After reviewing the info on Beaufort's B & Bs, my husband and I chose the North Street Inn for one night while passing through the area. Let me say that over the years, we have probably stayed in close to 50 B & Bs. In comparison to other accommodations, the North Street Inn was a major disappointment. Architecturally, the home is interesting and is wonderfully located near the waterfront. However, it could be so much more with some tender loving care and creativity. We stayed in the Magnolia room which looked bright and cheery in the photos. In general, it was. However, these are some of the disappointments we encountered:
- The home looks tired and in need of a paint job.
- The back yard needs to be cleaned up. Since guests park to the rear of the house, everyone is bound to see it.
- The front porch offers rockers and a view of the waterfront. However, it would have been nice to have the porch and chairs hosed off.
- The bathroom is dated which is OK, it fits the home. However, there was no bathmat and the white furry rug at the side of the tub looked like it's not routinely washed. There was a large bottle of shampoo and conditioner in a plastic basket on the toilet tank. The only other "amenities" were three plastic cups turned face down on the counter next to the sink. I questioned how clean the bottom one would be since it sat directly on the counter.
- When I turned back the bedspread, I noticed a long, dark hair on my pillow. In the words of a B & B owner in Nova Scotia, "You can do all the cleaning you want, but it's all over if a guest finds one errant hair." Personally, I flipped the pillow over and hoped the hair was due to static cling from being washed.
- Both the white front door and back door were very much in need of being washed. It was obvious lots of dirty hands had pushed on the doors over time to close them.
I can't comment on the breakfast because my husband and I decided we wanted an early start (6 a.m.) and the earliest time the inn keeper Kevin was able to provide breakfast was 7:30 a.m.
P.S. It took two calls to the inn to verify that our reservation had been received. Apparently, returning calls is not a priority. I noticed there were 6 messages on the answering machine the night we checked in. They were still there the following morning.