We always use Bed and Breakfast accommodations when traveling, not only in the US, but also when traveling in Europe, New Zealand and Australia, The homey atmosphere, information and recommendations for dining, etc. provided by the host/hostess is always welcome and interesting. Such was not the case at Kelty Estate Bed and Breakfast. The ammenities are misleading and inaccurate.
The only rewarding and positive aspect of the stay was the wine tour our daughter arranged for my birthday gift thru their website with Linda from Wine and Vine Tours. She was a superb guide, intuitive, knowledgeable and we highly recommend her to anyone. Now, back to the Kelty: the limo was in the shop and she took us in her car.
My husband had arranged a nice birthday get-a-way for me online at The Kelty Estate Bed and Breakfast. Check-in was after 3pm and we arrived at 4pm. We parked our car in the drive and went to the front door. It was unlocked so we entered. No one there, we walked thru the lower area, called up the stairs, checked the kitchen, checked outside. We had our registration copy, so called on our tracphone and a woman answered. I told her we were at the B & B to check in but no one was there. She simply said "I'll call Jim, he's outback." and hung up the phone! We waited, looking around some for information. there was a sofa table in the hall with business cards, flyers for things to do, a few restaurant menus but not much.
Finally we saw a man coming from the driveway area. "Are you with Groupon"? We didn't know what he was talking about. I informed him we were checking in, but he was on the "Groupon" tangent. My husband tried to explain we had reservations and I went to the living room area where I had my phone and the confirmation and took it to them. He looked at it and questioned if we had paid and my husband explained we had done it online with the credit card. Then he asked my husband, "Are you on the wine tour tomorrow." My husband replied that our daughter had set us up for that as a surprise for my birthday, and yes, we were! Jim then left and said he had to call the boss because he didn't know anything about this. My husband was upset as well, not only by the man's attitude, but because my birthday surprise was no longer the surprise he and my daughter had planned.
Jim returned sometime later and said everything was taken care of, At than point my husband got our luggage and took it to our room. I tried to engage Jim in conversation, did he work here? If so, did he get our dietary allergies list we had sent? Oh, he worked here but he no longer cleaned the bathrooms- he was thru cleaning toilets and showers. He asked for my food concerns and I told him the four: walnuts, shellfish, pork and lactose intolerance. No problem, he said, but could I have half and half--the cook put that in the eggs. I must have given him the strangest look. He left and brought our key to the door and the skeleton key for the room. He prepared to leave again and then turned--"do you want your glass of wine?" Well, at that point I was ready for one. He went in the kitchen and came out with two glasses of wine, handed me one, and put the one for my husband on the table. I looked at it, a red wine and asked "what is this wine?" He had turned to leave, and said "I don't know, don't drink the stuff" then must have realized what he had said and went to the kitchen to check. it was a 2011 Yamhill Pinot Noir, I believe. Didn't see the bottle myself. Then, he said " lock up when you leave and when you return. See you in the morning". and he was gone. that was our initial encounter of the utterly bizarre--- but there was much more to come!!.
Our room, the Trillium looked nice on the website picture. The bed was not a queen, however, but a double. and our mini bar consisted of two wine glasses, a corkscrew and two bottles of bottled water. A separate sitting area?? There was a chair by the minibar! It had two drawers which contained a phone book and a pen. We wanted to watch a dvd and the remote had dvd features on it. We looked everywhere for a booklet on the TV, a TV listing, anything. Looked downstairs for a newspaper (there were absolutely no magazines or newspapers of any kind). Finally gave up and just watched TV until dinner time. Thank heaven we had stopped by a Winery on our way into town that gave us some recommendations for a place to eat. When we returned it was still as uninviting. We wondered if there would be other guests.
We went upstairs and noticed how hot it was. Our room was even hotter!! I tried to open the window but it didn't open. We turned on the bathroom fan to draw out some heat as well. That night was horrid. It was impossible to sleep in that heat. I have a water-proof thermometer on my keychain I use when outdoors. I got it out and it registered 92 degrees F in our room!! Yes, it is an accurate thermometer. That is unbearable. Even turning on the air conditioner didn't help enough. We tried to sleep but finally gave up and took turns taking a shower to cool down. (The bathroom is literally six feet long and two one-half maybe three feed wide for a shower, sink and toilet). My husband went down to see if there were any ammenities such as more water, juice and came up with two cups of coffee. We had drained the two bottles of water from our so-called 'mini bar'.
After we dressed, we went downstairs and another couple came down. They had the room next to ours and had the same problem with the heat. We agreed to ask about the heat after breakfast. A three course breakfast --Well, the setting was so sad. A nice table covering, some flowers, maybe a candelabra would have been such an improvement. It had bottles of hot sauces, salt and pepper, four placemats with table service. We all sat down and then came the food: The Orange juice was good, that was considered the first course? The Costco heated muffin, the second course? I asked if the one put in front of me had walnuts in it, he didn't know, but would ask the cook. She didn't think so, it was apple. My husband switched with me just to be safe. After that the third course: eggs topped with spinach, diced bacon and pine nuts with diced herbed potatoes. So much for my breakfast. I picked out all the bacon I could and my husband and I just looked at each other. I went into the kitchen and asked the cook if she got my dietary restrictions. No she had not. I informed her of the four items:walnuts, shellfish, pork and lactose intolerance. She said she would have some vegetarian sausage for the next morning.
We all then asked about the heat problem and Jim said "well, heat goes up", but the guys weren't taking any more of it so Jim took us to the thermostat and told them how to turn the heat down. We also asked about the DVD Player and about an alarm clock. He said there was a DVD Player and went to our room and showed us where it was--in the side of the TV. One problem solved, but oh to have had a manual in the first place would have been wondrous! Never got an alarm clock,
The wine tour that late morning was really fantastic and our guide's recommendations for dinner were also well received. We returned to the Kelty, stored our wine purchases in the closet downstairs at her suggestion. it would be too cold in our car and way too hot for it in our room.
I enjoy reading, but there needs to be reading material and the Encyclopedia Brittanica isn't my choice. the books in the bookcase very limited selection as well, and no magazines or newspapers. Books on wines or local area history usually are standard fare in the B & B's we have been in. Tried to figure out how to turn on the fireplace, gave up. So much for ambience, No nice fire, no bouquets, greenery, candles, nice music, reading material, absolutely nothing. On a cold night in a vintage Bed & Breakfast is that unrealistic? I don't think so!
We turned the heat down that night. At least we were able to sleep, and yes, we were exhausted from no sleep the night before. So much for the romantic get away.
the next morning I decided to get us coffee or some juice. Outside our room is a little alcove--could this be our separate seating area? there was a chair there, but a sign on it said don't sit here. there was a tray for ammenities. It had a basket with some sugar packets, and a rack for holding cups. I thought maybe it would be good to use for carrying the coffee or juice. It was filthy. Bad idea. I went to the kitchen, no one there, but coffee brewing so I took two cups upstairs.
Our breakfast was a repeat of the prior morning with tomato and kalamata olives on the eggs instead of spinach and pine nuts. Same spuds. I did get veggie sausage, however. Two other couples joined us four. We had good conversation and we gave them names of some B & B's we've used.
We checked out at 11 and no one there to check us out!! Big surprise.
Also beware of the entry deck and walkway. The deck is rotten in area around the drainpipe which is dislodged.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kelty Estate is listed in the National History Register. Built in 1872, we are in the heart of Oregon wine country, 48 miles from Portland, 60 miles from beautiful Oregon beaches or zero miles from your most relaxing holiday. There are 21 wineries within five miles. Easy access to Evergreen Air and Space Museum, Willamette Valley Medical Center, Delphia School, Linfield College. Just minutes from McMinnville, Dundee, Dayton, Newbergm Salem and Carlton. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kelty Estate Hotel Lafayette
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