Magnolia House logo314 Harvard Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Tel 610-544-6779


Reservations                 Directions                 Area Attractions


Welcome to Magnolia House

Magnolia House, built in 1914, is nestled on a beautiful, secluded and quiet street. The peace surrounding you will make it difficult to believe you are within walking distance of downtown Swarthmore which boasts small shops, restaurants, Swarthmore College, and convenient train service to Philadelphia. Start your morning with breakfast at Magnolia House which includes fruit and home baked breakfast fare.


There are three bedrooms available to guests, all with air conditioning.

The second floor Rhododendron Room overlooks the stately rhododendron that flanks the front door. The bright and sunny room has a full size bed.
Rhododendron Room

Wisteria Room
The Wisteria Room, also on the second floor, looks out on the back yard and has a wonderful view of the wisteria in spring. The Wisteria Room has two twin beds.

The Rose Room, located on the third floor, provides even more peace and quiet than the other rooms, and has two twin beds.
Rose Room

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Reservations & Rates

Magnolia House Dining Room
When making a reservation at Magnolia House a deposit is needed in the amount of one night's stay. Your reservation is confirmed upon receipt of your deposit. Payment of deposit may be made by check or money order.

In the event that a cancellation of a reservation is made more than 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival, you will be refunded the deposit minus a 15% fee. Cancellations that are made within 3 to 14 days of your scheduled arrival will have the deposit refunded (minus the 15% fee of the entire bill) ONLY if the room is rebooked. There will be no refunds of deposits when cancellations are made fewer than 3 days before your scheduled arrival. Payment in full is expected at check in, and may be made by check, money order, traveler's check, or cash.

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For the comfort of all our guests we are pleased to inform you that this is a non-smoking establishment. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate pets. Non-return of keys upon check out are subject to a $50.00 per key fee.


  • Breakfast 8:00am - 9:00am
  • Check In 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Check Out 11:00am

    (Kindly let us know if you require special time arrangements, when you are making your reservation, so that we may make appropriate arrangements.)

Magnolia House Breakfast Room

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From Philadelphia International Airport

Take I-95 South. At Exit 7 take I-476 North (Plymouth Meeting). Take Exit 3 Media/Swarthmore. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Baltimore Pike. At the third light turn right onto Route 320. Follow 320 for approximately 1 mile. Come up from the underpass and travel one block, turn left onto Harvard Avenue.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike

East or Westbound, take I-476 South to Exit 3 Media/Swarthmore. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Baltimore Pike. At the fourth light turn right onto Route 320. Continue directions as above.

By public transit

Take the R3 Media Elwyn train from 30th Street Station in the direction of Media. The Swarthmore train station is within easy walking distance of Magnolia House.

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Area Attractions

There are numerous attractions within a short distance of Magnolia House. Philadelphia is only a 20 minute drive from Swarthmore. It is only 30 minutes to Wilmington, DE and there are many historic sites and area attractions within the tri-county area.

Swarthmore College was founded in 1864 by Quakers, and is a well known liberal arts school. Its 300 plus acre campus includes the plant collections of the Scott Arboretum.
Swarthmore College

Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens is a horticultural display garden boasting 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens, grounds of over 1,000 acres with ornamental fountains, heated greenhouses, and 11,000 kinds of plants. Photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens.

Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates the winter of 1777-1778 when George Washington and his soldiers wintered in Valley Forge. There are 3,600 acres, for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Valley Forge

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