The SpaceThe older "farmhouse" kitchen/dining room section of this sensitively updated historic house goes back to the 1820s; the more elegant additions are Victorian--1870 to 1900. Our two BnB rooms are on the second floor of the later "front" section, directly across the hall from each other with a sense of seclusion from 'our section,' but also with easy one-flight access to the dining-room/kitchen for breakfast. Retro in feel but with A/C and other amenities, the two bedrooms look out over West Commerce St, a "gateway" access road lined with handsome Victorian homes. The main BR (first pictured) is spacious and gracious, fitted with (among other things) an old-fashioned four-poster DOUBLE-bed (please note!). It contains its own recently restyled step-down bathroom with tiled floor and shower. Larger groups or families (one or two additional adults or children) can add the twin-bedded room across the landing for an additional $50. But note that bathroom access is through the main room, so larger groups need to work out sharing and privacy. (There is another half-bath for emergencies directly downstairs, but to maintain some guest privacy we book only one family or group at a time.) Both bedrooms in themselves combine personal privacy with easy access to rest of the house. The large master BR will also accommodate a young adult or child in a roll-out bed or a baby in a collapsible crib for only $15 more, rather than pay for the full second room. (But even moving a full twin into that main BR for another adult can be arranged for an additional $25.)
PLEASE consult the calendar for higher-priced periods on holidays, etc. Guest AccessParking is off-street, in the driveway at the back of the house, which functions as our main entrance at the back patio. Guests enter through our multi-purpose "slate room" into the connected kitchen/dining room areas. From there it's straight upstairs into the guest-bedroom section of the house. These are the spaces we tend to share, along with the spacious back yard. Take your pick of breakfast in the dining room or a bit more family style in our retro kitchen--or in ideal weather even on the back patio!
We're both tourism aficionados and love to offer advice on what to see, walking, biking, driving, or boating, as well as where to go and how to get there. (Sandy and Flavia have slightly differing versions!)
Because this is our home, we're normally here when guests are, and like to make personal arrangements about the timing of your comings and goings.
More details in the "House Manual" section, if you book. Interaction with GuestsWe're available and on call as needed, but we try to give guests space too. Breakfast can be a little more private in our spacious dining room or join the chef for that cozy in the kitchen feel! As you can tell from reviews, Sandy is a great (and entertaining) breakfast short-order chef--it was his profession for a time. We both love food. Expect us to talk about it at least a little! Flavia speaks Italian and manages in French and Spanish. The NeighborhoodEven overnights sometimes include some down-time, so we are happy to accommodate those looking either for interesting ambience OR needing a quick and practical in/out.
If you're a medical professional working or interviewing in Vineland Hospital, it's only 20 minutes away. So is Millville's Motorsports Park. We're only a block from the County Court House in the heart of Bridgeton's historic district, the largest in the state, and a mile from the Rutgers Food Innovation Center. Our own historic house sits on a high bluff above the Cohansey Riverfront, just a few steps from the bridge Bridgeton was named for 300 years ago. The river, City Park, zoo and amazing (and under-appreciated) Bayshore landscapes of Down Jersey offer many choices of eco- and agri-tourism as well as historic field trips.
Nature still rules in the Cumberland County region. Birdwatching is unbelievable--starting with eagles and on down. Horseriding, canoeing, kayaking (even a sheep farm) are nearby. The Atlantic Jersey Shore beaches (including Cape May) are about an hour away. Take your pick of scenic natural resources: massive parks and protected watersheds, historic river and bayside villages, landscaping nurseries, farms and farmstands, arts and crafts, antiquing, festivals and public events.
Here in Bridgeton we're surrounded by big Federal/Victorian/Edwardian Arts/Crafts-style homes and public buildings in the West Side and Courthouse districts. (We're in the heart of the annual Bridgeton Historic Holiday House Tour in December... just use that phrase for internet look-up) . Two nearby public murals by Philly Mural Project artist Cesar Viveros-Herrera, a muralist in the great Mexican tradition, celebrate farming and industrial history. And we're more widely surrounded by some of the most interesting historic settlements in the Northeast--tribal home of the Lenni Lenape Indians, places where Swedes, Finns, Dutch, English and more have passed or settled going back to the 1600s, and what is considered the first settlement of free Blacks in the original colonies.
The past generation or two have brought hardworking Mexicans and their upwardly mobile children to the farms and nurseries, transforming Bridgeton into a bilingual city (at least bilingual; Asians and South Asians are other large minorities). We think we have some of the best Mexican restaurants in the region, two in walking distance: Las Palmas-- with a kind of funky ambience, bar and fantastic food (ask for Moses, and say we sent you) and La Cabaña, on East Commerce Street. Nearby are a couple of good pizzerias, one with sit-down service, and a Jamaican take-out restaurant. Drive about a mile to the Green Olive (privately-owned, NOT Olive Garden) with good "continental" style dining.
Back here at the Hann House, your hosts are Flavia (retired professor, writer and preservationist) and Sandy (collectibles specialist and man of many parts). We haven't wasted a minute of the ten years we've lived in South Jersey and know it better than some locals. And everybody knows us. Want fun? We know where to find it. Privacy? That too. Getting AroundThe area is relatively underserved by rapid mass transit, so if you need airport service or other transportation, let us know--we may be able to accommodate you. We have off-street parking in our large driveway. Car rental (Enterprise) is local and reasonable. Route 49 is a block away and Route 55 nearby and we're a 1/2 hour from the Delaware Memorial Bridge or the Turnpike in either direction and 3/4 of an hour from the Philly Airport. (An hour from the AC airport too, in case you're considering it.) There is a taxi service, and buses travel to Philly regularly. An area transport service handles short local travel.
We can guide you just about everywhere you want to go from here, on just about any mode including kayak! Other Things to NoteWeekday mornings during the school year school buses will climb the West Commerce Street hill outside our front windows for a few minutes (September to June--not weekends, not holidays, not in the summer). Otherwise it's amazingly quiet here (our guests tell us), and because we're so high above the road with the park virtually at our back, we're also quite sheltered for a house on a principal secondary road at the edge of the downtown. PLUS we're a block away from Route 49 with access to all of the South Jersey "Bayshore" and its extraordinary ecotourism amenities as well as every delight from the Delaware Bridge to the glorious Jersey beaches (stay here, save a LOT of money!). If you like boating or biking or birding, this is the 'gateway'! Satellite maps will show the parks, lakes and river bluffs virtually next door. (More about the area in the Description section.)