Rouden Daach is a comfy, eco-based home in a spectacular setting. Josie and Jim are caring and good hosts. However, while it may not pose a problem for some, the lack of ensuite washrooms and actual controlable heat made life truly uncomfortable for us. The B and B advertises the washrooms as "private". Perhaps, they interpret that as meaning "not shared with the owners of the house". Bottom line is that the 2 bedrooms in the main house share a (very nice) washroom. Only the family suite (in a seperate building) has its own washroom. For numerous reasons, a shared washroom is a pain and a HUGE surprise when all of the listings (including B and B Canada) list them as private.
The house is heated with an excellent airtight fireplace. We were there at the end of August and experienced some wild and wooly Northumberland Straight weather i.e. it was a tad chilly. Cheap-to-install baseboard heaters with a thermostat could have kept us toasty warm. Instead, as we arrived, our hosts were engaging in a gentle "discussion" as to whether the fireplace should be lit. We hoped it would but asking would have been, frankly, uncomfortable. In short, the experience was more like bunking in with your cool buddies on their "eco-farm" as opposed to a simply comfy, warm, easy-to-deal with B and B.
Breakfast was very good. Josie and Jim have 3 wonderful dogs. While the dogs do not spend time in the guest rooms and are perfectly behaved, gentle animals, their hair and dander, etc. is omnipresent and can pose a problem for allergy sufferers as was our case.
The washroom, previously mentioned, was reasonably clean upon our arrival, save for the toilet bowl, unfortunately. It could have used a quick clean-up.
The most annoying part - the surprise involving the shared washrooms.
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