Sun And Cricket Bed & Breakfast

1 Tara Lane , Pittsburgh, PA 15044-7705 USA (Show map)


A luxury bed and breakfast on a secluded estate just a half hour north of Pittsburgh, the Sun & Cricket offers peace and solitude in two nature-inspired suites appointed with comfort, style and convenience in mind, including wi-fi, satellite HDTVs, down comforters, fireplaces and dry bars. Accommodations include a log cabin and a carriage house, both of which have private entrances and porches. Guests may enjoy the in-ground outdoor pool, in-room massages and marked hiking trails after sitting down to a three-course gourmet breakfast that mines the bounty of the estate's orchards and gardens. Please visit .sunandcricket for more photos, activities and availability.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Extraordinary B&B Log Cabin Experience

5 on June 08, 2016

We recently enjoyed a lovely, relaxing three-night stay in Sun and Cricket's wonderful Log Cabin. I cannot rave enough about the accommodation as well as the overall generous hospitality that Tara and John offered. The log cabin and the property's grounds are idyllic. The moment we walked into the cabin we immediately felt at home. The cabin is extremely clean and well appointed. The log cabin is surprisingly spacious and would comfortably accommodate up to four people. For this stay it was my husband and I staying in the upper bedroom and my aunt staying on the private lower level. The breakfasts were beyond outstanding. We have stayed at several high quality B&Bs in the US as well as in Europe, and I have to say that the breakfasts served at Sun & Cricket were easily the best we were ever served at a B&B. Every morning, a highly impressive, three-course breakfast was delivered to our table in the log cabin. We three were delighted by the quality of the food as well as the artistic presentation of courses. Beds and bedding were extremely comfortable and of a high standard. (We slept the best we have in ages as there are no sounds other than nature.) Tara's directions to various places were precise, helpful, and saved us much time. We will be returning here ASAP and recommend without reservation the Log Cabin to anyone considering it. Sun and Cricket is truly an oasis, especially for those of us presently living in areas that are hectic, overcrowded, and/or not rural, due to inflexible work commitments. Two final notes: We were very impressed with the easy, quick proximity to Pittsburgh, and we would suggest a minimum of three nights but maximum of more if you can stay longer.

A cozy escape in a redone carriage house

5 on April 21, 2014

A cozy, relaxing escape in a tastefully decorated carriage house. Resident horses and cats provide a welcome diversion. Breakfasts were gourmet and delicious.

A Fall Treasure!

5 on November 20, 2013

We were greeted on arrival and oriented to the farm, which included meeting the dogs and horses and cats! In the evening, stacks of firewood arrived at the hearth, candles lit the windows, and wine glasses were at the ready. Each morning a new array of fruit, bread, and main dishes graced the table, with the offer of recipes or more detailed explanation of ingredients as requested. Lots of coffee, too! Hiking the woodlands, traveling the back roads of the area to find special restaurants, model train displays, antique was all wonderful. What a blessing to experience Fall in Western Pennsylvania at Sun and Cricket Farm.

Wonderful Getaway Spot!!!

4.6 on March 28, 2013

John and Tara are absolutely wonderful! We (my husband, 18 month-old and I) stayed in the carriage house for a weekend! It was fantastic! They were very accommodating for my family of three- which is awesome since bringing a child along is kind of an odd thing for b&b goers, The farm was beautiful- especially with the blanket of snow we woke up to Monday morning, The location is perfect- about 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and far enough in the country that it feels like it's out in the middle of nowhere! I would LOVE to visit again and highly recommend the Sun & Cricket to anyone going to Pittsburgh!

Wonderful Birthday Getaway in the Log Cabin!

4.8 on November 06, 2012

I surprised my husband with a 4-day getaway weekend for his birthday ... first time at a B&B for both of us. Although it rained the entire time, we nevertheless had a wonderful, relaxing time. Tara and John's restaurant recommendations were dead on ... we had three superb dinners out. And Tara's breakfasts were delicious. We antiqued every day, had early dinners out and returned each evening to a fully prepared fireplace just waiting to be lit ... cozy and romantic. Due to the crummy weather, we were unable to walk the grounds and trails, or visit the barn, which were outstanding. I can imagine this place is spectacular in the summer with everything in full bloom. Would highly recommend.

Lovely Grounds and Beautifully Furnished

3.6 on September 03, 2012

The owners are experienced and will accommodate your dietary preferences. On 35-acre farm where you will find horses, dogs, and a cat. Wooded trails and the best in-ground pool, as well as tons of books & audio-books to keep you entertained. A highly recommended getaway.

Sun & Cricket

5 on July 30, 2012

The best! Not only were the breakfasts fabulous, but the innkeeper gave us great info for touring.


5 on April 22, 2012

Our 3rd stay. Excellent! Attention to details everywhere. Breakfast 00 4 courses -- all locally grown fruit/vegetables/herbs. Prepared wonderfully!

The Best in PA

5 on April 09, 2012

Down to earth, great owners. We've stayed in many of the PA B&Bs and this is the best of them all!

A phenomenal getaway just outside Pittsburgh

5 on March 16, 2012

Fantastic -- accommodations, decor, food, warmth & friendliness of innkeepers.

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Rooms & Rates

Carriage house

The carriage house is a stand-alone structure about 500 feet from the main house and log cabin. Attached to a 200-year-old chestnut bank barn, it is painted in deep colors of gold and cranberry and features a sitting area under a vaulted ceiling and skylight, a queen-size pencil-post bed under a lower ceiling of pressed wallpaper, and a slate-covered foyer with a 18th century cherry blanket chest. The bathroom offers a whirlpool-style air tub, vessel sink and terracotta tile. Amenities include: •Gas fireplace •Satellite HDTV/DVD and stereo •Dorm-size refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker •Radiant floor heat in bathroom •Hair dryer •Iron and ironing board

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

Nightly Rate: $190 - $190

Log cabin

Because of its unique construction, or perhaps because of its not-too-big, not-too-small size, the log cabin is a favorite of our returning guests. Its colorful, Adirondack décor, wood-burning fireplace and king-size featherbed are just a few reasons guests consistently request this cozy suite. On the main floor is a living room and library, where guests are treated to a full gourmet breakfast. On the upper level is the master bedroom and bath, accessed by a spiral staircase. The spiral staircase also leads to the lower level, which has a separate bedroom with two twin beds and another bathroom. The log cabin's amenities include: A complete library stocked with hundreds of books and audiobooks, satellite HDTV and DVD, private porch and separate stone patio, walk-in shower in master bedroom, tub/shower on lower level bedroom, dorm-size refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker, and free wireless Internet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $205 - $205

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Location Type

Countryside, Rural, Secluded


Pittsburgh, PA (PIT) 30 miles

Directions to property:

Exit 39 of PA Turnpike(I-76). Nrth 2.5 miles and east on Red Belt (also Bakerstown Road) 2.5 miles. From Pittsburgh, Rt 28 north to Rt 8 north for 13 miles, then east on Red Belt (Bakerstown Road) 2.5 miles.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Free outdoor summer concerts, Summer arts festival and river regatta, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, Festival of lights at Hartwood Acres, Amish country, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, Ski area, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Cabin

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Wedding Facilities , Swimming pool, Down comforters and handmade quilts, Marked hiking/biking/bridle trails, Pasture and stalls for guest horses, Massages by appointment, Birdwatching

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Golfing, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Bridle and hiking trails, Massages by appointment, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails

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  • Check In:: 4 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outdoors only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited No infants or toddlers in log cabin
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required horses only
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Most weekends require a two-night minimum
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One-night non-refundable deposit taken at time of reservation
  • Cancellations: A non-refundable deposit equal to one night’s stay -- or 25% of the stay, whichever is greater -- is required at the time the reservation is made. For stays of a week or longer, a deposit equal to half of the total is required upon making a reservation.



Tara and John Bradley-Steck

Languages spoken

English, French, German, Spanish

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , 3 Horses

About the innkeepers

Tara is a writer and journalist; John a geotechnical engineer. Both enjoy horsebackriding, gardening, traveling, skiing and restoration work. Both are animal lovers and breed golden retrievers and Morgan horses. Resident cats and dogs are not permitted in the suites.

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  • Time Served: 8:30-9:15 a.m.
  • Serving Location: private breakfast area for each guest, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Pineapple-lemon fruit dressing
A pineapple-lemon sauce served over fresh fruit.