The Lightner Farmhouse
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Historical Traveler Reviews Jimmy's on The Esplanade Cairns
If you want to rest, relax, and just generally be pampered, stay at Lightner Farmhouse B & B! Great surroundings, great food, and the friendliest hosts you could ever ask for! A definite "home away from home" that will live in your hearts & minds long after your stay! Thank you Eileen & Dennis!
We just returned from a wonderful long weekend discovering the battlefields of Gettysburg, and we were quite fortunate to stay with Dennis and Eileen, innkeepers of the Lightner Farmhouse. This charming bed and breakfast was originally built in 1862 and has history galore! Dennis is quite the breakfast cook, and Eileen is such the perfect hostess! Our last morning there, she portrayed Mrs. Lightner, the wife of the original owner. She gave us insight on what it was like to live in Gettysburg in 1863, during and after the battle - it was very interesting and we enjoyed it tremendously!
The Lightner Farmhouse is situated right outside of the battlefield, and less than 5 minutes to town. Stay here on your next trip to Gettysburg and it will be a trip to remember!
Definitely worth a return visit
We stayed at the Lightner Farmhouse B&B for three nights in early September. In booking accommodations away from home, I look for reasonable value, quiet, and reasonable distance from the attraction that I'm visiting in the area. The Lightner Farmhouse had exactly what we were looking for. The price for a double room was almost the same as, and in some cases, less than several of the surrounding hotels; the excellent cooked breakfasts were a substantial bonus. We stayed in the Cedar Room on the first floor, with a private entrance leading onto a side porch. I went out there every morning and evening to read in one of the several rocking chairs, and nearly fell asleep on Sunday afternoon in a nearby hammock. The house is set back some distance from the road, so we weren't listening to town and/or highway traffic day and night, a big plus for me. And we were just a five minute drive to the park, so very conveniently located. The innkeepers were very friendly, lent us auto tour tapes for the battlefield, and kept homemade cookies in the dining room for guests. Any complaints? Just one: there was a full house of guests, and I am sure no one else thought it a problem, but the air conditioning kept it very cold in the bedroom. I went outside to warm up - just not an a/c person. We would definitely stay here again the next time we go to Gettysburg.
Southern hospitality north of the Mason-Dixon line.
My girlfriend and I stayed here for two nights. We originally planned for one night but added a second night because it was so nice. Some quick notes about the place:
-Friendly hosts. (Dennis and Ileene) who are helpful and know a lot about the town. They own two establishments so they know how to run things.
-Relaxing location. away from major roads and traffic but within 5 minutes of gettysburg.
-Private nature trail. there is a private nature trail on the 15 acres of the B&B that goes through forest and wild flower fields (watch out for spider webs in the morning)
-Pets. Two curious and friendly cats and two dogs (hope you're not allergic)
-Clean, simple, well-decorated rooms.
-Good value. for 100$ a night this was the cheapest B&B I've stayed at and by far the best overall.
-Great breakfast. scrambled free-range eggs, whole-wheat english muffins, sausage, bacon, coffee-bread.
-I stayed in the cedar room. Had a private door to one of the porches with lots of rocking chairs.
-No complaints at all--I will return again probably once a year.
Home away from home
After reading the favorable reviews online, my wife and I decided to stay at this cozy B&B 8/14/05-8/16/05. This was our first experience staying at a B&B and like a lot of people, we had second thoughts about staying at a B&B because of limited privacy, awkwardness of living in someone's home, etc., however, Eileen, the owner, quickly dispelled these feelings. Her congeniality and friendly smile instantly made us feel like we were visiting a good friend. We stayed in the impecable Cedar room, complete with a private entrance off the side porch, fireplace, and TV. The living room space on the first floor and the recreation room in the basement completed the setting of a trip back in time. There's even a nature walk leading through a field and woods to a babbling brook. A hammock swings nearby, a small coy pond and the friendliest cat I've ever met, Jake, make relaxing outside a joy.
We were also pleasantly surprised with Eileen's attentiveness with regards to recommending restaurants, shops, and activities (spoiled by the variety of restaurants and arts found in neighboring Princeton, Philadelphia, and NYC, we do consider ourselves to be rather cosmopolitan and particular). We also liked the fact that the home is approximately three miles from downtown; conveniently nearby and conveniently away from the constant traffic noise.
Note, Eileen and Dennis are also the owners of the Cashtown Inn which also received favorable reviews online.
Since our recent return, we have been highly recommending the farmhouse to family and friends. If you want to stay at a place where you'll feel at home or w/family and friends, then you may want to seriously consider the farmhouse.
A Wonderful B&B Experience!
We stayed at the Lightner Farmhouse for 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our hosts treated us like family; the breakfasts were delicious; the house and grounds beautiful; and the other guests were very friendly. Our breakfasts consisted of Belgian Waffles and sausages on day one and cheese omelets and bacon on day two. Breakfast cakes were also available as were cookies, teas and sodas throughout the day. Our room, the Cedar Room, was perfect. I was on the first floor, just off the kitchen, and offered a small TV, very nice private bath, and a private entrance to the side porch. This B&B is located a few miles from downtown Gettysburg, so you have the feel of a home built during the Civil War without being right in the hustle and bustle of town. The house, built in 1862, served as a Union field hospital during the battle. We could not have had a nicer stay.
History buff's heaven...
Okay all you fans of old, fine historical homes, you will not regret staying here. We stayed in the Maple room for two nights in first week in June 2005. The house was finished in 1862 and during the battle of Gettysburg was a field hospital for Union soldiers. Visit their web-site, it has pictures of each room offered to guests. Dennis and Eileen Hoover were very gracious hosts and prepared a wonderful breakfast each morning. They live next door so only the guests occupy the house. There is a parlor with interesting books on the Civil War plus a history of the Issac Lightner home in a binder on a table for guests. Homemade cookies and brownies were left in the dining room for guests to snack on. A finished basement downstairs offered a comfortable T.V. watching room with a refrigerator full of complimertary sodas. You can wander the grounds outside too. I would stay here again.
My sister and I stayed 2 nights at this b&b. Dennis and Eileen, the innkeepers are welcoming. We felt as if we were staying with dear friends. The innkeepers live next door to property. We stayed in the Maple Room which has view of front and side of the property. It has a queen size bed and a rocker. Also some bookshelves with books and magazines to read if you wanted. The room also had fresh water and glasses to drink. A nightlite was even in the bathroom if needed. I thought was a nice touch. The house has the old "beehive oven" that was used back then to bake bread. There is no tv or telephone in the room itself. A phone is in the hallway and they do provide free local calls. A tv is down in the cellar which is decorated and very cozy. They also keep a small refrigerator downstairs for complimentary sodas and water. Breakfast was scrumptous and consisted of fresh fruit each morning, baked oven pancakes with fresh strawberries, sausage, orange juice, coffee or tea. Next day scrambled eggs, bacon, toast or muffin. The innkeepers kept "homemade cookies and brownies" out for their guests to snack on. The parlor is a nice area and contains a binder with history of the house and photos before during restoration. A definite must read. This house was used during Civil War as a hospital for soldiers.
We did not have time to take nature walk but looks really nice. We even saw 2 deer prancing about the front yard. I am definitely coming back to this place.
Superb Place to Stay in Gettysburg
Just returned from a recent trip to Gettysburg, and had a wonderful four-night stay at the Lightner Farmhouse B&B. From the moment I contacted them for reservations to the last scrumptious breakfast - the service was outstanding. Eileen and Dennis, the innkeepers, are such caring people - and do whatever they can to make your stay enjoyable. They are quite knowledgable about the area, with good tips for touring the battlefields and surrounds. The B&B is charming - and in a great location. Quite close in to Gettysburg, and dangerously close to a nice outlet mall with major retailers. I stayed in the Cedar Room with a comfy queen bed and its own private bath and entrance. The grounds are lovely - and an interesting hike with historical references looks worth taking. (Ran out of time and couldn't do it.) I will definitely stay here if I ever find myself in Gettysburg again. Almost worth setting up a trip just to stay here once more. Felt as though I had a great vacation with a favorite aunt and uncle. You WILL be taken care of!
Lightner Farmhouse B&B
Wanted to go ghost hunting in Gettysburg. Couldn't get Cashtown or Farnsworth all booked up. Stayed in Pine Room in Attic two nights. New owners Dennis and Eileen who also own the Cashtown. Whole house and grounds are wonderful and beautiful. Beds comfortable. Staff polite and friendly. Breakfast superb. Many orb photos in Pine Room to left at top of stairs. Some light display activity at night. All friendly peaceful. Perfect place for honeymooners, retired couples and even well behaved ghost enthusiasts. By the way, do try the Dobbin House and Farnsworth Ghost Walk was nice. Farnsworth looked ok inside. Some reviews in here made it seem awful. Better for the younger crowd. Happy Customer
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