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The John Penrose Virden House
Ranked #4 of 9 Lewes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Clarksburg, Maryland
1 review
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“This is the best B&B experience we have ever had!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2009

My wife and I just spent a week at the Virden House in Lewes, Delaware owned and operated by Ruth and Jim Edwards. We want to turn right around and go back! Ruth and Jim are the most gracious, friendly, concerned and accomodating B&B owners we have ever met. We stayed in the house's York Cottage, a large room at the back of the house with its own private entrance. A tray of coffee, tea and sweet breads arrived early every morning between the two doors that separated our room from the house proper. Breakfast (a three course breakfast of fruit, eggs, mimosa, juice, pastry, etc. . . . never the same breakfast twice during our stay) was served on the front porch. Ruth and Jim were wonderful company when they weren't busy serving. The cottage itself (windows overlooking the lovely garden maintained by Ruth) was supplied with fresh towels each day, fresh fruit and water and sodas in the mini-frig. Wine, cheese, fruit and veggies was served on the (antique ship's) sidebar in the dining room each afternoon at 5:30; and port wine and chocolates appeared later in the evening. Ice tea was made when my wife mentioned she preferred ice tea to wine. This is just the kind of thing Ruth and Jim would do; always asking what we needed. The Virden House is located right in the middle of downtown/historic Lewes; at least ten restaurants (of varying degrees of sophistication and value) are within easy stroll. We could go on and on. We arrived tense and tired from the day-to-day grind; we left relaxed, rested and re-aquainted with why we enjoy each other's company. Thank you, Ruth and Jim and housekeeper, Sue!!

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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2009

The husband and wife team of Ruth & Jim make this the best thus far of B&B's we've had the pleasure of staying at. Food exceptional and all the little touches provide a warm homey feeling. My husband and I look forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2009

We have stayed at many B&Bs over the years but none compares to Virden House. We just returned from our 5th visit and Lewes is still quaint and quiet, the beaches not too crowded, the restaurants stil interesting and changing. But the real reason we come back every year are the hosts, Jim and Ruth Edwards. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The breakfasts are superb - Ruth is a very, very good cook. Your fruit salad is made with local peaches and strawberries, the coffee cake comes straight from the kitchen, and the coffee is plentiful and strong. All served on antique china, on the front porch by Jim who makes you feel like you're family, specifically the family you wished you had. The house is beautifully furnished, the garden a wonderful place to read, and did I mention how quiet it is? I'm never more relaxed than when I'm there.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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NYC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2009

My wife and I had drove through Lewes on our way down to the Outer Banks. A quick drive through the very charming town made us determine to spend a night there. We happened upon the Virden House and were very warmly welcomed by Jim, the owner. Lovely building, very spacious rooms and a terrific gourmet multi-course breakfast were all part of a very pleasant stay. Terrific hospitality and very well located in town. A terrific find!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Gaithersburg MD USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2009

Enjoyed our stay in this historic B&B located in the historic area of Lewes. The Innkeepers, Jim and Ruth were very friendly and helpful, making us feel right at home. They provided good dinner recommendations after carefully determining our dining interests for the evening. This property is located in the historic section of Lewes with several good restaurants and shops a short walk away. They have a private parking lot, a good thing given the lack of parking places in Lewes many evenings. Our room, The Penrose Room, on the second floor, was large and comfortable. At night, after the restaurants close, the nearby area is very quiet so we slept with the windows open,. We spent 3 nights here and every morning the breakfast (fruit course, followed by sorbet and a hot entree) was very tasty, artfully presented on the plate and very different from the previous day. Breakfast was served on the front porch while we were there as the weather was pleasant. While we were there, they provided late afternoon wine and cheese and had chocolates and port available before bedtime. This is a quiet place to unwind and enjoy some good local cuisine. No internet is provided and locking onto nearby wireless signals was difficult so if you must remain connected, you may want to look elsewhere. Not a problem for us, we wanted to disconnect. They do not accept credit cards so come prepared. They do provide bicycles and beach chairs for guests. The gardens behind the house are gorgeous.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Sewell, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2008

I was looking to stay in a nice Bed & Breakfast while spending a few days with my mom to sight-see and shop in Lewes, Delaware. I booked the Penrose Room at the John Penrose Virden House after reviewing the pictures of this place on the Internet. The pictures didn't do it justice. The location is ideal since it is just steps away form the shops. This lovely home is beautifully furnished and the owners, Jim and Ruth make everything so comfortable, yet elegant. There was so much care and time to make the presentation of each breakfast course so lovely and delicious. They went out of their way to help with reservations and information to accommodate our needs. Lewes offers such a variety of shops and fine restaurants. We only had to walk a few steps from the shopping to find the tranquility of the garden out back or the cozy front porch. This place is the nicest B&B I've ever visited. The other guests were delightful, In fact, my mother and I laughed for two hours one night and even exchanged phone numbers with one lovely couple. What a relaxing and fun trip! I highly recommend this B&B to anyone!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2008

I was shocked to learn that this would be the first review on Trip Advisor for this wonderful property. First and foremost, there are Jim and Ruth, the consumate hosts. Then there is the impecibly kept gardens, including herbs that are used generously in their creative menus. Then there is the well kept interior that is always spotless. The super large guest rooms that are nicely appointed and provide a wonderful, restful sleep. And finally the perfect cup of coffee to accompany the creative, ever changing menu. When in the area, don't miss this outstanding overnight experience in a terrific little town near the beach in Lewes!!

  • Liked — the host, the comfort, the breakfast
  • Disliked — could not stay longer
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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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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