On Feb. 15, 2009, I stayed at the Golden Plough Inn in Lahaska, Pa. The inn is located in Peddlers Village, which includes a number of shops and restaurants. This was not my first stay at the Golden Plough Inn. I had made my first visit there the previous June on a weekend when the temperature was 90 degrees. My visit was pleasant but what drew me back was a card I received in the mail saying that rooms that normally go for $250 to $300 a night were available for half price over a period of a few months. This turned out to be a very good deal. I was able to reserve a room with rate of $120 a night.
On this visit, as on my previous visit, my room was in the main building with the reception area. Upon registering I was given a voucher for a free dinner at the Cock N Bull restaurant in the village, two $7 vouchers for breakfast at Sweet Lorraine’s, which is accessible through a door in the lobby of the inn, a voucher for a bottle of wine from Chaddsford Winery in the village and a book of discount coupons for stores in the village.
My third floor room was accessible from an elevator in the lobby (check-in is 3 o’clock). Parking is in a lot across the street from the main building and spots are assigned by your room number.
On my previous visit I had reserved a standard room for which I paid a total price of $205.61. My total cost for this visit was $133.27. While the room I had on my first visit was spacious and pleasant and included the breakfast vouchers and discount coupon book, as well as a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator (the free bottle of wine replaced the champagne), this time my room included a fireplace and a sitting area plus a free dinner.
When you walk in the room there is a short hallway. On the right is a closet the length of the hallway with an iron, ironing board, two luggage racks and an extra pillow and blanket. On the left is the bathroom, which has a bathtub, double sink (providing plenty of counter space) and its own heat control. The bathroom had a small coffeemaker (coffee, tea, sugar, creamers, spoons and mugs were in a closet with a mini-refrigerator just left at the end of the hallway), as well as shampoo, conditioner, skin lotion and a jar of cotton balls. There was a full-length mirror on the wall with the sinks.
Against the center of the right wall was a high king-size bed with a lacy canopy. In the front of the bed was a chest. On each side of the bed was a table, one with a clock radio. Next to the end table on the right was a bureau with a phone and lamp.
To the right of the bureau was a sitting area with a couch, lamp, coffee table and chair. On the coffee table were two wine glasses and a basket of snacks. On the wall opposite the couch was a gas fireplace that was built into the wall and to its right a television in a cabinet built into the wall. Catty corner to the television was a window with a window seat that looks out on the main street intersection.
To the left of the bed, on the wall with the closet containing the mini-fridge, was a desk and chair.
We had dinner on Sunday night at the Cock N Bull. As on our previous visit in June, the service was good. Our dinners—shrimp griller and prime rib—plus desserts came to $38 with the dinner voucher.
The two $7 vouchers for Sweet Lorraine’s can be used for breakfast or lunch. Both vouchers covered nearly all of the cost for our two breakfasts, one for three large pancakes and coffee, the other for tea and an English muffin. Our waiter was very pleasant and provided good service.
On thing I like about the Golden Plough Inn is that it has a reasonable cancellation policy—48 hours notice. In the winter months, when the weather is unpredictable and it’s difficult to plan far in advance, this policy makes it easier, knowing you can cancel without penalty if the weather is bad.
Peddlers Village is a short drive from New Hope, Pa. Even if you’re only spending a night at the Golden Plough Inn, you can easily spend time in both places. We stopped in New Hope first, arriving around noon or so on Sunday. Although cold, the weather was fairly decent for February and the town was crowded, making it a little difficult to find parking. We found a small lot with a central meter for parking. Although the instructions do state that the machine does not give change, users may not realize that until after they have fed it a $10 or $20 bill.
New Hope has many shops and restaurants, as well as an art museum and train tour rides. On my first visit to New Hope a few years back, when I spent two nights at a local bed and breakfast, I had lunch at the Logan Inn. As the weather was warm then, we opted to eat outside on the porch. This time, we ate inside, although eating outside in New Hope in February is not unheard of. We passed a number of places where the patrons were seated outdoors, warmed by heaters.
We were seated in a very pleasant room in the back of the Logan Inn. Our table was in front of a large stone fireplace with a roaring fire. The room has a very high ceiling and stained glass windows. Although the atmosphere was very nice, the prices were a little high. In fact, lunch at the Logan Inn—French toast ($12) and a turkey burger ($16)—ended up costing about as much as the dinner at the Cock N Bull with the dinner voucher.
Less than a two-hour car ride from where I live, Peddlers Village is a good place for a one- or two-night getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anchoring Bucks County's picturesque 42-acre Peddler's Village, The Golden Plough Inn features 67 guest rooms and suites that feel as if they've been plucked from beautifully appointed country homes. Hand-chosen fabrics and furnishings, teamed with treasured family heirlooms, create an atmosphere of mirroring the village's Colonial-era ambiance. Under the design direction of noted interior decorator AJ Margulis, the inn merges current design trends with an appreciation for timelessness. Guest rooms and suites are fresh and comfortable, yet stand the test of time. Stays at The Golden Plough Inn include complimentary High Speed Wireless Internet and Free Parking. Breakfast is available at the adjacent Best of Bucks winner Buttonwood Grill. After breakfast, it's time to explore the shops and boutiques of Peddler's Village, enjoy a spa treatment or head into the BucksCounty countryside for golf, tennis, horseback riding and antiquing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Plough Inn At Peddler`s Village Hotel Lahaska