My husband and I almost stayed here July 19. We called Gordon after trying a few other places which were full. He said he had 2 rooms but didn't tell us there is only a continental breakfast. After being there a while he came into the common room where we and another couple were watching TV. I asked him when breakfast was. He began to appologize profusely that he didn't tell us before hand that he doesn't do a cooked breakfast anymore and it was basically help yourself. I said I was gluten free and the cooked breakfast was one of the big reasons we were there. He said may be we should go elsewhere. At past 8pm and after driving all day, we really didn't want to do that. I said I had oatmeal with me and if I could cook it there, we could get around the continental breakfast. He said okay. The other couple there asked what was for breakfast and he said there was cereal, bread and whatever we could find. After he left the other couple said he hadn't told them about breakfast either.We did a quick look through the cupboards and didn't find too much. Nearer to 930pm Another couple came in and they hadn't been told about breakfast either.
At this point i should say, we never saw his wife and very little of him. They have started a cafe in the last year and that has taken a lot of their time. Gordon told us he has stopped cooking breakfast because he is spending a lot of time picking guests up to and from the airport and car rental agencies.
The outside of the house doesn't look anything like the picture in the advertisement. There are lots of weeds growing between the front steps among other things. The rooms are a little small but the private bathroom across the hall is lovely as are all the common rooms. However there are no robes to wear between the bathroom and your room. Also there was some shampoo and a hand soap dispenser in the bathroom but no soap for the shower, etc. Gordon has a sign by the front door with three phone numbers to get hold of him if a guest needs anything. So I called him and asked about the lack of soap. He said I was raising too many issues and we should go elsewhere. I said I would discuss it with my husband and call him back. He said no we should go. I had hurt him and it was his home after all. He would look for somewhere else for us to stay. A few minutes later he appeared from the back of the house and said once again he was hurt we had looked in the cupboards. I reminded him he had stood on that spot and told all of us we could. He admitted he had but dismissed it. Whenasked if he had called anyone else, he said it was better if we did that ourselves. By now it was nearly 10pm.
One of the other couples said they would email us and tell us about breakfast. We did manage to get a room in a hotel because of a last minute cancellation only. The places around Deer Lake are usually full because of the airport. The email we received 2 days later said breakfast was 3 oranges, 2 limes, 2 apples, bread and cereal and Gordon made 1/2 pot of coffee. The couple had tea and toast and left quickly after the way we had been treated.
This is definately not a 4 star b and b according to the criteria set out by Canada Select. But as some of the reviews have said, if you don't care about breakfast and are looking for a ride to the airport this place will do.
As we hadn't planned to stop in Deer Lake, we hadn't checked tripadvisor about this place. If we had I wouldn't need to be writing this review.
- Also Known As:
- Bird's Nest Bed And Breakfast Deer Lake, Newfoundland