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The Gables
Bed and Breakfast

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Winner of The Historical Society's
Outstanding Preservation Award

Over the last decade, this beautiful home has undergone extensive renovations and restoration to become one of the finest Bed and Breakfasts in Philadelphia.

Winner of Philadelphia Magazine's
Best of Philly Award 1996
"Best Urban Getaway"

Featured in the December 2002 issue of Victorian Homes Magazine

The Gables is nestled in the middle of Philadelphia in a section known as University City. This is a residential community developed around the turn of the last century. It boasts an eclectic grouping of Victorian homes and Edwardian townhouses.  

The University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and Drexel University are all nearby as are the University Hospital, Children's Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, Scheie Eye Institute and the Civic Center.

University City's location makes it a neighborhood for people from all walks of life, many of whom not only live but also work in the area. The easy access to public transportation makes center city only minutes away. Philadelphia's Convention Center, downtown shopping, and the historic sites can all be reached in less than 15 minutes.

The Gables was designed by prominent Philadelphia architect Willis Hale in 1889 and became the home for the Egan family from its construction until about 1936. This exuberant red brick 16 room Queen Anne Victorian sits convenient to transportation on the corner of Chester Avenue at 46th Street in the University City section of Philadelphia.

The home features natural chestnut and cherry woodwork throughout the first floor sitting rooms, grand entry hall and large dining room. Guests may relax and socialize in these rooms decorated in period furnishings. Each day homemade muffins, fruit, cereal and other breakfast goodies are served along with juice, coffee, and hot tea.

Guests are often found sitting on the magnificent wrap-around porch or in the garden reading the morning paper or perhaps a good book selected from the many available throughout the house. The yard with its ever blooming perennial garden is a favorite spot shaded by a stately old Norway maple and blossoming dogwood, Japanese cherry, crab apple and magnolia.

Each guest will be delighted in the comfort and beauty of the lavishly furnished and sparklingly clean rooms.

Most rooms have private baths and some even have working gas fireplaces to add an ambiance of romance.

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The gleaming oak floors with intricate inlays invite guests into the warm, welcoming rooms. Oriental style carpets accentuate the rich pallet of color chosen for the walls.

The owners and innkeepers Don Caskey and Warren Cederholm are dedicated to making your stay in their home as comfortable and gracious as you might expect when you step back into the era of Victorian Splendor.

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Rooms and Rates

Room rates range from $115 to $185 depending on room and number of people. Rates include off-street parking on the premises and a full breakfast. All the rooms have private phones, cable television, cd player, VCR, alarm clocks, hair dryers, fine linens and plush towels. Guests can access e-mail and the internet through either the available wireless network or by using the phone for dial-up access. A computer station is also set up for guests to use who are not traveling with their personal laptop

**  The Victorian Suite Once the master bedroom of the house, this room is our most romantic with a queen sized canopy bed draped in white lace, an elegantly carved armoire, rotating library cabinet, and high backed dresser. A floral wallpaper graces the walls and oriental rugs cover the floors. In 1901 a large bathroom and glassed in sitting area was added. We've filled this enclosed porch with plants and wicker furniture to create a private little reading and conversation nook. The bathroom still has the original soaking tub and a large 4-legged sink.

**  The Tower Room   The turret windows and working gas fireplace fill this room with warmth and elegance. It has a queen-sized brass bed, oak armoire and dresser, and marble top washstand along with a Victorian parlor set upholstered in a gold damask fabric. There is a sink en chambre and a private toilet and shower.

**  The Garden Room Aptly named as this room overlooks the side yard gardens. It has a high backed Victorian full sized bed, mahogany armoire with mirrors, a comfortable Morris chair and tapestried rocker. The private attached bathroom has a glassed in shower and is wallpapered in a floral print to match the room.

**  The East Room A striking full-sized antique brass bed sits at an angle to complement the corner decorative tiled fireplace. Set in front of the fireplace is a comfortable reading chair. An old RCA Victrola, oak armoire and dresser complete this room. There is a sink in the room, the bathroom is down the hall, shared with the South Room.

**  The South Room Two twin antique brass beds sit on both sides of a magnificent mirrored fruitwood armoire. A Civil War era sofa, Eastlake style tall mirrored dresser, barrister cabinet, drop leaf table with chair, and lots of windows make this room a treasure chest of antiques. This room shares the adjacent hall bathroom with the East Room.

*** The Blue Willow Room An antique wrought iron table with chairs set in the turret makes it hard to resist sitting still for a moment to gaze out the windows through the delicate white lace. The lady and gentlemen's chair adorning the fireplace also bids one to take time to sit back in style. This room has a queen-sized bed, a hope chest and uniquely styled armoire. There is an attached bathroom with shower. The sink is located in an alcove of the room. A large collection of imported plates fills the walls with fascinating scenes.

*** The Country Willow Room This room is home to a collection of country Victorian antiques that you might find in grandma’s attic. There is a grand four poster queen sized bed, an oak armoire and dresser, an ornate rocker, lots of quilts and everyone's favorite—an upholstered chaise lounge. The attached bathroom with shower is tiled in white marble.

*** The Library Along with lots of books, this room has an upholstered sofa and platform rocker on which to relax and read. The oldest piece of furniture in the house—a New England blanket chest dating to the early 1800’s and a full-sized brass bed makes this room cozy and comforting. An attached bathroom with shower is tiled in white marble.

*** The Egan Room This room is named for the family who first owned the house back in 1889. It is wallpapered in a classic blue and white toile print and furnished with a wrought iron full-sized bed, pine armoire, dresser and comfortable chair. There is a sink en chambre. A private bath includes a clawfoot tub with shower, located adjacent to the room in the hall.

*** The Christmas Room This spacious room has a hutch and other shelves brimming full with toys and old Christmas cheer. Two overstuffed chairs sit in front of an electrified Ben Franklin style stove. There is a mahogany armoire and dresser, a queen-sized four poster bed and antique occasional furniture to complete the room. This room has a private attached bathroom with shower.

**   -  2nd floor
*** -  3rd floor

All rates and furnishings are subject to change.

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General Information

  • Check out time is 11 AM unless other arrangements are made prior to departure.
  • Prices include a full breakfast; special dietary needs can be accommodated.
  • Each room has a private telephone with answer machine for incoming and outgoing calls and easy hookup to the internet.
  • We now have wireless DSL
  • All reservations must be made by calling (215) 662-1918. A credit card with expiration date or a deposit in hand is needed to confirm all reservations. Any changes or cancellations must be made by noon two days prior to your intended stay. Earlier notice of one week or one month or longer may be required during certain peak times and for special events. If this is the case, you will be notified when placing the reservation. Failure to comply with this cancellation policy will result in a charge for the full amount of the stay unless the room can be booked.
  • Other room amenities include cable television, alarm clocks, air conditioning, and individual heat control.
  • Beverages and ice are provided.
  • A refrigerator and microwave is available for guest use.
  • Free off-street parking is located on the premises.
  • A roll away bed may be added to some of the rooms to accommodate another person for an additional $15 charge.
  • Long term stays at special rates may be possible during certain seasons
  • A no smoking policy throughout the house is strictly enforced
  • Pets are not permitted
  • We recommend children over six years old

Prices are subject to change and should be verified at time of reservation.

The Gables
Bed and Breakfast

4520 Chester Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 662-1918
Email: gables@gablesbb.com
Home Page: www.gablesbb.com
Innkeepers: Don Caskey and Warren Cederholm

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