1 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
- english, french, spanish, italian
Bala Farm Cottage now has it's own website. Mina was born and raised in Italy, came to America in her 20s and fell in love with her husband, Chad. Two children and 3 states later, they've settled in West Chester, PA. Mina loves to travel and cook, with frequent returns to Italy, and enjoys meeting new friends. She is fluent in Italian and English and capably conversant in Spanish and French, so don't hesitate to communicate in the language you are most comfortable with!
Mina purchased this Cottage in 2015
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Peaceful location near great dining and famous gardens
The Bala Farm Cottage is ideally situated for a great weekend in West Chester. Just 3 miles to a couple dozen restaurants in beautiful downtown West Chester and 15 minutes to Longwood Gardens or Winterthur. The hosts Mina and Chad were great. Chad snagged me a beer from the fridge after a 5 hour drive and boy did it taste good. The cottage was stocked with coffee for the Keurig and some snacks. I spent a few hours reading in the Adirondack chairs next to the fire pit under the shade of 200 year old trees. Would I come back? You bet!
The Perfect Retreat
We stayed for a week at Mina's charming cottage, the perfect retreat after busy days of touring the magnificent local gardens, houses, galleries and museums , all in easy driving distance through beautiful countryside.
The house was a gem, so tastefully decorated, and tucked away on a beautiful property filled with lovely old trees.
Mina could not have been more helpful and gracious, always present if we needed advice, but in no way obtrusive.
We were there in the middle of a glorious spring and we hope one day to return to see the autumn colours.
VGM, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, April 2019
A beautiful cottage centrally located! Comfortable bed, very well kept and clean, Mina provides all for your stay!
We enjoyed a quick Uber ride to Longwood Gardens for the Christmas lights, and had brunch the next morning in downtown West Chester. This cottage is in a prime location whatever your reason for visiting the area. Highly recommend for Longwood Gardens visitors & West Chester University visitors wanting a cottage stay experience! Be sure to read the history about the main house & cottage in the binder provided! So interesting and historical.
Thank you Mina, I cant' wait to return!
Fantastic cottage with charming hosts. Close to Longwood Gardens and Valley Forge.
The photos and description for this HomeAway are perfect in describing this location and it's owners. Chad and Mina provide a fantastic get away location, close to great dining choices and local attractions such as Longwood Gardens and Valley Forge. The cottage is located next to their personal house in a nice, quite neighborhood. The care and detail in the renovations, along with the cleanliness and attention to detail in the decor, make this a great place to stay. We felt very welcomed from the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Having two floors allowed one of us to sleep in while the other enjoyed the downstairs study. I would recommend without hesitation this location to anyone searching for a rental in the West Chester area. If I'm back in this area, I would stay here again without hesitation.
The property was so charming. It was quiet, relaxing, clean and super comfortable. Mina even provided some bottles of water and flavored seltzers for our arrival which was very thoughtful. We highly recommend and will definitely stay at the cottage again when visiting Longwood Gardens.
Quaint and perfect for a quiet getaway!
Everything was just right to escape the fast pace of life. Couldn’t improve it.
The cottage is only a 5 minute drive from the center of West Chester, and history abounds in the area. In fact, Bala Farm is located just off Birmingham Road, considered the "spine" of the Battle of Brandywine, and which British Troops marched down in September of 1777. Battlefield sites are just minutes away, as are multiple historic locations...some noted for their role in the battle, and others for their longevity and beauty.
If natural beauty is your cup of tea, then you've got plenty of options. The world-renowned Longwood Gardens is only a scenic 15 minute drive away, and highly recommended. You may also opt to venture further south towards Wilmington to visit some of the other gardens and estates established by the du Pont family. There are miles of hiking trails at the Stroud Nature Preserve (5 minutes away) and at various spots along the Brandywine River in addition to the battlefield sites. Ridley Creek State park is a little further away (20 minutes), but is another highly recommended option with even more miles of hiking trails. Or, just sit outside the cottage and enjoy the beautiful trees on the grounds!
If you're coming to West Chester to visit a student at the university, it's only 5 minutes away, and there are no shortage of establishments at which to feed hungry students. There are over 65 restaurants in the borough with enough variety to satisfy just about any request, and plenty of drinking establishments as well. We'll be happy to make some recommendations!
Further from West Chester, you can head east to enjoy the world class city of Philadelphia, or head west and venture through Amish farmlands. Again, the options are many!