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“Dusty, hot, noisy” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Great Oak Manor Inn

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10568 Cliff Rd, Chestertown, MD 21620   |  
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Ranked #6 of 12 Chestertown B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
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“Dusty, hot, noisy”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We expected a clean B&B, but no. The main house is attractive, but the room assigned to us was incredibly dusty with icky carpet in the bathroom. We asked to be shown another room and ended up in a room with NO air conditioning and NO working television. All this for $200+ per night. We have stayed in the Brampton Inn in Chestertown, and the only reason we tried this inn instead was that the Brampton was sold out. Now we know why!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Concord, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Spent 2 nights at the manor midweek. Gorgeous grounds, and view. Gracious staff. Amanda greeted us, Jennifer gave us great suggestions for things to do and places to eat. Loved the Blue Crab sunset Cruise in Rock Hall, and eating at the Kitchen there for lunch. Loved Mount Harmon Plantation, another suggestion. Generous breakfast with personalized service. Nice afternoon snacks as well. Impressive manor with a sweeping central staircase. Downstairs is very well cared for. Some updating needed in our room. Stayed in the RingGold. High ceiling, king size bed, and generally comfortable. The bathroom floor needs updating (Carpeting should be replaced by tile.) outdoor chairs On the lawn the chairs needed to be replaced, and were removed our second day, with new ones ordered. We were in the area for a wedding and would return again if vacationing near Chestertown. Great for peace and quiet and beauty.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We traveled to Great Oak for a 2-night getaway. We chose it for the location--on the Eastern Shore near Chestertown and Rock Hall, and because it is right on the water. The view is excellent,as we had hoped, and the overall setting is very nice. Beautiful grounds, peaceful setting. We had a very nice experience. We were greeted by Amanda, who gave us a great welcome and introduction to the Inn. The Inn was quiet and comfortable, with the amenities we like--dvds to borrow and watch in the room, good snacks in the afternoons and cold drinks available all the time. We also liked that there were beach towels and water shoes available, though we did not use them this trip. Breakfast was good enough, and pleasantly served. Our room was clean and comfortable, and large compared to other places I've stayed. We lucked out and got one of the new mattresses--GREAT investment--we slept very well. Next investment should be a new shower head. I agree with some of the other reviews that there are aspects of the decor that need to be updated, but that will not keep me away. I will come back to enjoy the peace and quiet, the beautiful view and grounds, a large, comfortable room, and the friendly but unobtrusive staff. As mentioned by others, upon the suggestion of the innkeeper we tried the blue crab charters sailing trip--this was a lot of fun and a good deal. Great suggestion.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clarksville, MD
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We stayed in mid-week for a getaway in May. The Inn was under new management and the new innkeeper was trying to be helpful and friendly, so that was appreciated but not enough.
The view and grounds are nice, but as a prior review said there was no beach. (Fortunately there was no boating or yacht noise when we were there. The marina is very close so I can see that would be a problem.) When we arrived there was no one in the house at all. We finally found an open door but were there a while before anyone came.
The bedroom we stayed in was a bit dated in decor, but the worst thing was the truly awful mattress - I tossed and turned for two nights and left with a back ache. The second night we were there, the air conditioning came on at full blast at 4 am - rattling the vents and making the room so cold and noisy we could not sleep. We told the innkeeper the next day but there was no explanation or apology.
The food at breakfast consisted of nice hot homemade muffins but we were only given one tiny one each, and the rest of the food was awful - very dry and crumbly eggs one morning.
The home itself was once grand but I could not find a piece of upholstered furniture that was not severely stained and lumpy - no where to sit and be comfortable.
So, a bed and breakfast severely lacking - don't waste your money on this place.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

The best thing about the Great Oak Manor is the view. It really is amazing and the property is huge. There are chairs to sit on, it did get a bit buggy so we couldn't sit out for long. They do provide bug spray which is nice.

The property itself is historic. The addition of the pool looked nice although we did not go in. They provide towels and shower shoes if you want to go in the Bay.

Housekeeping was great, our room was spotless. The towels in the bathroom were very nice.

Breakfast was sufficient. Fruit, cereal, yogurt, muffins and one other thing, one day it was a quiche, the other french toast. What was provided wasn't a lot but what they had was very good. They will make eggs to order but you have to ask for them.

We ran each morning on the road by the Inn. Traffic on it wasn't too bad and we saw a lot of deer.

There were a few downsides of the inn. There is no beach. There is a tiny strip of sand that is probably 4 feet wide by 10 feet long. You couldn't sit out there or enjoy it. When we walked down there were two random people drinking beer there. Part of the reason we booked the Great Oak was for the beach and were quite disappointed when we realized there was not one.

Another downside is that the Manor is right next to a yacht club that is open late with music. The music started around 7 or so and went until at least 1. You could not sit outside in the evening and enjoy the quiet because the music was quite loud. We could hear it in our room as well, but it wasn't loud enough to keep us awake.

While our bedroom was spacious, our mattress was terrible. We probably sunk a good 6 inches when we sat down. It was difficult to get up or move around on it. It really, really needs to be replaced. We stayed in the Marmaduke room.

I say this not being a huge B&B person, but I thought that the Inn was a bit outdated. The fake flowers everywhere were tired looking, the wallpaper in our bedroom was peeling, all the magazines were well over a year old, overall, the Inn was a bit tired looking.

Chestertown did not have much to see or do downtown. I would not go expecting you are going to spend a lot of time there. Our best part of the trip was taking a sail boat ride with Blue Crab Charters in Rock Hall. For $30 a person you get an hour and a half ride on the Bay. It was beautiful. It was by far the highlight of our trip. Rock Hall has a little more to see than Chesapeake, but not much. We went to the 'beach' there which was fine, saved by a great breeze.

I would probably not go back to Great Oak Manor Inn. While the view is indeed great, the price was very high and I do not think it was quite worth it.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Allentown, PA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

We were saddened to learn that the inn would no longer be under your expert management, and want to let you know that we were glad that we were at Great Oak for the final weekend. It's been so wonderful visiting with you and John at the inn, and we will most certainly miss your outstanding service and the warm friendship you've extended to us again and again throughout the year. Take good care of your golden co-host, Charly. We will miss his happy greeting as well!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GreatOakJohn, Owner at Great Oak Manor Inn, responded to this review, May 28, 2012
We were so honored you were there for our final weekend. Enduring relationships with our guests have made this 10 year experience precious to us. John and I want to thank you and everyone who has taken the time to write and share your experiences at Great Oak Manor on tripadvisor. It truly has been our pleasure to meet all of you and provide you with the gracious hospitality that we have always aspired to achieve.
We will miss all of you and wish you all the best.
Cassandra and John Fedas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012 via mobile

The gracious hospitality offered by Innkeeper Casssandra and her sweet golden retriever Charlie was rivaled onky by the jaw-dropping view from the back garden of this beautiful waterfront estate. The vibe is one of easy-going elegance, and every need and detail was attended to. We slept like babies, filled our bellies with yummy breakfasts, and our big lug of a dog Hunter was treated like a king. It was hard to leave.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Great Oak Manor Inn

Address: 10568 Cliff Rd, Chestertown, MD 21620
Location: United States > Maryland > Chestertown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Chestertown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great Oak Manor on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay is aglow in warm sunsets; where towering Oaks gently kiss the skyline; and where you can let your body rest and your mind wander. Tucked away on the outskirts of Chestertown, Maryland, our magnificent 18th century country-style estate rests alongside the waterfront. With 11 guestrooms, Great Oak offers the finest in a romantic luxury bed and breakfast inn. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Great Oak Manor Hotel Chestertown

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