The Secret Garden B&B

445 W. Chestnut St. , Lancaster, PA 17603 USA (Show map)


Located in the historic district of downtown Lancaster, we strive to make your stay memorable! We are within walking distance of restaurants,shoppes,art galleries, and performing theaters. The "Secret Garden" area of our B&B ,is the perfect spot to start or end your day with a cup of coffee/tea and your favorite book. Please your senses with the sound of bubbling water and singing birds, while relaxing in the garden . We serve a "by candle light" 3-course breakfast each morning,and strive to use our own garden fresh produce and herbs,as well as other local staples like fresh milk, free range eggs and Lanc. County cured bacon and sausage.Enjoy delicious "made from scratch" pastries!



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service5
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5.0

The best kept "secret" in Lancaster!

5 on December 23, 2015

The best kept "secret" in Lancaster! My fiance' and I have stayed here several times and it is a must visit each and every fall. Guests will find wonderful and clean accommodations, a breakfast to simply die for and hospitality that you only find in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. Your hosts treat their guests like family which, is the most important element to them on earth as can be detected by all of the family pictures so proudly displayed. Lancaster is great city with much history and culture to explore, as well as theater, museum's highlighting the city's involvement in our great country's independence, outlet shopping and great restaurants. Book your first visit soon and I promise, it won't be your last!

Wonderful hosts and stay

4.8 on December 11, 2015

We very much enjoyed our one night stay. The Secret Garden is in a great location near downtown Lancaster, walking distance from many great restaurants, shops, and theater. Our hosts were so friendly and welcoming. The room was beautifully decorated. Note that the toilet and shower/tub in the Tropical Room don't give you much privacy, but that didn't bother us. Breakfast was delicious, and we felt very much at home. A wonderful experience overall.

Our Awesome weekend

5 on November 21, 2015

I took my wife there as a surprise for her Birthday . We arrived on a Friday evening stayed till Sunday. We were greeted with nothing but kindness awesome accommodations. Our hosts Marianne and Amos welcomed us as if we were family. Beautiful home beautiful room very clean and inviting. The meals were also very good. We will definitely be back thank you Richard & Kathleen Rauso

Perfection. This affordable inn gives you tremendous value and outstanding food and service

5 on October 23, 2015

We stay in different parts of Lancaster every year. Sometimes it's farm views this time we decided to try something different. We stayed downtown, away from the crazy route 30 traffic and it paid off. This charming inn boasts only three rooms. The innkeepers were so friendly and the breakfast was literally one of the best I halve ever had. Give them a try!


5 on July 24, 2015

This B&B is a real treasure! Wonderful people, awesome house and great food. A great value. Highly recommended. A+++++++++++++++++++

I felt so comfortable here!

5 on July 18, 2015

I really enjoyed everything about my stay here. The house is in a really cool neighborhood and is warm and inviting -- a nice mix between modern and classic furnishings and not overly frilly like some B&Bs. We stayed in the Tropical Room. Like the house itself, the design was mixed modern and traditional. The bed was beyond comfortable (apparently constructed by an Amish vendor in Ohio -- who knew!), and I enjoyed having a Jacuzzi bath. Some guests may not like that the bathroom is retrofitted directly in the room -- the toilet is simply behind a curtain -- but it really wasn't a big deal. If you're weird about it -- get over it! :) Marianne is an impressive chef -- her three-course breakfast that morning was as good as you'd find in a fancy restaurant for Sunday brunch. And I loved the garden out back. Amos did a great job designing it and caring for it. I had a cup of coffee out there before breakfast and it was peaceful and pretty. You can hear water features from the neighbors' homes Marianne and Amos are a lovely couple. I had a few opportunities to chat with them and found them as delightful as can be. I plan to stay here again in the future.

Great find

4.4 on June 25, 2015

We had a wonderful time here. Marianne made us feel so welcome. the b&b is really lovely and the gardens beautiful. Breakfasts were delicious and filling! We enjoyed our conversations with both Marianne and Amos. We ended up being the only guests when we were there so we had the place to ourselves. I would highly recommend this b&b to anyone. The Garden Room is really wonderful. Miss it already!

Hospitality in Amish Country

4.8 on November 01, 2014

We spent four days, three nights in Amish country Pa. We chose lancaster as our base as it was a good link to the various towns and farms read we wanted to visit and provided a good selection of restaurants for the evening, as well as an interesting market and historic buildings. It was a good choice. We stayed at the Secret Garden B&B which was outstanding. The basics were all in place: - good location where we could walk to the central retardant district - comfortable room with a very comfortable bed - outstanding breakfasts which saw us through most of the day, best of any B&B we have stayed in What differentiated this B&b from others we have stayed in was the inn keeper Mary Ann. We have never encountered such a welcoming host. Apart from providing us with a great breakfast, she was a fount of knowledge on the local area. But it was her warm and guenons hospitality which shone through. she made our stay in the area. Highly recommended.

First time staying at an B&B

4.4 on October 10, 2014

We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary never stayed at an B&B and had never been away from our children. Staying at the Secret Garden was an awesome choice . Marianne and Amos were awesome to talk to and Friendly ,kind people. It made our experience mush more personable and while at the B&B we met other great couples that were celebrating their first wedding anniversary and also another couple celebrating their 25th which happened to be same day as ours.Marianne made us feel at home when we arrived. We say grace before our meals and at he Secret Garden you can expect that. The food was great! Thank you for making our first B&B a great time to remember and to complete our 25th wedding anniversary. God bless Jack & Rose

Too short

4.6 on September 25, 2014

Marianne and Amos could not have been more gracious. Lovely couple and the house was warm and welcoming. The food was AWESOME. Gardens were beautiful. Told my husband, I'd love to stay again when I just needed to REST and read and relax. Wonderful stay.

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Rooms & Rates

The Garden Suite

A favorite for honeymooners and couples celebrating an anniversary or special occasion, this suite lends itself to romance,privacy,and plenty of space! It features a pillow top queen size bed,double jacuzzi, Electric fireplace,and private balcony, overlooking the garden area.Very romantic! Wireless Internet Access**Cable** 42 plasma TV**spacious sitting area**Luxury bedding.

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

Nightly Rate: $139 - $169

The Tropical Room

Accented with a tropical decor,this room features (3) massive windows facing south and has lots of light all day! End your day immersed in bubbles in the jacuzzi, and sleep tight under the mosquito net! Cable TV**comfy pillow top Queen size bed**Wireless Internet Access**In room coffee pot

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

Nightly Rate: $119 - $149

The Red and Gold Suite

Located on the third floor,this whimsical suite is all dressed up in red and gold! Very private--it comes complete with a bath/dressing room separate from the sleeping area.Adorned with long hanging curtains made of material from India,and three windows including window seats.Relax on the love seat or rocker. Other amenities are: Plasma TV,wireless internet, and in-room coffee maker.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $149

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Location Type

Lancaster,Pa, Downtown


Harrisburg, PA (MDT) 30 miles

Directions to property:

Route 30 (east or west) to the Walnut St. exit--bear right toward Lancaster City. Go three miles and turn left onto Pine St. Go to stop sign and turn left. Go 1 block; property is on left: (green and purple house)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, Nature area, Amish Country Farms, Central Market, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Tours

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, Videos , Front Porch, Single Unit Jacuzzi, Double Unit Jacuzzi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, within walking distance of downtown, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4:00- 11:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited children small enough to sleep in a pack-n-play
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Holiday Week-ends
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: ($50.00) per room reserved
  • Cancellations: We offer a full refund up to (7) days prior, with the exception of multiple room reservations, which requires 10 days. Inquire for more details when making reservations.



Amos and Marianne

Languages spoken

Pennsylvania Dutch, English, German

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  • Time Served: Beween 8:30 and 9:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Potato Stuffed Omelet
A fluffy omelet stuffed with potatoes, sautéed with onions ,seasonings, and cheese , topped with an herb and garlic sauce.