We offer an experience like no other
The Speedwell Forge Bed and Breakfast in Litiz, PA is steeped in the rich history of Lancaster County. Built in 1760, the main house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Speedwell Forge has not always been a Lancaster County bed and breakfast. Its story begins in 1734, when Peter Grubb, a mason, literally stumbled upon one of the largest and richest iron deposits ever found in the US. He named the area Cornwall, and he built a bloomery to smelt the ore and produce cast (or “pig”) iron. In 1742, this was replaced by the Cornwall Furnace, which is now a National Historic Landmark and offers regular tours.
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What Client’s Say
May 20, 2014
Magical. Be sure to go to the top of the hill and talk to the dark wolf. He will howl with you and when the others howl, you are lifted above the earth.
December 2, 2012
This has been a wonderful experience. What a great get away for our 23rd wedding anniversary!
Speedwell Forge is an elegant reminder of days past. Our stay in the Paymaster’s Suite was relaxing and romantic.
Spending time with the wolves was such a humbling and exciting opportunity. Every person we met who is dedicated to protecting these magnificent animals has been very friendly and eager to share the wolves’ stories. It has made our time here richer.
Delicious food! Thank you, Dawn, for opening your home to us.
We look forward to our return trip,
Nancy and John
Dawn and Darin,
I just love my time spent with the B&B and the beautiful wolves. I always loved wolves. Lynn and I will see you soon. You and Darin are kind and warm at heart people. Thanks for everything
Sharon and Lynn
Dawn and Darin
My wife and I were looking to escape the busy atmosphere of work and noise. This weekend was the perfect getaway and your bed and breakfast exceeded our expectations. Thank you for your kind hospitality and for creating such a tranquil slice of heaven. We will be returning to Speedwell in the future and we now know that we’ve discovered a home away from home
Dan and Heather
June 3, 2014
Just married 5/31/14, came to check in 6/1/14. We have been here for a day – tour last spring. Our honeymoon was held until late this summer and we had no hesitation on deciding where to spend our “mini-moon”…in peaceful Lititz, Pa with the wolves! Kathryn’s room is very elegant, natural, and the bathroom is so accommodating. Dawn and Darin are wonderful people with big hearts. You can tell they enjoy what they do, and really love their wolves. We are fortunate to have such a haven close-by to our hometown of Baltimore. We will be back soon!
Brian and Kimmy
February 25, 2013
This was a much needed get away for my boyfriend from his work. It was a surprise for him and he had no clue where we were going. The suite is wonderful, more than I could have wished for. The fireplace is grand. The tub wonderful. We loved the wolves and enjoyed walking the ground. We will be back again
Terry and Yvonne
Thanks again for another wonderful stay! Our bucket list means we will be back many times to try each and every room. Paymasters and summer Kitchen- we loved them both. Most of all we love the care of the wolves, which each and every person here shows.
Tim and Bonnie
Chesapeake Beach, MD
May 16, 2014
We are so happy to have discovered Speedwell Forge…. Loved staying in Kathryn’s room, the beautiful restoration of the house, the grounds, the out buildings, and the peaceful tranquility of the situation. And the wolves! What a unique experience to be able to watch them in all their magnificence. We will be back! Memorable
Sandra and Craig
March 30, 2013
Thank you Dawn, for the wonderful time we spent at the inn. The breakfast was 5 Star from the granola to the apple waffles. The wolves were spectacular too. You should be proud of all the accomplishments you have done- from restoring the inn to being a gourmet chef!
Joan and Bob
December 9, 2012
I am inspired by your commitment to a course overlooked by many. It was an awesome time.
Ron and ChrisAnn
December 23, 2012
Jamie and Bernard
Everything was perfect…. Down to the smallest details. Will be returning.
Steve and Michelle
Dawn and Darin,
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your wonderful property. The Whyte House cottage is both spacious and cozy. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook ourselves dinner and just enjoy a quiet evening. We also appreciated your delicious breakfast and the time you and Darin took to share with us some of the history of the mansion and the wolf sanctuary. Either would have been worth the trip to see and experience. Also, your tips on local restaurants and places to shop in Lititz and surrounding areas were very helpful. While we don’t know how you would find the time to enjoy it. You certainly have a little slice of paradise here at Speedwell Forge.
Thank you for your hospitality,
March 3, 2014 – March 10, 2014
Slept great! Beautiful room, especially the heated floor in bathroom! Love the staff! And of course the wolves!
Ed and Cassie
January 19-24 2013
Dawn and Darin,
Thank you for the best of times! The natural setting and fabulous little house was all we dreamed it would be. Your breakfasts were the icing on the cake!
Paul and Rhoda
This was our first weekend getaway together and we couldn’t be happier with our choice to stay here. The summer kitchen has been amazing and provided us with some much needed relaxation. Your breakfast was delicious, and your wolves are beautiful. Thank you for having us.
Bill and Carlee
December 3, 2012
What a wonderful treat! We came here for our 12th anniversary. The home and outbuildings are all beautiful.
After our own renovations, we have great respect for the outstanding work that has been accomplished here.
The food was fantastic, especially the coconut oatmeal cookies. We followed a recommendation to eat at Scooters and were not disappointed.
Thanks, Dawn, for sharing all of this with us!
Rebecca and Jason
What an amazing and beautiful place. It is awesome to stay in a home with so much rich history. Thank you so much for sharing your family home with all of us.
Carmen and Carolyn
February 17-20, 2013
Me and my fiancé stayed for our first time together in the Paymaster and loved it very much. I have stayed here at the B&B tow other times and they both were just as enjoyable and the best experience I have ever had. As usual the breakfasts, wolves and atmosphere were amazing. I cant wait to come back again.
Cristina and Thomas
December 29, 2012
Dawn, breakfast was fantastic and our basket was such a treat (especially the bread and brownies)! The room is so cute and cozy and we love the bathrobes. Thank you for being such a charming host, we will be back again for sure!
Many thanks & warm regards,
Laura and Cody
April 8, 2013
Outstanding B&B in a beautiful setting; friendly, informative, helpful people; excellent breakfasts and fascinating, magnificent wolves. What could be better! Looking forward to returning.
January 4, 2013
The peace…the quiet….the tranquility…what a magical escape from the rigors of daily existence. A breather we both desperately needed from the DC Area. Folks are actually NICE here!
And for now, we must return to the harshness of reality. Until our return, we will always have “the Paymaster’s Office.”
Michael and Apryll
Thank you for a lovely time – your care and thoughtfulness show in the property, the beautiful accommodations, the wonderful food, and of course the animals.
We will certainly return!
Lu Ann and Dave
March 16, 2014
Staying at the B&B has been wonderful. It is beautiful, elegant, and relaxing. Dawn is really great. It feels good to be helping support the sanctuary. Being able to go out and visit the wolves is so great. They howled beautifully. It has been a really wonderful experience. We will be back.
Vicki and Jean
December 4, 2012
Jay and Jen
Dawn and Darin,
What a wonderful week we had! Your breakfasts were delicious, the accommodations were spectacular, the wolves were entertaining and you were fabulous hosts. What a perfect way to celebrate our 10th Anniversary and milestone birthday! I will miss stargazing, the sounds of nature and the howling of the wolves. Mikale will miss it too as well as your beautiful vegetable gardens. Thank you for everything. The Whyte House is stunning and cozy. We are already thinking about another visit! Thank you so much for a fabulous second honeymoon… it was more than memorable.
Tammy and Mikale
New Hartford, NY
February 23, 2013
This was our 9th anniversary get away and ended up being far more than we had ever anticipated.
Your cooking is fantastic!! And your wolves (wolf sanctuary) were absolutely amazing. They are such an intriguing animal.
Thank you for everything. We had a wonderful (not even a good enough word to describe) stay.
Melanie and Ed
March 14, 2014
As I begin to write I look out the window and see evidence of the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and a wonderful husky snoozing or just relaxing below. My vantage point is from a restored historical house, done with care and maintained with love from one generation to the next. All is well here and Pat and I are better from our short stay. Good food, good people, in a wonderful setting. We pledge to return again with some friends.
Dane and Pat
West Berlin, NJ
March 15, 2013
It was our 4th visit to Speedwell and we enjoyed our stay just as much as our first visit. We love the peacefulness of your Inn and always have a relaxing time. Thank you for all the little details you do.
LeAnn and Lori
February 15, 2013
This was a fantastic Valentine’s Day. We had a wonderful time seeing the wolves again. We felt very welcomed. The room was incredible! Christopher asked me to marry him up on the hill, so it definitely will be a night to remember! Thanks so much!
Kayla and Christopher
December 21, 2012-December 23, 2012
Once again we had an amazing time. We are totally relaxed and ready to share Christmas with our 3 beautiful children. We relaxed and ate very well here. This is a little gem. We will return again.
Marie and Brian
February 24, 2013
Dear Dawn and family,
I can’t thank you enough for restoring this mansion and keeping the wolf sanctuary going. This place is healing. I’ve met new friends and made lasting memories. Sorry for the cheesiness, but it’s true.
The Summer Kitchen was the perfect getaway for our tenth anniversary. Thank you for a wonderful weekend
Nicole and Ted
January 26-27, 2013
This was a great surprise for my husband’s 73rd birthday. He has always been a fan of wolves and was so impressed to see the wolves protected and able to live out their lives with such dedicated caretakers. Thank you Dawn, for your welcome and care with your guests.
Frank and Shirley
Dawn and Darin,
We’ve had such a peaceful and relaxing stay. We hope to return in the winter some day to see your beautiful grounds and furry friends covered in snow.
David and Diane
Palmas del Mar, Puerto Rico
Dawn and Darin,
Love the Whyte House, beautiful, comfortable, relaxing. As always our stay was wonderful. Breakfasts were yummy. The wolves, as always, were wonderful to visit with them. Our birthday/anniversary was really extra special this year.
Thanks to the both of you for a great time and for your friendship
January 5, 2014
Again, another fabulous weekend here at Speedwell! Delicious food, exquisite accommodations, and wonderful company! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting new friends at breakfast and interesting conversations. Dawn you are a fabulous hostess! Thank you! Looking forward t coming back before end of 2014!
Nick and Amy
March 6, 2014 – March 7, 2014
You have a beautiful home. A lovely room. Thanks Grandma Kathryn! Thanks for the wolf songs- wolf cousins!
Paul and Ann
P.S. Great hosts and breakfast too!
January 12, 2013
Thank you! Great breakfast, quiet night and beautiful wolves.
Brian and Kathy
We couldn’t think of a better place to be snowed in! Thanks so much for your hospitality and suggesting an upgrade- we loved the summer kitchen! I cant wait to stay again next year.
Danielle and Bryan
Dear Dawn and Darin,
This has been such an educational and memorable experience for us! We’re celebrating our 7 year wedding anniversary and could not be happier that we chose to spend it here. Wolves have been a passion of ours for many years, we even have the tattoos to prove it! To be able to get up close and personal with these incredible creatures has been a true highlight in our lives.
There is no question that we absolutely intend on returning, and pass on information about this truly amazing place! Thank you so much for such a kind and heartwarming staff!! We cannot think of a better way to spend a weekend.
Joe and Amy
You opened your wonderful home to strangers and made us feel like being home. Your hospitality was inconceivable.
The wolves were fascinating and we have spent much of the time to watch these magnificent animals.
Thank you for this beautiful sanctuary, not only for wolves, but also for people.
The Two Sisters,
New York and Germany
May 5, 2014
Our stay was fantastic. The house and room were beautiful. Dawn and Darin were wonderful hosts. Visiting with the wolves was a great time. It was a great anniversary weekend
Tim and Andi
Dawn and Darin,
Thank you so much for a beautiful Easter weekend. We had such a wonderful, relaxing time. We felt so welcomed. We had the best neighbors howling us to sleep. The sanctuary was amazing. Thank you for sharing your beautiful property. By far this has been one of our favorite weekends in along time. We hope we are able to return!
David and Deanna
Dear Dawn and Darin,
Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. We felt so welcomed! We just loved it. It is so beautiful and restful here. Our great and wonderful “kids” gave us this wonderful gift for our anniversary. Since we live in New Jersey, we’ll be back!
Jack and Joyce
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
Wonderful weekend. The cottage was a wonderful oasis for us. We will spread the word of this place and the people who work so hard to protect it.
Jo and Eugene
May 10, 2014
Lovely, Peaceful, Tranquil, Educational… these words come to mind when one stays here. Amidst the serenity of the very grounds itself, one can be rejuvenated and perhaps discover some things about nature and her magnificent wonder.
Marc and Chrisitne
May 15, 2014
The beauty of the Inn, the beauty of the wolves, the beauty of the people, all combined to make our stay a wonderful one! The food was incredible! We are grateful and will be back!
Sandra and Juanita
January 18, 2013
We had a wonderful time! We’ll be back!
Rich and Kelly
January 6, 2013
We made it to 5 years in a row! Each year we love it more. Thank you for the amazing raw vegan food! Let’s see if I’m still doing that next year.
We really enjoyed our two night stay this year. So great to be past the new born baby stage of life. Good times, but so much work! That is why it is great to come here for a rest!
Have an awesome year and we might see you again before the next one if we make it in December again.
Sophia and Andrew
Dawn and Darin,
Thank you so much for such a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing stay! Especially thank you for the wonderful healthy breakfast. I really appreciated that! Again thank you for all you’ve done for us, we will certainly be back in the future.
Chris and Jennifer