In pre-revolutionary times, Wydnor Hall was a 90-acre estate named
“Bordaria”, which was part of the "Walking Purchase" portion of the land-grant owned by William Penn and his sons on a deed dated
Charles & Kristina Taylor purchased Wydnor in derelict condition
twenty years ago with the intention of preserving its heritage.
The Taylors have just completed the restoration and expansion of an 18th century structure believed to be the original
dwelling on the property.
Separate from the manor house, the renovated “Bordaria Cottage
” is now a secluded two-story guest house; and can accommodate four people in luxurious privacy for short or extended
In order to adapt the manor house to its current use as a bed and breakfast inn, the Taylors had carried-out an extensive
renovation. The nearby guest house is named “Bordaria Cottage” to restore the historic name to current use.
Owned by the Weidner family and their descendants during the 19th century, the Bordaria
estate subsequently suffered years of neglect and was converted to apartments in the 1940s. It was sold at sheriff’s
sale in 1963, and finally rescued by the Taylors in 1986.
The Inn is celebrating 20 years of hospitality this year. It is notable for its sumptuous furnishings, heirloom
antiques, crystal chandeliers, and beautiful works of art. In the handsome Dillon Dining Room, breakfast is served
on fine china with sterling silver and crystal. The Inn has been host to world leaders, celebrities, performers, wedding
couples, family reunions, and corporate meetings.
The restoration of the 18th century foundation and construction of the second floor addition was supervised by Dennis
Reiss of American Heritage Restoration, and carried-out by his crew of Mennonite craftsmen. Dennis Reiss and Kristina
Taylor collaborated on the design.