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Sweetwater Farm Bed and Breakfast is a tranquil haven situated on fifty acres in the historic Brandywine Valley. Our original Quaker farmhouse dates to 1734, and the Hemphill family added a magnificent Georgian addition in 1815. Sweetwater Farm housed the British after the battle of the Brandywine in 1777, was a safe house for the Underground Railroad, and the farmhouse’s third floor was a Civil War infirmary.
New to Sweetwater Farm is the addition of Grace Winery. Our five acre estate vineyard is just off the Manor House. The back porch is the perfect location to watch the sun sink behind the vineyard while enjoying our first vintage, a delightful 2009 Chardonnay.
Enjoy our gourmet country breakfast each morning in either our elegant dining room or, when the weather warms, on the back patio overlooking the back pastures. Make yourself at home in our delightfully cozy den, the parlor or the billiards room, all with working fireplaces.
We’re just minutes from Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, and all the Brandywine Valley attractions.
Our 50–acre historic estate features fourteen guest rooms: three in the original 1734 Quaker farmhouse wing and four in the 1815 Georgian wing. The original carriage house, greenhouse and caretaker’s cottage have all been transformed into seven guest cottages, five of which are pet– and child–friendly.
Other amenities for your perfect getaway are a swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, golf chipping range, nine-hole disc golf course, private massage room, fitness room, walking trail and a friendly family of horses, sheep and goats.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Farrell and Sean Kramer for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
'Weekenders' traveling to the Brandywine Valley attractions, wedding guests of Grace Winery and corporate meeting attendees.
What are you best known for?
Superior accommodations, excellent service and the farm’s dog, Brogan.
What makes your inn unique?
The wide range of things to enjoy right on the farm; vineyard and winery, pool, hot tub, golf chipping range, fitness room, hiking trails, a menagerie of horses, sheep, goats and dogs to make friends with and the stunning scenery seen from any of the porches and patios.
What do you love most about your inn?
We enjoy the quiet of being tucked away on 50 acres, but are minutes from all the attractions of the Brandywine Valley.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
"Having set out to do a review of B&B's in the Brandywine Valley, only one is worthy of writing about. Sweetwater Farm; elegant, charming and peaceful." –The New York Times
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The new wineries producing amazing local wines.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Visit the numerous gardens, museums and wineries.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The tasting room at Grace Winery.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The Garden Café at Terrain and every restaurant’s version of Mushroom Bisque.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
We welcome pets in 5 of our cottages.
Grace Winery and Vineyard
Grace Winery is the newest addition to the Sweetwater Farm family. The idea for the winery came about from the question, “What are you going to do with the old barn?” which was posed to us many times over the years. The answer varied depending on who was asked, but the winery concept always seemed to be part of the answer. In 2007, a recipient of the answer helped push us along by arranging a meeting with a group of people in the wine industry. Next time we turned around we had ordered vines and a tractor was delivered. The name Grace Winery and the dragonfly are a tribute to proprietor Chris Le Vine’s sister Gracie, who owned Sweetwater Farm prior to Chris and his wife Vicki taking over the property in 1999.
The barn originally dates back to the 1750s. It was used as a malting barn to malt barley for distilled spirits, and over the years it was altered many times to be used for livestock, storage and parties. By the mid–2000s it was in disrepair. The renovations began in December 2008 and were completed in April 2010.
The Winery & Vineyeard
The vineyard consists of approximately 9000 vines over 5 acres. The first phase of the vineyard was planted by hand in April 2008 and the second phase was laser planted a year later. All of our vines were purchased from California. The majority of our grapes are vinifera grapes, meaning they originated in Europe.
Our growing varieties include:
- Pinot Gris
- Vidal Blanc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Franc
- Petit Verdot
The vineyard is managed by Sean Kramer with help from noted vineyard consultant Lucie Morton. The wine production and tasting room are housed in the newly renovated bank barn on the grounds of Sweetwater Farm, where the boutique winery will produce approximately 1500 cases of wine per year. Our small–batch wines are created using a combination of the new tools and technology and the old customs of winemaking. Our stainless steel fermentation tanks were custom–made in South Africa for our facility. Our barrels are made of the finest oak from France and the United States. The wines are crafted by winemaker Sean Kramer under the watchful eye of winery consultant John Levenberg.
The barn at Grace Winery is a newly renovated 1750s bank barn that is home to our winery, wine tasting room and event space. The beautifully designed rooms serve as the perfect backdrop for a memorable event. Whether it is your dream wedding in the barn, a corporate meeting, a private family dinner in the winery, or a cocktail reception on the back patio overlooking Sweetwater Wood, Grace Winery is your destination of choice. Call us at 610.459.4711 or email us at email@example.com for more information or to schedule an appointment to visit us.
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"Having set out to do a review of B&Bs in the Brandywine Valley, only one is worthy of writing about. Sweetwater Farm; elegant, charming and peaceful." –The New York Times
Events at Sweetwater Farm & Grace WineryThe barn at Grace Winery is a newly renovated 1750s bank barn that is home to our winery, wine tasting room and event space. The beautifully designed rooms serve as the perfect backdrop for a memorable event. Whether it is your dream wedding in the barn, a corporate meeting, a private family dinner in the winery, or a cocktail reception on the back patio overlooking Sweetwater Wood, Grace Winery is your destination of choice. Call us at 610.459.4711 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule an appointment to visit us.
A Destination Wedding
Commit your love amid the towering trees in Sweetwater Woods then celebrate with reception to remember in our beautifully renovated 1750s bank barn, the home of Grace Winery. Take your special day a step further and surround yourself with friends and family for a weekend like no other, away from the hassles of everyday life, at Sweetwater Farm.
Our newly renovated event space can accommodate up to 140 guests. Each season brings a special backdrop for your special occasion, and our Innkeepers will help you create the atmosphere you have always dreamed of, whether formal or casual.
In addition, the seven rooms in the manor house and the seven cottages at Sweetwater Farm Bed and Breakfast must be reserved for the entire weekend. The rental for these accommodations is $3165/night plus 8% hotel tax. You are free to have your guests reserve and pay for their own rooms; however they must be secured and paid in full one month prior to your event. This includes check-in Friday afternoon and checkout by Sunday noon. A full country breakfast is served to all the guests staying at the Inn.
The site rental fee for an event is:
- September and October ∼ $8000 plus 6% tax of $480.00 for a total of $8480.00.
- April – August and November ∼ $5800 plus 6% tax of $340.00 for a total of $6148.00.
- December – March ∼ $4350 plus 6% tax of $261.00 for a total of $4611.00.
- Valet service is included.
- Grace Winery will provide up to 20 tables.
- All events must end no later than 10:00 PM per local township ordinance.
- Alcohol service must end ½ hour prior to event end time.
- All guests must use a caterer from our exclusive catering list.
For more information, feel free to call Sweetwater Farm to discuss all the options. Farrell and Sean Kramer, Sweetwater Innkeepers, can be reached at 610–459–4711 or toll free at 1–800–Sweetwater. If you would like to set up a time to see the property, please call ahead and make an appointment with the innkeepers.
We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to make your special event the most memorable occasion of a lifetime!
Corporate Meetings & Retreats
Corporate Meeting Space
The Barn at Grace winery is available for your corporate meeting, light years away from the steel and concrete of the city, offering a country setting and calm...perfect for your team’s needs. Your productivity will soar with all the modern amenities and without the usual distractions. The day is yours, so take the time and focus on what you need to accomplish. Catered lunch is available, and we can accomodate up to 16 guests.
Take your corporate meeting farther. The fourteen tastefully–appointed guest rooms at Sweetwater Farm are a welcome respite from the everyday.
After your necessary meetings, enjoy the grounds with all its team bonding options: a nine–hole disc golf course, horseshoes, bocce, croquet and ample space for badminton or volleyball. If your team needs calm and quiet, the pool and hammocks are perfect for lounging. Quiet reflection or rousing discourse over the day’s accomplishments can be had over a glass of wine on the back porch looking out over the vineyard and horse pastures. To round out your day, Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery offer private catered dinners and wine tasting (coming soon!) in the vintner’s private reserve cellar in the winery. We can accomodate up to 16 for meetings, 15 for lodging and 30 for dinner.
What better way to say “thank you” to a client or celebrate a family milestone than with a private dinner and wine tasting (coming soon!) in Grace Winery’s vintner’s private reserve cellar and winery hall. Dinner is served next to what was the kiln in our 1750’s malting barn and between the large steel tanks of the fermentation room and the rows of oak barrels in the barrel room. Work with any one of our exclusive caterers to create a spectacular meal in a unique setting. Available for up to 30 guests.
Intimate Cocktail Party
Enjoy Grace Winery’s vintner’s private reserve cellar, the winery hall, back patio and gardens tucked in Sweetwater Wood for a lovely evening of wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres under the stars. Work with one of our exclusive caterers to create a memorable evening. 30–50 guests.
The renovated barn and wine tasting room is a beautiful backdrop for your event.
Start with wine tasting (coming soon!) and cocktails in the wine tasting room that is dominated by a long bar topped with Valley Forge greystone straight from Independence Hall. Move on to dinner in the barn with its soaring ceilings and a wall of windows overlooking Sweetwater Wood. Work with any one of our exclusive caterers to design a menu to match your party whether it is a bridal shower, anniversary party or the annual gathering for your company. 30–50 guests.
Around Sweetwater Farm
Around the property
When planning your itinerary, don’t forget to schedule time for all the activities right here on the farm. Start your day with a quick workout in our fitness center. There is a treadmill, elliptical, recumbent bike and free weights to get you moving and build your appetite for our fantastic full country breakfast.
After breakfast, Brogan will take you on a walk around the vineyard trail. Later, after lounging by the pool, gather for a game of horseshoes, bocce or bean bag toss and enjoy the afternoon sun.
If you are feeling particularly competitive, hit a few balls on our golf chipping range or play a round of disc golf that weaves through our grounds and is sure to test your skills. Start your evening with wine tasting at Grace Winery (coming soon!) and then finish off your day with a sunset soak in our hot tub. As the sun sinks behind the vineyard, you’ll understand what relaxing truly is.
Around the Brandywine Valley
Explore the countryside made famous in the works of Andrew Wyeth. The Brandywine Valley is home to world renowned gardens, museums and historic sites. Wind your way through the wine trail, meander down the Brandywine River or take a walk through historic West Chester.
For an afternoon outdoors there is horseback riding, golf, hiking and biking. Take the kids to the park or on a train ride. It is an easy ride from Sweetwater to Center City Philadelphia, to enjoy all the sights and sounds. Round out all your sightseeing with a fantastic meal from one of the Brandywine Valley’s memorable restaurants.
Seasons At Sweetwater Farm