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Couple create unique blend at Upper Bucks B&B

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Galvanized America Inn and Art Gallery is absolutely as intriguing as its name.

A unique and charming bed and breakfast situated just south of Pipersville at 6470 Durham Road, it is the brainchild of innkeepers Ed and Sherri Bennett.

The inn opened last year after the couple spent a full year renovating and updating the stone farmhouse. The art gallery in the barn is still in its infancy, but Ed, an artist known for his razor-blade paintings, plans to display the work of three to five local artists in the gallery.

While the combination of inn and gallery is unusual, Ed said, “There are a few others throughout the country.” A bonus at this lovely 1754 dwelling is Ed’s stunning artwork lining the walls. Ed also has designed and crafted the unique furniture. Headboards, chairs, tables, lamps – all are made of reclaimed, repurposed materials. Some pieces are available for sale.

“I knew I was going to be an artist when I was 5 years old,” said Ed, who studied art at the University of Pittsburgh, and worked as a commercial artist for years.

His razor-blade paintings are unique, and each room has at least one of them, always with a patriotic theme – the American flag, the Statue of Liberty. The razor blades, painted and arranged like tiles or mosaics, offer an interesting depth and texture to his artwork and a satin finish, which is uniquely pleasing to the eye.

The inn exudes a sense of quiet comfort, the quintessential country home – and there’s even a library where guests may borrow books and take them home, if they wish.

The rooms and suites have patriotic names and décor – the Independence Room and Freedom Room, featuring queen-sized beds and private baths with shower. The Liberty Suite has a queen-sized bed and Suite Victory has a king-sized bed; both have skylights, sitting rooms and private baths with claw-foot tubs and showers. Rent varies from $175 to $325 a night.

Several of the rooms adjoin, and families or groups of friends planning getaways can rent the entire house.

A friend of Ed’s who worked in advertising and was helping him brainstorm for a descriptive name for the razor blade art suggested Galvanized Art, claiming it had to be “something metal.” Ed operated a gallery of the same name in the village of Bedminster for several years and decided to keep the name when the couple bought the farmhouse.

Ed and Sherri spent a year renovating and decorating the bed and breakfast, mingling modern convenience with antique coziness in a happy way. The original pumpkin pine floors and narrow staircases add to the rustic charm – and there are surprises, too – a bit of the original floor deliberately left untouched after surviving centuries of wear, a door cut into the chimney on the top floor, where meats were hung for smoking. Sherri said she believed the top floor had been unoccupied at the time.

A lot of people think the best part of a bed and breakfast is the breakfast, and both Ed and Sherri do the honors in the kitchen. Both love to cook and happily turn out gourmet breakfasts.

The meals are designed to suit the guest and range from fruit and lighter fare to lemon zest pancakes and full country breakfasts with bacon and sausage. A specialty of the house is quiche made with hash brown potato crust.

“Our guests just love that,” said Sherri, who currently works with special needs children in the North Penn School District.

Ed and Sherri live in a renovated chicken coop on the property. A giant fir tree shades the house and porch. The picturesque setting features an in-ground pool, a firepit and a pond. Visit them at GalvanizedAmerica.com.

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