Pennsbury Inn

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

About

The Pennsbury Inn's five sitting rooms, seven bedrooms, dining room and eight acres of landscaped grounds comfortably blend colonial heritage with casual elegance. The inn is a large but cozy retreat with uneven floorboards, slanted doorways, winding staircases and walk-in fireplaces. 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. On acreage purchased from William Penn's Commissioners, the Inn's original dwelling house was erected in 1714. It was enlarged mid-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 romantic Brandywine Valley (home of the world renowned, Longwood Gardens, Brandywine Museum of Art, the DuPont mansions, Brandywine Battlefield and so much more, with Valley Forge and historic Philadelphia minutes away.

Reviews

Overall
4.4

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

Beautiful experience

5 on April 24, 2017

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.


A Taste of History

5 on April 18, 2017

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.


18th Century Charm

5 on April 11, 2017

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.


Good location for Gardens & museum

3.4 on March 30, 2017

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.


Great Place To Stay, Wonderful Innkeepers

5 on January 10, 2017

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.


the best B&B

5 on January 07, 2017

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.


Cozy B & B

4.0 on January 04, 2017

Chip and Cheryl could not have been more hospitable and helpful in every way. We enjoyed our stay very much!


New Years Eve in Chadds Ford PA

4.6 on January 04, 2017

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!


Staying at The Pennsbury

5 on January 02, 2017

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.


A Weekend of Celebrations

5 on December 23, 2016

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!!


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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

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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.

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, Volleyball, Badmitten,

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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, Limited 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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