Things that did not appeal to me about this place, others might enjoy (judging by the number of positive reviews they evidently do). Probably a matter of personal taste. But I'll put my thoughts down for consideration anyway.
I’ll start with what I liked:
1. Breakfast was great. Fruit, home-made muesli and bread.
2. Good location, the major sights are walkable, there are excellent cafes and restaurants nearby.
3. It’s interesting. My first reaction on entering the house (really two houses) was how quaint. It has an antique charm. However, this delight gradually gave way to more practical considerations.
Now for what I didn’t like:
1. My room was quite small and full of clutter. What were, on first sight, charming knick-knacks soon became a nuisance. There was hardly a free surface to put my things. There was no desk and chair, but plenty, it seemed, of dressers and a chest. I had to clear a space on a dresser and kneel to use my netbook (there is a strong and fast internet connection)
2. Security is poor. While I could lock my door from the inside, I could not lock it when I left the room. Anyone could just walk in while I was away. I discussed this with the owner, David, at breakfast who said it was possible to have a skeleton key for the door (which would, of course, fit all the doors – so doesn’t really address the issue). His response to my concern was that there has never been a theft in the 18 years he has been running the place and that locks would turn it in to a hotel rather than a B&B. David seemed to be implying that his guests are all one big, happy family who wouldn’t dream of stealing from each other. Meanwhile, back in the real world I have no reason to trust complete strangers. A safe is provided for valuables in the room but did not work (David said he would look into that). If the security of your possessions bothers you, you might feel uncomfortable here.
3. The double bed (not a queen) was small. I am only 5’ 9”, but my toes were hanging over the end of the bed. If you are used to a queen, you probably won’t enjoy it. I didn’t sleep well as a result. The mattress was also quite lumpy.
4. As other reviewers have noted, a $400 penalty (plus replacement costs) is imposed for losing the door key. While this is certainly good incentive not to lose the key, it’s an unpleasant threat and hardly in keeping with the ‘we’re a happy B&B not a hotel’ image David was trying to sell me at breakfast.
5. Being an old place, it creaks. I could hear people making their way to the share toilet in the night, even though I use earplugs.
6. I had doubts about how clean the place was. It was so full of stuff that it would be hard to maintain high standards of hygiene. There was a musty smell at times and a couple of dogs roam the buildings. I found a woman’s hair band on the floor on my room. In fairness, the bathroom was kept very clean.
I’ll add a final note about the rules, which some reviewers have disliked. There are really only 4 (I noted them) – don’t bring strangers into the house; please be considerate of others (be quiet after 10.30pm); don’t smoke indoors; don’t eat or leave food in the house (to deter vermin). None of these seem to me unreasonable. I did find the ‘do not eat food’ rule oddly inconsistent with the two complementary chocolates on the bed though.
So there you go, read some other reviews and make up your own mind whether this place is for you.
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