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About Innkeepers Ronald and Patricia Ernst

We are often asked how we got here.  How did we move to Lancaster and find this Bed and Breakfast?  Truthfully – the House found us.  We had decided to combine our differing skills and work together in some sort of business – and Innkeeping was really calling us to explore the life style.  After attending a workshop for Aspiring Innkeepers in Lancaster, we received an email from the owners of “a beautiful bed and breakfast” along with an invitation to check it out as a possibility for purchase.  For these two city kids – the idea of living in the midst of farmland did seem a bit ludicrous, but we made a reservation for a weekend stay.  As we came down Osceola Mill Road and over the bridge, we fell in love with this house.  And after sharing a bottle of wine on the front lawn that weekend, it was pretty much a done deal!

Ron is a retired high school science teacher. The last 17 years of his career were spent in his “dream job” as an Aerospace Education Specialist for NASA, where he combined his teaching experience with his life-long love of airplanes and space exploration. A native of the Bronx, New York, Ron is an avid New York Giants fan and has decorated the Gathering Room in the house with airplane models and Giants’ memorabilia. He is the chief cook at the bed and breakfast, serving guests each morning with a hearty and tasty breakfast.

Pat is a retired management accountant. All her career was spent in not-for-profit institutions. She retired in 2017 as the Vice President for Finance of the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster, where she was able to combine her profession with her love of the arts. Pat is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, where she grew up in and around the Little Italy neighborhood and rivals her husband as a Baltimore Ravens fan. The living room of the house is filled with memories of her life, family and travels. As Ron is the cook of the House, Pat is in charge of ambiance, both in the house and the garden.

Ernsy family at the Osceola Mill House Bed & Breakfast

Ron and Pat have been welcoming guests to their Lancaster County home since April 2006. Together they have five children and ten grandchildren, who regularly gather at the Mill House for holidays and reunions. As the family has varying NFL loyalties, it is often a house divided.