My wife and I decided to visit a State park for our anniversary this year. Since we have stayed at many state parks, but never Barren River, we decided that would be our destination. Being on a budget while I am in school we wanted privacy and relaxation. When I called the resort to check on an advertised, two night lodge special, I inquired whether it was available for use on a cottage rather than a resort room. The staff put me on hold, spoke to the manager and came back to offer me a Spring Break package (that had expired) that included a two night stay in an Executive cottage, one complimentary pizza, four soft drinks and a dozen cookies per night. They went out of their way to accommodate our needs and work within our budget.
THE EXECUTIVE COTTAGE:
Very large cottage that contained two full bathrooms, a well stocked kitchen, dinning room that seats six, comfortable living room, small walk out deck that looks toward the lake. The sleeping arrangements consisted of two spacious bedrooms that had a total of four full sized beds. (Could easily sleep 10 people if two took an air mattress in the living room.)
Nice Privacy, parking for two vehicles (possibly four), spacious cabin, clean, reading nook, charcoal grill and picnic table. Very friendly and professional staff. Close proximity to Bowling Green and Glasgow. Lots to do within 20 miles of your room.
Low flow shower heads are a huge let down. Staying away and spending hard earned money is an indulgence and a luxury. When I stay at a hotel, motel or lodge I want a shower that I have to be run out of because I have been in too long. A good shower is supposed to relax the stress from your shoulders not add to it by fighting with a sub par trickle.
We were off season so the food was not the best. Our room came with a free pizza per night but it was some of the worst I have had anywhere. Pizza is my favorite food but on the second night I asked the staff if I could trade the pizza for an extra dozen cookies (to take home to the kids). They accepted my request and I shared my feedback with the front desk so they can improve this option for future guests.
The first nights buffet looked wonderful but since we arrived late and had the free pizza we choose the pizza option. The next morning I was looking forward to starting our day off with a much anticipated breakfast bar but it was not offered. We ordered off the menu and it was excellent.
A good assessment of our stay would come from answering whether I would bring my family back for a return visit. If I am honest I would have to say that I would not only bring back the kids but also split the cost by sharing the other bedroom with the extended family or the grandparents. I know it sounds extreme but I will be traveling with my own shower head to any state park I visit in the future. When staying in a cottage I will also plan on cooking on the grill and in the kitchen (like we normally do to cut down costs).
Don't take a my review as the gospel. The best way to decide whether Barren River is right for your family is to come on down and spend a weekend with them. I doubt you will be disappointed.
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Thank you for sharing your very special date with us. Your comments matter to us and we have reviewed how we do pizza and have made changes! Thank you for taking the time to point this out to us! We try not to waste food so we generally do not offer buffets when we expect to have fewer hungry guests. We would love to welcome you back!
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