The mansion is beautifullly restored, and exceeded my expectations in hospitality, cleanliness and decor. It's the kind of place that feels welcoming from the start, without being invasive. Dawn seems to have a good gauge into understanding just how much attention each guest wants, and each room is already prepared to meet most needs, from chocolate treats to warm robes and fresh water.
--The wolves, of course. The sanctuary is fascinating, and the volunteers there are dedicated. They seem to have good relationships with the animals, and are respectful and kind to them, and are eager to share each ones stories. Definitely take the tour. Bonus: guests of the b&b can walk the perimeter of the sanctuary at any time.
--The breakfast. Dawn is an excellent cook, and provided a very comfortable and tasty meal. The guest books raved about her breakfast, and it lived up to the hype. In fact, it may have been the best food we had in the area.
--The cleanliness. If you're a stickler for details, this place is for you. There's no question that each room is cleaned and prepped for guests each day. I felt just as comfortable there as I would in my own home.
--The decor. Nothing frou-frou or cloyingly precious. The house was modernized, yet faithful to the period. Be sure to take a look at the photos of the renovation -- you will be amazed at the transformation and the preservation.
--The quietness. The property is a very calming place to stay. We enjoyed sitting outside and hearing the birds and the river, as well as the wolves. We also enjoyed not hearing the other guests -- the house is solid!
--Dawn's helpfulness. She was quick with suggestions of activities in the area, and understood exactly what we wanted. She didn't steer us wrong, and she took into consideration our tastes.
None. Loved it all!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1760 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Speedwell Forge B&B offers a peaceful retreat in natural elegance. Three lovely guest rooms and three private cottages, all with private bath, on a relaxing 120-acre farm boarding a nature park and rolling Pennsylvania Hills. The perfect place to get away from it all, yet only minutes from the historic small towns of Lititz, Ephrata, Manheim, and all of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. ... more less
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