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Our Pennsylvania country inn is a federal-style brick farmhouse built between 1800 & 1810 by Gen. John Miller.  In the past 200 years, the property served as a dairy farm, a horse breeding facility and a stop on the underground railroad.  For the past 20 years our house has been a bed and breakfast. 

We invite you to relax and unwind in our den during your stay with us.  The den area once sat separate from the house as the "Summer Kitchen" and was said to have been a hiding place for runaway slaves - a stop on the Underground Railroad.  Under the wood floor runaway slaves hid while trying to escape slavery in the south to find freedom in northern states. 

Our big comfy couch and ottoman provide plenty of room for you to relax and unwind by the fire, read or watch TV.  Make some popcorn,  select a movie from our collection and enjoy a night at the inn.  We also have plenty of information on Carlisle area attractions, area restaurant menus, and maps of touring areas and walking/hiking routes.

Our living room is the perfect spot for quiet conversation or reading. 

Wake up to the aroma of coffee, bacon or fresh bread!   Guests receive a delicious gourmet breakfast served in the dining room. Breakfast is served at your convenience from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. most mornings.

Our patio at the back of the house is the perfect place to enjoy a summer breakfast or relax and read a book on a sunny afternoon. Enjoy the beautiful view of our historic stone barn and horses grazing in the pastures. 

Have your morning coffee on our front porch in a rocker or the porch swing.  This is the best place to relax and enjoy the morning sunlight.  On summer evenings the lightning bugs (fireflies) put on a spectacular show as they light up the night.  

The style of our stone barn is of interest to historians as this type of barn was built in our area only in the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. It is believed that the original section of the barn was constructed prior to building the house.  The vertical ventilation slits are wider on the inside than the outside of the wall to enable early settlers to have a wide angle for shooting.

We invite you to enjoy our gardens, stroll around the island, and walk our labyrinth.  Emerson said, "the earth laughs in flowers".  We hope you feel relaxed and rejuvenated in the beauty and serenity of our quiet spaces.  Our butterfly garden is specially planted to attract various butterflies and serves as a site for monarchs to lay their eggs.  Our gardens contain both perennial and annual flowers, various trees and grasses.  In early spring, crocuses, daffodils, and tulips will greet you - despite the remaining snow on the ground.   During the summer months, flowers abound from every corner of our property.  Finally, you are welcome to visit our vegetable gardens where we grow various lettuces, peppers, squash, tomatoes and root vegetables.  We do our best to practice 'farm to table'.

Across from the inn is Crystal Lake - a spring fed pond complete with a footbridge to a small island.  Our pergola on the island is a favorite spot for weddings in Carlisle, PA.  The island has been landscaped to reflect a more natural environment.  Bring some binoculars and rest on a bench at the pond - it's a great place for bird watching.  You may see a snowy egret, great blue heron, green heron, geese, doves, ducks and other birds that are drawn to this habitat.

For a quiet, meditative experience, we invite you to walk our Labyrinth.  It offers an opportunity to shed the cares and worries of everyday life.  Labyrinths have been known to the human race for over 4000 years.  The oldest is thought to be the Cretan Labyrinth – the type of design used here at Pheasant Field B&B.