1833 Umpleby House Bed & Breakfast Inn

    111 West Bridge Street, New Hope, Bucks County, PA

    Tel: (215) 862-2520

   Email: info@1833umplebyhouse.com

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Inn History

New Hope's Umpleby House Bed and Breakfast Inn is a Classic Revival plaster-over-stone manor house, listed on the Registry of Historic Places.  The stately Bucks County home was built in 1833 by William Umpleby, New Hope�s prominent mill owner.  He built the current structure on top of a pre-Revolutionary War era foundation.  

The original structure served as a headquarters house for 6 years for General Washington's Continental Army and its surrounding acreage served as a bivouac site for over 1200 men for 10 days just prior to Washington's famous crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Eve, 1766.  That site, one mile south of New Hope, is now the internationally famous Washington Crossing State Park. 

A Victorian-era addition was added to the rear in the late 1880s by owner Colonel Buckley. Your hosts, Carl and Nadine Glassman purchased and renovated Umpleby House in 1985 converting it to the 8 bedroom upscale, luxury inn it is now.  They also added the fanciful three-tier Victorian porches in 2001.

UmplebyBackW.jpg (38575 bytes)The spirits of Colonel Buckley and Mr. Black, Mill foreman under original owner Umpleby, can still be seen and heard throughout the Inn.

We are located on the Express Bus Line to NYC and are open year 'round!  To make an online Reservation Request, click here

Days begin with a generous home baked breakfast and ends with a tot of Carl's secret-recipe Almond Liquor and chocolates at your bedside.  Coffee is available at 7 am and breakfast is served daily from 8:30 - 9:45 am on Wedgwood china, of course, in the Wedgwood's expansive Breakfast Room (we have tables for 2, 4 and groups of 8) and on our covered Victorian Porch.  If you prefer, you may request Breakfast delivered to your guest room or your private porch (with advance notice).   An early Breakfast Tray can also be arranged in advance. 

To view some of our most requested recipes, click here.

The Guest Pantry is accessible 24/7.  A refrigerator, hot and cold beverages, just-baked goodies, hard candies and fresh fruit are available throughout the day.  Afternoon Tea is served on Saturdays and Holiday Sundays. 

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  • Wide Pumpkin Pine Floors

  • 26" Thick Walls

  • Deep Set Windows

  • 8 Guest Rooms
       7 with Queen Beds
       1 with King Beds
       3 Jacuzzi Suites
       5 with Fireplace
       5 with Private Porches

  • Private Baths en Suite

  • Child Friendly (limited)

  • Pet Friendly (limited)

  • Pool and Tennis Privileges*

  • View of Fields, Creek &
    Wooded Hillside

  • 2 acres of Lush Lawn, Flowering Gardens, Brick Paths and a Gazebo

  • Smoke-Free Environment

  • Off-Street Parking

  • Meeting Room for 3-30

  • Common Room Exclusively for House Guests

  • In Historic District, just two blocks from Town Square

  • Open Year Round

  • Continental Plus Breakfast

  • Guest Refrigerator & Pantry

  • Cable TV (8 of 8 rooms, some with DVD players)

  • In-room Telephones with Voicemail

  • Wireless Internet Access

  • Air Conditioned

  • 24-hour Resident Innkeeper

  • Handicapped Accessible

  • Hard-wired Fire Alarm monitored by a Central Station

And, of course...

Welcoming refreshments and home baked goodies are served on your arrival. 

Call to arrange special services like... an In-Room Massage or a visit to a Day Spa, a custom Gift Basket or Snack Tray, a Special Flower Arrangement, a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride or a Hot Air Balloon Ride.  We can also arrange for a Day of Golf.  We have yet to receive a special request we could not meet!

*Our guests enjoy privileges at a private Swim & Tennis Club and Health Club too.  (one minute drive: 6 pools, snack bar, tiled locker rooms and tennis courts, daily fee)

The Wedgwood Inn also offers free local calling from your room phones, and intercom capability between rooms too. In addition, we have free WiFi access from your sleeping room, all our public rooms as well as from our Victorian porches and Gazebo.

Rated 3 diamonds (AAA)
and 3 1/2 stars (MOBIL Guide)

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Our Other Inn

Umpleby House is one of twoe properties in the Wedgwood Collection of Historic Inns.  We have been called the "quintessential American B&B's," known for friendliness, warm hospitality and attentive service.



1870 Wedgwood House



Adjacent to the Umpleby is our Wedgwood House, which offers larger meeting space and nine luxury sleeping accommodations.      

      "We loved...your gardens behind Umpleby, and the 'white' gardens with old brick paths in front too.  The pleasantness of the innkeepers, and the place, the sitting room, the COFFEE!   The Blueberry Cheese Cake at Tea (I will always love you Dinie and Janet!).  The peace & quiet, the smiles.  Carl's secret-recipe Almond Liquor at our bedside, yum!  We'll be back."

The N...'s, Atlantic City, NJ, May '02

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Your Hosts

Welcome to our Inn. 

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We have been hosting guests since we made our dream come true to be innkeepers in April 1982.  Our Inn is a "collection" of three 19th century houses, each with Resident Innkeepers who have been here for many years.  We (Carl, Nadine and daughter Jessica) live in our own home in the back of our 2 1/2 acre property.  All together, Wedgwood Inns reflect the 1980's evolution of B&Bs in the United States.  It is often referred to as a 'quintessential American inn'.  Our story combines early (under age 30) career changes, historic preservation, community participation, and a true interest in people, antiques, and entrepreneurship.  Once upon a time Dinie ran statewide programs for senior citizens and Carl was a Project Director at a Princeton-based think-tank.  Their alternative career in innkeeping grew rapidly to be a full-time commitment.  After restoring the 1870 frame Wedgwood House, we purchased the neighboring Umpleby House in 1985 and doubled in size to meet the growing demand for overnight lodging and small business meetings.  

We were also training aspiring innkeepers by now and operating our Apprenticeship Program as well: the oldest program of its kind in America (click here to read US 1 Newspaper article).  In 1990, Aaron Burr, another frame Victorian, was renovated, adding to our 'collection' enough rooms to accommodate family reunions and corporate retreats too.  In 1994 a special 9 month project was successfully completed with the birth of our daughter, Jessica.  Tweety, a yellow male parakeet and Tootsie, a brown female lab, round-out our family.

Dinie & Aspiring Innkeeper

 We cordially invite you to be our houseguest in Bucks County and to explore New Hope and its countryside as a traveler and not a tourist.  Open year 'round and set on 2 private, park-like acres in New Hope's Historic/Dining/Shopping/Entertainment District, we look forward to sharing our warm, friendly and comfortable inn with you.

Cordially, Carl, Dinie and Jes

Carl Glassman, Innkeeper, Wedgewood Collection of Historic Inns, New Hope, PADinie Glassman, Innkeeper, Wedgewood Collection of Historic Inns, New Hope, PA


P.S.  Nadine's cousin Zackary Solov and his partner, New York Times arts critic John Martin, were very much a part of the musical theatre scene in New Hope from the 1950s through the 1970s.  Read more about this talented dancer and choreographer at www.SolovFoundation.org.

"We try to deliver the New Hope experience to our guests," says co-owner Carl Glassman.  "We have the wonderful luxury of being in one of the most unique villages in America, a small artists' colony, antique center and dining and music capital -- all in one square mile along the Delaware River & Canal.  The 300 years of architecture is a destination itself and  has a natural draw, and the Wedgwood is steeped in the history of the town as well, being the oldest and largest bed and breakfast inns in the area.  We strive to give guests the feel of New Hope once they come to Wedgwood because we are part of the character of the town....past and present."Dinieflowers200.jpg (37936 bytes)

"We treat all guests as royalty, adds co-owner Dinie Silnutzer Glassman.  As a traveler, not a tourist; individualized attention to details, service and fine hospitality.  That's what we mean by Wedgwood perfection in lodging services.

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Pillow Talk

Umpleby's Guest Room Diary
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