Date of stay: 1/18/2012
This property is incredible. It is exceptionally peaceful, quiet, and beautiful. My husband and I stayed in the Gardeners Cottage. It has a bedroom suite, changing closet and storage area, separate living/seating area, large bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub for two with a detachable shower head for bathing.
K.W. was a terrific host. He provided everything we needed for a quiet, relaxing honeymoon. When we arrived there was champagne chilled on ice, candles, snacks and foods for breakfast. The mini fridge is under the cabinet, hidden out of view as not to spoil the look of the room. Our foods included home made cookies, banana nut muffins, blueberry muffins, English muffins, fresh bananas, cereal, and amazing cheese dip appetizer ready for heating in the fridge ( with butter crackers for serving ) In the fridge there was yogurt, fresh orange juice, milk, butter, jam, cold water, and three blends of Community Coffee ( Dark, Medium, and Decaf) There is a coffee maker, and toaster for your goods. Also there are plates, dishes, silverware, assortment of cocktail glasses, bottle opener, can opener, ect.
There is a selection of books and music in the seating area. Windows surround the entire room, so yo can watch the wildlife from the warmth of the sofa, or outside on the porch on the rocking chairs. There are several stained glass windows throughout the cottage. The large stained glass window in the bedroom has a light behind it, and it shines beautifully at night. The stained glass window over the sink in the bathroom has a shutter, and when you close it, the shutter faces convert into a mirror. I loved that. Then when you are done with the mirror, you can open the shutters again to reveal the beautiful stained glass behind it.
In the bathroom the Jacuzzi for two is VERY spacious, and just as relaxing. K.W. provides bath salts for a long, peaceful soak. There is also an overhead heater for your Jacuzzi soak, it kept us very warm while soaking in the tub. Also in the bath area, there is a storage closet with extra towels, facecloths, iron, clothing hangers, and a hairdryer. K.W. also provides soaps, shampoo/conditioner, matches for candles as well. The toilet is in it's own room within the bathroom.
The cottage was very clean, and well kept all the way around.
K.W. built us a fire outside in the fire pit. We went off for dinner, and when we returned, we enjoyed our fire. He left a lighter, and ample lighter fluid to get our fire roaring. Also, at night he turns on the lights that decorate the cottage, and the lantern on the picnic table near the swing and fire pit.
There were a number of deer along the hillside that we were watching, not 15 feet from us.There were at least 10 of them. My husband asked K.W. for a flashlight so we could get a better look at them. Their eyes reflected back a bright blue, so they were easy to count. You could hear them walking through the brush. It was amazing. The night was crystal clear, so the stars were out in their full glory. It was so quiet, and peaceful... it was quite romantic.
That night we heard an owl calling, and other wildlife communicating too. We loved it.
The next day we walked down the hill side. There is a swamp area down there that was awesome to explore. Wild strawberries are growing out there, and the deer tracks were well visible in the daylight in the soft ground. There is a set of stone steps near the hammock that you can walk down, and a moderately steep hill to walk down to get to that area. If you can't walk down there, there is actually an entrance to the area, from the street that you can drive down to get to.
Let's put it this way... we didn't want to leave. It was incredible. K.W. thought of everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible. He is such a nice person, and when you talk to him, it feels like you've know him forever. I would highly recommend this place for romantic getaways, reconnecting with your partner, rest and relaxation from the city, an anniversary, honeymoons, or just plan ANYTHING.
- Also Known As:
- Shadetree Hotel Saint Francisville