E.J. Bowman House, A Bed and Breakfast

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

About

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.

Reviews

Overall
4.9

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

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.


Really nice, comfortable B&B

4.8 on September 29, 2017

Great place to stay just outside of downtown Lancaster. The hosts were fantastic - very friendly and accommodating. Would gladly stay here again.


Lovely place!

4.4 on September 26, 2017

Our one-night stay was great with a very comfortable room, friendly host, and an outstanding breakfast. The other guests were enjoyable and we were surprised at how quiet it was in spite of being in town. Parking was adequate although at first look it seemed narrow to access from the front. We would definitely recommend this B&B!


Wonderful

5 on September 25, 2017

We truly enjoyed our stay. Breakfast was fabulous and Scott and Diane are wonderful hosts. Their home is lovely and the grounds are breathtaking. We enjoyed sitting by the pond drinking coffee and watching the fish. We would stay with them again if we go back to Lancaster. Awesome.


Great stay at E. J. Bowman

5 on June 09, 2017

Stayed 1 night as we were attending a wedding in the area, definitely recommend staying here, Scott and Diane were excellent hosts and great conversationalists. Everything was clean and well kept.


Like Coming Home Again

5 on June 06, 2017

This was my second stay at EJ Bowman House. Scott and Diane welcomed me back, shared with me some upgrades they had made since my last visit and asked me if I still preferred decaf coffee and orange juice with breakfast. I was impressed that they did their homework by making note of my preferences so that I was made to feel like I was family or an old friend coming to stay. As was the case during my first visit, Diane's cooking skills were evident; breakfasts were tasty, filling and beautifully presented. I would recommend EJ Bowman House to both locals looking for a special weekend away from the kids, and visitors coming to Lancaster County.


weekend in Lancaster, PA

4.8 on May 17, 2017

Outstanding place to stay. Diane and Scott are extremely gracious hosts, and their pride in their house shows in the immaculate service and grace shown towards their guests. The house is roomy and comfortable. The rooms (we stayed in the Murphey Room) are well appointed, tastefully decorated, and full of character. The breakfast each morning was something to look forward to...it was an enjoyment to spend the time with other guests and our hosts. Looking forward to returning!


Weekend Stay

5 on March 23, 2017

Had a one night stay after shopping in Lancaster county! Scott & Diane are gracious hosts with a fabulous home in which they make you feel like part of the family! The rooms are beautiful and extremely comfortable; fabulous 3 course breakfast in a lovely dining room! Already booked my next trip for two nights instead of one!


Outstanding

5 on March 01, 2017

Diane and Scott will make you feel at home as soon as you check in. Its all a plus from that point on. You won't be sorry for choosing this complex.


Warm and Inviting!

5 on February 02, 2017

I have stayed at several B&B's over the years and this one is by far the best! Scott and Diane are so warm and welcoming, It's like come home to family. They go out of their way to make sure you have everything you could want and where to find it! We stayed in the Bowman Suite and the fireplace was so cozy. The whirlpool tub was great too. No need to bring bath salts, they are provided! Scott had some great suggestions for dining and entertainment options and breakfast was awesome! I love the fact that Scott and Diane take the time to get to know their guests and are willing to cater to individual needs. Can't wait to go back!


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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

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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Policies

  • 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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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Diane and Scott O'Donnell

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian most dietry concerns


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