To be fair, this was only our 2nd stay at a bed and breakfast. Maybe my expectations were too high but I wanted to just state a couple things in case there are any other couples like us expecting something a bit different. We arrived late at night and Susan showed us around. The website said that we’d have a private bathroom and I’d just assumed that the private bathroom would be connected to our room. It wasn’t, it was on the main floor, while our bedroom was on the 2nd floor. There was also no key to this bathroom but we were told that we can leave our stuff in there as no one else would be using our bathroom. It was also a little too close to the eating area for comfort. On to the bedroom. She led us up the stairs to our bedroom. As it was June, the door had swelled a bit from the heat and you had to really shove it in, making a very loud sound every time you wanted to open or close the door. There was no lock on this door either. Maybe this is the norm for bed and breakfasts but I really wasn’t comfortable with the idea of leaving our stuff in an unlocked room in a house full of strangers. The first thing we noticed when entering our bedroom was that there was no air conditioning and it was HOT and muggy. There was also no television. We said goodbye to Susan who then drove away to her home down the road. It was only then that we noticed the bugs. There was what appeared to be a swarm of gnats in the corner of the ceiling. There were bugs all over the walls. I counted 12 bugs on the lampshade alone and there were bugs on the bed and pillows. I can withstand a lot and would’ve dealt with the no air conditioning, no TV, no lock, and bathroom downstairs however, there were too many bugs to fathom the thought of staying there. At about midnight in an area with no cell phone reception, no chain hotels, no gas stations, nothing at all open at that time of night, we got in the car and just drove back the direction we came, hoping to find somewhere to stay. I called Susan the next morning and explained why we left. She was apologetic and refunded my money in full and offered us a free night’s stay on a return visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic 1810 mill house nestled next to a waterfall. Just four guest rooms on a unique property in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Since 1992 Susan has built a loyal following of returning guests that enjoy the trails on our mile along the river. Just a short drive from New York City brings you to our small village. Gourmet, healthy breakfasts next to the stone fireplace. Friendly magical staff and free kayaks and canoeing in our nature preserve. A place to unwind from the frenetic pace of the world. Enjoy nature up close. ... more less