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The John Penrose Virden House

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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

This was our first stay at this wonderful B&B and we've already booked a return weekend. Everything was perfect: amazing house, fresh flowers, scrumptious breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese, and evening port and chocolates. Thanks to Ruth and Jim for making us so welcome in their home. Looking forward to our return!

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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

I cannot say enough about our stay this weekend. Ruth and Jim were the best! We needed a quiet weekend away from the kids to celebrate our anniversary but it was so much more! Greeted with wine, fresh flowers and cheese, we were given the royal tour of the home and welcomed with a smile! Ruth and Jim did everything...

Thank jlpusey04
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Reviewed 30 December 2016

The Innkeepers, Ruth and Jim, have got it all together. Ruth greeted us at their beautifully appointed B&B's front door with a warm and inviting smile to begin our two-night stay. And it only got better from there. We stayed in the second-floor guest room: The Penrose. The room overlooks a quiet Main Street. The room was very spacious with...

Reviewed 12 December 2016

We had a fantastic December birthday celebration in Lewes. Our hosts were Ruth & Jim Edwards @ The John Penrose Virden House. Jim's breakfasts were over the top! Their inn is lovely and impressive in its detail. We'll always remember our visit and the warm hospitality of Ruth & Jim. We'll be planning a return visit during the summer or...

2Thank Dan H
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 16 November 2016

I had the pleasure of staying at the Virden House for a 25 year friendship celebration with my dear friends. The house is beautiful and the accommodations were perfect, we felt right at home. Ruth and Jim paid so much attention to the details that we felt spoiled all weekend long. I am already looking forward to a return visit.

2Thank bm4kds
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed in the cottage and it was charming! Very spacious room with a sitting area. The innkeepers Ruth and Jim are very attentive and welcoming. The surprise goodies and snacks were yummy but the best of all was the breakfast! Multiple courses and oh so delicious!

Thank Laura T
Jackson, New Jersey
Reviewed 18 October 2016

...I suggest you book a stay at the Virden House. What a gorgeous place! Walking in you'll feel at home and yet feel as if you've been transported back in time. Everything about this house is special and welcoming. Beautifully decorated with gorgeous antique pieces, yet all the modern amenities you'll need for your stay. Jim and Ruth are warm...

1Thank Nancy O
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This was our 10th year in a row stay, and as always, it was outstanding! You won't find nicer hosts than Jim and Ruth. Their attention to detail and creative breakfasts are second to none. Their home is beautiful, full of antique furniture and other items. You will love having breakfast on the porch and having conversations with other couples,...

1Thank Frank G
Reviewed 2 September 2016

I am a 25+ year Marriott vet, and my wife also from hospitality industry, so tend to be pretty picky in our lodging experiences, and seldom have the opportunity to do B&Bs. Our stay this Summer under the care of Ruth & Jim WAY surpassed our expectations! Their home was beautiful, our room had all the nice touches, and their...

1Thank Foster4obs
Great Falls, Virginia
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Our stay at the John Penrose Virden House could not have been better. Our room (Rose Cottage) was roomy, comfortable and quiet. The unique breakfasts were delicious and memorable. We look forward to staying there again. Nicola & John

1Thank jfr1945

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included

Additional Information about The John Penrose Virden House

Address: 217 2nd St, Lewes, DE 19958-1325
Region: United States > Delaware > Lewes
Price Range: $167 - $328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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“We enjoyed our stay in the York Cottage, but had a chance to look at the other rooms. All were lovely and had unique appeal.”
 of 5 bubbles V7843XVdanh, 12 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are a fine choice.”
 of 5 bubbles onlythebest14, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Every room is wonderful and they have a little cottage available if you want more privacy!”
 of 5 bubbles 346carad, 19 Jul 2016 | Read review
“All rooms were very charming and decorated with great care, and equipped with all the necessary amenities.”
  • One of the 2nd floor bedrooms.
 of 5 bubbles conductbecoming, 11 Jul 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have great views.”
  • A short 2 minute walk to the bridge over the canal.
 of 5 bubbles 621ScottE, 17 May 2016 | Read review
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