We recently attended a wedding here. The ceremony was lovely, as was the setting, and the couple had made a point of saying families with children were welcome. It soon became clear, however, that Ray, who I believe is the proprietor, does not welcome children on the property. At the informal reception, when a group of kids started a harmless game of tag on the nearby green, he severely scolded them for not sitting in their chairs . When our nine year old, a nature lover, was admiring a frog in one of the fountains, Ray yelled at him "you've had enough pond time--go back to your parents!" He actually made him cry. He even yelled at our two and a half year old for getting too close to the impatiens. His treatment of the parents bordered on harrassment, berating them to "control your kids!" These were just a few of the negative incidents, and even members of the wedding party were embarrassed by his behavior. It is clear he is not used to dealing with children, because these were very well-behaved kids who were simply enjoying the park-like environment--one of the qualities they heavily advertise. We understand that some places do not want young children, and we respect that, but if that is the case with Castle Unicorn, they should make that clear to their potential customers. In fairness, the hostess, whose name I don't know, was very pleasant to the kids and seemed to enjoy their presence, even allowing them to get up close to a gargoyle statue (as kids will want to do), which Ray had scolded them for just minutes before. She even encouraged them "to spend the night sometime"--something we had actually been considering. Her hospitality, however, did not make up for Ray's rudeness. It is clear he views his "castle" and its grounds as a museum piece, best observed from a distance--especially if you have a family.
- Also Known As:
- Castle Unicorn Hotel Pacific Junction