Just after arrival, as we were going into the room, Eileen blurts out "Hey, you're not going to want a big breakfast in the morning, are you? I HATE cooking big breakfasts on Sunday. The last people expected a huge breakfast. And they wanted it early, too..." The fancy toilet had a different way of flushing-we weren't shown how. Anyway, it kept running water and I couldn't flush it again. I was going to try to lift the top to repair it but it was different and I was afraid I would break it. I told Eileen who promptly launched into being angry and scolding me for us doing it wrong. Perhaps she could have shown us the proper operation of the toilet instead of griping about previous guests demanding a big breakfast?
We felt like we were imposing in Her personal space so we went to see what shopping was nearby. We were leaving and she opened the door and yelled out "LOCK THE DOOR! That's what you have a key for!". Scolded again...
After we returned, being a smoker, I went out back by the pool. Eileen was washing the dirty breakfast dishes Used by guests that left earlier in the day. Checkout is 1100. Check in is after 3. We arrived at about 4pm. It was now about 9pm. As I came in, she explained the tricky door and to pull the knob, etc. when I came in, she was standing there cleaning the kitchen and I locked the door as she showed me, giving it a strong tug. It seemed locked. She even nodded like I did it correctly. I went on to the room. I heard her loud, yelling.."Ma'am, ma'am-you didn't lock the door!" She scolded me yet again. And she told me i coukdnt go out that door again. if i went back out to smoke-it would have to be on the front porch. By this time, I actually said "we apparently can't do ANYTHING right-or that's how it seems". I went to my room frustrated at myself for not leaving after the toilet scolding.
The morning after, she was more pleasant. She had talked about other guests requesting breakfast at a certain time and her going to the trouble to be on time while they would be late-inconveniencing HER. We were exactly on time. We sat at the table and watched her make fruit salads-taking berries out of the plastic store package without washing them. She would scratch at herself, put her hands in her hair and go back to preparing food without washing her hands. I am all for being comfortable but she was wearing the same navy sundress/nightgown looking thing she had on when we arrived-one of the straps was torn and coming apart at the seam. Braless... She cooked eggs Benedict. Something simple, of course we didn't want to put her out. Her mood and attitude, even the tone of her voice was much nicer in the morning. I couldn't help thinking it might be related to time for her to get my card for payment.
As far as cleanliness? No! There were spiderweb tendrils dangling from the ceiling in most places-more apparent due to the dark colored walls. There was dust coating everything. The wall in the bathroom that the robes hung over had some sort of shiny goo reflecting. Needless to say I didn't want to wear the robe hanging against the goo. The "complimentary toiletries" were half empty, having been used. No, I don't care to use other people's items... No toiletries to keep from the $169.00 stay.
In the morning I found a water pitcher behind the TV. I had been terribly thirsty all night but Eileen never offered beverages or anything when we arrived. With her making me feel like we kept messing up and imposing on her, I felt very unwelcome.
All of the garden is overgrown, almost completely covering the walkway. Wrought iron furniture was overgrown with weeds, the walkway bricks overgrown. If I find a way to post pictures of the overgrown garden, dust hanging from ceilings and general covering of dust, I will.
I was trying to make conversation while she prepared breakfast and asked about the house being old. She burst that image bubble by telling me she added all of the touches to make it appear old. She had the tower/window added to the roof and made a lot of changes to the house-she went into a lot of debt at age 52 spending money on the house.
Oh, as if she didn't bad-mouth other guests enough (I can only imagine what she had to say about us to the next guest)...she talked about the guests who booked several nights and an $80.00 cooking lesson but spent their money at the Scott Antique Market so they had to cut the trip short and cancel the cooking lesson. And they didn't even leave her a tip!!
I was very, very disappointed. My experience there was NOTHING like the reviews I'd read before booking there. Maybe she was depressed or tired or something. I don't know. I just know we will never go back. Overpriced, dirty, NOT a pleasant stay...
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