Stoltzfus Bed and Breakfast
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Summertime is well underway here in NJ and I spend most of my time trying to find ways to inexpensively take advantage of the warm weather. This is how I ended up at the Stoltzfus Bed and Breakfast. I love the outdoors, adventure, history, not spending a lot of money, and being with the ones I love.
Lancaster County, home to an Amish Settlement and a lot of history, is about two hours away from my home and in the past few years, I’ve been dying to spend a weekend out there.
I was lucky enough to get a chance to go to Lancaster County for a weekend and stay at Stoltzfus Bed and Breakfast.
When travelers think about a bed and breakfast, they often envision quilted comforters, homemade butter biscuits, and a warm tasty homemade breakfast.
My time at the Stoltzfus Bed and Breakfast was perfect and exactly what you would envision.
The mansion was built in 1845 by William Fassit as a place to host parties and entertain guests. When I think about going back in time Victorian era dinner parties would definitely be one of my top three stops.
Stoltzfus Bed and Breakfast was previously known as Across the Way Bed and Breakfast when it had other owners/innkeepers. The history remains intriguing. William Fassit’s mansion was once used to house runaway slaves in a room under a closet on the second floor. This room was called the Freedom Room, was only about four feet high and would fit up to 32 slaves at a time. It was accessed from the closet when you pull a latched door up from the floor.
When we first pulled up to the Stoltzfus Bed & Breakfast property, we made a right off of Old Philadelphia Pike, my first reaction was wow, the charm pours off of this chateau. The farm surrounding the Stoltzfus Bed and Breakfast takes the appeal to the next level. The exterior of the home is a mix of Colonial and French Provincial.
The main floor consists of common areas such as the living room and large farm table for dining. Coffee is available all day from freshly ground coffee beans as well as sweets and water.
Outside there are other common areas. The porch has six wooden rocking chairs. There are acres of green pastures with a big white gazebo in the middle.
During our stay at the Stoltzfus Bed and Breakfast, we lodged in the Farmview Suite. It was on the topmost floor of the home, on the third floor. The suite took up the entire floor so the door to enter was at the top of the steps. The suite had two bedrooms, a large bathroom, and a living/kitchen area.
Everything was beautifully put together. One of the beds was brass, very fitting for the home. The bathroom had had a stand-up shower, double sink, and a claw foot tub.
I love being outdoors and my favorite part of the bed and breakfast was the yard space and openness. After our amazing dinner, (more on this later), we took off our shoes and played football for hours outside. Meanwhile, my mom sat and looked on at us and took videos from the nice rocking chairs on the porch.
Right next store lives an Amish family. It was a really nice touch that not all Lancaster bed and breakfast locations can say they have. Lancaster is a destination mostly because of the Amish culture and history, being able to stay right next to a true Amish family takes your vacation to the next level.
Juana, the innkeeper, was welcoming and ready when we arrived. When we checked in, she showed me around the home and gave me a logistical overview on how our stay would work. We had to choose our breakfast from the menu and what time we wanted to eat.
Juana’s suggestion for dinner was September Farm. UGH AMAZING. September Farm is a cheese creamery, a deli, and farmers market. We spent $34 for dinner for four, including drinks, entrees, and two sides.
In the morning we woke up to a country breakfast, homemade with free-range chicken eggs and other homegrown vegetables. I had the french toast platter while my family had the eggs and bacon platter. We also had delicious coffee and yogurt parfaits. John, the innkeeper, is a chef with a career history that impresses and adds to the delicious breakfast. What’s nice is the ability to have breakfast anytime between 8-10am. This is not a usual luxury at bed and breakfast locations.
Master’s Chambers – With a large four poster bed and a private in-room bathroom, this is one of the biggest rooms in the house.
Freedom Room – Shhhh this room holds the secret and piece of history we discussed previously.
Colonial Room – A queen-size bed, fireplace, and in-room bathroom.
Victorian Room – With a queen-sized bed, and it’s own bathroom, there is nothing missing in this room.
Overlook Room – This room is located on the first floor, with its own bathroom. Perfect for those who are looking not to climb stairs.
Farmview Suite – Where we stayed and mentioned above. A two bedroom suite spanning the third floor.
Carriage House – A house in its own right at the back of the property. It has its own kitchen, entrance, and a historical ambiance that is not to be missed.
Facts and Policies
Check In is between 3-6pm. Other times can be accommodated by contacting the innkeeper
Check Out is at 11 am.
Children are welcome. There are no age restrictions.
All in all, I recommend the Stoltzfus Bed and Breakfast. It has a lot to offer as a location where you and your family can relax and spend some time enjoying each other’s company and the rolling hills of Lancaster Country. Heading out to a bed and breakfast is an experience that isn’t to be missed. My little sister Mia, age 16, was in love with the location and asked if we could stay for a month.
We didn’t watch tv, and we barely used our electronics. We shut out the outside world, played some catch, had all of our meals together, and relished in the experience we were having. We even had the opportunity to meet and get to know some of our fellow travelers.
Stoltzfus Bed And Breakfast
6051 Old Philadelphia Pike
Gap (White Horse), PA 17527