My husband and I also purchased the LivingSocial deal for half price on a two nights' stay. We thought that our stay was worth it for what we paid. We would have left unhappy if we had paid full price.
There's nothing WRONG with this place. The building is lovely, the furnishings nice, the bedroom was smallish but quite comfortable, the bathroom fixtures outdated but very clean. The whole property looks like a comfortable old farmhouse that's not too particular about its every corner. Beverly is very friendly and warm. Breakfast was fine, nothing extraordinary. So at the basic level, we found everything quite adequate. It was a quiet, peaceful, nice place to stay and we enjoyed ourselves. We might even return, if we could get another half price deal, but we would definitely not pay full price for a stay here.
Things we liked: small shared fridge for guests' use was nice for chilling beer, etc., gorgeous four-poster bed, very nice conversation with other guests, comfortable informal living room and patio for lounging, beautiful trails through the wooded property, use of the B&B's golf cart for leisurely riding around, nice location in Chesterland is close to a lot of activities and places to visit. We enjoyed a very nice weekend visiting local farms, small towns, antique stores and flea markets.
Things we didn't like: well... it's not exactly that there were things we didn't like. It's just that there are things that would have made our stay better. We have stayed at a lot of B&B's around the country, and we know what to expect when we check in to one, so we did not really have any surprises. We were surprised to read reviews online about cleanliness, as we found everything spotless. It's not like a fancy high-end urban-antique-district inn, but it's not pretending to be. It is what it is -- a rural B&B with its own quiet charm.
So really, what we noticed most about the Marigold was its general failure to provide any of the "little extras" that most other B&B's include for their guests. These are different at each place, but usually there are some hospitable "special touches" that make each place stand out. There was not much of that sort of thing here. A pair of fluffy bathrobes in the closet for lounging, for example (there was only one in our room), or a K-cup maker in a corner so you can always get a hot cup of coffee or tea (nothing but small carafes of water -- with one glass per couple -- here). Little snacks set out in a basket. Little books in the rooms, maybe, with lists of local attractions or area restaurants, would have been a nice touch. We had to depend on Google maps to give us ideas. Even little soaps or bottles of shampoo, as most places offer to guests, would be nice -- the Marigold bathrooms boast a giant industrial wall dispenser in the shower with labels marked "shampoo," "shower gel" and "conditioner" (though this last was empty, in ours). We were glad we'd thought to pack the nice little bottles of toiletries that had been provided for us at a different B&B we'd stayed at before.
Curtains or blinds on the bathroom window, however, are really a must rather than an 'extra' (ours overlooked the patio). I'm not sure how this has been overlooked, especially because we are not the first to comment on the problem here!
So, none of these are complaints -- just things that we have appreciated about other places that were generally lacking here.
However, we DO have a major complaint our stay. It is not really about the B&B itself, but about its excessively exaggerated marketing scheme to sell two-night packages via LivingSocial. The package was lushly advertised as including 1. "2 Italian crystal wineglasses," 2. a "wine and cheese tray," 3. a local "wine tasting," and 4. a "golf cart rental." So, ok, we received all of those things. But here's the reality of what they were:
1. We were given two perfectly ordinary-looking wine glasses in which to drink our wine, which I suppose we were supposed to just haul up to our room and wash and pack home on our own? We did not receive any directions about them, and when we left forgot to ask about them -- presumably they're still sitting around there somewhere. As they really were perfectly ordinary wine glasses, we did not feel particularly inclined to take them home.
2. Beverly kindly prepared the 'wine and cheese tray' for us, which was a dinner plate containing some ordinary Nabisco crackers and some cubes of colby jack cheese, and a bottle of a brand of wine which we had just purchased at the grocery store the other day for $3.29. There was nothing wrong with cheese or crackers or wine, they were fine -- but don't come expecting anything special. No gourmet cheese or interesting wine or even water crackers, here. This is as ordinary as it comes.
3. The "wine tasting" was by far the most deceptive item of this package, and a real stretch. Whoever thought to include this in a "package deal" should be ashamed of themselves. The "Red, Wine and Brew" place is simply a big wine & beer store (a very good one, with an extraordinary selection, but again, nothing fancy here -- just a big store) and their "wine tasting" consists of a few miniature plastic cups next to the cash register, into which they will pour a few drops of whatever bottle they happen to have open, and which one is expected to drink while wandering the aisles of their store. They will do this for whoever walks in their door on a weekend evening. If you come in on a weeknight, there is no wine and no tasting. I don't think that the folks at this store even know that they were "included" in this package. This is not an "included item" in a guest package at all -- this is a shameless attempt to try to make a basic B&B stay into something that it is NOT. Honestly embarrassing for whoever's brilliant idea THAT was.
4. Golf cart rental. Another deceptive marketing item. The golf cart exists, certainly, and any guest at the Marigold may ask to use it. We did, and it was quite nice. But to call it a "rental" is totally odd.
The weirdest part of this was, when we asked about the "golf cart rental" and the "wine tasting" that were "included" in our "package," Beverly gave us rather an odd, embarrassed look and explained, "well, it's not really a wine tasting -- you can just go to the store and they'll give you a taste of something" -- and about the golf cart, "well, there's no rental, it's just here, I'll get it out of the shed for you if you want." I mean, WE weren't the ones who wrote up the exaggerated claims of the package, we just bought it, you know? And we were asking about it using the language that the B&B provided for the "package deal." If there IS no 'rental' then it should not have been advertised that way.
So, in short, our whole experience was really fine. It was generally a bit less than we were expecting, but not overwhelmingly so. We would have enjoyed it much more if we had not bought a "package deal" that advertised an experience that was very different than what we had. I am very glad I did not buy this as a gift (we nearly did) because all of these oversold "package extras" would have been extremely embarrassing for us.
Pay the extra for a whirlpool room. We peeked in... it was lovely!
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