My mother, daughter, and I have been staying in the Hummingbird Room twice a year since my daughter was an infant. We live only a half hour away but feel we've come to another world--serene and engaging. Emily and Raymond--with their great stories, helpful sightseeing advice, and wry humor--give the G and T its personality. They grow and cook much of the food themselves. The gourmet tea and 4-course breakfast, wonderful in themselves, are also an occasion to chat with the proprietors and their wide range of guests--a photographer, a police officer, a professor with tales of his visits to China, and a kung fu expert, to mention just a few.
Each immaculate room has a different and unusual theme, such as airplanes or the cave paintings of Lascaux. In the Hummingbird Room (and I think in some other rooms) the central heating is supplemented by a gas fireplace that makes it cozy, even though the room is spacious. I love the little touches such as a heated towel rack and the nighttime snack of handmade truffles.
You can walk around the quiet neighborhood (no two houses alike, it seems), walk to the alpaca farm, or go on foot or by car to Montara Beach. The location is a good jumping off point for visiting Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, and points south. Once we parked our car in Colma and took BART to San Francisco, though it also would have been an easy drive.
I give the Goose and Turrets my highest recommendation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Goose & Turrets is an old-fashioned B&B where you are pampered with comfortable beds and generous four-course breakfasts. There is also an afternoon tea of freshly brewed teas from around the world accompanied by savouries and sweets - in a setting of lively conversation. The house was built in 1907 as a grocery, post office, and town hall. After its long and checkered history, the Hoche-Mongs converted it into a bed and breakfast in 1983 and have been welcoming happy guests ever since. It sits in an acre of gardens which contains an Appalachian courting swing, two hammocks, and a bocce ball pitch. Montara Beach is a half-mile walk away as is a terrific Peruvian restaurant with a huge view. Nearby one may fish, kayak, go whale watching, aero-sightseeing, beach combing, hiking, biking, antiquing, shopping in quaint stores at Princeton Harbor and in Half Moon Bay, explore Montara Mountain or go down the coast to Pescadero's famous restaurant and market or continue to Año Nuevo to encounter mammoth elephant seals. On a foggy day, you may choose to just sit by the fire and read and listen to classical music. It's a good place for adventure and for complete lethargy. ... more less
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