My husband and I stayed at Hickory Bridge Farm last year and quite enjoyed the experience overall. On one hand, the property was beautiful and the cottage cozy. The lack of phone reception, no wifi, and no cable were a huge bonus in our book, we enjoyed the portable dvd player and civil war themed movies that were offered instead. We also enjoyed the quiet, rural setting, and felt the drive into town was worthwhile; the countryside around Gettysburg is gorgeous. We could hear the creek from our charming cottage, and we encountered some friendly animals in our wanderings around the property (horses, cats). We spotted some wildlife, too - deer and wild turkeys.
We dealt with the innkeeper's son when we checked in, and he was very pleasant and offered some good recommendations for eating and sight-seeing around town. The owner herself was surprisingly cold in all of our interactions with her. On the day of our checkout, we had lingered at breakfast chatting for quite a while. When we headed back to the cottage to finish packing not long before check-out time, we let the innkeeper know we'd be back over shortly to settle our bill. When we got back, there was nobody to be found. We wandered around the public areas of the property for quite some time looking for people. Eventually, we wandered into the gift shop and then poked our heads into the restaurant area calling out "hello," and finally an employee appeared and we checked out. But we had spent about 45 minutes searching for somebody to help us check out, which kind of put a damper on things.
Overall, the beautiful, peaceful setting and the quaint coziness of the cottages overwhelm the check-out issue, and we'd stay at Hickory Bridge Farms again in a second.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A country retreat at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains 9 miles west of Gettysburg, PA. Offering quiet cottages and rooms with whirlpool baths. Full breakfast except on Sunday, when a basket breakfast is taken to your room. Dinner is featured in a beautiful restored barn. Serving visitors since 1977. Two night minimum required on weekends. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hickory Bridge Farm Orrtanna