My boyfriend and I stayed at the Great Valley House for the second time on March 29, 2008. We booked the same room we'd stayed in before, the Rose and Grey Room, because we loved it so much the first time we stayed there about two years ago. We couldn't wait to get back to the house, which is beautiful and inviting, with its stone walkway, wide front porch and twinkling gold lights decorating the exterior.
We checked in around 5PM and were escorted to our room (we'd received the house tour during our first trip) after some pleasant conversation and reminiscing about our first stay. Pattye was as always very warm and inviting and happy to have us stay with her. We are both vegans (vegetarians that abstain from the consumption and use of all animal products) and she was sure to go over our restrictions with us right away so that she would be able to accomodate us the next morning at breakfast.
The room, which is on its own floor and is very private and quiet, was as beautiful as ever, with a gorgeous ceiling-canopied queen bed and tasteful furnishings and decorations placed around the room. It was spacious and comfortable and we felt very much at home. As some other reviewers have mentioned, it is slightly chilly at night during the winter, but thanks to the very warm, large comforter and quilt on the bed we didn't feel the cold at all once we were tucked in. We were not at all put off by the temperature, as the house is, as mentioned on the website, 300 years old! Personally, I would rather sacrifice a few degrees in temperature than have the owners of this beautiful property tear down the walls to install modern insulation.
We showered before going out for dinner, and although it did take a few moments for the water to warm up to our desired temperature, we had no problems with fluctuating temperatures during the shower. We were provided with many large and fluffy towels as well as cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner, which we appreciated very much. The bathroom is not large, as it was obviously not original to the house and had to be added later, but it was as tastefully decorated and cozy as the rest of our room. We also loved the sink converted from an old Singer sewing machine.
We had a very restful and cozy night's sleep and enjoyed a delicious vegan breakfast of bagels, jam, fruit, tea and juice the next morning in the grand old kitchen/dining area. The historic feel of the home is most evident in this room, with the date "1812" carved on the mantle above the hearth. With a warm, crackling fire to accompany the pleasant conversation we had with Pattye, we couldn't have enjoyed our breakfast more!
After our meal we regretfully packed up our things and said goodbye to the house and to Pattye, with a promise of course to return as soon as we could. We will definitely keep that promise!