I wanted to really like this B&B, but there was just too many items that were missing that would have made my review more positive. Let me start with when we first pulled up to the B&B. There is no real landscaping or nice signage to even let you know you are at the correct locatoin. It looks like you are at the back side of a large building but certainly it does not look like a high end B&B. There was some junk sitting around the outside of the building and areas that need a gardener's care. Inside the building, there is not a particuarly "homey" feel to it. Somewhat stark, and if hot outside, it will be hot inside as the main parts of the building are not air conditioned (bedrooms are air conditioned). No TV anywhere in the main building nor in the bedroom my wife and I stayed in,,which in today's world, seems a little silly, especially since there is not a lot to do at night other than eating out, and this B&B is very quiet with only three rooms (not a lot of acitivity going on here!). It would have been nice to have a welcome glass of wine or snack as many of the more than 25 B&Bs we have stayed at do. On the positive side, breakfast was good and well presented. We did visit a number of wineries on the Pennisula and enjoyed that activity (one of them was open until 8:00 p.m.), and there are a couple of nice restuaurants close by. I think that next time, we would stay at one of the wineries that has very nice lodging, which would have a little more activity going on.
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I really wanted to like this review, but as so many specifics seemed missing for me to understand what the actual issues were that this guest was attempting to address almost 2 months after their stay that I decided to contact him for more details. To date I have not received an answer so I will attempt to address them rather blindsided. First of all I would like to thank the reviewer for pointing out at least two of the exact reasons many travelers seek out our inn and that is the peace and quiet without nuisance of activities, and the quality of the food. After that I might say that an attempted explanation of this review could devolve into either “one’s person’s junk is another’s treasure” or, that perhaps if so much effort had not been made, and thus time spent, trying to find a winery that was open to later hours on the one night they spent at the inn that indeed they might have noticed the amenities that are provided at the inn rather than focusing on those that are not.
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First of all the smallest room in which this guest stayed is designed with the least amenities so that a less expensive option is available for those who are not in need of such items as tv, who tend to spend more time away from the room than in it. Other rooms do have additional amenities such as a fireplace, a Jacuzzi and indeed a television. As I have mentioned in response to other reviews if something specific is desired when making reservations just ask.
As to the providing of a welcome snack, again I can only assume that this guest departed shortly after arriving in search of more activities and thus missing those amenities provided. Our check in time is between 4 and 6pm and at 5pm each day we provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres in the living room for all of our guests, and then at 8pm (or while the guest is out for dinner) we turn down their bed and put out a sweet treat in their room as well. So within hours of arriving, and on all subsequent days of their stay, our guests receive two “welcome treats”. And if guests are present at the 5pm hors d’oeuvres time, sharing wine tasting stories of the day, we also will share a complimentary taste of wine made from our vineyard’s grapes at Peninsula Cellars; also available at some times with an evening cruise on our sailboat.
While the heat of summer issue has I believe been sufficiently responded to elsewhere on this website, a “homey” atmosphere has such a personal, individual aspect of taste preference to it that without specific details of this guest’s interpretation it is a difficult issue to address. Our atmosphere is European eclectic comfortable that has been enjoyed by world travelers as so amazingly reminiscent of France and Italy, and more local travelers as elegantly casual in ambiance; but it is admittedly not of a traditional lace doily/country cute “homeliness” style, so that use of a rather unspecific “stark” in commentary seems a bit pedestrian harsh.
In a similar vane our inn is landscaped as a Provence farmhouse would authentically be with lavender areas, vineyards and some agricultural equipment here and there. A wine barrel and milk pail adorn the front entry, and perhaps some of our Grape Harvest Stomp party and pressing equipment was visible in late August on the side of the main house; but “junk” no. This is not a strict structurally designed tulip, geranium, rose bed English Garden but one that is more loose in design intentionally.
And finally in regard to signage there is a big blue State of Michigan endorsed directional sign on the main M-37 access road to the Grey Hare Inn to announce its presence as being .3 miles to the west with an arrow when traveling from south to north as most do. Then at our entrance at that .3 mile distance there is indeed a rather inconspicuous wrought iron sign denoting the entrance to the Grey Hare Inn. Again this is by intentional design because all of our guests usually have directions in advance and by remaining a bit hidden we avoid the disturbance to our existing in house guests of potential drive by traffic and resulting nuisance that can cause. Again another potential example of one person’s junk is another’s person treasure.
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