E.J. Bowman House, A Bed and Breakfast

2672 Lititz Pike , Lancaster, PA 17601 USA (Show map)


Circa 1860 Italianate Victorian, centrally located in Lancaster County (Amish Country), overlooking Landis Valley. Well lighted half acre grounds with formal gardens, doll house pond, herb garden. Secure private parking. Refuge from the pace, to the simple elegance and good tastes of home.



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

Excellent Bed & Breakfast

5 on May 22, 2018

We've been coming to the E.J. Bowman House for a few years now. Each visit has been better than the last. The rooms are so comfortable. In the downstairs, they have a "kitchenette" with snacks and drinks available if you would like. (We often partake of the cookies and coffee and tea.) Scott and Diane are wonderful to spend some time with. But the best is breakfast! Always delicious and filling.


5 on May 13, 2018

E.J. Bowman was one of the nicest places we have ever stayed at. Absolutely immaculate, beautifully decorated, comfortable bed, fantastic breakfast. Diane was very helpful and introduced us to a great place for dinner. We are looking forward to returning someday when we revisit Lancaster. Highest possible recommendation. Jeff & Vivien

Stay at E J Bowman House

5 on April 29, 2018

Another wonderful stay at the E J Bowman House. We have been coming to Lancaster for close to 20 years. The last 18 have been spent at the Bowman House. We have always been treated well and have never hesitated to ask for help or directions if we were looking for something to do or somewhere to go. The breakfasts are always fantastic. They are generous portions and are always a little different from the normal meals you would get at a restaurant or some of the other B&B's we have stayed in when we are out of town. Highly recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a central location to activities, shows and shopping in the Lancaster area and for a cozy place to stay.

Our stay from Pittsburgh guests

4.2 on March 28, 2018

We had a wonderful stay for a long weekend. Diane and Scott were lovely hosts and provided lots of information on where to dine and what activities were happening locally. The house was very clean, with home-baked cookies and brownies, two delicious breakfasts were served during our stay. It was definitely worth it money-wise. We would do it again! :)

Aviation Friendly!! Amazing stay.

5 on March 17, 2018

When we unexpectedly landed our plane in Lancaster late one night due to incoming weather, we were rescued by the owner. He changed out of his pjs and drove down to Airport and picked us up. Totally above and beyond and completely appreciated. This was followed by the best night of sleep I’ve had in ages. We were delighted with a delicious and well serviced breakfast. One of our best stays ever. High recommend.

Lovely couple, lovely home.

4.4 on November 15, 2017

This couple was so nice and thought of everything to make our two night stay so great. The jacuzzi tub in the suite was a nice extra. We would have preferred our bed be a little firmer but that’s all. Bedding and pillows were comfy and fireplace was nice. They make everything very homey and relaxing and we enjoyed meeting other people at our breakfasts each day.

Amazing place with amazing and friendly hosts

5 on November 13, 2017

We really loved our stay at E. J. Bowman House. Diane and Scott (the hosts) were absolutely amazing. They helped us with planning our stay and had beautiful routes prepared to get to know the area. The breakfast was super delicious and they make sure you get alternatives in case you have an allergy e.g. And the cookies are super delicious as well. The entire house is absolutely clean. We would always come back.

Wonderful overnight stay October 2017

5 on October 16, 2017

Beautiful home with inn keepers whose hospitality was second to none. It's the little things that make someplace special and Diane and Scott do it right..it's what a b&b should be. Breakfast hit all the right spots..a little sweet and a little healthy

Delightful 2 night stay

5 on October 13, 2017

We called last minute and got the last room, the Murphey Room. I was a little concerned since it was "twin" beds that were made into a king-sized bed, but it was super comfortable! The room was pretty and clean. The whole house was lovely and we were made to feel very welcome by Diane when she checked us in and gave us a tour of the amenities their home offered. She advised on local eateries and things to do. We met Scott later in the night and he was equally welcoming. Breakfast both mornings were both eye-appealing, creative, and delicious. Will plan another stay on our next trip to the area.

Great experience

5 on October 06, 2017

We've been visiting the Lancaster area on and off for the last 20 years. This was our 1st stay and E.J. Bowman House but will definitely not be our last. Diane was very eager to make our stay as easy and comfortable as possible. (Never did meet her husband, Scott, but she assured me that he really does exist!) The house is c. 1860s and has an interesting history - I'm into history and preservation. The breakfasts were always delicious and the other guests that we met were very friendly and had interesting stories. Another reason we stay at B&Bs are to meet new people - we were not disappointed. Diane was also eager to help with things to do and directions. Next time we visit the Lancaster area, we will definitely stay at E.J. Bowman again.

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Rooms & Rates

The Murphey Room

In the Murphey Room, the quilts are softly bathed in light lavender from its southeast exposure. Originally two rooms, these have been combined into a cheerful room at the top of a private staircase. Its separate antique quilted twin beds can be made into a king bed. Colonial shutters offer the perfect touch of privacy. This room offers two single beds that can convert into a king size bed. Private Bathroom with shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

The Witmer Room

With three generations of the Witmer Family previously residing in the E.J. Bowman House, it feels appropriate to name this room in honor of their legacy. Centrally, located with an enclosed porch to the east and garden views to the west, the Witmer Room is an ideal retreat. The room features a large mirrored oak armoire and soft green walls. A cozy chair is placed in the reading nook that floods with sunlight and views of the gardens and pond. Enjoy. Private bathroom with shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

The Lucinda Mae Room

Following a day of exploration through Lancaster County’s unique attractions you can relax on the quilt covered pineapple queen bed or log your memories at the antique roll-top desk. The room’s warm tones invite you to relax and enjoy life’s small moments. Like sweet tea on a warm summer afternoon, the Lucinda Mae Room invites you to relax and unwind.

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

The Hauck Room

The E.J. Bowman House was once owned by the Hauck family. During this time the bed & breakfast became known as “the big yellow house.” The Hauck room is ideal for all seasons with light control blinds and other comforts. Alice Murphey’s pressed flower art and the soft yellow and blue tines throughout the room bid you drift away. Don't forget that glowing fireplace to keep away that cold winter night.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

The Bowman Suite

E.J. Bowman, the original owner of this historic home, would bask in the sunset view of the gardens from the suite’s balcony. This two room private suite features a maxi-king bed, a sitting room with day bed and hidden trundle bed as well as a coffee maker and refrigerator for added convenience. The Tuscan mural that surrounds the Jacuzzi tub, and the stout villa windows beautifully reflect the home’s Italianate architecture.

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

Nightly Rate: $205 - $205

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Location Type

Landis Valley, Near Susquehanna River, Amish Country, Farming area, Airport, Countryside

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Opera House, Auto Shows and Events, Amish Culture, Juried Crafts Fairs, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Library, Private entrance , Video+CD library, Musical instruments, Hot & cold beverages and snacks available, Heated bath floors

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Historical Village, Quiet Nothingness, Rennaisance Faire, Amish Dinners and Quilts, 1st Pretezel Factory, Wilburs Chocolates, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4-7 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited children over 10 years welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No except verified ADA dogs or those verified in ADA training
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: one night's cost with reservation, within 7 days of confirmation...see cancellation policy below.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations made at least 7 days before arrival date will be refunded. Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the reservation date will be charged for the full cost of the rooms, unless the rooms can be rebooked. ALL CANCELLATIONS may be charged a $25 service fee.
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Diane and Scott O'Donnell

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  • Time Served: 9:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian most dietry concerns

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