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“Farnsworth House, Marion Center, Pennsylvania” 5 of 5 stars
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Rd #1, Box 244, Marion Center, PA 15759   |  
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“Farnsworth House, Marion Center, Pennsylvania”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Farnsworth House B&B while we were visiting our daughter, a psychology professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA. The house is about a 20 minute drive from the University, and is hidden away in a tranquil valley not far from the small town of Clymer, PA. Our gracious hosts were Jon and Bill, but most of the time we only saw Jon, who prepared delicious and varied breakfasts, and is an expert restorer of player pianos. The main rooms are filled with grand pianos fitted with devices such as the Vorsetzer, which can generate or play back perforated paper rolls in a manner that perfectly reproduces the original performance. Jon is a mechanical music enthusiast, and will happily take time to talk about his work and demonstrate the results. There are also Edison phonographs playing wax cylinders, and HMV players with huge polished brass horns around the house. As if this were not enough, he also works on restoring classic cars. The house itself is beautifully provided with period furniture and artwork. We stayed in the Niagara Room, decorated with pictures and photographs of Niagara Falls in the early 1900’s and found it very comfortable.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Painesville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

This place is truly unique, and our second visit was even better than the first. Jon & Bill are the consummate hosts, providing endless details and history of their grand home and the interesting contents. With an excellent breakfast each day, and their golden retriever Kirby for fun, this B&B is well worth the drive out to the countryside of PA.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

My daughter is a recent graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Just before Easter, I tried to find a room for the night before her graduation that was to be held over two months later. There wasn't a room in Indiana to be found! It was a blessing when one of the sympathetic hotel clerks shared with me the name of a bed and breakfast. Amazingly, the B&B charged just $65 per room per night! (The Hollywood room goes for $75.) i booked the two rooms that were left. I am SO GLAD that there wasn't a hotel room in Indiana!!! The Farnsworth House, about a twenty-minute trip from the college, was incredible. I've never felt more welcome anywhere. Our hosts doted on us. The furnishings in the house are treasures from the past. I couldn't believe my eyes or ears from the time we walked into the house...and the library is beyond description! On the morning of Julia's graduation, John rose extra-early to prepare our breakfast, including freshly ground coffee, home-made yogurt and just-baked scones served with Bill's own jam, and, as if that weren't far more than enough, a mushroom and cheese omelette! (Of course, the eggs came from the hens of the lady living next door.) If you would love to be transported back to a better time--a time of beauty, kindness, and hospitality-- stay at the Farnsworth House.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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raleigh, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2010

This B & B, should be museum. If you are ever in Western PA, put this
Bread & Breakfast on your must list....

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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Greenport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2008

We wanted a place that was unique and off the beaten path on our way to Falling Water, the Frank Lloyd Wright house. The Farnsworth House Bed & Breakfast was the perfect place. The host and owner, Jon was wonderful. He gave us a grand tour of the majestic home, including his amazing collection of grand player pianos and rare antique cars. The breakfast was delicious, and Kirby, the lab was fun to play with! The room was the Hollywood Room, which featured a lot on Jimmy Stewart, who was raised up the road a bit. We had a terrific stay and made new friends at The Farnsworth House. We look forward to another stay there on our next trip to western Pennsylvania.

  • Liked — The house itself and the host...they were both wonderful
  • Disliked — Nothing, we liked it all!
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 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 October 11, 2006

Our out-of-town, three-couple bridal party stayed here during our wedding weekend (early October). Faced with other options of basic low-buget hotels almost 15 miles away, we were anxious as to what we'd find from such a B&B so far off the "beaten path." Well, were were BLOWN AWAY by the quality of service, quaint rural setting and extraordinary building and rooms of this B&B. (We've already booked a return visit).

Jon Perry and William Woodcock are the proprietors. During our visit, Jon was the lone yet consummate host, who not only excelled at the basic aspects of the B&B experience but pulled double-time as concierge and out-did the wildest expectations for our group's numerous "special requests" (i.e. flexible dining hours, adding an extra guest to a meal, accommodating very late-arrivals). Example: the last-minute request from the groomsmen for champagne and roses each lady before retiring after the wedding was executed flawlessly and provided a future “get-out-of-jail-free” chit for each gentleman.

The basics:
Three very clean rooms, each with private baths and decorated with interesting themes. The bride & groom stayed in the “Hollywood Suite” ($85/night + Pa. tax) which included individual bath, king-sized bed, trappings and movie poster reprints from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Many items featured the area’s world famous Academy Award winning actor and native son, Jimmy Stewart. Décor included framed song sheets, modern and not-so-new books on movie stars, and even antique 35 mm movie cameras and projectors.) The Niagara and Adirondack rooms (both $65/night + tax) are outfitted in exactly what you’d expect from the names.

The grounds, lawn, parking lot and trees were orderly and well maintained. The building resembles a red, plank board farm building or small barn with stark, white columns, but it is actually a combination B&B, antique car collection garage and “reproducing” piano repair workshop. The building was constructed in 1969 by a fifth generation landowner John Farnsworth to accommodate his piano restoration business. Farnsworth’s ancestors’ general store was nearby on the 10 acres of land and once serviced the rural farming communities of Purchase Line, East Run, and Marion Center.

Inside, Farnsworth House oozes Olde English manor home refinement that is sprinkled with unique and fascinating décor elements. The entry Great Room has parquet wood floors, upholstered and leather antique furniture, marble fireplace, 10-ft high beveled glass windows, large vaulted ceilings. The room leads up a curved stairway up to a second floor landing; the first guest room, a formal bar and formal dining room , await to the left, while on the right, a small hallway provides entry into a vaulted library and reading room. Hardwood floors, more beveled glass windows, two-story built-in book cases full of leather and cloth-bound tomes of all descriptions. (Picture the study from the board game “Clue” and you have it.) The library offers access to the two other guest suites, the Niagara and Adirondack rooms, a 1915 pool table, and one of three public fireplaces inside the home.

The second floor also features a very formal dining room with authentic, working gas lamps, a floor-to-ceiling window and a small balcony overlooking the Great Room below that conjures up images of Act II from "Romeo and Juliet." As Jon and William note on their web site, furnishings and accessories that populate the home’s décor run from “… Edison phonographs, Victrolas, Capeharts, Toast-o-lators, a player Pipe Organ, antique refrigerators, gas lights and a host of other oddities.”

Meals were home-made and fresh-baked, always tasty and astonishingly sophisticated given the homey, rural county where the B&B is located. The owners are transplants from more cosmopolitan parts of the globe, and they do their best to blend that perspective into the rustic but “salt-of-the-earth” farm and coal mining communities that populate the region.

Travelers must really want to visit this are, because other than a nearby Division I-AA college (Indiana Univ. of Penna.) and a world famous weather prognosticator (Punxsutawney Phil) and antiquing, there’s really not that much activity to be found in the immediate vicinity. However, fall foliage season –late September through most of October – provide ample reason to tour the countryside. Nearby towns (Clymer, Indiana, Punxsutawney) provide all the modern conveniences if necessary (restaurants, movie theaters, mall shopping, gas, banking, groceries).

Potential drawbacks for some: Don’t believe there’s Internet connection service (high speed or dial up); but call ahead to be sure. Recently became “sans-TV” (no television of any kind -- over-the-air, cable or satellite). Location is down in a valley of a rural area where there is poor to non-existent cell phone coverage. (Which, like I said, may be a drawback for “some” but might actually be a “plus” for others.) The content and images on the B&B's website, while acceptable, do not do the property justice. Allows no smoking or pets. Children over 16 are OK.

  • Liked — Tie: the personal service, and price value
  • Disliked — Poor cell phone coveage/Internet access
  • Tips/Secrets — Great for getting away from it all. Consult local college schedule for sporting events, music or live theater performances. Groundhog Day (early Feb.) is always sold out due to proxminity to Punsutawney. Fall is great for leaves changing color, but for 2 weeks following Thanksgiving, deer hunting is in season.
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rd #1, Box 244, Marion Center, PA 15759
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Marion Center
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Marion Center
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Number of rooms: 9

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