I had read all of the fantastic reviews of the Wicky-Up Ranch and was really looking forward to a couple of nights there. What everyone said about the owners being very welcoming and friendly is definitely true. You get the grand tour and a history of the place as soon as you arrive. Monica goes out of her way to provide you with information, tips for places to see and restaurants to visit, and anything you might need. At the same time, I found Monica a bit overbearing. During breakfast and just about any other time my family and I were just "hanging out" at the ranch, it seemed like I never got a moment alone to just sit and chat with my family. Breakfast was always a bit of an awkward affair, with no one wanting to talk freely and Monica desperately trying to keep everyone entertained. I'm not trying to sound mean, but it reminded me a bit of those awkward family visits when everyone sits around trying to be polite, but really just waiting for it to be over. I didn't find the experience very relaxing, because I'm more of a private person and would have preferred to have some time along with my family. Then again, this IS a bed and breakfast, so I suppose that guests shouldn't expect a whole lot of privacy.
The accommodations were average, in my opinion. Part of my family stayed in the "cottage" (aka shed) toward the back of the property. The cottage has a bunk bed with no mattresses. Instead, my parents had to sleep on old rubber foam that definitely had seen better days. My father almost sank to the ground inside the bed. The place is tiny, which is not such a big deal, but be prepared to be very cramped. There is no "maid service" in the cottage. However, Monica did come in and checked up on things, it seemed. For instance, the window-unit air conditioner miraculously kept getting turned back up to 80 degrees. My parents also said that some of their things had been moved. On the positive, there is a cool out-door shower and a nice private patio surrounded by roses and orange trees. That almost made it worth it.
The room my husband and I stayed in inside the house was fine. It did remind me a bit of a museum with all the old furniture, draperies, and pictures (as well as dolls). It seemed clean, so I can't complain. It was very hot in the house, though. Monica said she wouldn't turn the AC down more than to 79 degrees, which I found very uncomfortable. I also lost one of my personal towels I had brought, when whoever cleaned the bathroom decided that it must have been part of the Wicky-Up inventory.
The area is a bit remote, as someone else had mentioned. For places to eat, you can go the Orange Blossom Junction, which was great, or drive to Exeter. There are a few nice restaurants in Exeter, so that was great!
Overall, I was disappointed with my stay. Maybe if I hadn't read the amazing reviews, I would have had lower expectations and been fine, but given the price and the experience I had hoped for, I was definitely not happy.
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This review made us very sad. We take our guests’ comfort very personally.
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Apparently I misread the family’s need for more privacy. Possibly this was because the elders were particularly social. I have taken this to heart and try to more correctly read the guests’ need for privacy.
The elders were supposed to be in a different room, not in the tiny cottage. The mattresses in the cottage are high- density foam, not made for larger guests. Apparently they made a room change. The cottage is very small but very darling, in no way resembling a shed. There is no maid service, but occasionally on a very hot day I monitor the room temperature. I forgot to go back and re-adjust the temperature in the late afternoon. Apparently the guests were very heat sensitive.
This is a 110-yr. old home with many high-end antiques and paintings of museum quality. The antique look defines our bed & breakfast. We do not have draperies as was stated. We try to allow more light into the inn.
There was a misunderstanding about the air conditioning. In the summertime we usually keep the temperature much cooler than stated. We also show our guests the thermostat and tell them to feel free to change it. We must have had poor communication with these guests. We regret this and apologize.
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