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“For antiques-lovers” 3 of 5 stars
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465 Speedwell Forge Rd, Lititz, PA 17543   |  
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Ranked #6 of 10 Lititz B&B and Inns
Phila PA
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“For antiques-lovers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2008

This B& B is a beautifully furnished historic home dating to 1760. The antiques and wood floors are gorgeous. Unfortunately, preserving the floors comes first, so before even stepping inside we learned that there's a no-shoes policy. I felt that created an uninviting touch right from the start.

The tastefully decorated formal dining room where we ate breakfast was amazing, with the table set with expensive looking china and crystal - it was like dining at the White House! I was disappointed that the food was all sugary carbs - not an egg or piece of cheese or breakfast meat was to be found. If you love homebaked goods, however, this is your place.

The grounds are an odd mix of lush, beautiful plantings and run-down shacks and rusted out vehicles. The wolves are at the far end of the property in depressing looking cages. But I guess it's good that they have a sanctuary, and the inn keepers deserve credit for keeping that going.

One other thing to note - the inn appears to be fully temperature-controlled. I was dying to open the windows since the weather was beautiful, but no-can-do. Although this made me feel claustrophobic, I was able to sleep an unheard-of 10 hours since it was so quiet.

  • Liked — thick towels and bathrobes provided in the room
  • Disliked — no-shoes policy to protect inn floors
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2008

THE MOST AWESOME WEEKEND!

I just had the most awesome weekend,

We went down to lancaster (about a two hour drive from us) to spend a weekend at a B&B. called Speedwell Forge a former farmhouse built in 1790 that has been fully restored)..

we had our own private cottage with an upstairs and downstairs...
woodburner stove in the living room, original hardwood floors throughout and a two person hot tub upstair..full size bed complete with a homemade amish quilt....plus a full kitchen..stocked with all the essentials..that evening after checking in we had a private couples massage (suggestion from dawn, the owner). Right in the cottage which was amazing..now i know why people get addicted to them..

saturday we woke up to an amazing breakfast prepared by dawn
granola cereal, then fresh grapefruit, then belgium waffles topped with fresh strawberries and bananas..

after breakfast we took the afternoon to explore the area...we came back and took a tour of the wolf sanctuary which is also part of the property..they have over 40 wolves that they provide care for..without any goverment help..following the tour we grabbed lunch at one of the many authentic Pennsylvania dutch/amish restaraunts scattered about the area...

we returned back to the cottage to find our carriage waiting for us...we had arranged for a 1 hour ride around the area (one of the many suggestion offered by dawn)...rodney (our driver) led us all over....including a loop around the lake which was extremely sweet and romantic

after the ride (if that wasnt perfect enough already) we met with Bill the chef who prepared dinner for us ..again right in the cottage...the food was fabulous and the dessert was the best thing i have ever tasted..chocolate cake with chocolate icing drenched in a sweet strawberry sauce.. with fresh strawberries circling the plate for decoration...

after dinner we tried out the hot tub complete with bubbles and candles...for a relaxing end to a busy and memorable day

checking out on sunday was something i was not looking forward too...lol.. this B&B is definitley one of a kind,,

it was truly an amazing weekend

  • Liked — the historical setting and design
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Toms River, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2008

My husband and I stayed in the paymasters suite. WOW what a room! We felt like we were the first couple staying there. Not a speck of dust! The linens and lush towels smelled clean and fresh. Decore is masculine with hints of feminine. Fine details noted everywhere. The gas fireplace is user friendly. The king size bed is very comfortable and whirlpool tub was had more than enough room for two. Breakfast (incl.) was homemade, delicious and healthy. Not enough time this trip to tour the wolf sanctuary, but did hear some howeling in the morning which was priceless! Absolutely can't wait to return.

  • Liked — cleanliness
  • Disliked — grounds not to pretty in the winter
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2008

Exquisite is the word that my husband used over and over again about this beautiful home and everything in it! It was the most welcoming and enjoyable B&B in which we've ever stayed. You feel very welcomed and very much at home from the moment you enter the door. The home is beautifully decorated and immaculate. We stayed in Kathryn's room and loved it. We were there for two nights and we enjoyed a fireside picnic basket our first night which is available when ordered in advance. It was quite sufficient and enabled us to enjoy staying put the first night there. Breakfast was the best ever. Dawn, the owner of this lovely home has the gift of hospitality and uses it to make you feel most welcome and enjoy your stay in the best way and she is very sensitive to the needs of her guests. You can't help but share in the love and pride she has for her home. We loved that it was in the country (enjoyed some hiking trails across the road) and yet nearby to lovely little towns. We look forward to returning at some point.

  • Liked — Quiet, relaxation
  • Disliked — Electric fireplace in house (just not my choice), but everything else was AWESOME
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2008

My husband and I spent one night at this beatifully restored 1700s mansion. The antiques were beautiful and you are free to roam the grounds which included a wolf preserve. Just a short driving distance from the town of Lititz which has shopping until 5PM on Saturdays. For breakfast, yummy baked french toast!

Stayed January 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2008

We live only 5 minutes away from this lovely bed and breakfast and wanted to get away for one night. I chose the summer kitchen suite. The rooms were spotless (the whole house was, for that matter), the breakfast was yummy, and the tub was so big, We felt like we were in a pool!. The owners are very personable, and the history of the house is amazing. I didn't hear any wolves howl because my hubby snores too loud! That would have been neat to hear though. The views are magnificent.

  • Liked — cleanliness
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Antioch, TN
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2007

We were amazed at the amount of work that the owners put into this home to transform it into an elegant home. The family history is wonderful to hear about. The food was delicious. We truly enjoyed ourselves and hope to stay there again in the future.

  • Liked — The beautiful furniture in each room.
  • Disliked — Can't think of anything.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 465 Speedwell Forge Rd, Lititz, PA 17543
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Lititz
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Lititz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1760 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Speedwell Forge B&B offers sophistication and elegance. Three lovely guest rooms plus two cottages, all with private bath, on a peaceful 120-acre farm boarding a nature park. The perfect place to get away from it all, yet only minutes from the historic small towns of Lititz, Manheim, and all of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. ... more   less 

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