OK. So. Here is the thing: the location? Fantastic. You can walk easily to anywhere in downtown Ashland. The house? Beautiful and well kept. The room? Nooks, crannies, gorgeous (we took pictures). The garden? Lovely in the morning, useful during meals (they used items from it for breakfast). The reviews we had read about breakfast were why we chose this place, and it was very good, no doubt. They gave us a nice tour of the place when we showed up (not too long, not too short). Nice sitting area. We used their mini fridge downstairs, and the rather strong wifi.
First, we all had to eat together at 9:00 sharp. This is, admittedly, not my favorite (I like to be able to eat when we want to eat breakfast). Second, even though they said "9:00!! Be here right at 9:00!!!!!" We actually sat down at 9:10. I wouldn't have cared in the least, were it not for the fact that they made such a big deal out of the time.
However: at breakfast, to our relative shock, there was a very long, very adamant tirade from our cook/innkeeper/host about the politics of home birth and the legal status of home birthing and midwives in Oregon. Now, call me old-fashioned, but, while we actually pretty much agree with her politics, I have to say: the breakfast table is not the place to mention, even once, the words "dead babies." Our host did not know her guests' backgrounds, it was not a conversation (rather, a monologue), and at one point she sat down at the table with us all while speechifying. We were at the opposite end of the table, coincidently, and tried very hard to have a conversation with the nice man sitting across from us. It was too hard, in the end, and we ended up just going upstairs to pack. The couple next to us, from England, beat a pretty quick retreat to their room as soon as they could. We were, as it were, a captive audience (this was a bed and breakfast), so the presentation was difficult to avoid.
If not for that breakfast experience, we would probably be writing a much different review.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic home set in quiet neighborhood, only one block from Ashland's charming downtown. Three rooms with beautiful views are upstairs in the main house, while two more rooms are located in the cottage off the main house. All rooms have private baths. Two of our rooms may be configured with either two Twin Beds or one King bed. The other rooms have Queen beds. Delicious organic breakfast is served at 9 AM; fresh brewed coffee is ready by 7 AM. Guests traveling with pets may stay in one of the two cottage suites. Pets are not allowed in the main house. ... more less