We recently booked this bed and breakfast and were looking forward to a nice cozy place with the usual great breakfasts one finds at many b & bs. Well - that didn't happen. First of all it is more like a self service hotel - no one around, just a key and a note left at the front desk giving a phone number in case there is an issue and breakfast timing (8:30 a.m.). It is not like we arrived at an unusual time - we entered this place during the first hour that check in was allowed and never saw anyone at the desk that day or the next. We ignored this part as we did fine checking ourselves in but could not ignore the rest of the experience. Really nice large house/hotel - but - done in cheap laminate flooring with apparantly no insulation to cut down on the noise. Okay...pushed that aside as well - at first. Our first activity..explore the grounds and the amenities that we were told were available. Saw a small swimming pool (not open yet but it is still a little cold out) but it was not just for the use of the people in the hotel/b and b. There was a trailer park attached to this property and all the residents of the park are permitted to use the pool. Not an issue, at the moment, as we were not going to swim so we went on. Supposedly their was coffee and tea available in the dining area (upstairs) - sure - no cream or milk, no coffee and a few tea bags so we were not going to enjoy sitting in the common area having a hot cup of anything. Night came and time for sleep...not likely. Every time the bathroom was used in the room next door to us or the one above us it would wake us up - the flush sounding like a waterfall vibrating the room. Every time someone started walking in the room above us - again woke us up as you could hear the clomping of shoes against the cheap laminate flooring. Last thing to look forward to was the breakfast. We have been in many B and Bs and the breakfasts provided were always great - until now. We went to the dining area at 8:30 and a cook/server asked us if we wanted eggs, pancakes, french toast etc....a good start. We ordered the bacon and eggs and this person pointed out that we could make our own toast and have coffee or tea. Two small carafes were there, one with coffee, the other with hot water for tea and a very small cream jug - just cream no milk available. The coffee ran out in seconds as there were a number of us there for breakfast and no one around to ask for a refill (the cook/server was downstairs preparing the meal). Headed to the toaster - a 4 slice unit with an old piece of toast in the third slot that never popped up or was cleaned from the day before. Slipped the bread in, after removing the old crumbling toast and eyed the 2 small jars of homemade jam - one grape, the other strawberry. Toast ready - but that third slot wasn't about to give up the slice without a fight - and sticking a knife in the slot is not exactly a safe practice. There was also a small jug of orange juice there and it was pretty good, especially because we had no coffee to drink. Breakfast is pretty simple and takes very little time to prepare - but not here. We all waited 30+ minutes for the breakfast to arrive and it was awful. Everything was overcooked! The eggs hard, rubbery and lukewarm - the bacon just crumbled when you touched it. We asked for a refill on the coffee carafe and she immediately went downstairs, returning in 10 minutes with a new batch...but of course there was no cream...so back downstairs she went. We finished the coffee and toast, left the rubber eggs and the petrified, tasteless bacon and went to pack up and leave. Of course there was no one at the front desk to even voice displeasure. This was an unforgettable and horrible experience, one which we wont repeat. Steer clear of this place - its not worth it at any price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Timber House Country Inn and Resort has 9 luxurious guest suites which are great for single over night stays or large family reunions! The Great Banquet Hall can accommodate up to 230 guests (125 seasonally) for your wedding or party. Let the friendly staff at The Timber House create a warm and cozy feeling every visit :) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Timber House Country Inn & Resort Brighton, Ontario, Canada