Highly recommended! The family ownership combined with all the Doubletree/Hilton amenities makes for a great stay. The restaurant is not an afterthought here -- with the famous smorgasbord and a real bakery on the premises, you won't go hungry. Attractive-looking golf course (I'm not a golfer, but there were certainly other people out there all the time), smallish but very entertaining indoor waterpark for the kids, extremely comfortable beds in spacious suites, and very nice, really warm staff in a great location 3 miles from the center of Lancaster. Lots of info on what to do and see in the area. Beautiful Victorian chapel, saw a lovely wedding while we were here.
Free wi-fi everywhere, indoor and outdoor pool, suites (not just rooms), local specialties at the restaurant.
We arrived late afternoon to our hotel and were quickly into our room which had a view over the grounds.
Our room was in one of the accommodation blocks spread around the parkland. Beds were comfortable and the room clean. The accommodation was below what we had expierenced earlier on our coach trip, and we were happy with the room for this one night stay.
Breakfast was included and served in the main Dining Hall.
Our family drove to Lancaster and met a friend from New York City at the train station in downtown Lancaster and then traveled the short distance to nearby Smoketown. Smoketown is in Ronks, a very short drive from the city, and in the center of all of our favorite activities in the Lancaster area.
We enjoyed the corn fields right next to the hotel, the cut hay behind the hotel which was drying for baling that night, and the Amish family neighbors.
The grounds are lovely with paths winding through a nicely landscaped, woodsy garden. You feel like you're staying on a farm because of the surrounding fields. We sat on a rocking lawn swing behind the hotel at night and watched the farmer across his fields baling hay. The hotel is not too far from the Mill Creek, and is only a couple of doors down from the Good and Plenty Restaurant (Pennsylvania-Dutch food).
By night the lanterns light the garden pathway, and the white gazebo is a nice place to sit and relax.
There is a pastry/coffe breakfast included in the room fee. We occupied three of their best rooms in the Carriage House out back on the first floor: Carriage (complete with a huge, marbleized tub and shower and two large closets), Cottage (with a small kitchen including stove/oven, microwave, sink, refrigerator), and Country. All of these rooms were rough-walled with pine wood, giving the feeling of a barn. The furniture was not elegant or brand new, but could be consider vintage and in very good condition. You'll not find the normal hotel linens here - the towels and sheets are very much like linens you would have at home.
There was a slight odor in our room which disappeared when we turned on the air conditioning unit (fan only). We found the rooms to be very clean. There was no telephone in the room, but the people at the front desk were able to help; there was a refrigerator in each room.
Their photos on their website don't do it justice...
No pets allowed.
Lovely owner who came to see me, i was travelling on my own and the neighbours looked after anyone coming to the door as it was a quiet time of the year. i was the only guest for the night so had a choice of rooms, all lovely and homey and clean and quiet - with sounds of horse and carriage going past here and there. next morning out the window i was spying on the elderly amish lady next door outside sweeping the path and attending to her horse.
i would well recommend this place as travelling around with my car it was central to various main towns and the area to visit all things Amish - such as towns called Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, Paradise, Fertility!! and a shop with Shoofly Pie not far away!
Great to be able to fix coffee before going out in the morning. One night we ate late supper at home after shopping from the local fruit and vegetable stands. Very relaxing after a long day.
The cottage was entirely restored with wide board floors and beaded woodwork. Plenty of conveniences like dishwasher and microwave...dishes, towels, pots and pans. We were really very comfortable here. Aussie loved that she could come along with us. (for more about Aussie see my Home Page)
The Churchtown Inn is a Bed & Breakfast with lovely accomodations, but about a mile away... you can rent a 1700's stone cottage, which we were delighted with.
Excellent restoration work has been done on the cottage. Wide board floors, beaded woodwork, deep window sills.... more pics in my tips.
For the price of a night at a bed and breakfast there is no reason to stay at this hotel unless you need accomodations for children.
This hotel was over-priced and noisy. Many of the rooms were rented out to young people who were celebrating an occasion. This was fine until the partying went on well past 2 AM with no help from the front desk. We virtually had 2 hours sleep and when we complained to the front desk we were told, "Sorry, nothing we can do."
We paid over $100.00 for the night and checked out and went elsewhere. The hotel had the nerve to charge us for the second night which was removed after a strongly worded letter to the Comfort Inn.
The rooms are clean and the maid service was very good.
Honestly had there not been the problem of the over zealous partiers it probably would have been a fine place to stay, but the apathy of the front desk staff was enough to turn anyone off from this hotel.
Fred and his wife Milicent are wonderful hosts. Fred is a retired minister turned woodcarver. Milicent escaped the corporate rat race to open this B & B.
The theme is romantic, romantic, romantic. Each room done with a different flair.
There are refreshments available 24 hours and a fully cooked hot breakfast is served daily.
Fred, the owner carves rocking horses and caurosel horses in his shop out behind the bed and breakfast. He is quite talented, as is one of his sons who carved the fireplace mantel in one of the rooms.
A couple of the rooms have jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, and canopy beds. They also offer computer hook ups. So VT members can report right from their rooms!
Breakfast (in the winter) is served in front of a roaring fire and what a gastronomical fete it is!
We have stayed many times at the Churchtown Inn. In the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country, this inn is our favorite east coast bed and breakfast. Owners Michael & Diane Franco exude warm hospitality and welcome. The inn, built before the time of the American Revolution, 1735, has a grace and charm of it's own.
The rooms are unique and well appointed, several of our favorites are the Davies room, the Griffin room, the Jacobs room, don't forget the Clarkson room. My gosh, that is about the whole 2nd floor.
Diane is a marvelous cook and her multi course breakfast is a wonder in itself but the dining location is in a glass solarium which overlooks the farmlands which is so beautiful summer, fall, winter or spring.
The room rates are most reasonable, and it is a place to visit time and time again. Matter of fact on any given visit I'll wager there is at least 1 couple that has been there more than once. The main reason? Michael and Diane
Lying in bed you can hear the "clip clop" of the horse's hooves as the amish carts go by. By all means make sure you try the homemade granola, a staple at the Churchtown Inn, I always have Diane set aside "three bags full" to take home.
Each room now has access for high speed wireless internet.
UPDATE: September 2005: Michael and Diane are no longer the owners of the Churchtown Inn, however the new owners were guests of the Inn and Diane told me that they loved the Inn and put an offer in the day it went up for sale. We wish all the best to the new owners and to Michael and Diane, we will see you one of these days in Puerto Rico
Nice Accommodations with quiet rooms and Suites, with access to local sight seeing while avoiding the touristy crowds.
This is a New Building, all new construction.
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