Convenient to University and Center City

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Last updated: 08/20/2014

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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Near Universities, convenient to center city, easy access to public transportation, free parking on the premises, green space abounds. All this can be yours in this delightful neighborhood bed and breakfast while you are still in the midst of the city.

A number of great new local restaurants have opened just a few blocks away that are attracting people from all over the city.
Choose from Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Indian, American, Mediterranean, Gourmet--just about every cuisine.

Visit the Farmers Market for fresh produce and baked goods in the park every Thursday and Saturday.

Queen sized bedroom with its own private bathroom or a room with two twin beds to which a roll away may be added to accommodate a third person. Cable television, dvd, vcr, phone, alarm clock radio, hair dryer, toiletries. High quality linen with embroidery, plush cotton towels and terry cloth robes.

A pantry stocked with beverages, cookies and more includes a refrigerator and microwave.

This home is decorated in beautiful antiques that date back to the age of the home, nearly 125 years. The modern amenities that have been added makes this an unforgettable experience.

Keywords: room, lodging, B&B, inn, hotel, suite, Bed and Breakfast, accommodations, guest house, tourist house, stay

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Property Type

  • House
  • 6500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Bed And Breakfast
  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Oscar does not do well with other pets in the house....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    All our bedrooms are located on the second or third floor....moreless

Bedrooms: 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Garden Room: 1 double

    2nd floor, private attached bathroom with shower....moreless

  • East Room: 1 double

    2nd floor, sink in the room, shared hall bathroom...moreless

  • Country Willow Room: 1 queen

    3rd floor, private attached bathroom with shower...moreless

  • Library: 1 double

    3rd floor, private attached bathroom with shower...moreless

  • Egan Room: 1 double

    3rd floor, sink in roo, private hall bathroom tub/shower...moreless

  • Victorian Suite: 1 queen

    2nd floor, full bath, glass enclosed sitting porch...moreless

  • The Tower Room: 1 queen

    2nd floor, private bathroom with shower, gas fireplace...moreless

  • The Blue Willow: 1 queen

    3rd floor, private bathroom with shower, gas fireplace...moreless

  • South Room: 2 twin/ single

    2nd floor, a third bed may be added, shared hall bath...moreless

  • Regent Room: 2 twin/ single

    3rd floor, a third bed may be added, private bath ...moreless

  • All bedrooms have cable television, WiFi, alarm clocks, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, bathrobes, a basket of toiletries, plush cotton towels, and embroidered linens on the bed. Each is air conditioned and each has its own separate heat control as well. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 9

    8 rooms with private baths,East and South Rooms share...moreless

  • The Victorian Suite has a full bath with tub/shower combination. The Egan Room has a sink in the room and a private hall bathroom with tub/shower combination. The East and The South Room share a hall bathroom with shower. The East has a sink in the room, The South does not. All other rooms have a private en suite bathroom with shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • A beautiful collection of antique furniture throughout the entire house, but with modern upgrades to make living easy and comfortable in the 21st century....moreless


  • Music Library:

    piano, pump organ, classical music played throughout the day in the living and dining rooms....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    over 60 channels of cable tv...moreless

  • Television:

    Each bedroom has cable tv, some with vcr and dvd player....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    extensive dvd and vcr library...moreless


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The Gables is in a neighborhood surrounding the Univ of PA. Free parking on the premises with public transportation right in front of the house. Center city is just 12 minutes away, the univ just 5...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking


  • Dining:

    A full breakfast is served every morning from 8-9:30 AM. Muffins and fruit are available earlier. Coffee and tea is ready by 7:00 AM the rest of breakfast is served at 8:00...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Unit a/c is in each bedroom, central air is in the common space. ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Please ask the innkeeper....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    There is a desk top computer for our guests along with a printer....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    The Blue Willow Room and The Tower Room have a working gas fireplace. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The house is kept at 68 degrees. Each bedroom has its own space heater if you like it warmer....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    100% cotton sheets and towels. Our pillow cases are all hand embroidered, just as the Victorians would have done. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    2 common living rooms are available for the relaxation and entertaining of our guests....moreless

  • Parking:

    Space for 6-8 cars are available on the premises. Free street parking. Be certain to note the parking restriction signs as some places are time limited. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    6-8 cars on the premises...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Guests may ask for a phone to be set up in their room....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    100% plush cotton towels to match the room....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    For long term stays, washing accommodations may be provided. Please ask the innkeeper....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    The wireless network works throughout the house, porch and garden area. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    K cup machine with decaf and regular coffee available 24 hours. Hot water for tea. Assort herbal, green and black teas. ...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave:

    Located in the first floor pantry....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    K cup coffee machine, hot water for tea, microwave, refrigerator with beverages, cookies, pretzels, microwave popcorn, paper plates and utensils. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    The refrigerator is in the common area on the first floor. It is stocked with soda, water and other beverages. Ice is in plentiful supply....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    There is a place to secure bikes. Please ask the innkeeper...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    picnic tables, chairs, and a hammock...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    side yard garden and patio...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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1 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 16.5%


Rates range for double occupancy range from $125-$185 + tax. On certain peak times rates range from $150-$225. The University of Pennsylvania's Commencement Weekend has special top season rates and a special confirmation policy.

All rates are subject to change until the time of confirmation.

We accept payment by cash, credit card, gift certificate, travelers check, bank check at time of check in. A reservation must be confirmed with credit card information at the time of booking.

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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 76
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Indian, Asian
50 Miles
Nearest Ski
Pocono Mountains
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
Ocean City, NJ

Car: Not Necessary

Philadelphia has many schools, universities, hospitals, libraries and museums--all in easy access by car or public transportation. The historic area and the Art Museum, Barnes Foundation are about 20 minutes away. The Mutter Museum and Franklin Institute about 15 minutes.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1993

About the owner: Don and Warren began restoring this beautiful home over 20 years ago. It has operated as a bed and breakfast since the day they moved in. Don is from northern Pennsylvania and Warren from Connecticut. When they met both knew that they wanted to restore houses, the added benefit of restoring The Gables has been meeting all the wonderful people that have stayed in the past and continue to come back year after year. The University of Pennsylvania has been a great source of international people which keeps conversation at the breakfast table fascinating. Don and Warren were married in the spring of 2013 in upstate New York about 1/2 hour from where Don grew up. We love the mountains and plan on retiring to the area. We also have a cottage outside of Gettysburg which is our retreat from the city. We both get complete enjoyment from singing with our church choir. We belong to a very progressive center city church, you will often find us feeding the hungry of the city or working toward bringing human rights to our community and world. Racial, ethnic, economic and sexual diversity has become the treasure in our lives that we most cherish.

Why the Owner Chose Spruce Hill, Philadelphia, PA, USA:
The Gables is situated in a very eclectic neighborhood of wonderful Victorian homes, many have been restored, some still need love. It is a community of all kinds of people--young students, retired, new families, empty nesters, rich, poor, straight, gay, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Jew, Christian, Muslim, believers and non-believers, blue collar and executives. And it all works!!! We love the diversity. We love old homes. We love Philadelphia with all the opportunities for theater, music, the arts. There are so many museums and cultural events and they are all so easy to get to either by car or public transportation. Nothing is too far away.

The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
The Gables is a big Victorian home on six city lots, so there is extra green space. We have a garden in the side yard with hammock and sitting areas. The extra property also provides parking for 6-8 cars and if that is full, there is free street parking. Not all bed and breakfasts offer a full breakfast each morning, however, at The Gables you will find a complete breakfast every day of the week. We offer muffins and fruit, juice, coffee and tea along with a vegetarian hot dish of some sort. Meat or fish is served on the side. There is always an assortment of cereal, breads, jam and yogurt.

Contact us

Speaks: english



  • The Gables in the Philadelphia spirit

    The Gables in the Philadelphia spirit

  • Fourth of July

    Fourth of July

  • The South Bedroom with twin beds

    The South Bedroom with twin beds

  • The East Bedroom

    The East Bedroom

  • A winter snow storm

    A winter snow storm

  • The Dining Room

    The Dining Room

  • Oscar with our guest from Norway

    Oscar with our guest from Norway

  • Springtime in University City

    Springtime in University City

  • Dr. Egan's Room

    Dr. Egan's Room

  • Seating on the front porch

    Seating on the front porch

  • The Blue Willow Room

    The Blue Willow Room

  • Breakfast is served 8:00 till 9:30

    Breakfast is served 8:00 till 9:30

  • Oscar ready for the 4th of July

    Oscar ready for the 4th of July

  • The side yard

    The side yard

  • The Tower Guest Room

    The Tower Guest Room

  • Breakfast with French Toast and Ham

    Breakfast with French Toast and Ham

  • The holidays

    The holidays

  • Christmas at The Gables

    Christmas at The Gables

  • Oscar in his red sweater

    Oscar in his red sweater

  • The Victorian Suite master bedroom

    The Victorian Suite master bedroom

  • The entrance foyer

    The entrance foyer

  • The Garden Room

    The Garden Room

  • The Dining Room

    The Dining Room

  • Oscar waiting for attention

    Oscar waiting for attention

VRBO #367199

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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