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“We can't wait to come back next year!” 5 of 5 stars
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106 Water St, PO Box 164, Greensboro, PA 15338   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Greensboro B&B and Inns
Bennington, Vermont
2 reviews
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“We can't wait to come back next year!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

We chose for our anniversay getaway this quiet resort to rekindle the romance we seemed to have lost since we had children. What a great place! Old masculine Victorian but not shabby. Unusual and interesting antiques, a fireplace in every room and MOST important to me, a full bath in every guest room. This is not the case in many B & Bs. Great trails to walk, a park with a swimming pool, a bike trail, and a beautiful river to canoe or kayak. We even got to see Frank Lloyd Wright"s 'Falling Water.' Magnificent!
Our Innkeeper (The Captain himself !) was always cheerful and helpful. He even brought a split of champaine, a heart shaped box of chocolates and a personal note to our room to celebrate our anniversary. We have decided that this will be "Our Place" to celebrate our anniversary from now on!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
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4 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

I have stayed at the Captain's Watch Inn several times recently while working nearby on an out of town assignment. The owner Bill has been flexible with me because of my work schedule and is very interested in accommodating his guests. If he is ever unavailable in the morning to prepare the breakfast he has a very kind local woman "Marrianne" come by in his place to prepare the meal which I have always been very pleased with.

Because I am down there mostly for business as opposed to pleasure (although I did find time to visit Friendship Hill National Park which is right across the River) I have not traveled to most of the nearby attractions such as Falling Water, Kentuck Knob, Fort Necessity, Ohio Pyle, etc.... while staying at the Captain's Watch but because I have previously been to most of them I know that this would be a good location to stay while visiting them.

On my most recent trip down there while sitting on the wrap around porch enjoying my breakfast and chatting with Bill about the local area, I saw my first Bald Eagle "in the wild". We both acknowledged it at the same time as it flew across the river within about 100 feet of the porch to behind some nearby trees. About 20 minutes later we saw it again as it flew back across to the other side. ---- That made my day !!

Room Tip: My room was very quiet even when guests were staying above me - A/C was good - Shower was hot and ha...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

Initially, let me say that with the utmost respect to some of the other reviewers, I find it difficult to comprehend that we are reviewing the same B&B, yes, that being the Captain’s Watch Inn. This is also the very first time that I have EVER given ANY establishment a poor review, but I just could not in good conscience waste my time any money on this place without comment. In my describing the train wreck that is the Captain’s Watch to my family following my recent stay, I used the following analogy: this B&B is like giving a beautiful new car to an uncaring teenager who proceeds to trash it. It is, honestly, quite sad to watch someone take something that could be quite nice (i.e., the charming B&B building itself) and destroy it, seemingly trying to make it as underwhelming an experience as possible. The exterior of the building, and the structure itself, is actually very nice, especially the wraparound porch. However, the décor was atrocious. The sheer number of cheap, faux antiques and cheezy, eerily creepy pictures was impressive; quite the collection. That said, the Captain’s Watch merits one out of five stars for one reason alone: the HORRENDOUS staff and breakfast.

As a caveat, and judging from the other reviews, I am assuming (and hoping, for the sake of the business) that the inconsiderate woman who “hosted” our stay was not the owner of this fine establishment. In any event, this individual showed up for the very first time at 8:00 on Saturday evening and brought with her two young children, one of whom was admittedly very sweet and FAR, FAR nicer to us the following morning than the very rude host. The children were given leave to run amok throughout the B&B, and they were incredibly loud (the walls to the rooms are, surprisingly, paper-thin). At 9:00 p.m., at a time when my girlfriend and I were enjoying an intimate moment in our room, the host decides to get in touch with us for the first time by banging on the door and barking at us, in a very rude voice, the time in which it would be convenient for her to prepare the “meal” the following morning (more on that later; I use the term meal VERY loosely). At every other B&B I’ve been to, which number quite a few, the host is invariably very welcoming and gives guests a window in which to have breakfast. Prior to the Captain’s Watch, I’ve never had anyone say, “I’m making breakfast at 8:00 a.m., take it or leave it.” Immediately following this mood-killing experience, which alone was not too bad, the sweet little girl was locked inside of a closet by her young companion, in a room down the hall from us. Thereupon, the child began to scream and bang on the door for minutes. She screamed like a banshee and, surprisingly, did not manage to break the door off its hinges. Mind you, we could hear this entire sideshow as if the girl were in our own room. It literally sounded like someone was torturing her. We both felt very bad for her, but were both rather indisposed at the moment. The girl had to wait for another guest, not her caretaker, to finally let her out. Following a, thankfully, uneventful evening, we were awoken early in the morning by the sound of a screen door repeatedly slamming, loudly, directly below our window (we were forced to leave the window open, as it was a hot evening and there was no air conditioner). Eventually, we round up our things and go downstairs for breakfast at 8:05, five minutes after the appointed time, set by our far-less-than-courteous host. Upon encountering the host, she rudely says to my girlfriend, “Can I help you?” She must get confused quite easily, as there was no one in the ghost town of Greensboro that weekend, and we came for breakfast at the exact time that she had set. As for the breakfast itself, I can honestly say, that it was not only, hands-down, the worst slop I’ve ever had at a B&B (the food is normally very good at ANY other B&B), but it was the overall worst breakfast that I’ve had in my life. The host had set out three aluminum warming trays; the food in each was cold as ice and absolutely horrible. One contained a bounty of three very dry pieces of French toast. The next contained two plentiful ounces of undercooked, runny scrambled eggs. The final contained a disgusting mystery meat product, vaguely resembling cold bacon. I truly felt embarrassed for the host for preparing this nightmare and presenting it to guests with a straight face, but she clearly lacked the capacity to feel embarrassed for herself. I seriously would have paid an extra $20, on top of the $100+ that I had already wasted on the B&B experience, to have forgone the breakfast nightmare entirely. We left the Captain’s Watch that morning as early as physically possible, even though we had not initially planned to hit the road anywhere near so early. This was the very first time that I actually felt relieved to leave a B&B as early as possible. In a nutshell, the Captain’s Watch is a colossal waste of money, and I am just thankful that we did not contract any foodborne illnesses from the nightmare breakfast. Enough said.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Blacksburg, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

If there had been more comments on TripAdvisors I think we would have passed this place up.
The Captain’s Watch is located in Greensboro, PA, a very small town. We walked up and down the hilly streets. There doesn’t seem to be very many businesses open any more. The book listed on the Captain’s Watch was not open while we were there. There is a restaurant in town, however, it closed at 6pm on Sunday. You have to travel to the previous town or go in to Morgantown, WV if you want more of a selection. We brought food with us so this wasn’t an issue for us.
Here’s my impression of the Captain’s Watch
The positives:
The porch- we spent most of our time at the table or on the rattan furniture.
The three cheese omelet
The owner was friendly and helped us with our day trip by providing a magazine, directions, and provided us with ice.
The property was right next to the river. We watched tugs with coal go up and down the river.
There was a fireplace in our room which would be very nice when the weather was chilly.
Towel warmer
The town walking trail
The day trip to see Fallingwaters and Kentuck Knob, both Frank Lloyd Wright houses about an hour from the B&B.
Bikes and canoes available for use
Things that need improvement:
Lighting in the room. We had one lamp so we had to take off the shade to try and get as much light as possible
The bathroom configuration was weird. The placement of the toilet was too close to the door making it a very narrow passage into the rest of the room- definitely not handicap accessible.
Our AC was so loud that we ended up just turning it on fan to make a little noise and move some air around. I eventually opened the windows to get more air.
The carpeting in our room was in need of a shampoo, wallpaper is coming loose from the wall behind the door, and there was an outlet that didn’t have a plate.
The rooms in the house seemed to be a bit smaller and much darker. I noticed that you couldn’t even open the windows since they didn’t have screens.
There were things lying about outside and inside for our entire stay giving it an unprofessional look.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2011

Sometimes when you look at a B&B's website, you are disappointed after you get there because they oversold the place in the description. This is one place where the website does not do the place justice.
I stayed here for 3 nights with my girlfriend around New Years, and I have stayed in many B & B's over the years, and I rarely write reviews, but this place deserves a great one. (Don't be fooled by the surrounding little community of Greensboro, which doesn't look like much.) The inside of this house is quite beautiful, with working gas fireplaces in every room, warm heavy dark woodwork, ornate curtains, and beautiful decorations. . The bedrooms are great, with Ralph Lauren sheets on the bed, and nicely decorated. (Two of the bedrooms have the bed at a 45 degree angle which slightly annoyed my girlfriend, but I understand that they had to do that in order to get a queen bed in the room.) We saw the four rooms in the house (all with fireplaces and private baths) and liked all of them but didn't see the larger room with a loft that is good for kids. There is a small refrigerator in the upstairs hallway for guest use. There is a room with a small bar and fireplace downstairs, where guests can get one complimentary drink. Also downstairs is a room with leather sofas, a fireplace, some books, a tv, etc that is good for lounging around--we happened to have this room all to ourselves during our stay. The decor is rich and masculine, and a tad eclectic. There are bulldog statuetts and pictures in every room, and two live friendly big old bulldogs that are kept near the kitchen.
The breakfast room has a fireplace, and you get a choice in the morning on a great breakfast unless the place is full, then they will do a buffet style. I recommend the 2 night and a dinner package, as the dinner is great (choice of steak or fish), and the closest nice restaurant is about 10 miles away. Nearby attractions include fallingwaters and Nemacolin Resort. The spa at Nemacolin is available to non-guests and highly recommended (about 45 min drive away). There are summer seasonal outdoor activities which we didn't do, such as hiking, biking, and canoeing, and a great wrap around porch which overlooks the nearby Monongahela river. It is a very quiet place for being an old house---we didn't hear the popping/cracking/settling sounds you hear sometimes with old houses at night. The owner Bill was away during our stay, and a local women who works for Bill named Peggy was our host and was very charming and accommodating.
If the location works for your plans, or if you just want to get away for a few days (like we did) I highly recommend the Captain's Watch. I have trouble thinking of a B&B I like better.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 106 Water St, PO Box 164, Greensboro, PA 15338
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Greensboro
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Greensboro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Captain's Watch is an intimate small establishment modeled on the British small country house hotel and includes an authentic English/Irish pub. It sits on a high bank overlooking the Monongahela River in SW PA., and is centrally located to all major tourist attractions, and the University of W Va. ... more   less 

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