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I have condensed my accounts of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country for fear of repeating the same sentiments.
From the moment I arrived at Lancaster Station, the sun was shining. And so it would continue to shine even if there were to be sleet or rain. After getting myself a hired car (a “rental”) I made for lodgings at …
We had been spoiled the past few nights with four consecutive homestays! We decided it would be best to ease back into hotel living by spending our next night abroad in a bed and breakfast.
Kelsey found a deal for a bed and breakfast that fit our budget.
It was called the Greystone Manor, in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. If you are ever …
... a second boat ride, it was a great way to see the harbor and the kids loved it too! After a target run and bike riding on Aunt Linda's street we had dinner and then sang songs and played guitar by candlelight, it was a fun evening! We're now on our way to Atlantic city with only 3 hour ...
... before Hershey. The GPS lead us to Palmyra (north of Hershey) - Gabrielle had put in the address of the steakhouse instead of the butterfly gardens. The rain stopped so we decided to have lunch at the Hometown Family Restaurant in Palmyra before going on to the Butterfly gardens.
I had shrimp bisque and a crab cake sandwich, Marie had beef and veg soup and a plain Jane burger, Gabrielle had the bisque and plain Jane, Chey spaghetti and meatball ...
... Some comfy beds, great dinner, and a market stop in downtown Lancaster the next morning made for a good pit stop for us. We decided we had enough of the city life and are going to skip Baltimore and Washington DC all together and head straight for the hills of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. We are camping there for the next few nights before we head to Williamsburg for the 4th of July (should be quite patriotic!). ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGreystone Manor Bird in Hand
Wonderful location in bird in hand.
Beautiful gardens and clean, comfortable lodgings.
The owners were fantastic and provided a most delicious breakfast as well as great advice for activities. I will be here again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Greystone Manor Bird in Hand
This was our first stay in Greystone Manor, but hopefully will not be our last. We enjoyed the lovely home and friendly staff. The grounds were beautiful and our room was quaint. This was the perfect time of year to enjoy Lancaster County, and our weekend getaway at Greystone Manor was relaxing and enjoyable!
Will go again in September!
We had a great time. The room and grounds were clean and neat. We enjoyed the breakfast as well, great food and atmosphere.
Can't wait to go back!
Inn was nicely landscaped
We would love to have stayed in the old inn but instead were lodged in the carriage house. The carriage house room was nothing but an average motel room. You had to step up to go to the bathroom which would be a problem if you had to go real bad in the middle of the night and risk tripping on the step and falling flat on your face or else missing the step when leaving the bathroom and falling on the nightstand. In the bathroom itself, there were only tiny guest soaps not large enough to take a bath with. Concerning the tub, there were no safety mats or strips to prevent you from slipping and falling in the tub for that matter there were no safety bars to hold in case you did fall.
We were driving along to our pre-made hotel reservation, when we saw the Greystone Manor Inn B&B and I said "I want to stay there." It was an old mansion up on a hill and was exactly the kind of place you want to stay in. We were greeted by Wade, got a great deal, were showed an adorable room upstairs and took it. Wade carried our luggage upstairs for us! We felt they had thought of everything for their guests. There was a small fridge for the guest's use if needed for our own things. We could have coffee, hot chocolate and (my favorite) chai tea (absolutely delicious) anytime you wanted it - available all day. The public rooms were very nice. The breakfast was excellent: Cinnamon rolls made by an Amish woman, baked apple oatmeal - the best we've ever tasted, waffles, biscuits and gravy, etc. Certainly plenty to eat.
When we arrived we were greeted by the inn keeper. She was pleasant enough. She checked us in and showed us how to use the combination door lock and told us when breakfast was. We went up to our room, which was in the mansion, and were happy with the looks of the room. It was nothing exceptional but it was nice. Later that evening after getting back from dinner we thought we'd relax and watch some TV. The TV had some major issues though. While we were watching it, it would start to make this horrible noise and the picture would be messed up that you couldn't see what you were watching. It's a good thing we each brought a book along to read. We had a good nights sleep in the bed. It was comfortable and we had enough pillows. The next morning we got up and got ready, looking forward to a good breakfast. We got downstairs and entered the dining room. Angela greeted us and told us the coffee was over in the corner and there was juice in the fridge. This was the first time we've been at a B&B where you had to serve yourself. The breakfast consisted of pancakes and sausage. A few donuts on a plate and a few little muffins on another plate. It could've been improved by serving some fresh fruit to start with and maybe adding some hash browns or homefries with the pancakes and sausage. To sum it all up- We had a nice stay there but were disappointed with the breakfast. It wasn't long before we were ready for lunch!
My husband and I seek out B&Bs in historic buildings. Unfortunately we found the Greystone Manor Inn before I found the Tripadvisor website. It was by far the worst experience I have ever had in a B&B.
I completely agree with all previous reviewers. As I tried to find a nice place to treat myself and family after finishing business in PA, I found this mansion lacking of any kind of charm. The only two positive things were the grounds (beautifully kept) and the free buggy ride ticket we got. The ride was one of the highlights of our trip.
As with the last two reviewers, my friends and I found the management extremely unwelcoming. When we arrived, there were a few people sitting around an outside table. It wasn't until we were inside that one got up and announced he was our host. It went downhill after that. We'd been told that twenty minutes notice was required to warm up the hot tub. One night, at 8:15 after returning from dinner, we asked that it be turned on. The answer was it's too late, even though signs indicated that the hot tub stayed open until 9 p.m. We'd been warned by other guests about the breakfast so we inquired as to the next day's fare. At eight-fifteen, we were told that she didn't know yet. Well, should have taken that as a hint, it was some sort of oatmeal/granola type hot cereal. ( The previous day's hot breakfast had been two small pancakes.) We headed to The Amish Barn and had a great breakfast for $3.00.
I came here to write a review of this B&B since the last time I checked no one had, and low and behold the first rater coveyed my sentiments exactly. When we arrived we were a little early (about 30min) on Friday but she did let us check in. I did find her manor with us very un welcoming, blunt and matter of fact. And she was barefoot and dressed in a tshirt and shorts which I personally found unprofessional. We actually stayed in Room #1 which was the best they had. It was nicely decorated and romantic. It had a antique style bathrub and separate shower, which was nice. The bed was hard for my taste, but I dealt with it. It was freezing in the room at night and I did not want to move once I got under the covers. But that first night wasn't the worst.
I stayed in one of the Greystone Manor Inn's "dog-friendly" rooms in the Inn's carriage house, not the mansion in all the pictures. I had expected some amount of charm from the room, or at least some friendliness from the owners, but there was neither. The owners were very unfriendly to me upon my arrival, because I had allowed my leashed dog into a cement area where they didn't want him (there was no sign). They lectured me about their rules rather than welcoming me to the Inn. The room itself was hideous, worse than any chain motel I've stayed in. There was no soap provided, no phone to call the owners to tell them the A/C wasn't working on a 100 degree day, one of the blankets on the bed was very torn and cigarrette burnt, there was indoor/outdoor carpeting on the floor, a tiny TV, the cheapest of all possible toilet papers, an uncomfortable bed with too few pillows and stained sheets, and curtains that K-Mart would be embarrassed to sell. I have come to expect brochures and suggestions of things to do in tourist-y areas, but there was nothing in our room, nothing I saw in the coomon areas, and poor conversation from the owners. When everyone was disucssing the A/C at breakfast (some were way too cold, some, including me, were too hot), the female owner said that menopausal women tend to be hot no matter what they do--which I found offensive to everyone, and I'm not menopausal. The breakfast was "strawberry French Toast"--Wonderbread with a bit of egg and cheap jam--instant oatmeal, and marginal fruit. There weren't enough seats for everyone to eat breakfast, as well as a major lack of seating in the common areas--before check in, people were standing around outside in the horrific heat because they wouldn't check anyone in until exactly 3PM. We paid $99 for the room, which I found to be an incredible rip off given the amenities and poor hospitality provided. I would recommend the Red Roof Inn over this place for people with dogs, hands down, or just people, anytime.