The house was very clean and well maintained. The house sits across from the lake but fairly close to the road (a very quiet road, but a road, nonetheless). I think the reservation system needs to be tweaked. The voucher says to call to make a reservation but all I ever got was a voicemail. Rick would call back but it would take several days and if I missed the call we would end up playing phone tag. It took me two weeks to get a reservation made due to this. Once you actually talked to Rick he would tell you to go on their website and book thru there then you had to wait to get a confirmation e-mail. It was a long, tedious process. I was told by Rick, the owner, that I could book a room but if a "full paying customer" came along my reservation would be bumped and I would be put in a different room. I thought this was very unfair and not disclosed to me when I purchased the livingsocial voucher. As it turns out, apparently no "full paying customers" wanted our room so we were not bumped out of it. When I initially purchased the livingsocial voucher it said their were no restrictions as far as what rooms you could stay in but when I tried to reserve the carriage house Rick told me that this was not part of the voucher (although it said nothing about room restrictions). I felt they were less than accommodating as far as check in time. I have stayed at many B & B's over the years and always find that the innkeepers go above and beyond to satisfy their customers, not so much with Rick and Lauri. They were very nice but when I wanted to check in a few hours early (we lived 3 hours away), I was told that was out of the question. In other B&B's they have allowed us to check in, leave our bags and go spend the day in the area (in another words, not necessarily get into our room early, but fully accomodate us). Meanwhile the next day, we witnessed two couples check in hours early???? Ok for them I guess, just not for us??? When we checked in we were told there were kayaks and a canoe on the side of the building for our use and that there were oars in the shed. We went for a hike the next morning and talked about how nice it would be if their were bikes. Later that day we decided to go for a canoe ride and when we retrieved the oars from the shed what do you think we found? Bikes. Nice of them to mention that when we checked in. Certainly would have made our morning more enjoyable. Coffee and tea were available 24 hours a day, a nice touch. Also, supplied microwave popcorn, another nice touch. No afternoon cookies or snacks which I have to say is a first for me. I've never stayed at a B&B and not been served some sort of an afternoon snack. Breakfast was average. You are given one glass of juice and no refills so drink your juice slow. Butter and water were also hot commodities. We ended up going to the market across the street and buying bottled water since you are only given one bottle each in your room. The water from the tap tasted terrible and had a high sulfur content. There were various brochures, hiking trails and restaurant recommendations left out for you but there was little personal attention. They certainly weren't around if you had a question unless you happen to catch them at breakfast or checking someone in, you were on your on. I found that very different from all the other B&B's I have stayed at. Very little history of the home was given, etc... We stayed in the suite, I would not recommend this room. It was a glorified finished attic, very claustrophobic. Contrary to the majority of reviews online, I wouldn't rush back here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mariaville Lake B&B is not just lodging-it's an experience! Stay in a federal home with five unique guest rooms, all with queen beds, private bath and view of the lake. Your innkeepers are professional, fun, and funky. Breakfast is fresh, local, and yummy. Most of the rooms have hardwood floors and original moldings. There are two marble fireplaces. The Lakeview and Vineyard Room are located in the oldest part of the house and open with skeleton keys. The Colonial Room occupies the former upstairs porch and the The Suite has a living room with morning bar, bedroom, and full bath. Why stay in town when you can stay at the lake? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mariaville Lake Bed And Breakfast
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