We had a lovely stay at Flowers and Thyme
The location is a good one,, in the country, but only about 10 minutes from the main tourist area, and another 10 minutes(in the opposite direction) to Lancaster City
As others have
commented, the grounds are beautiful-even in Spetember,which is probably not the peak time for flowers.
Inside, the Inn has three rooms Everything is spotlessly clean. The decor is country, and done attractivly
We stayed three nights and all three breakfasts were excellant. Each day there was a fresh fruit appetizer, with freshly made breakfast pastrys. The entrees varied .We had silver dollar pancakes one day, followed by a cheese quiche the next and scrambled eggs the third day, Each was accomanied by a local breakfast meat- Sausage links, bacon and ham loaf respectively. Note that although the food was excellant, the dishes were reletively straightforward breakfast fare. This was fine with us.-at breakfast especially, we tend not to be adventuresome. However, if you are looking for an over the top gourmet experience, this is nort the place for it. Just very well prepared standard breakfast dishes.
There is an extensive selection of coffee and teas as well.
Perhaps the most unusual feature of the Inn are the three large common rooms-two sitting rooms and the dining room(which also has a sitting area with a sofa and armchairs).There is a large flat scren TV in one of the rooms(no TV's in the guestrooms). A fourth,,closet sized room-the '"puzzle room" has a jigsaw puzzle awaiting completion. The number and size of the common rooms is especially unusual in a Band B with only 3 guestrooms-so there is plenty of space to spread out.
B and B host's, style tend to range the gamut from becoming your best friend for the weekend to leaving you wondering whether they exist. On this broad spectrum The Harnishes would fall near the middle, but somewhat more reserved than average. They are welcoming and helpful, but not intrusive(Don also has a full time job that takes him away weekdays).
I grew up in Lancaster County and we return often, so we were not seeking help on what to do, However, the advice I heard them give others was accurate and thorough.
As others have pointed out, the Harnishes are devout Christians and grace is offered aloud before meals. There is also a good amount of religious literature-including Christian fiction- on the bookshelves of the common rooms However I did not hear either Innkeeper push their faith on guests or inquire about their faith and beliefs, . That said, the Inn tends to attract Christian guests- On Saturday at breakfast there was a good deal of church talk between us and the two other couples staying there- which as believing Christians and active church members, we enjoyed. However, if you are a militant athiest, or are uncomfortable with others saying grace at table, this may not be the best Band B for you.
In Summary this is an excellant B and B with exceptional grounds and common rooms and very well prepared non-gourmet breakfasts. The owners faith will be a plus for many and only a negative for those uncomfortable with even minor displays of faith.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a three room property in a rural setting on 1 1/3 acres of landscaped beauty. Our rooms are individually decorated with comfortable mattresses and private baths. You can choose from a room with a canopy bed, an electric fireplace, or a room with a two-person Jacuzzi. Enjoy the outdoors, the flower beds and the gazebo as you relax here during your Lancaster County visit. ... more less