After reading the Captain Grant's web site and reviews here at TripAdvisor, I called the inn regarding a room for the busy holiday weekend. They had one room left, which I promptly booked. Ah, I pictured how it would be, looking at the photos on the website...and it looked just like that. Except our room wasn't in the inn - it was next door in an old home where Ted and Carol live. I was very surprised because having stayed in many B&B's,m which often have annexes, it is always noted that some of the rooms are not in the main home. There was nothing on the website that I recall (if it is there I just don't remember it and I read it several times) that said these two particular rooms were in another house, and none of the reviews here mentioned it (nobody who wrote a review stayed in either of those rooms).
That being said, the room was exactly as pictured online, but I will say I did miss not being in the main house, and having to waltz across the spacious manicured lawn if I wanted some of the legendary snacks or a soda...pretty much precluded any late night snack attacks! Also, the inn where our room was is much closer to the road (they have a white noise machine to help drown out the noise) which, whilst it may seem a country road is, of course, smack dab between the world's two largest casinos, with tour buses barrelling down it at all hours of the day and night. Also, the doors to our room were glass French doors with lace and a not-entirely-opaque panel which didn't seem the most private. We however aren't bothered by road noise and the house is so quiet we never felt people were roaming the hall on the other side of our li'l glass doors, so if that doesn't bother you and you lke Victorian, it's the room for you. (I would say that they nailed the decor so well I felt like I was in my mother's cousin's old house in upstate New York, which hasn't changed since her mother decorated it in the early 1900's, which was a decidedly weird experience).
Breakfast is indeed the high point; the blini-like pancakes are among the best I've eaten and the eggs are great. Jams, syrups and meats also sooo tasty. Carol and Ted have some great stories about renovating the place and breakfast is the time to chat them up for this added entertainment. And speaking of entertainment, Ted and Carol have an extensive collection of movies which make for nice watching snuggled in the high beds - DVD and VCR in rooms. They are very nice about letting you pick a stack. If you're not gamblers and like just being in the inn in the evenings like we did, this is a nice option. Have a glass of the sherry, relax, unwind.
The price is lower than most B & B's I've stayed at (except for Kansas!). Just be aware that the Margaret room (ours) and one other one are not in the main house.
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