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Gracious Old Home (Thomas More Rm.)

Private room in bed and breakfast hosted by Richard
1 guest1 bedroom1 bed1 private bath
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One of six available bedrooms in a large, stately, quiet home in Hollidaysburg. Five miles from Altoona. Private bathroom with shower. Fine breakfast with freshly ground coffee included. No in-room TV, but there's high-speed Wi-Fi. Ceiling fan, window AC.

The space
This enormous Second Empire home is full of nooks & crannies to explore. There are six large bedrooms to choose from, each with a private full washroom. There is a large dining room, a parlour and an even larger "great room", with 12-foot pier mirrors and a baby grand piano, we use for receptions and recitals.

Guest access
There's no TV on offer here, but we have high-speed internet. Plenty of books and periodicals, too, with interesting places to sit and read. We also have many folk instruments - guitars, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers - around the house that guests are welcome to play.

Other things to note
LANGUAGES: We are multilingual. We can communicate in French, Mandarin and Hindi.

FOOD: Our breakfast is made from mostly certified organic ingredients. Most basics like milk, eggs and butter are organic. Sourcing things like organic cheese, turkey bacon and bread is more difficult where we are, but we do our best to ensure quality.

We are very sensitive to dietary restrictions of any kind. Just tell us in advance, and we can provide a full scrumptious breakfasts that are suitable for vegans, lacto-ovo vegetarians, diabetics, and those on gluten-free, low-carb or low-fat diets.

We pay close attention to every ingredient. We do not serve any processed food. We don't eat beef or pork and don't generally serve them, but if you require them in your breakfast diet, please let us know in advance and we will accommodate you. We do serve turkey products and, occasionally, seafood, but we maintain separate utensils for vegetarians.

MUSIC: The house has many folk instruments, especially mountain dulcimers, that guests are welcome to play. There's a baby grand piano, kept tuned a half-step down, that is missing some ivory skins but is nonetheless a joy to play. There are also guitars, fiddles, citeras, a nyckelharpa, a sitar and various other folk instruments from around the world.
One of six available bedrooms in a large, stately, quiet home in Hollidaysburg. Five miles from Altoona. Private bathroom with shower. Fine breakfast with freshly ground coffee included. No in-room TV, but there's high-speed Wi-Fi. Ceiling fan, window AC.

The space
This enormous Second Empire home is full of nooks & crannies to explore. There are six large bedrooms to choose from, each with a p…
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Free parking on premises
Wifi
Dryer
Washer
Air conditioning
Heating
High chair
Breakfast
Free street parking
Smoke alarm

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Hollidaysburg is a small town about five miles from Altoona, PA, a once-bustling railroad town that's been in decline since long before American steel mills started to close.

Hollidaysburg has always been relatively prosperous. Many stately old homes built soon after the civil war are found on tree-lined Allegheny Street, and our home is among the nicest of them. But even the more modest areas of town are well-kept, quiet and safe. It's well worth exploring the town by foot or cycle.

The pedestrian-friendly downtown, called "The Diamond", has managed to survive and still has small neighborhood shops. There are several restaurants and three coffee shops on Allegheny Street, all within brief walking distance of our B&B.

This is a town where many people attend church. There are churches of virtually every Christian denomination, including two Catholic churches. The closest synagogue is in Altoona, and the closest Quaker meeting house is in State College.
Hollidaysburg is a small town about five miles from Altoona, PA, a once-bustling railroad town that's been in decline since long before American steel mills started to close.

Hollidaysburg has always…

Hosted by Richard

Joined in September 2009
  • 186 Reviews
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Retired journalist.
During your stay
We have two kids of our own to look after, so we won't be in anyone's hair. We will serve guests a very nice breakfast, better than you'll find anywhere else in the area. We use fresh ground Quartermaine coffee, turkey bacon, fresh fruit and organic free range eggs.
We have two kids of our own to look after, so we won't be in anyone's hair. We will serve guests a very nice breakfast, better than you'll find anywhere else in the area. We use fr…
Richard is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Languages: 中文 (简体), English, Français, हिन्दी
  • Response rate: 100%
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House rules
Check-in: 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
No smoking
No pets
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Carbon monoxide alarm
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