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“Going Back to Colonial Times”

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Jean Bonnet Tavern B & B
Ranked #2 of 5 Bedford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 July 2013

Wondering where we were as we ate on pewter outside on a patio overlooking well tended gardens, watching fireflies come out, and seeing cattle grazing across the highway, we enjoyed our first gourmet meal at Jean Bonnet Tavern! With crooked, creaky floors, stonework fireplaces and exterior, exposed beams, push button light switches and old-time door latches and shutters, you can easily imagine yourself back in the 1700's. We spent an overnight in Room 1 and were pleased with the modern bathroom and tiled corner shower. This historic property has been preserved and updated to accommodate modern travelers. We loved having breakfast by candlelight downstairs and the hosts were very nice to give us an early breakfast (7 am). The only down side was that traffic was noisy since it's by 2 major highways.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Stopped in here on our way to Lancaster. Fantastic building! The fireplace, OH EM GEE!!!

Traveled with two children. Their meals were great. Awesome beer list for the hubby.

I had the French Onion Soup, it was great. And the cod sandwich was HUGE.

The service was adequate. Not great. Not rude. Our server just seemed a little disinterested. Never offered us dessert, so we didnt order any.

We had a fun time after feeding the goats. Would definitely stop back here. Can not believe this building is 250 years old.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

Friendly staff and an interesting place. The rooms are comfortable and large. The upper porches lovely. If you are traveling with children, opt for the suite with two queen beds as it's much larger and roll away beds are available. The other suite, with a trundle, is much smaller and a bit difficult to manage.

Breakfast was great -- and plentiful.

Lovely gardens and goats to feed/pet. So much better than a chain hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

My husband and I along with our tween and teen daughters spent the nights of June 30-July 1st in the Jean Bonnet Tavern Bed and Breakfast in Room 3. The tavern's history dates back to 1762. The ambiance of the tavern, and the room we stayed in still capture it's historical legacy.

The rooms were exceptionally clean, not a speck of dust anywhere. The four-poster beds were very lovely, and comfortable. There weren't any televisions in the rooms which was a welcome change. Spent the evenings playing board games provided in the hallway. It was nice to have family time than sitting in front of a television. There was a porch outside of our rooms with a lovely swing and chairs.

The breakfast was great. We are vegetarian, and opted to have fresh strawberries instead of bacon with our french toast on the first morning. It was fantastic. The next morning, we had pancakes with fresh blueberries and fried potatoes.

It was a very relaxing and peaceful time. The girls enjoyed feeding the goats, and shopping in the cabin next door to the tavern.

Can't wait to return to this beautiful bed and breakfast!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

We travel frequently from Chicago to visit our son and family in Rockford, Maryland. We try and time our trip to stay overnight at this great Inn, or at least to stop for a meal amd a visit to the craft shop, set in an old log cabin. The Inn dates from colonial times and has been beautifully restored.
It is easy to spot from the Turnpike, but hard to located when you get off the highway.It is worth going the their wesite to get directions before you get on the road.
They have several rooms, most with 4 post beds and all decorated in colonial style. If you have timje for sightseeing, Bedford will repay your time.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

I just came from this tavern and I really enjoyed my meal. The desserts are amazing. Please visit the gift store and get some of the homemade sugar scrub (really good stuff). Michele was our server and she was fantastic! Will be back!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

A lovely, lovely place to stay—comfortable, colonial, and well appointed.

We stayed at the Jean Bonnet Tavern Bed and Breakfast on a brutally cold night in February after skiing. We booked room four, which was a queen bed, and an adjoining room with a twin bed.

The rooms are quite charming. (The B & B has only four) The beds have quilts, and the floors were slanted and crooked; the structure dates back to 1763, and is on the National Registry. All this fascinated my teenage son, who saw that the space under the door was the shape of a triangle, (because the door had settled) and wondered when people used buttons to turn the lights on and off. There were a few items around the B & B, both in the room and in the dining room that we had to explain to him. (bed warmers, chamber pots, oil lamps)

A word about the room. The beds are comfortable—I suspect new. They were all covered with handmade quilts. The bathroom does *not* harken back to the colonial era—thank goodness for that. It looked very new, with white tile in the shower (no bath), and a white marble threshold. I could only wish for a little more space by the sink—with three people sharing it, it would have been nice. I looked into two other rooms before we left, and they were all beautiful.

There are no TVs in the rooms (yeah!) but I thought this added, rather than detracted. There is free wi-fi.

Sitting at a juncture between route 30 and 31, and not too far from the Pennsylvania turnpike (I-70) we did worry about noise. In fact the noise was never an issue, and we slept very well.

There is no thermostat in the room, which is heated by a radiator. It was a bit warm for me, but it would probably be cozy for most other people.

There is a wraparound porch outside the room that one could take advantage of in warmer weather.

At breakfast time we trooped down the two flights of stairs to the dining room where we found—no one. After hallooing for several minutes, someone finally came out of the kitchen, and then our breakfast (to order) was served rather promptly. Bacon, eggs, home fries, and toast were the offerings. Coffee is OK, the toast is fantastic, and we suspect baked locally. The cinnamon butter was a nice touch.

A last note—while eating breakfast I asked how many out-of-town guests came to stay. I was told that a goodly number of ghost hunters (!!) stay at the Tavern, as it is purportedly haunted by not one, but two ghosts. One is the thwarted mistress of a Revolutionary War soldier who never returned, and the other a horse thief who was hung in *a closet* that turned out to be right next to our room! Staff has a photo album of ghostly pictures that have been taken that they are happy to share.

We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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jbonn, Owner at Jean Bonnet Tavern B & B, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2013

So glad that you were able to stay with us and make special memories for your family. Your detailed feedback is so valuable to future visitors and for us as well. You were right! We bake all of our own bread, and it is delicious! We hope that you will visit us again.

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Additional Information about Jean Bonnet Tavern B & B

Address: 6048 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford, PA 15522-6960
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Bedford
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Bedford
Price Range: £74 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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