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Purcell Darrell House B&B

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315 North Chester Rd, Swarthmore, PA 19081
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Purcell Darrell House B&B
Ranked #1 of 1 Swarthmore B&B and Inns
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Larchmont, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having just returned from a two night's stay, I feel that the owners couldn't have been more welcoming and gracious! With thoughtful personal touches like home baked cookies at night to fresh made granola for breakfast provided with the day's New York Times the next morning, I found the place to be comfortable and delightful. I loved my antique filled... More

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

Jane, we were so glad you chose to take a little extra time and stay the second day and not rush back home. After your long, but successful day Thursday, you deserved to just kick back a bit. More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Everything was to the highest standards, but comfortably warm and friendly. The host and hostess are friendly and helpful, and the breakfasts are served to order. The bed was most comfortable, and the bath ultra modern and inviting. The house has beautiful grounds and plantings, and an ample old-fashioned porch from which to enjoy them. They have good off-street parking.... More

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

We're so glad you had the chance to not just stay with us, but enjoy the house and the grounds. Most of our guests have pretty full agendas while they're here, but taking even a little time out to smell the roses - or whatever happens to be in bloom - can be very relaxing. More

New York, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Home away from home. Across the road from Swarthmore College. Comfy, warm and inviting hosts. Great breakfast. Took Cathy's suggestions and found the town of Media - 5 minutes away and nice restaurants and shops.

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

We're certainly glad you found us. Hope the college search process goes smoothly; it's an emotionally-charged time, but everyone makes it through. More

Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
47 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Last year I spent two evenings here, this year three -- work in Philadelphia, leisure at some of the many gardens in the area. I enjoyed myself thoroughly on both occasions. Arrival from London -- only at 2200. But Rich and Cathy were there to offer a smiling welcome AND fresh-baked, still-warm cookies. When I made the reservations I had... More

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your reviews - we certainly strive to make all our guests comfortable and welcome, but having a repeat guest take the time to write about their experience is terrific. Hope we see you again down the road. More

Houston, Texas
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This was the last arm of a 6 state road trip visiting liberal arts college's and Universities on the East coast.Also our first time in a B+B. The house is located right across the main college entrance.Short walking distance to the admission office.Everything was above our expectations.Warm and welcome owners.Clean comfortable rooms and facilities.WiFi.Custom made breakfast.Kids loved it. I would... More

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

First time B&B visitors - and we host a great many - are often not sure what to expect. Every B&B has its own personality. This is our home in a small college town and so we focus on comfort and convenience. Above all else, we want our guests to feel like they're visiting friends; many have truly become friends. More

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100 reviews 100 reviews
47 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

That's us -- late arrivals; a credit card that didn't work even after borrowing Cathy's mobile to make an international call... and everything was smoothed away. Comfortable rooms, generous hot water for the morning shower, delicious breakfast, convenient setting, amiable hosts. Were I a parent of a Swarthmore student I should not consider staying anywhere else.

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22 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

A delightful B&B. Cathy was lovely, the warm cookies were great, and the location can't be beat if you're visiting Swarthmore College - it's easy walking distance. Great breakfast, and you even get to choose from a menu!

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
30 hotel reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed one night because of the high ratings and the fact that this B&B is at most ten minutes walking from the local train station, right next to Swarthmore College. You can tell that the hosts are thoughtful owners, because they've included everything you could possibly need for your stay. Besides warm cookies as an evening snack, filtered water... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

I chose this B&B as it was close to the location of a friend. And what a superb choice it turned out to be. The innkeeper, Cathy, was very warm and welcoming as was the house. The room was comfortable and warm; the bed and futon, which was used by my friend, were very comfortable. I enjoyed the jacuzzi bath... More

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Rochester, New York
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42 hotel reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

I had a lovely 4 day stay at this B&B and I found the house very pleasant and relaxing. Chris and Cathy are very hospitable and the lovely extras like bathrobes and warm cookies make you feel right at home. The breakfast is made to order from a menu but I just stuck with the usual cereal and toast. The... More

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Address: 315 North Chester Rd, Swarthmore, PA 19081
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Swarthmore
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A smoke-free Victorian home, ca. 1880, with both antique and “practical” furnishings. You should find both your private space on the 2nd floor and the shared area on the 1st floor quite comfortable, spacious and well-appointed. When the weather’s nice, you’ll want to spend a little time on the patio overlooking the large, well-planted side yard. Just 1/2 block from the Swarthmore College entrance. ... more   less 
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