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The John Penrose Virden House
Ranked #4 of 9 Lewes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 7, 2013

The John Penros Virden House was a beautiful home over a hundred years old built by a sea captain....John Penros Virden. The ambiance was quiet and peaceful. Ruth's breakfasts were some of the best I have ever had in my years of doing B & B's. Beautiful surroundings to rest, read and close to the charming village of Lewes, Del. A ten!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stayed at this bed and breakfast for 3 nights at the end of August and stayed in the Penrose suite on the third floor. Our 19 year old son was with us and he was extremely happy to have the sitting room as his own private area complete with bed, TV and refrigerator. Not only was the house decorated beautifully but it was in the best area possible. Everything was within walking distance to beautiful shops and restaurants.
We didn't have the pleasure of meeting Ruth as she was away but Jim took excellent care of us! He is an amazing chef and prepared each breakfast with care and special detail making sure to question our preferences. Everything was always delicious! Sitting on the front porch for breakfast and then later before dinner drinking wine with cheese and crackers was so relaxing!
Beaches were a short distance away and Jim helped us with directions and with suggestions on things to do and restaurants to visit. We look forward to visiting again.
Laura, John and Jonathan

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

We were welcomed w/ fresh flowers, fresh fruit, and a choice of charming rooms. Gourmet breakfast in front of fire, choice of wine or tea before dinner on a lovely front porch. Innkeepers, Jim and Ruth very gracious.We enjoyed our stay immensely.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Spent two nights (Sept. 4 and 5) at the Virden House. It was sheer delight! Ruth and Jim Edwards are wonderful hosts. They prepare the most delicious breakfasts and serve them on the porch where you are surrounded by a lovely garden. The house is decorated with priceless antiques. Check out the bar in the dining room that came from a ship.
I highly recommend this B and B if your plans take you to Lewes.
Consider taking the ferry as there is a shuttle bus that leaves you within a few steps of the Virden house.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Ruth was probably one of the nicest, most charming hostesses I have ever met. The food was delicious, the place was comfortable, interesting décor, it was all just so relaxing. I will definitely come back next year.

Room Tip: all were extremely comfortable
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

wow! what can we say. ruth and jim both made us feel very welcomed. Each morning we were excited to learn what Ruth had prepared for breakfast. Always a surprise!

Everything was delicious and very well presented. They pay very special attention to details and the services they provide. We ate breakfast each morning on the front porch in the heart of downtown lewes!

If your looking for a place to stay while in Lewes, dont stay in a hotel. Stay at John Viden BB. You wont be disappointed!

We will most definitely return soon

Abbey and Nate K.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The owners, Ruth and Jim are attentive to every detail. They are very friendly and make you feel like you are at home. The John Penrose Virden House bed and breakfast rooms are exceptionally clean and comfortable. This historic building is beautifully maintained. The breakfast that Ruth prepares each morning is incredibly delicious and different everyday. We will definitely be back soon! Maria and Frank G.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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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
Price Range: $120 - $235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3

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