We arrived at the Old School House while on the Wainwright Coast-to-Coast, and were greeted by a gentleman who leaned in to kiss me on the lips. (I turned my cheek, bewildered and not knowing who he was; my friend did the same.) We soon figured out it was Frank, after he introduced himself, but it was a very odd welcome and indicative of how the rest of the stay would play out.
Frank and Doreen's place is like your friend's grandparents' house, with its photos and knickknacks. It felt more like their home rather than a B&B, which made us a little uncomfortable, as we felt we were intruding on their space a bit. They couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating, however, so we just went with it.
One strange thing happened upon checking in, however, as my friends were booked in a double, but placed in a room with two twin beds without explanation. Doreen saw the bewilderment on my friend's face (my friend thought she was being placed in that room because she was not married to the person sharing her room - the place just had that old-fashioned vibe) and asked if the room was okay - my friend said yes, but Doreen pulled me aside later and asked me to explain to my friend that the shower in the double had broken, which is why there was a last-minute change. Why would she not have explained that herself? It was just odd behavior - not malicious or devious, just plain odd. Doreen is also very talkative and will share the ins and outs of innkeeping with you; it's very friendly conversation, but was difficult to break away from, even as you inched ever closer to the door and your waiting friends, who saw the whole scene unfold, utterly amused.
We really liked Frank and Doreen, and they made us a wonderful breakfast, dried all our things, and let one of my friends and I loiter in the sun room (as they blared 80s light pop as ambience) while we waited for Packhorse to fetch us and our luggage. They also prepared nice packed lunches for us where we could pick and choose what we wanted to include in them.
This was a pleasant stay, but just plain odd overall. I have to say that we never truly felt at ease, despite the friendly hosts; we felt more like we were intruding, as we had to walk through their kitchen to get anywhere (while they were cooking), for example.
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