We stayed at the carriage house. We arrived at night and our taxi driver didn't know where it was. Since you can't see the address from the street, that involved slogging through a lot of mud and wet leaves until we found the place at the end of a long, slippery, wet and leaf-covered driveway. The house is cute and nicely decorated and the breakfast (left the night before) was tasty with some nice fruit and acceptable pastry. The location was nice and it was quiet and warm. The owners are ice and the place was spotless.
What I didn't like were all the leaves on the stoop, but what would keep me from recommending this to anyone, are two significant things. First is the design of the upstairs, which was built with open pits/holes on the sides of the room to allow for heat (and presumably air) to circulate up to the attic space. There's a handrail that would keep an awake adult from falling through the holes (they are large enough for a grown tiger to fall through), but I could help but worry that I'd stumble around half-asleep at night not remembering where I was and have the vacation end in tragedy! Also, we were unable to invite the grandchildren over because of worries about safety, so the whole point of staying in a place big enough to invite family was kind of ruined. (I have worked with risk assessment, but am not overly paranoid, just have seen a lot of shattered bones and see this as a potential threat.)
is that the bed was like a dorm bed from the 1970s. I could feel the metal springs through the sheets and the bed was so lightweight that every time my husband turned, the whole mattress shook and buckled. You could compress the mattress to half its size by pressing down with a hand. I ended up sleeping downstairs on the vinyl couch/bed and that was pretty comfortable, except that the bathroom is upstairs in the attic.
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