First, I have to say that this property is one of the loveliest I have visited and that the décor is gorgeous and very appropriate to an historic home. However, I did run into a snag or two. I took a friend to celebrate her fiftieth birthday and really wanted to make it a memorable occasion. When I called for a reservation, the only room left was the Hearth Room which is located behind the main house in the restored kitchen. I had hoped to get the Rose Cottage but it was rented. I appreciated parking close to our door and the room was very pretty with an amazing fireplace but the greeting we received from the owner was chilly to say the least. She took my name, handed us our key, waved vaguely in the direction of the kitchen and disappeared. We did not see her again until breakfast - no information about the inn, the local area, restaurant recommendations, where we were to eat breakfast, nothing! My friend commented that if the owner did not like people, she should not be in the hospitality industry. After reading other reviews I wonder if she were having an off day or was maybe ill. The Hearth Room itself was very spacious, and clean and I loved the adjustable bed. I promptly raised both head and foot and found an ideal position for reading or viewing television. Television, oh my! The tiny television is in (yes, in) the pantry/closet to the right of the fireplace. To see it, I had to put on my distance glasses and crane my neck around the post of the bed. My friend who is shorter than I am had to sit bolt upright on the bed because, if she reclined, her size 6 feet blocked her view of the television because of the angle that it is placed at. I tried to remove it from the closet but there was not enough cord to do so. There is no refrigerator or ice bucket in the room so we went down the street to Kroger's and purchased a Styrofoam cooler and ice. In the evening, we wandered over to the main house and gave ourselves a self tour. We found a "private residence/do not disturb" sign on the owner's door that certainly did not encourage friendly overtures. In the front of the house was a very extensive bar stocked with aperitifs and after dinner cordials. I tried to access the Kahlua bottle but the ring that should break loose just spun so that without pliers the bottle could not be opened. We also found a fairly large collection of DVDs that we assumed could be used by guests as there was a DVD player in the room. Our exploration brought us to the dining room where there were several cake stands with store bought pastries sitting in them. I wondered if they were for the guests but as there were no plates, silverware or napkins available, I decided not. These store bought, stale pastries were what was served to us at breakfast. The kitchen was closed up tight and did not encourage our looking there for ice or a snack. Overall a disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Woodhaven is a bed and breakfast located in Louisville Kentucky. The Main House and Carriage House are on the National Register and were built in 1853. The award winning Rose Cottage was built in 1998 using details from each of the original buildings.Eight overnight accommodations are in the Main House, Carriage House or Rose Cottage and all offer high end amenities and comfortable furnishings. Breakfast is bountifull and made with local organic products. We serve in our formal dining room or we can deliver to the guests room. Guests also have complimentary soft drinks, and cookies and coffee, tea and snack stations in each room. ... more less
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