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 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
December 9, 2012
I am inspired by your commitment to a course overlooked by many. It was an awesome time.
Ron and ChrisAnn
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
April 26, 2014
Enjoyed our stay! Loved “visiting” with the wolves. Beautiful setting to relax in. Loved reading the “new” versions of the “Three Little Pigs” Very amusing!
Ted and Carol
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,
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
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
Dear Darin, Dawn, and Dale, Patti, Denny and all the other passionate people who made our visit special,
What a passionate place to visit! From the moment we came through the gate, we just knew this was someplace special. The Whyte house décor – the very special “white cat” in the bedroom, the wood floors, the kitchen cabinets- all hand done. And the special breakfast served by the chef (herself). We will always have fond memories of our stay at Speed Well Forge!
Oh, should I mention the wolves?
May 7, 2014
Our time here went so fast. Loved the wolves and the educational tour with Dan. Dawn and Darin were very friendly and their home is beautiful. The breakfasts were super. Will recommend to our B&B friends
Fran and Sally
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
Dear Dawn and Darin,
Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality during our stay. You helped to make our anniversary and birthdays truly memorable and special in so many ways.
Two years ago, we stayed at the Summer Kitchen and this year at the Whyte House. Both were wonderful experiences and we look forward to our next visit, hoping it will come much sooner than before.
Your wolf sanctuary is so amazing and we hope that you are blessed with many more rewarding years ahead. God Bless you both for the work you do on their behalf.
Thank you once again,
Raymond and Lisa
Ridley Park, PA
February 15-17 2013
While we travel frequently, this was our first stay at a B&B. We carefully selected this one after checking many out online. We were not disappointed.
The Paymaster’s Office was both cozy and romantic. We enjoyed making our own cheese and then chocolate fondue in the kitchenette on Friday and received massages in our room, followed by a delicious filet mignon dinner prepared/served by Bill Schuler on Saturday. Both added a nice touch to our weekend!
Dawn’s breakfast was yummy both mornings! Thanks for the hospitality and a wonderful romantic weekend!
Robby and Becky
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.
February 24, 2013
The house is beautiful and everyone was so friendly. It was a different kind of atmosphere than I’m used to and I really enjoyed it. And with the wolves, they just make it all the more mystical and magical. I’ll be sure to come back.
March 11, 2013
Just enjoyed a delightful breakfast with a gracious hostess. May your efforts be valued for hundreds of years. We certainly are grateful for YOU providing us with a grand experience. BRAVO!
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
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
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
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
Dear Dawn and Darin,
Thank you for a wonderful weekend getaway! We had such a great time staying with you. The breakfasts were wonderful and the Summer Kitchen is just beautiful!
Chris and Katelyn
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
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
The Summer Kitchen was the perfect getaway for our tenth anniversary. Thank you for a wonderful weekend
Nicole and Ted
January 12, 2013
Thank you! Great breakfast, quiet night and beautiful wolves.
Brian and Kathy
April 27, 2014
It was a great stay with a really nice room, a treat breakfast and above all, the surroundings of the wolves. Keep going!
Valentine and Florence
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
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
December 12, 2012
We enjoyed ourselves immensely. It’s so beautiful here. This is such a treasure and lifted our spirits. Thanks so much. We will be back – hopefully soon!
Ginny and Ron
December 26, 2012- December 27, 2012
LOVE the room and amenities, LOVE the wolves and property (would really like to take a wolf home) LOVE the wonderful homemade breakfast and LOVE the friendly and gentle (not to mention history buff) Inn Keeper, Dawn.
Thank you so much for everything! We will be back for a stay as well as to bring our daughter for a tour. I am somewhat embarrassed to live so close to this treasure and not have known about it. Thanks for keeping our family’s history alive and well!
Terry and Lori
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
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.
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 18, 2013
We had a wonderful time! We’ll be back!
Rich and Kelly
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
Everything was perfect…. Down to the smallest details. Will be returning.
Steve and Michelle
December 4, 2012
Jay and Jen
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
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
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
December 23, 2012
Jamie and Bernard
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
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
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
Dawn and Darin,
Thank you for the wonderful stay. Our visit exceeded our expectations! The Whyte House is so beautiful and peaceful. We wish we didn’t have to leave. Thank you so much for protecting the wolves. We loved watching them for hours and hearing them howl as we were star gazing.
See you soon,
Collin and Laurel
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
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
Great staff! Love the area and walking around the wolves…Beautiful accommodations. Wonderful stay.
You and your staff are doing a GREAT job!! I’m so thankful my sisters brought me here to enjoy everything. Thank you,
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
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
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.