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The John Penrose Virden House

217 Second St., Lewes, DE 19958
The John Penrose Virden House
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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New Hope, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Ruth and Jim have made this our second home. Warm and comfy... Excellent breakfast and Great coffee. Port and chocolates after roaming Lewes and Rehoboth. Lewes has great history and is a wonderfully quaint town. Rehoboth Beach is a wonderful family resort with a great boardwalk. If you try it...you'll be back.

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Crownsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Five girlfriends just returned from a wonderful weekend. The John Penrose Virden House is a beautiful, historic bed and breakfast within walking distance of all the restaurants, shops, and historic landmarks in the town of Lewes. Jim and Ruth were excellent hosts. They were informative and helpful by suggesting sites to see and making reservations as needed. We enjoyed wine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

These folks should run the class for all other innkeepers. They do it all just right. Met us in the parking lot, carried one of our bags. Super friendly. Very nice accommodations, clean, comfy. Acquired a reservation at a restaurant the seemed to be be booked solid. But the part that is the exclamation point was breakfast on their wonderful... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We have stayed at the Virden House several different times over the past 5 years. Jim and Ruth never disappoint. The place is beautifully maintained, the breakfasts are always excellent, and Jim and Ruth are always cordial hosts. We have stayed at several other places in Lewes because the Virden house was unavailable for our trip. None of them are... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Been coming for the last eight years. Wonderful hosts, Jim and Ruth and delicious creative breakfasts! Jim and Ruth will recommend other restaurants and make your reservations! The town is quaint and historical. The Virden House is the only place to stay if you're visiting Lewes!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

went here from August 8 - August 11, 2014. we were greeted by Jim and wife Ruth... (owners) our room was the Harbor view room on the 3rd floor. I counted 35 steps to our room. HUGE room,. fresh towels every day, fresh flowers in the room. basket of fruit. has a queen bed, and a small refrigerator. This room... More 

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