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“Beautiful gardens, excellant breakfasts”

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Flowers & Thyme Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #9 of 22 Lancaster B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bangor, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens, excellant breakfasts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

We had a lovely stay at Flowers and Thyme
Ambiance:r
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

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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.

Unusual Features
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.

The Innkeepers
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.

Room Tip: RThe three rooms are very differant. The Country Room is the smallest- there is about one foot clear...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lewes, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

Ruth's B&B was very comfortable, and well appointed.
The spa in our suite was wonderful, and great for relaxing at the end of a day of exploration in Lancaster County.
Her culinary skills were well appreciated each of the two mornings we experienced them.
Thank you, Ruth, for the experience.

Room Tip: Get the Thyme room, the spa is great.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

We had never been to the area and picked this B&B off the website - it really is as beautiful as the pics. What made it even more special are the hosts Don and Ruth who welcomed us into their home and were so helpful in sharing their knowledge of the area too. Thank you !

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautifully decorated and well appointed.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

We wanted to stay in a B&B while we were in this area rather than a hotel chain and we were not disappointed. My wife fell in love with the country room on the website and it lived up to her expectation in reality. We were made most welcome and Ruth was very helpful when we asked about the different attractions and eating places. We enjoyed a beautiful breakfast and the company of the other guests. Home from home. We would love to return and explore more of this area and Flowers and Thyme will be our base.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Willingboro, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Me and my husband really enjoy staying at the Flower & Thyme Bed and Breakfast. This time we only stayed one night for our anniversary, but we have stayed at the Flower & Thyme in the past for an entire weekend. Each time we stay our visit is very nice and peaceful And we enjoy knowing that it is run by the 2 sweetest people. And we are always served a beautiful breakfast. The rooms are all very nice. We have stayed in each one of the rooms they are very comfortable and very clean. Don and Ruth treat you with respect like your part of the family. We. also enjoy that it is a Christian run Bed and Breakfast. But wither you are a Christian or not you are treated the same way, with respect. Me and my husband will definitely be staying with Don and Ruth again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

My husband and I stayed at Flowers and Thyme B&B. We went to see Noah at Sight and Sound so we only stayed for one night.
We stayed in the Country Room which was a normal size room with a bathroom but had that good old country B&B feel that we were looking for.
My husband enjoyed the pillows and the bed as they were soft and very comfortable.
The garden was beautiful and even gave us some ideas of what to do in our garden at home. It was very relaxing and I felt like I was at my mother's house.
Ruth has a great section of wonderful teas so make sure you try some of them before you leave AND...the chocolate chip cookies were delicious! .
Thank you Ruth for everything!

Room Tip: There is no pool here it would not let me undo.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wilson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

My husband and I came here to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary and it could not have been any more pleasant. Flowers and Tyme is an ideal place to stay for convenience to the area. Ruth and Don were very friendly and made us feel like family. The house is beautiful and the gardens just breathtaking. Our room was clean and very inviting. Breakfast was to die for. Each dish was beautiful as well as delicious. The other 2 couples who were staying there were very friendly and we enjoyed each breakfast conversation. Will definitely stay here again. Thanks Ruth and Don.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Flowers & Thyme Bed and Breakfast

Property: Flowers & Thyme Bed and Breakfast
Address: 238 Strasburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602-1326
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Lancaster
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Lancaster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
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 

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