Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast
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A worthy destination in the Brandywine Valley. Near all major attractions such as Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, and Brandywine River Museum as well as Philadelphia and Wilmington, De. Member of Select Registry - Distinguished inns of North America.
"......one of the more appealing, polished B&B operations in the region, nicely leavened with Southern charm and hospitality." Getaway Guides - The Best of New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast.
Welcome to Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast, where the past and the present converge to create a relaxing and unforgettable experience.
This historic mansion, built in 1856, surrounded by woodlands, gardens, and hiking trails offers seclusion, tranquility and country elegance. Located in the eastern Brandywine Valley, it is quietly tucked away among flowers and towering trees, yet is only minutes from all the Brandywine Valley attractions, downtown Philadelphia, major universities, and the Philadelphia airport. Lancaster County is a short 1 hour drive and Wilmington, De. is only 30 minutes.
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Approximate driving distances and times to nearby cities and sites:
- Lima - 5 minutes, 3 miles
- Media - 10 minutes, 4 miles
- Chadds Ford - 10 minutes, 4 miles
- Brandywine River Museum - 10 minutes, 6 miles
- Philadelphia Airport - 25 minutes, 13 miles
- Downtown Philadelphia - 35 minutes, 17 miles
- Valley Forge -35 minutes, 21 miles
- Chadds Ford Winery - 15 minutes, 9 miles
- Longwood Gardens -20 minutes, 11 miles
- Winterthur - 25 minutes, 15 miles
- Swarthmore College - 20 minutes, 6 miles
When a cold winter wind blows, guests can relax before the large Federal-era fireplace in the main living room/library and enjoy a glass of sherry while reading a book. This comfortable room encourages guests to relax with a good book or join in pleasant conversation. The baby grand piano beckons guests to provide impromptu entertainment. In the evening complimentary cordials will be found on the Empire sideboard for your enjoyment after dining at one of the fine restaurants in our area.
Enjoy a game of pool in front of another hearth in the period billiards room the shelves are loaded with contemporary games and a large library of DVD movies for your enjoyment on the TV in your room. There is a guest computer for your use on the desk in the billiard room and free WIFI is offered throughout the 7 acre property. A full breakfast is served in the dining room and on the terrace when weather cooperates.
Hamanassett has been featured in:
- Bed & Breakfast and Unique Inns of Pennsylvania
- Philadelphia and Its Countryside
- Backroads USA
- Philadelphia magazine
- Mid-Atlantic magazine
- Hamanassett is a member of Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, Professional Association of Innkeepers International, Chester County Tourist Bureau, and Delaware County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Other gracious and unique accommodations are available:
- small corporate meetings
- relocation interim housing - 2 2 bedroom cottages on property with long term rates available
- cooking classes
- receptions and benefits
- filming on location
- house parties and reunions
Hamanassett has seven beautifully appointed guest rooms. There are also two 2-story 2 bedroom cottages. Both cottages and one room in the main house are dog friendly. All rooms have large private en suite baths with full soaking tub and/or shower. Bedrooms feature either queen or king beds, antiques, hardwood floors, Oriental carpets, and most have fireplaces. High speed Internet Access is available throughout the property. All rooms have TV/DVD players, window air conditioners, individual coffee makers (your room is stocked with a supply of coffee and teas), luxurious robes for your use while staying with us, clock radios with CD player and IPod docking station, and hair dryers. All guests have access to the DVD library located in the billiard room. And what movie is complete without popcorn? On the second floor is a guest pantry with a microwave oven and a supply of popcorn. Also a guest refrigerator stocked with complimentary juices, soft drinks, bottled water and a basket of snacks and cookies.
We cater to business travelers with our:
- Free high-speed, wireless internet
- Quiet, secure accommodations
- Competitive rates, discounted for extended stays. Two bedroom Carriage House and Meadow Cottage available for long term stays.
- Liberal cancellation policy, flexible check-in, and breakfast
- Invite your business colleague to join you for breakfast as our guest(24 hours advance notice, please.)
- Only 30-35 minutes from downtown Philadelphia; 20-25 minutes from airport
- Desks are in most of our rooms.
- Business services - fax, scanner, printer, copier
- Complimentary newspaper
- Jogging trails and highly-rated public golf nearby
- Free faxing service for limited quantities.
- Copying: 1-5 copies at Inn no charge. Volume copy services available nearby
- Location, only 30-35 minutes from downtown Philadelphia; 20-25 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from Wilmington, De.
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Hamanassett provides an impressive getaway location, an ultimate in privacy, elegance and tranquil comfort, just off the US 1 corridor and a world away!
Your hostess is an antique dealer, so if you love shopping for antiques, she will direct you to the best shops, auctions, and flea markets. In fact, many of the items in the Bed & Breakfast are for sale, so if you see something you love don't hesitate to ask about it.
Breakfast at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast
"The dishes at breakfast hover at the edge of awesome but don't crash into the abyss of the preposterous. The chef has her mojo under control. The critical period in matrimony may well be breakfast time but in the morning climate of Hamanassett it's moonlight and roses in one of North America's most romantic B&Bs." Ralph Collier - Main Line Times
"Your breakfasts are gastronomic heaven." Bev & Phil - from the Hamanassett Guest Book
Breakfast at Hamanassett is always a special event. Served in the formal dining room, you will enjoy a cozy fire and be served with antique silver, crystal, and china reflected in the glow of candlelight. The floor to ceiling curved French doors look out onto the south lawns and gardens. Breakfast always begins with a special fruit dish followed by a sweet or savory main course with several side dishes and fresh baked bread or muffins. Special diets, including vegan, can be accommodated. Please inform us when making your reservation. Need to leave early? A breakfast to go can be prepared the night before and left for you in the guest refrigerator.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let's discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Glenn & Ashley Mon for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most of our guests are visiting the beautiful Brandywine Valley area of Southeast Pennsylvania that abounds with cultural and historical attractions and a breathtaking countryside with rolling hills, bucolic meadows and the serene Brandywine River. Hamanassett provides a setting that is a fitting compliment to a visit to the Valley in that it sits on a private seven acre landscaped estate, features a historic house with an English Country house decor offering exquisite public areas including a billiards room, sunlit solarium, library/living room plus seven guest rooms, all with private baths, two cottages, and a horse meadow with three resident horses.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?Hamanassett is best known for providing elegant accommodations in a casual atmosphere along with true southern hospitality and our unique and sumptuous breakfasts. We say the house is elegant, but we're casual. As the New York Times commented, "The elaborate breakfasts are a highlight of a visit to Hamanassett." Breakfast is served in our formal dining room by candlelight on china and crystal and always features a fruit course followed by an entree with appropriate accompaniments. Notable fruit offerings include a poached pear with raspberry coulis, caramelized pear tatin, berries brule, cinnamon baked apples with brie, and bananas praline. Typical entrees include sun dried tomato - pesto - gruyere omelet roulade with a hollandaise sauce, banana - pecan upside down pancake, fresh herbed baked eggs, eggs Blackstone, Panettone French toast with a bourbon - pecan maple syrup among others. Our culinary philosophy is we want to serve our guests something they would probably not make at home and definitely would not find at a Denny's.Hamanassett is a unique property in that our accommodations, including bathrooms are quite large in comparison to what most guests experience at a bed and breakfast and are exceptionally well appointed. All of the rooms feature fully cabled flat screen televisions with DVD players (guests have access to a free DVD library of nearly 200 titles), in room coffee makers, am/fm clock radios with cd player and ipod docking stations, luxurious robes, triple sheeted beds with Comphy Company linens, Gilchirst & Soames toiletries, hair dryers, magnifying make-up mirrors and iron and ironing board. Guests also have access to free WiFi service throughout the property, complimentary Sherry in the Games Room, complimentary Port in the living room/library and a guest pantry with an ice maker, guest refrigerator, microwave, complimentary gourmet coffees/teas, snacks and beverages. Numerous guests have commented that we have thought of everything "in exceeding our guests" expectations and needs.We love being the "stewards" of this historic property and sharing it with our guests. If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The most widely visited attraction in the area is Longwood Gardens, a world famous destination featuring 1,050 acres and 20 indoor gardens with exquisite flowers, ancient trees, opulent architecture, sparkling fountains and exotic plants. Longwood Gardens offers a variety of seasonal events and displays.
What's the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Although we receive numerous compliments on the property and our accommodations, the most memorable compliment came from some guests who had spent the day visiting Winterthur, the ancestral home of renowned antiques collector Henry Francis du Pont where the 235-room mansion houses a preeminent collection of American antiques and decorative arts. They said Hamanassett was just as nice as Winterthur - and they got to stay here!
What's the best kept secret about the area?
A wonderful attraction and experience in the area that is not all that well known is the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation --a living history museum that recreates life on a working 1770's Pennsylvania farm. It is just three miles from Hamanassett in Ridley Creek State Park.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Numerous cultural and historical attractions populate the Brandywine Valley. There are the du Pont estates of Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Nemous Mansion, and Hagley. There is the Brandywine River Museum showcasing the artwork of the Wyeth family - N.C., Andrew and Jamie plus special exhibits. Historically there is the Brandywine Battlefield, Valley Forge is just a forty minute drive and historical Philadelphia is within thirty minutes. Recreational opportunities abound with bike trails, hiking paths, horseback riding and canoe trips on the Brandywine River plus championship golf courses. A lot of visitors enjoy visiting the seven wineries that make up the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail and the nearby QVC Studios. Guests who enjoy shopping will find tax free Delaware just twenty minutes from Hamanassett.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The Darlington Walking trail is 1/4 mile from Hamanassett and we have created our own hiking/riding trail through conserved land that abuts Hamanassett's property.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Our area features a multitude of dining opportunities for visitors. Some of our favorite restaurants, all within 10 minutes of Hamanassett include Brandywine Prime - Contemporary American Cuisine with a focus on dry aged beef and local products in a casual atmosphere; The Dilworthtown Inn - Creative, continental cuisine served by candlelight in an exquisitely renovated, historic 1758 landmark with a world class wine cellar; Azie - Global fusion cuisine in sleek contemporary setting; Garden Café at Steyer's - Fresh seasonal menus in a unique greenhouse environment; Fellini's Tratatoria - outstanding Italian cuisine with fresh pastas and traditional Italian fare; Ariano's - Rustic Italian cuisine with creative artisanal pizza and a fresh gelato bar.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
Hamanassett has seven rooms, all with private en suite baths in the main house, plus a two bedroom 2 1/2 bath Carriage House and a 2 bedroom 1 1/2 bath Cottage.
Do you accept pets?
Hamanassett is dog friendly. We have a dog friendly room in the main house and our Carriage House and Cottage also can accommodate guests with dogs and they both have their own private fenced in yards.
Location and Directions
From New York City and North
- Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the PA Turnpike; take exit #333 (Mid-County Expressway-Route 476) to Exit 5 (Route 1 - Springfield-Lima).
- Follow Route 1 south toward Lima. You will pass Granite Run Mall on the RIGHT and Riddle Hospital on LEFT.
- Approximately 1 mile south of these, you will see the Franklin Mint on the LEFT. Continue south on Route 1.
- The next light is Red Roof Lane.
- Darlington Road is 2/10 mile past Red Roof Lane on the right. It is a very sharp right, so slow down after Red Roof Lane.
- Turn right onto Darlington Road. Go 1/10 mile to the first road on the left which is Indian Springs Drive. Turn left onto Indian Springs Drive and go to the top of the hill. The B&B is on the right.
From the South (Wilmington and Washington, D.C.
- Take I-95 North to Exit 8 North (Route 202/Concord Pike) toward West Chester.
- Continue 202 North to US Route 1 and turn RIGHT (north) onto Route 1.
- Continue north through Concordville.
- When you pass Rt. 322 on the RIGHT, you are 3.3 miles from Hamanassett. Look for a large Wawa gas station on the RIGHT.
- Get into the Left turn lane as soon as you see the Wawa.
- Go through one more light (Valley Brook). You will be on a steep downhill after this light.
- Go to the FIRST LEFT TURN LANE (approximately 1/4 mile beyond Valley Brook) and left onto Darlington Road. Go 1/10 of a mile to the first road on the left which is Indian Springs Drive. Turn left onto Indian Springs Drive and go to the top of the hill. The B&B is on the right.
From Harrisburg and West
- Follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike East to the Downington Exit #23.
- Follow Route 100 South to Route 202/322 South.
- Stay on Route 202 South to Route 1 North.
- Follow directions above "From the South:" from this point on.
From the Philadelphia Airport
- Follow I-95 South approximately 5 miles to Route 476 North to Exit 5 (Lima-Springfield) and turn LEFT (south) toward Lima onto Route 1.
- See directions above "From the North:" from this point on.