We rented a two bedroom two bath Mountain Home from photos Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge & Gardens had on their web site. As this stay was planned for the week of spring break, we made the reservation in early December 2012 for a three night stay.
We chose the Mountain Homes because we were planning a reunion with our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter who were coming to visit us from Calgary, Alberta. Our son-in-law created and runs an upscale English Style Pub "The Tudor Rose" in Calgary. He is also the Pub's executive chef. Both he and our daughter are competent and gifted chefs, so finding a vacation rental with a full kitchen and dining area were essential.
The Belknap websites sparse photo's of the house did not do the property justice. The Mountain Home (#13) was beautiful, both inside and out. All of the mountain homes were built in close proximity to each other and the landscaping was non-existent. The views from the house and grounds near the entrance at Camp Yale with a large naturalized pond and fountain seemed to compensate for this lack of detail/completion.
Our daughter and son-in law took the double queen room and we set up the roll-away for our granddaughter (8) in the living room. One of the queen bed frames had previous damage, so i don't think it could have been utilized even if they had chosen to have used it for their daughter.
After reading reviews of lack of adequate equipment and supplies at the cabins at the Lodge cabins, I over packed every conceivable kitchen and dining item i thought we might need. As i am a chef, the quality of equipment and cookware i brought from home exceeded what was supplied, but I believe that any family would have found everything needed at the mountain home.
Realize that the lodge's management does not view rental of the Homes as a hotel, so only six sets of towels and one set of bed linens per bed were provided. Whether you rent the house at $250 per night for 2 nights (Minimum) or for a month. you will be expected to launder and maintain housekeeping for your stay.
The most bizarre items in the mountain home were the commercial restroom locking toilet paper dispensers. I returned to the lodge to request replacement rolls and was rudely informed that the did not give TP to guests and that a member of the house keeping staff would go to the rental to fill the dispenser.
The grounds at the gardens were good for walking in and getting light exercise, but as it was late winter in the mountains so no flowers or bushes in bloom.
The two hot spring fed pools were delightful and the pool/lodge facilities were satisfactory. The lodge was beautifully appointed but as other reviewers had written the front desk staff were to be avoided as much as was humanly possible. Our son-in-law needed some salt and went to the lodge store when he brought it to the counter with his (US) debit card he was informed that he would need to make a minimum $10 purchase. He gathered some other items and brought them to the front desk clerk. When the order was printed up he was charged an additional $3.95 to use the debit card.
Although the grounds and hot spring pools and the Mountain Home itself was up to the standards of other vacation rentals we have stayed in (Forest Grove, Bend, Sunriver and Ashland, OR and Port Townsend, WA), The overall cost/value and customer service aspects of Belknap and Camp Yale Mountain Homes lead us believe we will not be making a return visit.
This was a Mountain Home vacation rental at Camp Yale located 2 miles from the Belknap Lodge facilit...
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