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“Friendly, charming, downtown”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Secret Garden

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The Secret Garden
Ranked #17 of 22 Lancaster B&B and Inns
College Park, Maryland
1 review
“Friendly, charming, downtown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2011

In my opinion, one of the biggest selling points for The Secret Garden B&B is how close the lovely old row-house is to downtown Lancaster.* This meant that after a day of touring Lancaster County, we could park, make our way to one of the restaurants in the city, have a few drinks, and then stroll back to bed. But the Secret Garden works hard to please, in its own right. The rooms are spacious and charmingly hand-decorated. The proprietors are as friendly as you could possibly wish for; we found them sitting on the porch when we got back in the evening, eager to chat, ask after our day, give advice, and tells stories about themselves and the area. (They gave some excellent advice on things to see and do in Lancaster.) Breakfast was served at nine and quite good. They readily accommodate dietary restrictions (be sure to let them know if you don't like your food well-salted!), and no guest is ever served the same meal twice. Grace is said over the meal, the proprietors retreat, then re-emerge as you're finishing up and their general love of conversation wins out. The Secret Garden also has a kitchen for guests, with a small fridge for leftovers; a stand at the top of the stairs with snacks, books, and magazines. There is in fact a garden in the back, complete with a miniature pond and several places to sit. Overall, we had a great stay, felt very well cared for, and would recommend this B&B.

*Regarding downtown: if you can make it to the Central Market, definitely do!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2011

Stayed in the Garden Room. Wanted to take a picture as soon as I walked in. Girlfriend said it was romantic. Double jacuzzi made it therapeutic. Breakfast was delicious in 3 courses. Innkeepers were very friendly and pointed us toward two eagles nests that were the highlight of the trip.

  • Stayed May 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2010

We selected the Secret Garden B+B due to good reviews in a local newspaper and on TripAdvisor. It is located just a few blocks from downtown, so very convenient. We stayed in the Garden Suite- the largest and most comfortable room in the house. Plenty of room to move around, comfortable bed and very clean surroundings. Fireplace heater lit up but did not provide heat due to a faulty switch, but another heater in the bathroom area warmed the entire room. Strange situation with the bathroom- no door to the toilet area- only drapes that could be drawn. Jacuzzi tub was advertised to hold two, but probably one comfortably. Breakfast was a disappointment- uninspired omelette one morning and oatmeal another morning. Oatmeal at a B+B? Hosts Marianne and Amos were very friendly and accommodating.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2009

My girlfriend and I stayed for one night. I have to say this is one of my best experiences with hotel/hostel/b&b services. The rooms are elegant and comfortable. The breakfast is delicious and exciting. The owners are a lovely couple. The price cannot be more reasonable. I highly recommend this!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Secret Garden
Address: 445 W Chestnut St, Lancaster, PA 17603-3441
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Lancaster
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Lancaster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Secret Garden is a delightful bed and breakfast situated in the historic district of downtown Lancaster. We are within walking distance of the Central Market District, downtown shops, restaurants,museums, and other attractions. The Lancaster County Amish farming community is approx. 15 min. By car. ... more   less 

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