Just read the review from another occupant of room #9 and I agree with every word.
The picture on the internet shows a lovely mansion front. But you won't see the front. The driveway is permanently gated shut, you can't even peek in because it's solid boards. You come in the back way, across the plastic lawn (not one of the lush, realistic looking plastic lawns, but a thin sad looking fake). Try to find your way in -- there is no signage, nothing. The workers were not terribly friendly. We bought a Travel Zoo deal: $79 per night includes 2 beers and an appetizer, plus breakfast the next day. We bought two nights, but the second night we were charged for the beers and appetizer, and told that only applied to one night. In addition, we were charged $32 for tax on the room. That's 20%, which is more than anywhere else I've been.
Room #9 is outside, with one window covered with a heavy plastic cover that can't be removed. Might as well have no window. The decor was "lighthouses" which is just weird for the Gold Country, a hundred miles from the ocean. There was no desk. There was no chest of drawers, no drawers in a bedside table, no where to unpack clothes other than a freestanding closet. We left clothes in the suitcase. The bathroom likewise had no place to put anything. The sink had no plug. They left us a bar of Ivory soap that had been damaged -- dropped and dented. The claw foot tub is about four feet high -- good luck climbing in and out without tripping. In fact, the whole property was not just inaccessible for those with mobility issues, but downright dangerous in spots. Wedding guests better leave the high heels at home and wear hiking boots.
They advertised 25 craft beers on tap. They had about 8, most of which were IPAs. They said they were working on breaking a record for having 100 craft beers on tap, but constantly selling out. They had five weddings coming up in five days. Well, glad business is good, but it seemed like false advertising all around.
I thought the breakfast was pretty good, could have used some fresh fruit, but otherwise fine.
The bed was advertised as a queen, but was a very uncomfortable full size. Went home with a backache. The TV was extremely old and didn't even get the Giants game.
We weren't made welcome in the house itself. Several rooms were set up for tea, which we were told would be happening the next day. However, we weren't invited. This is a separate enterprise.
While we were relaxing -- difficult since there was only the tiny bed and one rickety chair, there was a disturbance of loud conversation and keys -- they were showing rooms to potential wedding people, and just came in. Said they didn't know anyone was there.
Next morning, housekeeping arrived and we were in the room. Asked her to come back later. She came back in a few minutes, asked if we needed anything, towels, and then left. The room was never made up at all. I guess you get one chance and you better be out of the room early if you want it cleaned or the bed made.
Having stayed in many B&Bs, this was the worst.
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