The Great Valley House of Valley Forge

1475 Swedesford Road , Malvern, PA 19355 USA (Show map)


Built by an original Welsh settler prior to 1720 the house was added to in 1740 and completed in 1791 to create the overall traditional colonial appearance. The oldest part of the house, the "old kitchen" conveys much of the colonial charm and history of the house. Title deeds can be traced back to William Penn in 1681.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.1
  • Onsite Dining4.5

A delightful visit

4.6 on January 05, 2015

We had a delightful visit, and are glad to recommend the Great Valley House. Our host Pattye was friendly and accommodating, the breakfasts were excellent, and the historic old house and its grounds were a treat. Breakfast is served in the oldest part of the house, dating from the 1690's, with a beautiful open-hearth fireplace and a unique dry sink cantilevered into the stone walls.The breakfasts were delicious and unique. We've stayed at a number of B&B's, and think each needs to be judged on its own terms. After all, if we wanted the same experience everywhere, we could have just stayed in a Fairfield! This is what it presents itself to be: a 300+ year old historic house on beautiful ground, with many excellent stories and a host who loves to tell them.

Stay Away

2.0 on October 07, 2014

I should start by saying that I have stayed in dozens of B & Bs around the country, so I have some experience. I strongly urge travelers to avoid the Great Valley House. Here is a list of some of its deficiencies: 1 There is no common indoor space for guests to read or chat. I had never before seen a B & B without this basic amenity. The living room in the house is filled with the owner's belongings. 2 Breakfast is served in a small, almost windowless back room, what had been the kitchen in colonial times. The light bulbs are weak, so the room is very dim, and the corners are again filled with the owner's stuff. The house does have a dining room which is airy and could be beautiful, but is, once again, taken up with the owner's things and is off bounds to guests. 3 A B & B normally puts out early coffee before breakfast, but not here. The coffee with brerakfast was awful; we brought our own after the first day. And often a B & B offers a nice selection of teas, but again, not here. 4 A B & B normally provides snacks--chips, soft drinks, bottled water, maybe cookies--at no charge. Not here. Guests are expected to pay for these items. The coffee that is offered is cheap Folger's coffee bags, not decent brew. 5 The mattress in my room felt like wet spaghetti. I have never had back pain in my 65 years, but here I did for the first time. Some of these faults are major, some minor, but they all added up to a less-than-pleasant experience. The owner, Pattye, says she has 30 years of experience at this inn; she certainly has 30 years' worth of junk, but not 30 years' worth of learning. Travelers should look for other options.

A memorable week.

5 on July 24, 2012

We stayed at Great Valley House for a week in July, How wonderful it was, from the accommodations to the delightful breakfasts in the historic kitchen. What a wonderful retreat into history, plus the use of the swimming pool with an occasional deer wandering nearby.. Susan and Nick Bereda


5 on April 18, 2011

B & B's can be soooooo twee - all those Martha Stewart bins of potpourri, tacky faux colonialisms...fakedom in general. but here we have the real deal - a splendidly maintained and restored home that dates from 1690, real antiques, and a gracious and knowledgeable host. if you want real American colonial history, this is the place. can't recommend The Great Valley House and Pattye Benson enough. Top Marks!

Homeschooling Family Looking for History

5 on April 16, 2011

My husband and I took our 2 children (ages 11 and 13) to Valley Forge for a 3-day getaway. We homeschool our children and have found that it is really helpful to visit areas as we study them - we were studying the Revolutionary War and I thought it would be perfect to stay nearby Valley Forge National Historica Park and was delighted to find this 300-yr. old inn closeby. The owner of the Great Valley House is president of the local historical society and had one story after another to entice our 2 boys. Her special stories about the house and the area during the 1700's really made the history come to life for our boys. We visited several months ago, and they are still talking about the trip. I want to publically thank Pattye for her patience with our endless questions and for her taking so much time with us. She created special memories for this family from Wisconsin!

Don't look in the corners

2.6 on March 02, 2011

This is a great old, old house, but that doesn't give the right to have dust bunnies on a third of the floors, or windows that haven't been cleaned in years. The food was good and interesting that it fit the primitive surroundings of a very old kitchen with original equipped fireplace. Pattye was very knowledgeable about the history of the house, but did not seem interested in her guests or their questions. Maybe a good place for a corporate overnight, but not for the interested history buff as most of the house was off limits. What a shame in the backyard of Valley Forge.

College Trip Visiting at Villanova University

5 on February 22, 2011

My wife and I with our 17yr. old son were on a week-long college visit trip. We were in Valley Forge area to visit Villanova University and stayed at the Great Valley House. We arrived later than expected in the midst of a snow storm. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and instantly had a feeling of being comfortable and at home. The owner was warm and welcoming and we enjoyed a good night's sleep. Breakfast in the 'old kitchen' was a very special treat. With snow continuing to fall outside, we sat in front of a fire in the big walk-in fireplace, and struggled to leave for college visits. If our son is lucky and gets accepted at Villanova U, we know we will have a 'home away from home' for the next 4 years. Susan & John Russell PS: When we left after breakfast, Jeff (the innkeeper's husband) had thoughtfully cleared the snow from our car!

Cool house, but needs some attention

3.0 on February 08, 2011

We stayed at the Great Valley House on a recent business trip to Philadelphia. We really enjoyed the building and general vibe of the old house. The innkeeper is very freindly and a history buff which made for interesting conversation. What we weren't expecting was horrible beds that felt as though they may have been original to the house and the linens/bedding felt cheap and uncomfortable. The only other complaint was the place is in desperate need of a good scrubbing.

Thank you for the stay

5 on January 24, 2010

I stayed at the Great Valley House during the Christmas holidays. I was visiting family in the area and did not want to stay in a hotel. I felt like I was returning home the moment I was greeted at the door. It is obvious that Pattye has been an innkeeper for a long time - she has an wonderful way of making you feel right at home and she treats you has a long lost relative rather than a stranger she is meeting for the first time. I plan on returning often to visit family, because now I have the perfect plact to stay!

A Great Get Away!!!!

4.0 on November 03, 2009

My daughter and I recently spent a weekend touring the sights in the Valley Forge, PA area. To say the highlight of the trip for me was our stay at The Great Valley House of Valley Forge is an understatement. Having never before stayed at a bed and breakfast I was a little apprehensive. Pattye Benson, the owner and hostess of the bed and breakfast, quickly put my apprehension to rest! Her love of the house as well as her knowledge of its history are endless. The food and accommodations far exceeded our expectations. We're already thinking ahead to a time when we can return.

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Location Type

National Park, Countryside, Suburban


Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 25 miles

Directions to property:

4 miles south of King of Prussia Mall; close to Rts. 202 S & 252 S intersection.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano , Free High Speed Internet In Room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Antiquing, Shopping, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • Check Out:: By 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking allowed outdoors.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Small Dogs with Prior Arrangement
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night minimum on weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card guarantee.
  • Cancellations: Cancel within 7 days of arrival day and you will be charged 1 nights stay. For May/June graduation weekends & Parents Weekends, cancellation within 30 days of arrival will be charged 1 nights stay.
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Pattye Benson

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

I am an avid quilter and the house is filled with quilts I've designed and created; also restore antique quilts. I enjoy playing the grand piano in sitting room for guests in evening- classical blues, jazz, etc. I also have a prolific antique collection including vintage clothes and textiles.

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  • Time Served: 8am-9:30am
  • Serving Location: Continental Breakfast available 7:00 - 8:00am., Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Breakfast Burritos with Tomato-Basil Topping


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