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The John Penrose Virden House
Ranked #4 of 9 Lewes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Salisbury, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“A MUST stay”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

The finest, most attention to detail, most pleasant hosts of any B & B in which we have stayed.
Ruth and Jim(owners) couldn't have been more warm and attentive. Not to mention Ruth's out-of-this-world breakfasts. And the facilities were superb! All well appointed rooms and large, comfortable bedrooms. The colorful garden provided beautiful, fresh flowers throughout the house and front porch daily. All this and it's only a short(sometimes only one block) walk to several fine restaurants and attractions. If you're in this area, don't miss this gem of a B & B.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

The John Penrose Virden House is perfectly situated in historic Lewes, DE: it's just a stroll to shops and restaurants, a short walk to the beach and convenient to the parks, coastal waters and beaches or the greater DE/MD coastal region. The B&B is beautifully restored and exceptionally well cared for. The owners are warm, accommodating and very knowledgable about the area. They treated us to lots for extras - fresh fruit in our room, wine and cheese in the afternoon and a few cuttings from their lovely garden. Such a pleasure to have stayed there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Everything about our stay at the John Penrose Virden House was wonderful: the elegantly decorated, Victorian house; delicious breakfast and other treats; comfortable bed; and warm hosts. The Edwardses have truly mastered the art of hospitality.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Farmington, CT
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

My husband and I would highly and without reservation recommend The John Penrose Virden House! A charming, cozy, and beautifully appointed Victorian home, with a delightful garden, The John Penrose Virden House is perhaps the finest bed and breakfast experience we have ever enjoyed. Ruth and Jim, the innkeepers, are a delightful, hospitable couple and attentive to your every need. And their breakfasts are truly memorable experiences -- creative, delicious, and presented with an discerning eye to every detail. Lewes is a picturesque, historic and charming town -- you wil enjoy your visit, and especially so if you stay at The John Penrose Virden House! Nancy & Gerry Whitehead

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Recently my girlfriend and I and another couple visited Lewes to experience the annual house tours and Christmas parade. We found out the Virden House is a beautiful mixture of history and charm. The couple running the B&B couldn't have made us feel more at home. The room was well appointed(suite on 3rd floor) and breakfast was amazing.

We will definitely be back to visit the John Penrose Virden House for our next getaway in Lewes.

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

I highly, highly, highly recommend The John Penrose Virden House for an elegant, romantic, and dashing bed and breakfast getaway. My girlfriend and I visited for our second time this past weekend, and, once again, the amiable, fun-spirited, engaging innkeepers, Ruth and Jim, did not disappoint. As well, they accommodate traditional, vegan, and vegetarian palates by request. Smart about the aesthetics of food and atmosphere, Ruth and Jim offer a warmly-historic experience with verve and class. Sunny and spacious... quiet and still... The John Penrose Virden House is a relaxing cocoon within the jewel that is Lewes, Delaware. I feel like family here, and I am anxious to return.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Camdem Wyoming, De
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Went to Lewes for our anniversary and the stay at the Virden House was truly amazing. The York cottage was more than we could have imagined. The overall hospitality of Ruth and Jim was such a pleasant experience. From the welcoming cheese to the gourmet breakfast the food was wonderful. The location also was amazing. We were really surprised at the unique shopping and resturants all within walking distance. We can't wait to return and plan on purchasing gift certificates for family for Christmas.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The John Penrose Virden House
Address: 217 2nd St, Lewes, DE 19958-1325
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Location: United States > Delaware > Lewes
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Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Lewes
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Number of rooms: 3

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