This was my first time staying overnight in Gettysburg, as before I had come on only day trips. The first night I stayed at a downtown hotel right on Steinwher Ave. so I could walk to all the main attractions which turned out to be a good move. The afternoon of my first day I did the museum, Electric map and some shopping. I ate dinner the first night (Make reservations way ahead of time) at the Dobbin House which was fairly nice, although not spectacular. Did the guided auto tour in the morning (get there at 8 a.m. to sign up or forget it) which was very insightful and then ate lunch at the Farnsworth Inn which was mediocre at best. Having hit the highlights in town, I was then ready to head over to Battlefield B&B Inn for the more relaxing part of the visit. Located at the edge of the battlefield, it is somewhat remote. Dinner is not served here, so a trip out must be made. I inquired about dining locations upon arriving and Florence recommended Altland House in Abbottstown PA which was on Rte 30 about 20 minutes away. She was able to get a reservation and boy was I in for a treat! It is absolutely indisputably fabulous and well worth the drive from ANYWHERE to eat here. Fine dining at its best. Gourmet entrees that not only looked pretty, but tasted fabulous. Upon returning I had some of the provided homemade cookies and tea and sat by the roaring fireplace at the Inn in a rocking chair. In the morning was a fantastic personal history story by a man whose great great grandfather had fought in the war. Wonderfully done, with a chance at the end to shoot his rifle, which I accepted! Then I was in for one of the finest breakfasts ever in the private Lincoln dining room (away form the other guests) with a nice fire and wonderful food. The few downfalls of the property to me are, the bathrooms (need to be upgraded and have thicker newer towels and offer individual bath products and real toilet paper rather than tissue paper and have Kleenex) and the selection of amenities needs to be upgraded, there is a very poor selection of games, books, videos, puzzles etc. for entertaining oneself. And although they set on many acres, most of it is impassable, so there's nowhere to take a walk beyond the house. The bedrooms are nice and the staff is wonderful, so overall, a good experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique lodging in an 1809 Civil War farmhouse on 30 private acres of the Gettysburg Battlefield. The farmhouse caters to history fans and vacationers with children and pets. Garden and barn weddings are a specialty. Swan Cottage is a separate cottage for honeymooners with a jacuzzi and full kitchen. The property is beautiful enough for the most romantic soul, and yet the inn has enough emphasis on history to satisfy the no-nonsense military history traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Battlefield b&b Inn
- Battlefield Hotel Gettysburg