We were accepted "off the street" when another reservation elsewhere went awry, the owners showing a degree of trust not often found in today's world. Free access to drinks, snacks and coffee, etc. available 'round the clock. Great views of the battlefield in the valley down below seen through that particular day's rain and fog. A nice wood fire to ward off the day's and evening's chill. Adequate, but overly herbed breakfast (to my taste preferences, anyway, and not offered a choice of preparation)
Way too much owner/innkeeper interaction with guests that lasted into the early morning hours. No advice to some guests to tone down their long and raucous game play which lasted until we chose to retire when sound levels diminished by their moving farther from the sleeping area. I had the feeling that the owner/innkeeper overslept the next morning, as our anticipated 9:00 breakfast was finally served around 10:00, far too late if guests would happen to have plans for excursions that day. We had anticipated a quiet evening which was not to be. Our lumpy bed and low quality linens made for a restless night's sleep, as did a lack of heat through what was a chilly night and morning. (Did not want the in-room gas fireplace running through the night) No closet available in this particular room.
The owner asked if we had noted an odor in our room which had been noticed the past couple of days. I stated that I was aware of it. He came in, sniffed around the drains and under the tub, declared he didn't think it was septic field odor as none was found in other rooms, and then stated "It might be something dead in the walls," a non-reassuring thought from any point of view. If they were aware of this odor, the room should not have been assigned until the cause was known and removed. This was an absolute turn-off to thought of ever returning to this inn. Conversation through the evening included accounts of the owner's cat catching and crunching cardinals and rabbits, with no thought being given to the sensibilities of their guests. We were quite taken aback while realistic of animal behavior. It just seemed a subject that would be better off avoided. A final note: their decor included a toy bunny with its foot caught in a mousetrap found at the end of the couch in the great room.
The cost of all this: $230.00 including tax, money that would have been better spent elsewhere.
It was an unusual B&B experience by any standard, certainly not up toe Select Registry expectations.
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