My wife and I decided to spend our 2-year anniversary in the Abbey Inn's Apple Cabin. I had tried to book another property managed by Abbey Inn, but it was full. The person on the phone said their Apple Cabin was available. I asked if it was similar, namely, was it separate from other buildings and was it secluded. They said it was on both counts.
First of all, it's not a cabin...it's a house, probably built in the 30s or 40s. Not a real problem, architecture didn't really matter. But it wasn't anything even close to secluded or even private. The lodging sits about 100 yards off of Indiana Highway 135, which is the main street that runs through Nashville. The cabin is on a side street just off the highway. There is an 8 or 10 room motel that is about 30 yards away along highway 135. There are 3 private residences in a row along the street that the cabin is on, and one more across the street. Also, there were no curtains on the kitchen windows, which run about 6 feet along the front of the cabin, it's a pain to get fully dressed if you want to go to the kitchen for a late night snack.
The property has a small pond on it, 50 feet from the back side of the cabin and down a hill. It's got a nice walking path nearby as well as a dock. Some other residents or visitors regularly enjoyed walking in the area. Doesn't seem to bad, except; the cabin has an outdoor hot tub, it's fenced in on two sides, but if any of the neighbors are outside or someone decides to take a stroll along the lake, they're going to see you. If you wanted to do married people things while enjoying the hot tub, forget it. Also, there were no instructions for the hot tub. It wouldn't have mattered if they thing was actually easy to operate. I had a hell of a time adjusting the temperature. There was a + or - button, which I thought was it, but it only adjusted it occasionally. Other times there were cryptic messages on the 4-character, digital alarm clock style display.
Also, there were ants all over the kitchen. I understand that it can happen, but there were no traps out, no evidence of an exterminator, nothing. The building had a basement, which was shut up tight. I'd imagine that was where they were coming from, without regular access and cleaning, it would be paradise for the little guys.
Lastly, there was a face fireplace in the sunroom/dining room. I didn't use it, but if they advertise the place as having 2 fireplaces, they're full of crap. There was a gas fireplace in the living room, but no instructions for it. I was looking for a switch somewhere on the wall, when I eventually noticed a small plastic control box in the fire place itself. That was the ignition and cut off switch. The cord was just long enough to sit on the mantle so that I wouldn't get horribly burned trying to turn the thing off.
On the plus side, the place was large, had space to entertain if you wanted to (but no overnight guests), the bed was big and comfy, and the linens were good quality.
Overall, it was an OK stay, but it was not that great for a romantic getaway. Below is a explanation of my ratings breakdown.
I didn't rate the service (as we didn't call them for anything)
The value was in line with most places in town.
The place was clean, but I had to knock the cleanliness way down due to the ant infestation. The location wasn't necessarily bad, but it was not what they make it sound like.
There was no pool or fitness center, so no rating for those.
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