We recently stayed in D Acres for 4 nights in the Green Room. I knew this part of our 3 week honeymoon/climbing road trip would be interesting.
We chose it, so we could stay somewhere with character. We hoped that we'd meet some really interesting people, perhaps learn some stuff and have an inexpensive base for climbing locally at Rumney.
The facilities are great. I'd especially recommend the Green Room if you want to make a good base for all your stuff, although they also offer other flexible, comfortable hostel rooms as well. The farm itself is one of the most fascinating, earthy and aesthetically pleasing places I've ever stayed. It would easily deserve 5 stars. This had all the makings of a very very special vacation base.
Unfortunately, to our disappointment and surprise the residents were so unfriendly and insular as to offer no welcome or chat, to the point where we felt very uncomfortable just being there.
On our 3 week trip across 9 States we met so many lovely people, none so unfriendly as those in D Acres. Conversation flowed easily elsewhere and often began with a simple question in either direction about where you're from or where you are travelling. No-one at D Acres voluntarily entered into any conversation with us, despite our Scottish and Irish accents easily offering an in-road.
Having read articles and watched videos online, we were interested in their way of life, saw their social events and thought we'd leave inspired and able to take some lessons away from their homestead. In the communal living room/kitchen, we would ask how their days had been, receive largely one word answers and if given more info (reluctantly) never have any conversation returned.
We were totally happy to hang out together, just us - it was our honeymoon after all - but an utter lack of niceties made the whole experience cold in the extreme.
The stay was saved by a couple of other friendly climbers, who were staying there who also confessed their consideration of moving base. We all stayed simply for money-reasons.
I would be hard pushed to find another more potentially interesting or visually appealing location to stay, but so much of what makes a good trip, is the welcome offered by the people.
We left extremely disappointed. An educational homestead, could rarely have done so little to teach others. I expected enthusiasm and passion but got condescenion and a lack of warmth. So much potential missed.
As I said, the farm grounds and facilities (including the hostel's outside kitchen, an eco-toilet in which you can't pee! and very early quiet time policy) would all definitely get 5 stars - I loved all that; but the D Acres residents we met (and I hope this didn't include all of them) bring that down to 1 star, giving an average of 3.
If I returned to the Rumney area I'd definitely stay in the Common Cafe, in Rumney Village where we received a warm welcome, good chat and a great breakfast.
Having said that - if you read this and are suitably pre-warned of a potential lack of welcome - D Acres could be the perfect place to stay. It IS cheap and looks amazing and you never know maybe if they read this, they'll realise that a little humanity goes a long way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on 180 acres of primarily forest land, and equipped with modern facilities and educational infrastructure, we offer the ideal setting for a sustainable get-away any time of year! In winter we offer rental snowshoeing equipment and groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. When the snow is gone, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking and guided garden and forest walks, while mountain bikers can enjoy free run of the forest trail system. D Acres is the perfect place to stay for rock climbers, located within 10 miles of the Rumney Crag! If you are looking to stay at our organic farm, D Acres offers a range of sleeping accommodations. Site options include private indoor bedrooms, car camping spots, outdoor tent platforms accessible by car and foot, and indoor sleeping bag spaces. There is a resident cat that occupies the building. Prices range from $10-$65. ... more less
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