1732 Folke Stone Bed & Breakfast
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Shaded under huge old trees, 1732 Folke Stone Bed and Breakfast, provides a perfect setting for a romantic and relaxing getaway. This charming beautifully restored stone manor house with its open beam ceiling and random width floors create an ambience reminiscent of yesteryear; at the same time providing the amenities expected by our discriminating guests.
One can read by one of the fireplaces, play the Steinway piano or enjoy the serenity of nature, while sitting on the big porch or walking along the trail. Conveniently located to visit the Brandywine Valley Attractions (Longwood Gardens, Winterthur), QVC Studios, West Chester State University, and the United Sports Training Center. Relax by canoeing or hiking nearby. The Amish country and historical Philadelphia are only 45 minutes away.
This 1732 William Penn land grant home was built by Abiah Taylor as a wedding gift for his daughter and son-in-law, Daniel Hoopes. During the 1800’s it was a safe haven for the Underground Railroad. Due to its historical significance, this home was open for the annual Chester County Day House Tour, which drew over 1500 visitors.
Have early morning coffee on the big porch. A gourmet breakfast is served graciously on heritage Wedgwood china in the Great Room by candle light and fireside. On extra warm days breakfast can be eaten on the veranda, an idyllic setting overlooking the pond. Enjoy Marcy’s blueberry puff or banana raspberry chantilly. Guests often request her cheese strata. Parents visiting students at local colleges are welcome to invite their children for a complementary breakfast. Off of the kitchen there is a 24 hour hospitality center with the makings for hot and cold beverages, snacks and treats.
The three guest bedrooms with private baths, air conditioning and cable TV, have king or queen beds. The inviting guest rooms vary in décor from the French Provincial furniture of the King Louis room to the cozy spindle queen bed in the Jenny Lind room to the pretty romantic Rose room.
Marcy's career evolved around the food and nutrition industry. Consequently, she has taught 'Foods for Entertaining' classes and has assisted in developing several cookbooks. Walt, a retired civil engineer, provides "tender loving care" for this 'ole' house. Come, visit our little bit of paradise. Let us share our 15 plus years of inn-keeping in the Brandywine Valley in planning a unique itinerary to fit your timely schedule and special interests.
"Thank you for all the little "extras," great breakfasts, a great location and well restored house."
"A beautiful historic home with lots of hospitality."
"The hosts, the house, the food all top of the line"
"The best alternative for the business traveler. We'll be back."
"A lovely stay! Thanks for the great breakfasts, warm fires and the blue heron bonus."
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Marcy and Walter Schmoll for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Our guests are in the area to enjoy the many attractions of the Brandywine Valley, such as the Internationally known gorgeous Longwood Gardens and the priceless Dupont estate, Winterthur; in addition to visiting the quaint historical town of West Chester.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our friendly helpful hospitality and Marcy's delicious attractive breakfasts. Our uniqueness is the historic blending of the charming 1732 manor house with its wide window sills, random width floors and open beams with updated beautiful facilities and conveniences that make your stay memorable and comfortable. We love how people react when they first see our home and look forward to their stay.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit? Most people are visiting the Brandywine Valley Attractions. We are also home to West Chester University, Westtown School and the United Sports Complex.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We arrived as strangers and left as friends.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
People enjoy investigating Baldwin's Book Barn which consists of 5 floors of used and old books.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
First, tour the 11 Brandywine attractions. One can go canoeing down the Brandywine River, horseback riding, antiquing, and hiking or biking on the trails. In addition, in a 30-40 minute drive, one is in the Amish country, at historical Philadelphia or at the King of Prussia Mall which is the second largest shopping mall in the US.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
There is a walking trail which starts across the street from us.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Lemoncello Restorante (Italian), Pietro's Prime (steak house) and Duling Kurtz (fine dining in a historical building) and The Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant (fun place).
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 3 guest rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We are unable to accept pets.
Some of the must-see events:
Longwood Gardens: the world's premiere "all season" gardens of over 1000 acres, new Forest Walk, Unique tree houses, Illuminated fountain shows, Refurbished 82 year old organ and 6 foot carillon tower for concerts.
Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library: Francis du Pont's Country Estate, Rooms of antique period furniture from around the world, Strolling winding paths through the 60 acres of gardens.
Brandywine River Museum: Three generations of Wyeth art work in a 19th century grist mill. Be sure to request Wyeth's granddaughter, Vicky, to guide you.
Nemours Mansion & Gardens: Former estate of Alfred du Pont, Elegant renovated mansion with many exquisite items from Europe and formal gardens. Need reservations.
Hagley Museum: The site of the original du Pont company gunpowder mills. Lots of fun to watch how gun powder was produced.
Baldwins Book Barn: Thousands of old and rare books etc. in a four story barn.
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail: Visit seven vineyards and sample their premium wines. Can purchase a wine trail pass to visit the wineries.
How to Find Us
- Take 95 South.
- Exit to 322 West and continue on 322 West which merges with 202 North.
- Follow directions for 202 North.
202 North & 322 West:
- Follow 202 North. Caution: Do not follow 322 West Business into downtown West Chester.
- Exit from 202N at 322 West (Downingtown).
- Travel 2 9/10 miles on 322W, crossing through two traffic lights.
- At third traffic light bear right onto 322 West and make an immediate right at next traffic light onto Copeland School road.
- Travel 6/10 mile and make an immediate right after the ball park to stay on Copeland School Rd.
- Travel 2/10 mile to old stone house on far right corner of intersection of Tree Lane and Copeland School Rd.
- Turn right into driveway from Copeland Rd.
- Follow 202 South. Exit from 202 South at Route 30 West, Frazer- Downingtown.
- Follow sign for 30West (Exton- Downingtown-Coatsville}.
- Exit from 30W at Rt. 100 Exton-West Chester.
- Turn left onto 100 South and after traveling 7/10 mile bear right to Pottstown Pike.
- (Caution: There is no cross road, traffic light or stop sign at this junction.)
- Continue on Pottstown Pike, crossing Boot Rd. at traffic light.
- At next traffic light (WaWa on far left corner) turn right on to Sunset Hollow.
- Travel 1 7/10 mile, crossing Grove Rd and New St.
- At dead end turn left onto Copeland School Rd.
- Travel 7/10 mile to stone house.
- It is the second house on the left after you pass Connor Road on the right.
52 North and Route 1 (Longwood Gardens)
- After passing Longwood Gardens on Route 1, going north, turn left to Route 52 North at traffic light.
- Follow 52 North for four-five miles, turning left at end of bridge to stay on Rt. 52 North. (Caution do NOT turn right at next stop sign, when 52 turns right.) Continue straight on this road until you come to traffic light by the Local Daily News. Go straight through traffic light. Turn left by Giant gas station on to Route 322 West. Go through 3 more traffic lights and turn right at the 4th traffic light at Copeland School Rd. Travel 6/10 mile until you reach the East Bradford Township Ball Park. Make an immediate right after the ball park to continue on Copeland School Rd. Travel 2/10 mile to stone farm house on far right corner of intersection of Tree Lane and Copeland School Road. You will see a spring house in the front yard. Enter driveway from Copeland School Road.