So, we didn't know that New Hope is a notorious stop for motorcycle enthusiasts and we were very much surprised to discover that the quiet, relaxing weekend we had planned was going to be much less relaxing than nerve-wracking, thanks to the revving of engines. Thank goodness we stayed at Pineapple Hill! Yes, it's 3miles outside of the center of town, but so much the better for it! It was relaxing, peaceful and quiet (away from the center of town and the constant rumble of motorcycles) and really let us wind down.
Before I get to the nitty gritty, let me just say that we had a great stay!
Rooms are nice, not quite as spacious and well-appointed as some of the b&bs we've stayed in, but comfortable. The home is an old one and as others have noted, it could do with some plumbing modernization and soundproofing--though our room was on the rear of the house (away from the road and any errant engine-revvers), it was also right next to the stairs and the walls are very thin so we learned a bit more about the lives of our fellow guests than they probably would have surmised. My only negative as far as furnishings was the number of silk flower arrangements that littered the entire house--it did seem as if every available surface was covered with something. Lamps and books are fine, but I would have preferred to have had a bit more room to spread out my toiletries instead of sharing the windowsill, side table and bedside table with other "stuff."
Breakfast was good and the Saturday night happy hour looked lovely, though we didn't actually partake of anything since we were rushing out to our plans for the evening.
The reason for 4/5 instead of the full 5 stars is the attention to detail:
1) closet door didn't open all the way because the rug is too thick
2) only 1 key to the bedroom (thus limiting independence of myself and my husband)
3) aforementioned clutter/sound & plumbing concerns
4) incomplete inn handbook - wifi password is only listed on the mirror downstairs, so if you've already showered and are in bed and you need the password, you have to get up, get dressed and go downstairs / it was not clear to us that the Saturday night happy hour was only on Saturday night
HOWEVER, all that said, we had a WONDERFUL time! After 36 house we left SO much more relaxed than when we checked in! All of those little details are just that: details. We will certainly return if we are ever in the area again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the charm of a beautifully restored colonial manor house built in 1790. Set on almost 6 acres, this Bucks County bed-and-breakfast rests between New Hope's center and Washington Crossing Park and also within minutes to Peddlers Village. The History: In the 1700s it was customary to place a pineapple on your front porch as a way of letting friends and neighbors know you were welcoming guests - we hope you'll always feel welcome at Pineapple Hill. The Inn: The eighteen-inch walls and original wide plank pumpkin-pine flooring at Pineapple Hill exemplify a craftsmanship long forgotten. On the grounds, the walls of a stone barn enclose a beautifully hand-tiled pool. throughout the property, are many of the original stone ruins, now enhanced by lovely perennial gardens. The ruins of the original summer kitchen surround an outdoor sitting area. A gourmet breakfast is served daily in our sun filled dining room with fireplace. Your breakfast can also be enjoyed on our outdoor verandah. Each morning a different hot entree is prepared, maybe French Toast, Eggs Benedict, quiche, or another treat, whatever dish the day brings it will be made each morning with fresh local ingredients and served at individual tables. Special dietary needs are always accommodated. During the day, assorted iced beverages are provided with a homemade taste sensation. Our living room with fireplace offers yet another wonderful place to relax. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pineapple Hill Hotel New Hope
- Pineapple Hill b&b Inn