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The John Penrose Virden House

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217 Second St., Lewes, DE 19958
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The John Penrose Virden House
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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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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