If you think you can handle an excessive amount of charm, then I challenge you to test yourself at The Inn at Bowman’s Hill in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Rated as one of the 10 Most Romantic B&B’s in scenic Bucks County, The Inn at Bowman’s Hill is the perfect destination for an anniversary celebration or a girls’ weekend getaway.
From the instant you arrive at the Inn and drive through the heavy, decorative iron gates, you’ll feel welcomed on the sprawling five-acre property surrounded by 30 acres of preserved forest. I spent the weekend here visiting with my mom and good friend Lisa (Good Grief Cook), and no sooner had we stepped out of the car did proprietor Michael Amery emerge from the main house to pick up our bags and greet us with fresh iced tea.
A quick tour of the grounds introduced us to the sprawling heated pool surrounded by lush landscaping, a secluded courtyard perfect for enjoying good conversation over a glass of wine and a heated, in-ground pool surrounded by day beds and umbrellas for lounging. The property is lined with apple trees, gardens and greenery to remind you that you’ve long since left city living behind.
Like many other destinations in Bucks County, the inn is also rich with history. Central to the property is the large stone manor house, built in 1978 for a doctor who not only lived there but also had his practice in the Inn’s Regal Tower Suite, which happens to be where we stayed. Perpendicular to the manor is a quaint cobblestone courtyard that leads to a carriage house that holds four more rooms.
Though the inn is often billed as a bed and breakfast, that typically conjures images of a property with shared bathrooms and breakfast tables. On the contrary, The Inn at Bowman’s Hill feels more like a boutique hotel, where each room and suite has its own private bathroom with a walk-in shower and heated Jacuzzi. All six feature king size feather beds and working gas fireplaces. The Regal Tower Suite has separate sitting area equipped with a coffee machine, mini fridge, and a second loft bedroom for families or groups of girlfriends traveling together.
Breakfast is served daily for guests. The host, originally from Cornwall, shares a bit of his heritage with what he calls: “cholesterol to go” in a traditional English breakfast cooked to order. Guests can eat at a private table with overlooking the grounds (the view is gorgeous), or in their rooms or even poolside in the summer.
A typical breakfast begins with homemade muffins with fresh seasonal fruit, yogurt, fruit and granola and choice between a few entree specials, like French toast, eggs Benedict and a signature English Breakfast: sausage, bacon, potatoes, baked beans, toast, roasted mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and eggs. The eggs could not be any fresher — they have their own chickens on the property and guests even have the option of gathering the eggs, which, honestly, is just not something you get to do when you live in a city.
Nearby attractions include the restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries in New Hope and the popular walk along the river and Delaware Canal. Further out, you’ll find nearly a dozen nearby wineries along the Bucks County Wine Trail, along with restaurants and shops in both Doylestown and Peddler’s Village.
The bottom line: if you live in New York or Philadelphia and you’re looking for a scenic getaway outside of the urban hustle and bustle, this is it. If you live farther out (say, in Chicago…) and you simply want to experience a new piece of an area you might otherwise overlook, The Inn at Bowman’s Hill is the perfect place to hang your hat in between outings to restaurants, wineries, antique shops and farms.
For more information, call 215-862-8090 or visit their website at: theinnatbowmanshill.com.
The Inn at Bowman’s Hill graciously provided me with a two-night complimentary stay in conjunction with Visit Bucks County. They did not require me to write a review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.