Stayed in Topsy Turvey in Late Sept 2012. These are housekeeping cabins, as in you do your own housekeeping. I've stayed in housekeeping cabins before, but this was the first with threatening signs about cleaning up and what it will cost you if you don't. It's not like the cabin was pristine when we checked in, everything about it was dingy. The cabin lived up to its name, it is so dilapidated and out of square that the front door will hardly close (difficult to lock) and we could not get the screen door closed at all. Overall the cabin is shabby and run down. I like to stay places with character, but this cabin had inferior character. For what you get it is significantly overpriced.
Outside the cabin is a fire pit and charcoal BBQ (bring your own or buy wood and charcoal at the resort store). The main room has a twin bed, a table/chairs to eat at, a wall heater (works just fine) and an arm chair. The kitchen appeared original 1900's except the applicances and was perhaps the most interesting room in the cabin. It has a decent electric stove, a full size frig, a kitchen sink with a wooden drain board and a collection of old pots, pans, dishes, and glasses (all of which were marginally clean), a coffee maker (bring your own coffee and filters, but how you are suppose to know which filters the coffee maker will need before you get there is mystery to me) and a toaster. You should also bring your own pot holder(s) if you expect to cook. I could not find any and used one of the bath towels instead. The bedroom has a double bed and a chair. There is a single overhead light above the bed, which along with the antler light above the twin bed in the main room, are the only lights in the place bright enough to read a map. The bathroom is not beautiful, it has a sink with separate hot and cold taps with a shelf beside it, a toilet that is tempermental, a drop-in single shower and the hot water heater. At least the shower delivers quick hot water. The cabin has limited electricity (I don't recall seeing any 3-prong plugs).
I chose Cardinal because it was off the beaten path and hoped for a quiet, restfull two night stay. Having no TV, no wifi, no in room phone, no cell phone service was ok with me. Unfortunately I did not get a much sleep the two nights spent there and was truly thankful to leave. The folks in the cabin behind us spent half the night outside playing cards, games and talking. The walls and windows (even closed) do nothing to block the noise from the adjacent cabins,. The guests in the cabin next to us debated through the night whether to stay or go, going back and forth between their cabin and their vehicle, slamming doors of both. Eventually about 1 or 2 am they decided to go. Can I blame the cabin because the people next door were noisy? Yes! Our windows were closed, but we heard everything like it was happening inside our cabin.
But my real complaint is with the bedroom and the bed. The bedroom was so small I could barely sqeeze between the bed and wall to get into the bed, as a matter of fact the filmsy window curtain usually came with me. By the way, I am a size 6 and can fit through small spaces. The mattress on the bed slopes to the center. The bedsprings creak so loudly that every time either my husband or I rolled over, the NOISE FROM THE BED WOKE ME UP.
The grounds of the resort consist of a collection of cabins and trailers, which appeared to be semi-permanent. The owners seem nice enough and the cafe does a booming business. There is a small pond where people were fishing. The gounds don't invite exploration. No pets are allowed, but be aware that at least two large dogs roam freely near the entrance.
Lastly, the trees that overhung our parking space by the cabin dripped sticky sap all over our car. The first thing we did upon leaving was to stop at a gas station in Bishop and clean the windows so we could see out.
Cardinal Village is an interesting location, and I was hoping for an idylic location, however if this "resort" was a movie, it would be "Deliverance" rather than "A River Runs Through It".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer 11 housekeeping cabins. Each cabin has a full kitchen equipped with kitchen utensils as well as bedding, towel sets and unique bars of glycerin soap. Easy access to stream and lake fishing. The cafe is open 8-3 seven days a week. Very kid friendly! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cardinal Village Hotel Bishop