We dropped in without a reservation mid-week and found a reasonable price. The rooms appeared extremely clean and well maintained. The owner was found in the first floor hair salon and he provided good information on dinner opportunities.
We are not B&B experts, but there is no one living in the building (or on the property we were told) and the front door in unlocked at all times. This is Shelter Island, not Cape Fear, but if you are uncomfortable with only a fragile room door lock between you and the outside world, you need to take note.
Although the rooms and common areas are “clean”… I have only one complaint… bugs. Upon check in, there were a few small black ants on the bathroom floor. This is the country in summer, so a few ants are no surprise. After returning to the room from dinner, I sat in the large, very comfortable leather chair to check email. Joining me on the arm of the chair was a half inch long, multi-legged, antennae sporting, tubular shaped, light brown bug.
We went to bed with a half eye open and at 1:15 my wife leapt out of bed, turned on the lights, and stated that a bug was crawling on her. We looked and found a good sized silverfish crawling on the pillow. The Japanese beetle flying around the room at the time can also to be expected in the country. We did not sleep well the rest of the night. We did not see roaches or bedbugs. (although I never identified that 1/2 inch tan fellow)
Since the Innkeeper’s hair salon was busy with customers the next morning, we thought it more appropriate to tell him about the issue when we got home the next day. He said he would look into it. The place was very clean – but dirty and bugs don’t always go together. These things happen, but should not be taken lightly by the owner, so ask to be sure he has had the building de-bugged before you stay.