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Her Castle Homestay Bed and Breakfast Inn
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Reviewed 4 October 2006

I was recommended this Bed and Breakfast by a friend of mine, and so I went. It was WONDERFUL. I have never stayed at a bed and breakfast and been so pampered. From the moment we checked in, we felt like family. We had dinner with the guests in the room next to us, and had a great time. We even planned on comming up the same weekend again soon. The owner gave us plenty of information about the area, places to go, good restaurants, and even showed us some of her favorite spots to go relax and walk at the beach. She even made our resturant reservations for us. She went well out of her way to make us feel cared for and comfortable. We were given a tray of food at 7am in front of our door filled with coffee, tea, pasteries, and fruit. Once we got ready for the day, we went upstairs to a huge and delicious breakfast. We had such a great time, we are planning another trip early next year. The rooms are filled with unexpected little surprises that made the expience more enjoyable, things like candy, music, fresh flowers, chilled drinks, fresh cookies, bathrobes and slippers, satilite TV, telephone, and private entrances for each room. We enjoyed the private patio and views of the mountains from upstairs. It is also in a great location near the main road in Cambria and just a few minutes from the beach and from Hearst Castle. There is plenty of stuff to do, and it is somehow still very relaxing. If you get the chance to visit this B & B, difinately do so. It is the best.

  • Stayed: September 2006
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3  Thank lmaryn
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Reviewed 2 October 2006

We had an extremely unpleasant experience at Her Castle and would not recommend this B&B to anyone. Her Castle ruined our holiday weekend. We believe this B&B practices unethical business methods, misrepresentation, and false advertising. We were screamed at, ripped off, and slept in a basement/garage with a toilet in the bedroom.

The B&B is owned and operated by Eleanor and Bill Seavey. When we called to book the queen room after viewing the website, we spoke with Eleanor, who confirmed that the queen was available. Their website shows photos of each room. Their website, as well as every B&B website they are listed on, explicitly states that the B&B has only two rooms: (1) a king room and (2) a queen room.

We spoke to Eleanor 4 times on the phone prior to our stay. Each time she confirmed that we were staying in the queen room of the B&B. When we arrived, Eleanor took us right past the two B&B rooms and into a third room. We were victims of a scam. The queen room was already occupied. She had already booked the two B&B rooms with other guests, charged us full-price for a B&B room, and stuck us in a completely different room in her house that wasn't even part of the B&B. Instead of staying in the queen room that was advertised and promised to us, we stayed in what Bill later informed us was a converted garage.

The two real guest rooms, as photographed and advertised on the website, each had identical high ceilings, nice carpeting, matching bedroom furniture with nightstands and a chest of drawers, television with cable, private bathroom with full amenities, and private deck. Our room was a dump. It was some sort of converted storage space that looked, smelled, and felt like a cold, damp basement. Our room had claustrophobic, cramped low ceilings, industrial carpet nailed into the floor, no bedframe, no nightstands, no deck, half-used soaps and lotions, and no television. Worst of all, the bathroom did not have a door. The toilet was basically part of the bedroom, which created an awkward situation every time we had to use the facilities. Please try to envision your romantic weekend getaway while going #2 in front of your sweetheart. It was cold and damp inside. The room had a noisy refrigerator that we had to unplug in order to sleep because it vibrated so loudly. To add insult to injury, we didn't even have a television, but Eleanor reprimanded us for accidentally unplugging the other guests' Direct TV connection when unplugging our noisy refrigerator.

It was obvious that this room was not part of the B&B and that, having already booked the real guest rooms, Eleanor was trying to make money by cramming in extra guests over the Labor Day weekend. Not only is this deceitful and dishonest, it is illegal. False advertising is an act of deliberately misleading a potential client about a product, service or a company by reporting false or misrepresenting information in advertising or other promotional materials. False advertising is a type of fraud. Additionally, false statements or promises made by a seller of goods or services regarding the quality or nature of the product constitutes misrepresentation.

When my boyfriend politely informed Eleanor the next day that we were not 100% satisfied with our room, she was deceitful and manipulative. We made no mention or attempt to ask for our money back. We did not raise our voices. We did not complain to the other guests. However, she was argumentative and dishonest and refused to acknowledge that she had misrepresented the room or that we were staying in a room that was not actually part of the B&B. I don't know how she said that with a straight face. We almost busted up laughing when she said our room was actually bigger than the "real" queen room. Yes, garages and basements tend to be bigger than bedrooms, but that doesn't mean it's okay to cheat people into staying in your garage or basement. Her behavior was absolutely reprehensible. Later, Bill apologized that we had gotten a raw deal and offered to give us a partial refund. But Eleanor, who was eavesdropping from the upstairs balcony, screamed "ABSOLUTELY NOT! Not with that breakfast! Try finding a motel down the street for the same price!" Lady, people don't care about a free breakfast when you rip them off and cheat them out of hundreds of dollars. Bill looked miserable and apologized again and said he had to obey his wife's orders.

The other guests staying in the real B&B rooms had no idea what was going on and assumed we were all staying in the same accommodations. They would have been shocked if they could have seen our miserable room and heard Eleanor repeatedly lying and then shrieking at us. Be forewarned: you may think you booked a queen or a king room, but when you show up, you may be paying for something entirely different.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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41  Thank flymarbles
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Reviewed 22 September 2006

We had an amazing stay at Her Castle B&B. Eleanor and Bill Seavey are the owners and they CARE about their guests. They both go out of their way to make sure every detail of your stay with them in not overlooked.

The breakfast in the morning is to DIE FOR! SO much food you will not need to eat lunch. Ask for the french toast. It is the best you'll ever have. Even before breakfast you get a tray of coffee or tea tray brought to your room at whatever time you specify. NOW that is great service. Then in the afternoon they also have a wine and cheese hour. With local wine and great cheese and crackers.

They are very knowledgeable about the area and the local things that you should see and do. Eleanor made reservations for us at one of the local restaurants that was amazing. Thank you for the recommendations!

We stayed in the King room. It was so neat and clean and had really nice little touches. Fresh flowers, lotions and cream (Bath and Body works) in the bathroom. Great robes and slippers and the bathroom was very spacious. It has a great deck that you can sit out on and read the paper or listen to the birds and look at some great scenery.

We loved or stay and will be going back to Cambria soon and when we do, I hope they will have a room available for us. We would LOVE to come back and stay with Eleanor and Bill again.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Lakelover1
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Reviewed 12 September 2006

My mom and I stayed two blissful evenings with Elenor and her husband. She went above and beyond to make us feel at home - we truely felt more welcome there than with our own family!

She offered us a lot of local information on where to eat, what to do, etc. The breakfast's were amazing, more than we could eat. She even bought us some food from the farmers market when we commented that the produce was really great.

She even gave my mom a parting gift when my mom commented on a certain item from the room that she really liked!

It was the best part of our trip, very relaxing right down to the Bath and Body works products in the bathroom. I would highly recommend to stay here as well as a visit to Cambria if you want some quiet time to relax and smell the ocean air.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with family
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2  Thank shanook
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Reviewed 12 August 2006

My wife and I had a truly perfect weekend thanks to Eleanor and Robert Seavey and their extraordinarily wonderful B&B. The king suite was sumptuous and spotless and came with every nice amenity one could imagine (I wish we had some of their plush towels and linens at home as well as the plenitude of toiletries and fabulous snacks that were ever present). If the hostelry was a delight then I lack enough nice words to describe the breakfasts (and we have done Clinton Fresh Food and Norma's and Brennan's and Green's). The total goodness, variety, freshness (the local farmer's market even got into the act) and presentation our two day's breakfasts were beyond comparison. The fabulous food and small size of the group made for the added bonus of great comraderie at the breakfast table. Our hosts were knowledgeable and helpful and a total delight to stay with and their sightseeing and dining advice made our stay in Cambria (which is a really neat place anyway) a weekend to be remembered always. This may all sound too good to be true, but Her Castle is one of those rare wonders which really qualifies for that designation. I can't believe we found out about the Seavey's fabulous B&B almost entirely by chance and succeeded in getting a prime time booking on relatively short notice! The intimate size of this amazing B&B made our experience better yet! Plan ahead and book this little gem now as once word gets around it should (and deservedly so) become very solidly booked. If I knew when in the next few years we will be going back to to the mid coast area (and I know we will) I would be on the telephone right now trying for the booking. Thanks again Eleanor and Bob for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Larrye
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