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.
READ MORE OF OUR HISTORY
What Client’s Say
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
December 9, 2012
I am inspired by your commitment to a course overlooked by many. It was an awesome time.
Ron and ChrisAnn
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
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
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
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
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
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
December 27 2012- December 31, 2012
Wow! This place has all we dreamed about and more! Frank had never experienced snow, and….we got a lovely 4” dusting on Saturday, which was so magical and all the more special, as it was the first for him. The scenery is a snap shot out of Currier and Ives, and a true winter wonderland.
This lovely charming and oh so comfortable cottage is perfectly situated in an area of incredible peace and tranquility….in addition to the expected physical rejuvenation, there is also a spiritual reconnection with nature. And the wolves with their hauntingly beautiful howls, made this all the more spectacular.
Kudos to Dawn for providing such a fantastic and well appreciated cottage, where every need is met. The breakfast in the formal dining room was a true treat to be served. We also loved the hot tub and oh so warm fireplace. What a fantastic way to bring in the new year! Thank you Darin and Dawn, and the wolves for a fabulous experience!
Carrie and Frank
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