We stayed at this resort for a week in Aug. We actually left a few days early because it was really a lot farther away from so many attractions and we spent most of our time traveling just to get to the highway.
We rented a 4 BR home and I must say that we were very excited because I found that the place was almost booked a year in advance. Many folks are repeat vacationers and have returned year after year. However we won't fall into that category.
Upon our arrival we were given directions to our home. One great concern that I had was that we were told no keys would be given out because most of the homes don't lock. We felt very uncomfortable with that and found ourselves lugging our valuables, (laptop, chargers etc etc etc) with us every time that we went out. To our surprise, everything in the home was safe. It is almost like an area that time forgot.
With our rental we also rec'd 3 meals a day. IF we were not going to be at the restaurant for lunch, we ordered a bag lunch the night before, which was a wonderful treat.
When we arrived for our first meal, I felt like we were on an older style cruise ship. We were assigned a table, which we kept for the duration of our stay. Waiters and waitresses lined the dining room, starched uniforms and standing like they were in a military inspection. We immediately made friends with our waitress, a very sweet girl with a wonderful personality. We were also assigned a waiter who was very friendly as well.
The menu is set up so that one can order as much or as little as he/she wants. However, when we arrived there were exactly the number of pieces of bread on our table as there were guests. Rarely were we ever allowed to receive more, although we asked. At one point during our stay our waitress looked upset. When asked what was wrong, we were told that she had been docked $20 because she didn't put a saucer under my son's cereal bowl. This is absurd. We did notice that the person who came around to the tables with the jelly seemed to double as some sort of inspector. She was rather aloof throughout our stay, often marching up and down the aisles checking out the tables repeatedly. Of course on the last day of our stay (the day that we were to pay out big bucks in tips), she was very outgoing and friendly.
This brings me to another issue. Again, I felt as though I was on a cruise. I paid enough money for the home and food and didn't feel that it was necessary to tip the 'jelly girl' or the hostess, who, simply handed out the menus. I can totally understand tipping the wait staff and the housekeeping staff but tipping someone who literally acted as though it pained her greatly to put a tablespoon of jelly on my plate a few times that week seemed ridiculous. Finally the food was simply Okay/ very bland tasting and often cold. Fearful of getting our waitress in trouble, we said nothing.
It should also be noted that one guest directly across the room from us decided that she would breast feed her child in the dining room at almost every meal. The only concern I had with this was there she never used a drape or shawl of any kind and it was very inappropriate. The jelly girl or hostess should have said something but I'm assuming they chose not to. I mentioned this to the owner at checkout and she seemed taken back that it occurred.
Our home, although very old, was surprisingly extremely clean.. The LR furniture was very uncomfortable, chairs were falling apart and the sofa was so low it was extremely hard to get up from But considering there is no TV and no A/C in the house (and yes it gets VERY hot in the summer), we spent minimal time there. In the evening however, there was a great breeze and it cooled off nicely. The bedrooms were quaint and the kitchen was adequate. We stayed in Blueberry. Very interesting old lovely home. Just to note- there are a number of large fans that we did use. Beds were very comfortable.
Pros to the vacation- tennis, gold and many activities included for the price
lovely old home, very clean
awesome front porch in main house where dining was/easy walk
Our wait staff
Cons- tipping recommendation for so many people. (wait staff and housekeeping are understandable)
very much of a 'blue blood' atmosphere/ almost like you don't 'fit in to this class if
you don't play golf
the need to take your valuables with you since doors can not lock (I don't know if this was just our home but it sounded like it was most of them)
the location- far from just about everything
Wifi only available at Main house not indiv. homes
No A/C in homes
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Twin Lake Village is an all inclusive resort offering rooms in the hotel, two and three bedroom suites and a variety of cottages ranging in size from three to eight bedrooms. We operate on the American Plan so breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in the hotel dining room. Enjoy swimming in Little Lake Sunapee, golfing on our nine hole par three golf course or a tennis match on one of our three clay courts. If you prefer, you can relax with a book in one of the rocking chairs that adorn all of our large sprawling porches.The Kidder family has been welcoming guests since 1897. From homemade breads and real TLV maple syrup to Monday night bingo and picnics on Mt. Kearsarge little things make a big difference to us. Bring your family to meet our family for an old-fashioned vacation. ... more less