In addition to all the perfectly true things other reviewers have said about the beautiful house, attentive hosts, convenient location, and delicious breakfasts, the Craig Victorian B&B has a special appeal for me. I grew up five doors down the street at 666 Philadelphia Avenue (1962 - 1976), and my best friend lived in the north half of this house, as did my sister's best friend, who was conveniently my friend's sister, They lived in the part of the house that's currently occupied by the hosts. I spent more days and nights in that house as a child than I can count. We played endless games of hide and seek -- it's the perfect house for hide and seek, with secret staircases, hidden closets, and cupboards so large that a couple of small children can easily fit in, sardines-style. Roger and Barbara have restored the house beautifully. The previous owners turned it into a B&B after my friend's family moved away, but they filled the rooms with way too many ruffles and scented silk flower arrangements -- a caricature of what a real Victorian home would have been like. In its current form, it's much more true to the period. Beautifully decorated, but not over-the-top fussy and frilly.
This wouldn't be the best place to stay with toddlers, but for a child of say 9-12, especially one who's fond of Little Women or Nancy Drew mystery stories, it would be heavenly.
I love Chambersburg, and I love staying at this B&B. I'd say that even if it wasn't full of such happy childhood memories, Seriously!
Many thanks, Barbara and Roger!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful Victorian home located along a tree-lined street of gracious homes in the north end of Chambersburg was built in 1880 by John Watson Craig(1830-1908). Guests are welcomed to large, pleasant, air-conditioned bedrooms. The mansion's porches, patios and lawn are available for guest relaxation. The mansion features three large common rooms with fireplaces and a dining room on the first floor. 19th-century architecture and intricate wood carving is found throughout the mansion, from the corner turret to the elaborately designed and crafted foyer and open staircase leading to the third floor. A family collection of antiques enhance the richness of the mansion. ... more less