less than 10/14 days no refund, unless we re-book the room and then there is only a $25. rebooking fee. If the room is not rebooked the deposit may be used on a future visit of one extra day than the original booking.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Cheryl Grono

Languages spoken

limited French and German, English

Resident Pets

Dogs , Havanese-Tucker

About the innkeepers

Extensive US and international travel, Natural Gardening, Cooking ; Baking, Nature, Crafts, Quilting, Fitness ; leisure walking, Fine Arts, Woodworking and Pets

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Meals

Breakfast

Full Country

  • Time Served: M-F-8-9:30,S-S-9-10:30 or ????
  • Serving Location: Private parlor when available, Gardens or patio, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Milk free, Vegan, Low salt,Gluten Free


Signature Dish

Cheryl's Special Egg Wraps
Rich and creamy scrambled eggs, topped with a choice of carmelized red and green peppers & sweet onions,sauteed mushrooms and a mixure of three different grated cheeses. These can be garnished with fruit sauce and/or fruit salsa, as well as special seasonal treats,and is served on a fresh, often homemade, soft flour tortilla, making this our most asked for breakfast entree.


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