New Holland Bed and Breakfasts

You might want to stay at one of the New Holland Bed and Breakfasts if you would like to get away from the hustle and bustle and explore a timeless, small town where Amish and Mennonite values and a sense of culture run deep.

In the late 1600's, life was very difficult for the people of the Palatinate in western Germany. During the brutal Thirty Years War in Europe, many peasants lost their families, homes and towns. As a result, a great many of them fled to Holland for refuge. That is, until King Louis XIV of France started new religious persecutions in the area.

To escape the despair of these persecutions, these German men, women, and children sought a new life far away from their troubles. More than anything, they sought religious freedom, peace, and inexpensive farmland to earn a livelihood. In 1702, they began arriving in William Penn’s new colony in Pennsylvania.

New Holland was founded in 1728 by Johann Michael Dubendorfer (John Diffenderfer) of Heidelberg, Germany and populated by these settlers from Western Germany. Eventually, the town was named New Holland in honor and gratitude toward the country that had provided refuge during the religious persecutions.

From the beginning, the town was designed as a farming village. In fact, one of the earliest nicknames for the village was "Saue Schwamm" or Hog Swamp. Over the years, the town has modernized while retaining its small-town charm.

Today, in contrast, to the turbulence that led to the settlement, New Holland is a peaceful and quite town. There is a large Amish and Mennonite community and the influence can be felt strongly.

Visitors come to the town to relax in its quiet atmosphere; experience the nearby Amish and Mennonite cultures; admire the beautiful scenery; and, to take excursions to the other small towns in Eastern Lancaster County.

Harvest Moon Bed and Breakfast
311 East Main Street, New Holland, PA 17557
Phone: (717) 354.0213 or (888) 824-3763
Originally built in 1909, this New Holland Bed and Breakfast was meticulously constructed with fixtures such as transoms, stained glass windows and period hardware throughout the house.

The current hosts of the Bed and Breakfast, Carl & Marlies Kosko, bring their impressive culinary background to running this Pennsylvania Dutch country lodging by placing special emphasis on the craft, history, and understanding of fine dining.

Throughout the year, the hosts organize several different culinary events for their guests. For instance, there is the Italian Cooking Demonstration Weekend, Beer and Pretzel Tour Weekend, Holistic Cooking Weekends, and the ever popular Chocolate Demonstration and Tour Weekend. The Koskos also do Cheese and Wine Tours with an accent on the area's fine selection of quality wines and Amish Run Dairy Farms with real Cheese caves.

As for lodging, you can choose from four comfortable rooms:

  • The Macintosh Room - This room which is located towards the rear of the house has its own private entrance. There is a Queen-sized bed, all season fireplace, and a small sitting room. There is also a private bathroom with a retro theme.
  • The Cortland Room - This bright room is located towards the front of the house on the second floor. It features a slated sleigh bed with a canopy. The room does have a private bathroom but it is located across the hall.
  • The Gala Room - This is a double room, double level suite. The first level boast a Queen-sized bed and a private deck. Towards the rear of the bed, a staircase leads up to the loft providing an additional room for relaxing. There is also a private large bathroom with exposed brick and beam, jacuzzi tub and a vanity.
  • The Granny Smith Room - This is also a double room, double floor suite. It has a King-sized bed on the first level as well as a bow window. On the second level, there is a full size living room for entertaining. The private bathroom features exposed brick and beam, jacuzzi tub and a pedestal sink.

Each morning at this New Holland accommodation you will be treated to a country buffet featuring fresh cut melons, strawberries, grapefruit and bananas. Also available are baked plum cobbler, peaches and cream, apricot strudel and baked pineapple with a caramel sauce.

The buffet also has homemade muffins; baked savory rolls with Parmesan and dill or cheddar and caraway; and, cereal with plenty of toppings such as dried cranberries, toasted coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and dried pineapple. Coffee, tea, milk and specialty fruit juices are also available.

This New Holland Bed and Breakfast also serves a hot entrée each morning. Favorites such as omelets and pancakes are offered on certain days. On other days there may be dishes such as poached eggs atop puff pastry and served with a pesto sauce accompanied with a boneless smoked pork chop; or, a crab and herb crepe topped with a dill havarti cream sauce and served with smoked chicken sausage.

Richmond House
371 East Main St, New Holland, PA 17557
Phone: 717-355-0450 or 866-279-7599
This 19th century style New Holland Bed and Breakfast with dutch doors, wrought iron hardware and crystal sconces and chandelier provides a feeling of colonial country charm. Each afternoon or evening enjoy light refreshments by the fireplace in either the spacious living room or on the covered porch overlooking the gardens.

There are four comfortable guest rooms to choose from:

  • The Morning Glory Room Decorated in shades of blue and white with Lace, deep window sills, braided rugs and country quilts, this guest room has a cottage feel. This room has a large Queen-sized bed as well as a daybed. There is also a private bath.
  • The Forget-Me-NotRoom - As you pass through the archway into this room, soft yellows and greens welcome you in this room which is largest room. This room features a King-sized bed as well as a daybed, writing desk and wing chair. There is also a private bath.
  • The Elegant Rose Room - Crystal sconces, bed drapes and luxurious bedding accentuate this romantic room with an olive, gold and warm red color scheme. The room is furnished with rich dark woods and marble-topped furniture. The large Queen-sized bed is complimented by an upholstered headboard. There is a private bath with tub/shower.
  • The Hydrangea Lace Room - A country garden of hydrangea in shades of cream, sage, lavender and soft red brighten this room which overlooks the garden. The large Queen-sized bed is covered with a quilt and oak furnishings which add to its cottage atmosphere. The room also has a private bath.

Each morning a homemade breakfast is served by candlelight in the lodging's dining room. Entrees normally include an egg dish; stuffed or fruit French toast; or, pancakes. A breakfast meat is also served along with fresh fruit, toast and muffins. There is also coffee, tea, milk and juice.

Children over the age of ten are welcome. Pets are not permitted. Smoking is only allowed outdoors.

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