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Rocky Springs Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #12 of 22 Lancaster B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 23, 2013

We completely enjoyed our stay at the Rocky Springs B & B. We chose it because we had stayed at the former Ellemaker House where Verna was innkeeper and she and Rocky Springs did not disappoint. The grounds are charming, we enjoyed exploring and were drawn into the history of the place. The owners put together an informative book telling about the amusement park history of the grounds. Breakfasts were wonderful and conversations stimulating and enjoyable. We enjoyed meeting fellow guests from Germany. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I must respectfully disagree with my fellow Tripadvisor reviewers who give this 5 stars. Perhaps due to different frames of reference, or we simply had a different experience. Let me start with the positive - Verna, the innkeeper is a gem of a human being, gracious, full of local knowledge, a joy to interact with. Her breakfasts were very nice, particularly the baked oatmeal. Our room was well decorated, comfortable bed and adequate bathroom. Wireless internet was included and worked well. The grounds are full of history, with the remnants of an amusement park that ran from the early 1900s (maybe even earlier) until the mid 1960s. The Conestoga river runs through the grounds, a pleasant walk. Now, on to the improvement opportunities. As those who've read my other reviews know, it's the attention to detail, the little things, that make or break an establishment. The drive up to the "mansion" is a bit underwhelming, e.g. roof in need of repair, overgrown vines around the front porch shrubbery, wasp nest on the front porch lamp over the front door. We were greeted by the owner, Elaine. Pleasant lady, lots of historical knowledge. As my wife and I walked in, arms full of luggage, she did not at all offer to help, while leading us up a flight of stairs to our room. Not a huge deal on its own, and my wife and I were quite capable of carrying our stuff, it just seemed odd. Within 10 minutes of entering our room we discovered zero soap at the sink or shower. We alerted Elaine, who handed us 2 small bottles of bath get with twist off caps. Call me old school, I prefer a bar soap, if not that, at minimum a pump able liquid. Elaine said they didn't have bar soap, but she could get us a pump hand soap. By the next morning, it had not arrived. We mentioned this to Verna at breakfast. She said she'd take care of it. The soap finally arrived at 3pm, the day after we arrived. Additionally we had two burned out light bulbs. We alerted Verna and she took care of it. Overall, an average stay. Next time we'll bring our own soap.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We stayed in the "Cottage" behind the main house for 2 nights. It was absolutely lovely...newly renovated a few years ago...furnished attractively...quiet. It has a side patio outside its French doors where you can have breakfast or just enjoy the surroundings. The grounds are large, well treed and very historic. It was a booming amusement park from around 1900. The carousel house is still there in very good condition (it is easily seen from the side patio of the cottage)...there are also the popcorn stand, penny arcade building, roller rink & the trolley stop that brought fun lovers there for decades. There is a easily walked path to the calm meandering river that runs pass the boat dock used when the park was in existence. Our imaginations allowed us to hear the music of the merry-go-round and hear the laughter of many people as they moved through the park many years ago.
I must also note a few minor negatives. There is no phone in the cottage, so no easy way to get help if needed. Although breakfast came each morning; we had to make the coffee with the Keurig (not a difficult job but there was only powdered creamer to use - YUK.) The breakfasts were thought out but not prepared too well (ex. mushy French toast). We also received an apple turnover like Sarah Lee that you bake from a frozen product. It was cut in half for the 2 of us.
Back to a positive - Verna the innkeeper is a friendly outgoing woman - intelligent, verbal & interesting.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

I chose Rocky Springs B & B for a one night stay and only regret we could not stay longer. Verna the innkeeper is a paragon of gentle hospitality, and provides a splendid Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast, hosted in nice weather on the back deck of the immaculate historic home which lies on spacious, well-kept property. The ammenities are modern, as is the air conditioning, but the hospitality is warm and timeless. We'd stay again without hesitation if ever in Lancaster County.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We were looking for a bed and breakfast that wasn't on a busy street. Also, part of the b&b experience for me is having a leisurely breakfast outside, overlooking something green. And we found these things here. Verna the innkeeper is just lovely and instantly ready to help. Her breakfasts were superb. She picked fresh blackberries, made some fresh mint tea, which my husband loved. The place is also spotless, another important point.The only reason I didn't give this place 5 stars is because of some missed opportunities the owner has relating to the location. The b&b is located on the site of a century-old amusement park. But you don't know this when you turn into the place. When you drive in, you pass some dilapidated buildings. At first, we thought we were in the wrong place. Then we spotted the b&b behind all that. The history on this place is really amazing; it'd be great if it could be showcased more. The owner should paint those buildings at the entrance and put up a big colorful sign that explains what this place was. Nevertheless, it was a great experience. You get the quiet of a b&b, but you're also minutes away from most attractions. The bed and pillows were super comfortable, by the way. I recommend this b&b highly!

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We were looking for a restful place to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary and selected Rocky Springs B & B because they offered an accessible room, not always available in B & Bs. Talking with Verna on the phone was the beginning of a wonderful experience with the B & B. The room was definitely accessible and very comfortable, including having a TV in the room. The breakfasts were very special. Where else do you get freshly picked cherries for breakfast! Eating on the patio in that beautiful setting was the perfect way to start the day even for someone who is not a morning person. Verna went out of her way to help all of the guests as they planned their day. The web site shows rocking chairs on the porch and they make an ideal place to read and relax. We look forward to another visit there. As long as Verna is there you can be guaranteed a great stay.

Room Tip: Can only address accessible room which would meet needs of anyone with mobility issues.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Our stay at Rocky Springs B&B was beyond our expectations. Verna, who is the innkeeper is a true professional. She provided a room that was immaculate. The home was warm and inviting, and the grounds were a treasure. There is so much Lancaster history behind this historic property! The grounds are spacious and beautiful, and end at a picturesque river. The whole atmosphere around this property was so tranquil. Verna created a breakfast that was by far the best we have had so far. It was delicious, and a literal work of art. We can not say enough good things about this B&B! We hope to return soon. Thank you Verna!

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rocky Springs Bed & Breakfast

Address: 1441 Millport Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602-1221
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Lancaster
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Lancaster
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautifully restored pre-Victorian mansion is located on 17 partially wooded acres, formerly the site of the locally famous Rocky Springs Amusement Park. Originally built in 1855, Rocky Springs B&B now boasts four spacious guest rooms offering comfort and quiet luxury. Enjoy playing our baby grand piano, watching TV in the Library, reading in our Fireplace nook, or relaxing on our large, shaded deck. Located adjacent to the mansion, ROCKY SPRINGS COTTAGE offers privacy for two complete with a kitchenette, a luxurious bath, a private patio and more. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon or a romantic get-a-way. ... more   less 

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