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EJ Bowman House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 22 Lancaster B&B and Inns
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

If you are shopping around for a B&B experience in the Lancaster area we highly recommend the EJ Bowman House. My partner and I are from California and were blown away by the down-to-earth hospitality from Scott and Diane. They immediately made us feel like family. If your idea of a B&B experience is something that's uptight with white gloves and museum appeal then move on. The historic house is well appointed with period details and furnishings, but comfortable and welcoming. Kick your shoes off (or not), put your feet up, feast your eyes on the beautiful garden and relax. Trust us, you will have an amazing time.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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DianeandScott, Owner at EJ Bowman House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

Thank you so much for the kind review. We were certainly glad you chose to stay with us with while you visited Lancaster. We believe you made us feel a part of your family as much as you felt a part of ours, and we hope next year when you come back to the east coast that you find time to stop and visit us again. We have not forgotten about the recipe either, it will be sent soon.
Thanks again!

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

This place is just wonderful! We felt welcome but not smothered. We stayed just one night after a long drive and left inspired and rested the next day. Diane and Scott were so friendly and intuitive....fragrances...soft music..They really have this B&B thing down! Check out the cottage garden in back- just beautiful. Highly recommend this B&B. Sabine & Tom Oyer Camden NY

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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DianeandScott, Owner at EJ Bowman House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2013

Thank you for the review, and I have to admit, after a long drive from North Carolina back to New York, we probably weren't directly on your path home, but we are so glad that you stayed with us. You both were a pleasure to meet and have around our breakfast table that morning, and maybe sometime in the future you will stay again and we'll all get to know each other s a little better. Thanks again.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I stayed in the room on the top floor with my teenage daughter, a friend of mine and her teenage daughter. The beautifully decorated room was very comfortable for the four of us, the spacious bathroom had a fantastic whirlpool (too bad we did not have enough time to enjoy it) and breakfast cooked and served by Diane and Scott was exquisite. The atmosphere was very friendly and Diane and Scott were very acommodating. We will return any time we get the chance!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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DianeandScott, Owner at EJ Bowman House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2013

Thank you for the review. We enjoyed having all of you stay with us and wish it could have been longer. It is always nice to have lively conversation around the breakfast table, and that day we had quite a group, with a lot of laughs. Please come back to see us soon.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

I stayed at the E. J. Bowman House for 5 days and loved every minute of it!!! I was traveling alone (my husband & son were off on a Scouting adventure at Philmont & daughter away at a ballet intensive), and Diane & Scott were extremely kind and became my family that week. Their B & B is absolutely beautiful!!! Murals of the PA countryside are painted on the foyer walls and up the stairs. Awesome. All of the rooms are beautifully decorated and super clean. The bedding is heavenly-super soft & cozy. Diane's breakfasts were all so delicious and made with local ingredients. They recommended (and set up) a night where I had dinner with an Amish family...what a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about that culture. They also helped me to check off a strange desire I had on my bucket list...to milk a cow! Every morning was really such a treat-not just the delicious food, but also the great company of meeting people from all over. While I was there I met people from Boston, England, Seattle, and Singapore!!! Quite a variety, huh? After a full day of exploring the cute towns nearby, looking at covered bridges, learning about the Amish, etc., I would come back "home" and enjoy having a glass of wine outside in their beautiful and peaceful garden. I really enjoyed every minute of my time here. I will have wonderful memories of not just the places I saw, but of Diane and Scott and their wonderful hospitality. I hope very much to be able to come back with my family so they can experience it too. I highly recommend this to anyone!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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DianeandScott, Owner at EJ Bowman House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2013

Thank you for your most gracious review. When you arrived you already had in mind an itinerary, so we just helped to put the finishing touches on it. Again, as we've said before, when someone stays with us for an extended time, it's like having a friend leave that you hope to see again someday..........maybe sooner than later?

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We decided to take a last minute getaway for a romantic weekend. We were able to easily check availability online. Diane was in touch with us within 24 hours to discuss the romance package. She arranged for a couples massage, locally made chocolates, and roses for the room. Scott's knowlege of the home's history is awesome. There are many fantastic touches throughout- a kitchenette with complimentary snacks, outdoor spaces to enjoy the garden, even locally made goat's milk soap in the room. The massages were THE BEST we have ever had. We stayed in the Bowman Suite which exceeded our expectations, and the bed is enormous and comfy. The breakfast was out of this world. The pear pudding will be in our dreams until we go back again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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DianeandScott, Owner at EJ Bowman House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2013

Thank you for the kind review. We are always so appreciative of guests that comment on the added touches we provide throughout the house, and our hope is that they help to make the experience more enjoyable. We are so glad that you enjoyed the breakfast, and especially the pear pudding, so on your return trip you can always request it!

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We stayed at EJ Bowman House in July and was greeted by Scott and Diane. What a lovely couple. They showed us around and it felt so cozy. We really enjoyed the garden and fish pond it was relaxing which was needed since we live in the city. The breakfast was amazing. Diane is a great cook. And our room was charming with a private bath. Thanks for everything!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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DianeandScott, Owner at EJ Bowman House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2013

Thank you for the kind review, and it was a pleasure to share our home with your family. We are always quite pleased when guests take the time to utilize the gardens both for relaxation and game playing. We hope to see you next visit, and thanks again for the review.

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Yum yum in our tums...... fantastic breakfasts & great conversations.
Perfect location for us as we were visiting relatives close by.
The house is lovely, we had the Bowman room on the top level which sleeps up to 4. The bathroom is massive and has a spa!! The bathroom accessories were lovely too. The rooms are very clean and tidy and smell lovely. The downstairs guest kitchenette has been very well thought out and offers everything we wanted for including some fresh baked delights. Diane kindly organised an Amish dinner, on an Amish homestead, with an Amish family.... fabulous.
We loved our time in Lancaster, a world apart from New York just 3 hours away!
Diane and Scott are really lovely people and suit owning a B&B. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: The only negative thing I could comment would be that the convenience store across the road has its...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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DianeandScott, Owner at EJ Bowman House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2013

Well all we can say is thank you very much for the yummy review! It was our pleasure to host you in our home, and it was such fun to get to know you. We are very happy that your stay was a pleasant one, and hopefully the trip back to NY and your flight home went well also. Thanks again, and hopefully we'll see you sometime in the future.

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Additional Information about EJ Bowman House Bed and Breakfast

Address: 2674 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601-3724
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Lancaster
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Lancaster
Price Range: $127 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — EJ Bowman House Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As your hosts, the O'Donnells welcome discerning travelers to where good tastes and elegance are at home for you in their circa 1860 Italianate home (big yellow house). 4 deluxe rooms and a suite (with whirlpool), modern conveniences, full homemade breakfasts and a lovely garden offer you the perfect Lancaster getaway with Hershey, Gettysburg and Philadelphia each a simple day trip away. ... more   less 
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