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The John Penrose Virden House

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217 Second St., Lewes, DE 19958
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ruth and Jim Edwards are great hosts. The house is nicely decorated and also comfortable. Several very good restaurants and homemade ice cream store within 2 blocks. We took our bikes and rode them in Cape Henlopen State Park. Then we headed to the beach that is also part of the park. Great day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed our 2 night stay at this B&B in Lewes, DE. This 19th century Victorian home has been maintained beautifully with large, comfy rooms. Lots of antique furniture and wooden staircases. Jim and Ruth were excellent hosts providing fantastic gourmet breakfasts, 5 o'clock wine and cheese plus port wine and chocolates in the evening. Walk into... More 

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Nutley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just returned from this immaculate, beautifully appointed B&B. Jim and Ruth are the best hosts. Don't miss the delicious breakfasts, wine and cheese at 5 pm and port wine with chocolates when you return from dinner. A class act in every way. Anne and Jerry NJ

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Breakfast was served in courses on the lovely front porch. (in July) I would say it is the best breakfast that I have had at any B & B. Lovely dishes and presentation! The rooms are also decorated nicely. Lewis is a very beautiful beach town. I love all of the flowers everywhere.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Over the years we have stayed in numerous B&B's around the country. Jim and Ruth set the standard for how this kind of business should be run. Clean, nice rooms; top drawer towels and bed linens; a gourmet breakfast served on fine antique China; all in a wonderful historic Victorian House. If you're ever in Lewes, DE this is the... More 

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Mohnton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We recently spent three lovely days in Lewes, Delaware, and stayed at our favorite lodging place in Lewes, the John Penrose Virden House. This was our 15th stay at the Virden House. The inkeepers, Ruth and Jim Edwards, were the perfect hosts and made our stay special. Our room was quiet, comfortable, and clean. Breakfasts were sumptious, and we enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

It was sheer luck that brought us to the John Penrose Virden House 12 years ago. We haven't stopped going back! An absolutely charming home with guest rooms filled with beautiful and historic antiques, plus an adjacent cottage for guests. We have stayed in all of the rooms and many times in the cottage. They are all perfect for that... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Virdin House is a beautiful historic Victorian home. The owners, Ruth & Jim are wonderful hosts. Three couples "bombarded" these kind hosts for a weekend and they made us right at home. The food was absolutely delicious and the presentation was absolutely picturesque. The Beautiful home is in the center of the town. walk everywhere. Ruth (the Boss) &... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Exceptionally friendly, informed and helpful owners--Ruth and Jim, who will help you book a table at the hard to get into the very popular Agave Restaurant. A lovingly restored house with spectacular pubic rooms, a porch, and very comfortable bedrooms The full breakfasts --different every time you visit--with just the right portion sizes are especially good A great location for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Attentive and charming proprietors, good value, well furnished in tasteful historic style, delish food, clean and comfortable, convenient location. We stayed MLK weekend Jan. 2015 and loved staying this B&B while exploring quaint Lewes, DE. ...Wow. Can't go wrong with this one.

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