I visited Thistle Hill with my sig other and two other couples. We were all, on the whole, quite disappointed. We felt so ripped off-- their rooms should be half the price she charges.
This B&B is... idiosyncratic and not a fraction as classy as it appears to be on the website. I have to say in the inn's defense, breakfast was delicious, the inkeepers are hospitable and the beds were extremely comfortable. BUT its problems were manifold, especially for a place charging $125 for the cheapest room!
Problem 1. Our room (the agressively pink Rose Cottage) *reeked* of pot. When I mentioned that to the owner, she said brightly, "Oh, it's smelled that way for four years! And if anyone around here had any pot, boy, I'd sure like to know about it!"
How can that be your response? And how can you justify charging $125 for a room that's smelled strongly of pot for *four years*? Our friends joked about getting a contact high just by walking in the door. It stunk in more ways than one.
Problem 2. The bathrooms. No hot water! We had to wait while she turned it on in the morning (you'd think she would have thought to do that BEFORE we were all up and waiting for our showers....at 9:30 AM!) Also, water pressure was laughably weak, and no soap or shampoo is provided. Again, at these prices, is it too much to expect a freaking bottle of shampoo?
Problem 3. The flakiness! The inkeeper said she could give my us directions to the Inn at Little Washington. When I went to get them, she gave me a map of Culpeper- -a completely different town and hence useless--and said, "Oh, to get to the inn at Little Washington? Just go to Little Washington and you'll see it." That's as specific as she got. On the other hand, she did kindly lend us an umbrella when it was raining. Which promptly broke. Ans one final, hilarious note? The Inn at Thistle Hill is at the BOTTOM of the hill.
In sum, the innkeepers are nice but they charge way too much and misrepresent how lovely the place is on their website. If you subscribe to their methods of New Age healing (and pay many hundreds of dollars to take advantage of them) you may get more out of the experience than we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique Bed & Breakfast which is a combination country relaxation and modern convenience. Rustic on the outside (10 acres), elegant on the inside, we provide individual cottages, lovely decor, comfortable beds with ironed 400-600 thread-count sheets, fluffy Egyptian cotton towels, and tasty cooked-to-order breakfasts (not microwaved) served of only the best natural and organically grown foods. The Wellness Center modalities include relaxing Raindrop Technique with therapeutic essential oils and the refreshing Aqua-Chi foot bath. ... more less
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