Hartzell House Bed & Breakfast, a casually luxurious 7000-square-foot B&B in Addison, PA, is a handsome example of a Carpenter Gothic Victorian fused seamlessly with Craftsman style. Our lodging accommodations are comfortably appointed throughout with furnishings chosen to pamper and please our discerning guests, and we have added high quality, HEPA air filters to our common areas and guest rooms for extra peace of mind. In the historic west wing, built by Judson Hartzell c1870, the original structure has been carefully renovated and expanded to retain the flavor of the era, while enhancing the measure of technical necessity and environmental comfort.
Downstairs you will find the spacious parlor is well appointed with plush upholstered seating, unique antiques, and original artwork and ceramics; a peaceful room in which to enjoy the company of friends or relax in quiet contemplation by the fireside. Hidden in a discrete cabinet made from the original interior shutters is a media center, and more than 100 videos and DVDs of various venues are available for your viewing (Our viewing selections are compliant with the federal video piracy laws through our umbrella policy under the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation). Or just sit back and enjoy the artistic, naturally inspired vignettes that encompass the room. Rounding out this wing is a well-stocked library and business center, a private dining room, and a kitchenette with plenty of snacks and drinks available 24/7.
This wing holds three restful guest rooms, all outfitted with comfortable, high-quality beds and fine linens. These rooms are uniquely decorated with specialty finishes, original art, and antiques. This wing houses our more economical offerings, the Traveler’s Room with a private bath, and the Teacher’s and Trapper’s, which each have in-room vanities and share a spacious, detached hall bath. We supply plush robes and all healthy and organic toiletries for your convenience.
East Wing Parlor
The handicap accessible East Wing, built in 2005, has a distinct flair of its own. While blending quite nicely with the original 1870 structure, it gives a nod to the Craftsman era with its spacious Bungalow inspired interiors. The main level common area has built-in bookcases filled with a variety of reading material and DVDs. The furniture has a masculine vibe; a roomy leather sofa and chair, two cozy armchairs that flank the gas fireplace, a large satellite TV, and a tall, pub-style table that waits to accommodate a spirited game of skill or chance. On this level you will find a small kitchenette with a sink, refrigerator, and microwave for guest convenience, and cupboards stocked with hot and cold beverages and snacks.
This wing is home to three roomy guest suites, all with memory foam mattresses, full, private baths, and en-suite seating areas. These comfortable rooms are fully equipped with amenities designed to delight the discriminating traveler. Our street-level Patriot’s Suite is quite large and fully handicap accessible, with a spacious, barrier-free shower. Upstairs, the Artist and Angler suites share an ample landing, where snack baskets offer midnight munchies. Both of these spacious rooms have private baths, small refrigerators and individual heating and cooling controls. A 2018 addition to these spaces are Smart TVs, so our guests may retire to the comfort of their rooms and enjoy their Hulu, Netflix and music accounts in privacy. Don’t be deceived by the angled 8′ ceilings, the rooms were intentionally designed that way, and offer enough headroom for our taller-than-average guests!
The east wing connects to the great room through our airy sunroom (a winter jungle, as we shelter our potted Tropicals and a twelve-foot tall Ficus tree here during the ski season), a perfect spot to sit and read, or wander out onto the deck that overlooks our backyard spaces or access our artful courtyard, a perfect spot to dine from late Spring through Autumn.
The Great Room
The Hartzell House Bed & Breakfast great room is the hub of activity for the B&B. This 33 x 20 room houses our beautiful pool table and on the side adjoining our kitchen can accommodate seating for 20. Here we serve our two-course, made-to-order, gourmet breakfasts each morning and enjoy the company of those guests who want to engage in a game of pool, watch a bit of sports or a current movie, or just mingle over a complimentary glass of wine or cup of tea and chat while we prep meals. This room is an excellent small venue facility for intimate receptions of up to 30, celebrations, or reunions, when Hartzell House Bed & Breakfast is booked in its entirety. Ask us about catering your next small event!
Hartzell House Bed & Breakfast has several guest friendly, outdoor spaces including an intimate courtyard, a three-level, multi-functional deck, an elevated grassy area for lawn games and yoga, and a fire pit, perfect for taking advantage of our complimentary S’mores kits or sharing a glass of wine. We are dedicating the 2018 year to quietly completing our backyard buildings and spaces, and hope to have the landscaping and outdoor rooms completed by the Fall. Come see our progress, and ask about our working vacation deals. If you know your way around a shovel, rake, or hammer, we have a place for you!
Kitty and David both have backgrounds in food, art, and construction, and between the two of them have the skills and experience that enabled them to design and build the 5000-square-foot addition that became Hartzell House Bed & Breakfast in 2006.
Kitty is a free spirit who grew up on the coast of California and as a young adult owned a silk-screen shop and a house painting business that blossomed into a career as a designer and professional home-organizer.
Analytical David spent his youth working and learning under the exacting eye of his father, a home builder on the south side of Chicago. He completed both plumbing and carpentry apprenticeship programs, then went on to gain his journeyman status and general contractors license.
The two came together in a military town in the desert of central California and formed a small design–build construction company, which gave them a tribe of imports with whom to mingle, celebrate, and enjoy culinary exploits. They structured a life together and thrived happily until the majority of their clientele of scientists, developers, and engineers were relocated to Naval Air Station Patuxent River on the other side of the continent, leaving the small town surrounding China Lake Naval Weapons Center with a 30% vacancy rate and no one in need of their particular skill sets.
David at that point chose to expand his options and pursue a Masters in Construction Management. He was picked up by a company that gave him his first taste of the Hospitality industry – he spent the next few years building prisons across the United States. In 2000, this brought the couple and their two children to southwestern Pennsylvania for a prison project that was to last 18 months; the perfect duration to revive and resell a stately but dilapidated, 1870 Victorian beauty which they then purchased. So the work commenced.
In the meantime, David was granted three subsequent projects within a comfortable driving distance and their time in the beautiful Southern Laurel Highlands was extended considerably. By the time the company was finally ready to move the family to New York, the children had become teenagers, and as entrenched and enmeshed in their lives as teenagers tend to become. Concurrently, it was discovered that Kitty’s dad- alone in California – could no longer safely care for himself. So a plot was hastily hatched to make a life for all of them in the remote wilds of Pennsylvania, and Hartzell House Bed & Breakfast was born.
Fast forward 12 years to 2018, and you will find the couple living and loving the dream they didn’t know they had; enjoying guests from every corner of the world who come first to visit Fallingwater, then often return to explore the resource rich bounty of this beautiful tri-state region (or just sit and replenish). Now they spend their time working on the inn, dreaming up recipes, cooking creatively, making art and artsy furniture, and feeding their souls on varied world views and conversations that stimulate open minds and deep thoughts.
… And making friends, which they say is the greatest benefit of all.