The check-in time for this B&B is between 3.00 and 6.00. We arrived at 5.45 after a 350 mile drive to find it locked up. There was a note on the door to say that the owner was out for a while and to call the phone number that was written on it. We walked the length of the town looking for a public telephone as a UK mobile doesn't work in the US. When we got back we asked the next door neighbour if there was a phone in the area and he kindly let me use his mobile but the number was unobtainable. He gave us a can of drink each and we sat on the porch of The Pecan Tree for about an hour. Some American guests came out and they tried the number for us and then realised that there was a three digit code to enter first. How were we meant to know that? Anyway, they left a voicemail message for the owner and let us in. We sat in the lounge for the best part of an hour before the owner, Dave, turned up. He was very apologetic and said that he had been on his boat and had left a deputy manager in charge. She had earlier sent away a couple with children thinking that they were us and had then cleared off. They weren't us and if they hadn't had children with them they would have been given our room.
The room itself left a bit to be desired. The towels were clean but had a musty smell to them as if they had been left damp for some time. In the bathroom there was black mould down the corners of the shower unit. The shower head was encrusted with salt deposits as if it hadn't been cleaned for a long time and the fittings were rusting. The pipework to the sink was covered in thick dust. There was a black mouldy patch developing on the wall and the paint was flaking. The room needed some serious work doing to it.
Dave is a very nice bloke but he does need to crack the whip with his staff and get the place sorted. I don't know what the other reviewers saw but it wasn't what we saw and compared with other B&B inns that we have visited in Virginia and North Carolina this was not amongst the best and was overpriced for what it was, but then Beaufort is a place where you need a fat wallet!
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- Your Crystal Coast Getaway, Beaufort, North Carolinas most popular and romantic B&B since 1991, the Pecan Tree is in the heart of the Beaufort Historic District, just a few steps from the yacht harbor and across the street from Beaufort Grocery Co. and Blue Moon Bistro, with in walking distance to restaurants, shops, museums and the famed historical sites. Renowned for its hospitality, the Pecan Tree has seven gracious rooms and ample porches for rocking and socializing. Open year-round! ... more less
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