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“Hidden GEM for sure!” 5 of 5 stars
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Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast
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521 Lerew Road, Carlisle, PA 17105   |  
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Ranked #4 of 6 Carlisle B&B and Inns
Plano, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Hidden GEM for sure!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Joanne and Bill provide a great place to "be a local". They let you into their home and treat you like you're a member of their family, and in their case, that's a great thing.

The breakfasts I enjoyed there on their back patio overlooking their neighbor's corn field were absolutely wonderful! Even when I let them know I didn't like one of the items, they didn't say anything, except "do you like this?" and brought out an awesome replacement. That only happened once in my 4 days.

The house itself is nice sized, so you don't feel cramped and they don't mind you sitting in with them during the evening for a chat, or watching the news/sporting event, etc.

Parking is easy, except Lerew Rd can be tough to navigate, never back out onto the road!

Molly, their dog, is a treat and make sure you check out her chickens, or she'll remind you to do that.

Definitely a relaxing place to stay. The room itself was wonderful. No problems with anything. The stairs are a little on the steep side, so go slow.

No doubt I'll be back.

Room Tip: The Bluebird room is currently the only one available. 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Keighley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Located down a country lane, but near to Carlisle and Boiling Springs (which are both well worth a visit) this is an exceptional B & B.
The accommodation is well-planned, spotlessly clean and a pleasure to be in. The breakfasts are so good with Joanne using produce from the garden and the local markets and it was such a pleasure to sit outside savouring the food, the view and the garden visitors. We stayed 6 nights and Joanne made different breakfasts each day - and they were all yummy!
Joanne and Bill go out of their way to make sure everything is just right for you. Their local knowledge is extensive and tips on where to eat, where to park and the easiest route to Gettysburg assisted us enormously.
If we ever get the chance to re-visit the area, this is the place we would definitely stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Bill and Joanne are such great hosts, from the warm welcome when we arrived to the wonderful breakfast and casual conversation about area attractions. We couldn't have enjoyed our stay more. Looking forward to another chance to visit and hope to be able to stay longer.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Frankfurt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

Joanne and Bill are great hosts and made us feel very welcome.
The place itself is set in a wonderful location on a country road just a few minutes outside Carlisle. You'll see the red cardinal and hummingbird during breakfast in the backyard if you're lucky...

Frank/ May 2012

Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Joanne and Bill are wonderfully friendly and helpful. The breakfast was terrific. And the B&B is very convenient to Carlisle and Dickinson College,

Room Tip: There are only two rooms, but both are quite nice.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Hiram, Ohio
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

We had a great stay here. We were very busy with family events so didn't get to spend a lot of time relaxing at the B&B but what we did was wonderful. The location is country but close to Camp Hill and Harrisburg which was perfect for us! The breakfasts were delicious and very filling! Joanne uses as much from her garden as she can when preparing them. Our room was comfortable, clean and well appointed. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

Room Tip: We were in the Cardinal Room and it was large and comfortable including a seperate room with a desk...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

First time in a B&B, first time in PA. We didn't really know what we needed to look for, but something guided us to the right place. It was "Incredible!" Bill was out on his motorcycle when we arrived, so Molly (Border Collie) greeted us warmly. Joanne and Bill have wonderful gift, just for the taking. As we sat on the patio, looking out over the beautiful farm next door, listening to nature, you could feel the weight of the world drop off your shoulders.

We knew we were hooked when we sat for a 2 hour breakfast and still didn't really want to get moving. Bob said it was worth the 600 mile trip, and we even considered cancelling the NJ reservation. This is being put in as an annual trip.

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 521 Lerew Road, Carlisle, PA 17105
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Carlisle
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Carlisle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Red Cardinal Bed & Breakfast sits among the farmlands and mountains in South Middleton Township of Cumberland County. Our lovely home, located on a quiet country road, is a wonderful place to relax. We are located near all the major attractions: Carlisle Car Shows, the Appalachian Trail, Yellow Breeches Creek, Carlisle Army War College, Dickinson Collge, Dickinson School of Law, Allenberry theater and Gettysburg Battlefield. Come and be greeted with old-fashioned hospitality. ... more   less 

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