My boyfriend and I stayed here with our friends (a married couple and their toddler). We stayed in January and were surprised to find that the "discounted" off-season rate was still $100+. Still, knowing that b&b's are a bit pricier than hotels, we anticipated having a wonderful experience. While our stay was not awful, it was deeply uncomfortable in more ways than one. Our friends stayed in one of the large rooms that had a kitchen area, and my boyfriend and I stayed in a smaller room on the second floor. Although there is a main hallway to access the upstairs rooms, the owners insisted we walk through our friends' rooms to access the stairs so that we wouldn't create a draft in the house. This was very inappropriate; we did not want to impose on our friends just to come and go, especially since the owners themselves were using the other entrance!
The second, and in my opinion most inexcusable, issue was the plumbing. Immediately upon being shown our rooms, we were told to flush the toilets as little as possible and that if it was "yellow let it mellow" to put less strain on the plumbing. There were even signs on the toilets to this effect. I could not believe we were being told how (and how not) to use the bathrooms! Given the paper thin walls, I almost expected the owners to counter the number of flushes they heard. The beds were comfortable, although extremely creaky.
We were looking forward to breakfast, but now I wish we'd eaten anywhere else. Breakfast was cooked by the owners, and it could not have been more sparse. The selection was a slice of toast with one egg cooked in the middle, some bacon, and some grapes/bananas. We would have asked for more food but the owners were already seating themselves and eating part of it. Overall, everyone had one egg/toast and two slices of bacon. Needless to say we ended up having to eat nearly an hour later. We were also held up in our departure because the owners could not use the credit card machine and we had to wait for their daughter to arrive, and at this point it seemed very sketchy because our friend had already given her credit card for the full deposit over the phone, but they were insisting it had not actually been charged at the time. Plus, the daughter attempted to charge a higher rate and would have done so had our friend not written down the number she'd been quoted on the phone.
The farm itself has a great variety for the size of the land. The pond is beautiful, and there are pigs, goats, cows, and dogs. The pens looked rather filthy, as did the animals, but we chalked this up to life on the farm.
Overall, I'd suggest staying elsewhere because it is not located close to any attractions, and for the price you could stay at a much more updated b&b where you can flush the toilet as you please.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A bed and breakfast inn located in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. This working farm has a little bit of everything that will delight both couples and families with children of all ages. You can choose between traditional B&B guest rooms with private bath and hearty breakfast or family suites with a kitchen. Seasonal rates are: $110.00 a couple per night. $15.00 per child, children under 1 year old are free. ... more less