We’ve really enjoyed opening our home to guests and have received some comments which we would like to share.
Margaret H., New York, NY
Thank you for the delightful stay—and for opening your lovely home to the weary traveler.
Mary Jo S-V, Richmond, VA
Hospitality lives in PA!! We had a great time—wonderful home, great food.
Miriam G., Boston, MA
When I returned to the B&B from the sunny Swarthmore lawns, and the graduation throng eating strawberries, and standing for pictures, their arms around each other, I had lost my ride to the airport. “Cathy, how can I get a cab,” I asked co-owner, Cathy Purcell Darrell. “I’ll take you!” she said. That capped the weekend of Cathy’s and Chris’ perfect hospitality.
The first night we had walked in stale from a 9-hour car ride from Boston. It was Memorial Day weekend, and we were wedged in by three lanes of creeping traffic, heading to some shore. The last 10 miles took an hour. We arrived, pulled into the driveway, staggered carbon monoxide poisoned, from the car, and started to unload suitcases. I looked over to see that the man who had been working in the yard was at our side. He turned out to be co-owner Chris Darrell. “Let me take those in for you.” he said. We followed him into the house, hardly noticing the tree shaded yard, the wide porch and wooden rockers, or the wrap around veranda with shaded tables for sitting outside in good weather.
Our high ceiling’d bedroom had every needed thing, including a separate airbed inflated and made up comfortably. This was supplied in response to our request for separate beds so that I wouldn’t kick or snore my sister awake. The bathroom had three kinds of hand soap, bath soap, shower soap – A shower with shampoo and shower gel, plenty of pressure and water as hot as you like, and a whirlpool bath. Individual bottles of water were left each night with homemade cookies mimicking and bettering the turndown service of a hotel with a measly Hershey kiss.
Breakfast the next morning included the grapefruit juice I had requested, plus an unscheduled fresh fruit salad,
the pancakes I ordered, the strong coffee I crave, as well as an assortment of teas for my sister. Homemade
muffins were on the table with a Lazy Susan full of margarines, jams, butters, and maple syrup. It was
impossible to eat everything that looked appealing. The baking is fabulous; the healthy food is delicious.
In Cathy and Chris, you will meet the ideal hosts. You will find them to be people who love their house, enjoy
making you comfortable, enjoy good nutrition and good food, and enjoy meeting you. These qualities became
apparent in their generosity to family, our friends, guests, Swarthmore commencement celebrants, and to us.
A stay that began in grumpiness, ended in smiles and a hug from Cathy as she deposited me at US AIRWAYS.
Would I stay again? You bet!
Jelena, Nenad and Miloš I., Athens, Greece
It wasn’t “like” staying with friends, it was staying with friends.
We miss you already.
Alfred and Jeanne P., Pasadena, CA
Thanks for your generous hospitality. Your kindness made this visit to Swarthmore truly special
Yvonne and Tengchye K., Singapore
We had a lovely, homey time here and will certainly return!
Tuula and Sini M., Birmingham, AL
The cookies were wonderful and I loved the cinnamon pancakes!
Bruce, Tip and Melanie W., Atlanta, GA
The first American B&B for us—warm, friendly, great breakfast!
Felt just like home, wonderful experience.
Tomoko L., Wilmette, IL
The house is so beautiful!! I feel so welcome.
I’m sorry my husband couldn’t share such a nice stay.
Maura K., Athens, OH
Love the books.
He wants to stay longer!
It’s tough work chasing this ball