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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very nice, quite and homey room with an awesomely large bathroom. A shower w/2 heads and plenty of water pressure. Also a jaccuzi for 2. A breakfast menu that we filled out the night before, complete w/homemade pancakes, eggs just about any way, oatmeal, homemade granola, juice, toast, jams, jellies, Maple syrup, agave, Canadian bacon etc. Cathy and Chris... More 

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

It's always gratifying to have a guest take the time to write a review. When you share your home with others, you want them to appreciate it somewhat close to how much you appreciate it yourself. More 

Alberta
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the best B&Bs I've stayed in and I've visited quite a few in many counties. Cathy and Chris are wonderful hosts. They take care of everything. The comfort, cleanliness, food, location and amenities are top notch. I stayed for 5 days to visit my son who is a Swarthmore student. Their beautifully decorated and maintained home... More 

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

It was our pleasure to have you with us, especially for a lengthy enough stay that we had an opportunity to get to know you. With your son a freshman, we hope we'll get to see you again and again over the next 3 years. More 

Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Nice clean, cozy, comfortable B&B close to the college and a short train or car ride to downtown Philly. We stayed here because my son was attending a soccer ID camp and it was walking distance to the school

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write-up a review. I remember you and your son were heading up north to another soccer camp after this one - a busy summer. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is a very well appointed Bed and Breakfast. We had a lovely room and a comfortable be. The bathroom is very nice, with a great shower. The hosts were both very personable and provided good advice on dining, etc. Breakfast was excellent, and our son was invited to join us (from the college) at no additional charge. The only... More 

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

Paul, We're certainly glad your sleep wasn't impacted. Having some students next door has it's ups and downs. They're all generally nice folks, but come the end of the academic year, a certain amount of revelry is natural. I don't know if I told you, but when I went over to ask them to please turn down the music volume,... More 

Larchmont, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Having just returned from a two night's stay, I feel that the owners couldn't have been more welcoming and gracious! With thoughtful personal touches like home baked cookies at night to fresh made granola for breakfast provided with the day's New York Times the next morning, I found the place to be comfortable and delightful. I loved my antique filled... More 

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

Jane, we were so glad you chose to take a little extra time and stay the second day and not rush back home. After your long, but successful day Thursday, you deserved to just kick back a bit. More 

Zurich
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Everything was to the highest standards, but comfortably warm and friendly. The host and hostess are friendly and helpful, and the breakfasts are served to order. The bed was most comfortable, and the bath ultra modern and inviting. The house has beautiful grounds and plantings, and an ample old-fashioned porch from which to enjoy them. They have good off-street parking.... More 

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

We're so glad you had the chance to not just stay with us, but enjoy the house and the grounds. Most of our guests have pretty full agendas while they're here, but taking even a little time out to smell the roses - or whatever happens to be in bloom - can be very relaxing. More 

New York, New York
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Home away from home. Across the road from Swarthmore College. Comfy, warm and inviting hosts. Great breakfast. Took Cathy's suggestions and found the town of Media - 5 minutes away and nice restaurants and shops.

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

We're certainly glad you found us. Hope the college search process goes smoothly; it's an emotionally-charged time, but everyone makes it through. More 

London
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124 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Last year I spent two evenings here, this year three -- work in Philadelphia, leisure at some of the many gardens in the area. I enjoyed myself thoroughly on both occasions. Arrival from London -- only at 2200. But Rich and Cathy were there to offer a smiling welcome AND fresh-baked, still-warm cookies. When I made the reservations I had... More 

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your reviews - we certainly strive to make all our guests comfortable and welcome, but having a repeat guest take the time to write about their experience is terrific. Hope we see you again down the road. More 

Houston, Texas
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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This was the last arm of a 6 state road trip visiting liberal arts college's and Universities on the East coast.Also our first time in a B+B. The house is located right across the main college entrance.Short walking distance to the admission office.Everything was above our expectations.Warm and welcome owners.Clean comfortable rooms and facilities.WiFi.Custom made breakfast.Kids loved it. I would... More 

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Chris D, Owner at Purcell Darrell House B&B, responded to this review

First time B&B visitors - and we host a great many - are often not sure what to expect. Every B&B has its own personality. This is our home in a small college town and so we focus on comfort and convenience. Above all else, we want our guests to feel like they're visiting friends; many have truly become friends. More 

London
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124 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

That's us -- late arrivals; a credit card that didn't work even after borrowing Cathy's mobile to make an international call... and everything was smoothed away. Comfortable rooms, generous hot water for the morning shower, delicious breakfast, convenient setting, amiable hosts. Were I a parent of a Swarthmore student I should not consider staying anywhere else.

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A smoke-free Victorian home, ca. 1880, with both antique and "practical" furnishings. You should find both your private space on the 2nd floor and the shared area on the 1st floor quite comfortable, spacious and well-appointed. When the weather's nice, you'll want to spend a little time on the patio overlooking the large, well-planted side yard. Just 1/2 block from the Swarthmore College entrance. A quiet, comfortable lodging alternative to noisy, impersonal hotels. Our guests often tell us they feel "at home" and extremely relaxed. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Purcell Darrell House B&B

Address: 315 North Chester Rd, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Swarthmore
Price Range: $145 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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