Ascot House Bed & Breakfast - Lancaster County, PA

One- or Two-Night Stay with Gourmet Breakfast at Ascot House Bed & Breakfast in Lancaster County, PA

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Romantic B&B in Pennsylvania Countryside

When Wendy Codd decided to open a bed and breakfast, she spent months searching for the right property and location, with no luck. One Sunday morning while reading the newspaper in Baltimore, a two-line ad jumped out at her: “200-year-old house. Could make a bed-and-breakfast.” The open house was taking place later that day, so Codd made the 64-mile drive to have a look. “The house just called to me,” she says. “I had an idea of what it could be.”

She bought the five-story, Federal-style estate, rewired it, and added seven bathrooms, central air conditioning, and a slew of fireplaces. Since 1800, the house has been a private residence, an all-girls’ academy, and a general store. It’s now known as the Ascot House Bed & Breakfast and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Codd, the English-born owner and self-taught chef, is a natural host. “I love to take care of people,” she says. “I love to spoil people.” And guests at the Ascot are certainly pampered, with offerings ranging from complimentary evening hors d’oeuvres to gourmet breakfasts served on Wedgwood china. Codd cooks the morning meal herself; it typically includes homemade croissants and preserves, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, savory crepes, and a selection of fruit. With this Groupon, you can also enjoy a selection of cheeses and fruit and traditional English tea over a two-night stay, or choose between the two over a one-night stay.

The inn’s guest rooms are named after counties in Codd’s native England, such as Norfolk and Bedford. The Surrey is outfitted with a queen-size four-poster bed, a fireplace, and a two-person tub.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Crossroads of Amish Culture and Dutch Heritage

In the heart of Lancaster County’s Amish country, the quaint town of Marietta sits along the Susquehanna River. The pace of life is slow here: you’ll likely see horse-drawn buggies sharing the road with cars. Stop in to see the experienced canners at Kitchen Kettle Village blend jellies, jams, and butter from Dutch farm preserves. Or visit the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, housed in a Beaux Arts building that was once a bank. The museum’s collection includes more than 3,700 artifacts, including antique quilts.

At the Strasburg Rail Road station in Lancaster County, a coal-burning steam train whisks travelers on 45-minute rides throughout the idyllic countryside. As the locomotive rolls past farmers tending fields and cattle grazing on hay or pannenkoeken, parlor-car attendants collect cocktail orders. Across the street, more than 100 rail cars and rotating exhibits chronicle the history of the track at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

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What You Get

Stay for two with daily gourmet breakfast for two

  • Option 1: $124 for one night with English tea or a selection of cheese and fruit for two, valid for check-in Monday–Thursday (up to a $285 value)
  • Option 2: $224 for two nights with English tea and a selection of cheese and fruit for two, valid for check-in Monday–Wednesday (up to a $555 value)
  • Option 3: $274 for two nights with English tea and a selection of cheese and fruit for two, valid for check-in Friday or Saturday (up to a $555 value)

Book by: 2/15/13
Travel window: 1/1/13–6/30/13

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Amenities

  • 17 fireplaces
  • Gourmet breakfast
  • Afternoon tea
  • Library
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 2/15/13 or promo value expires
  • Valid for travel 1/1/13-6/30/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • 14-day cancellation notice or fee of 50% of applicable one-night's stay applies; 7-day notice or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in and 21 or older to drink alcohol
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 12% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Surrey and Suffolk Rooms

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Norfolk and Bedford Rooms

  • One king bed and one sofa bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest

Essex Room

  • One queen bed and one futon
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for an additional guest

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: dogs allowed only in Surrey, Suffolk, and Essex rooms for a $100 refundable deposit
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 99 miles from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • By car: about 91 miles west of Philadelphia; about 70 miles north of Baltimore

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