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Tara - A Country Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Clark B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very disappointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

My review will focus on the overnight accommodations. The downstairs was very nice and the restaurants and food were excellent.

Stayed in the Garden Suite at the end of March with my two sisters as a surprise for one sister’s 50th birthday. “Luxurious overnight accommodations” as touted on Tara’s web site, is not what we received. The room had a beautiful Persian carpet, an ornate chandelier and some attractive statuary. Other than that, dated doesn’t begin to describe its remaining contents. The sleeper sofa was ancient and very uncomfortable with dingy sheets. As was the mattress on the main bed. The bathroom needed to be completely gutted and redone. It had an odor, cracked tiles, comically small shower, tarnished faucets, and it wasn’t very clean. Also, the towels smelled funny and weren’t very nice. This was undoubtedly due to the strange smelling water they must have been washed in.
Peppered throughout the upstairs accommodations are these little wooden carved people holding trays. They place your newspaper, towels, etc. on them. They are painted to portray African Americans and are done in an almost cartoonish style. I found them offensive. I took a picture, but have rethought posting it. We needn't bring back all things about the Old South.

The staff was pleasant and most were helpful. They wear period costume. And when I say “costume” this is exactly what it ends up looking like. Coupling a pretend antebellum dress with modern day hair, tennis shoes, jewelry, nail polish and 21st century people is not a good idea. I felt bad for them. It came off as silly and cheapened the experience. It took me back to an eighth grade field trip not antebellum Georgia.

The food and all of my dining experiences at Tara were very nice. This unfortunately did little to make up for the very disappointing suite. This is not a bargain hotel, nor is it priced as one. For the price paid the room should have been much nicer. Upon check out neither of the two desk personnel asked how our stay was. This has never happened to me before at any hotel….ever.

Really got the feeling that this place used to be “luxurious” and used to be very nice and up to date, but that the owners are now resting on the laurels of its heyday. They need to learn from Scarlett and realize that as time passes Tara just isn’t what it used to be. Next time I will remember, if I want luxury, I should go back to Bedford Springs Resort.

Room Tip: Eat here, but do not stay overnight.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

We stayed in the Garden Suite in March, 2014 for two nights for a girls' getaway weekend. The good news first: The food was amazing. Everything we had from breakfast, afternoon coffee and tea, and dinner was absolutely wonderful. The servers were pleasant and eager to be of service. The live piano music during dinner was a wonderful touch and very enjoyable. Our visit to the spa at the sister inn, Buhl Mansion, was relaxing and enjoyable. Our guided tour of Tara was informative and entertaining. Now for the bad news. There was no one to assist us with our baggage. We ladies had to drag our bags all the way up to our room on arrival and back down upon our departure. We saw other guests doing the same thing. Our mention of this upon check out was not well received by the front desk. By all appearances our suite had not been updated since the 1980's. It was very dated and in dire need of remodeling. The mattress was old and the linens were shabby. The bathroom was the worst of the experience. The unpleasant smell of the well water lingered in this room constantly and made showers an unpleasant experience. The shower stall was tiny. The jets on the tub were rusted, and the faucets (once gold-tone) were tarnished. The ceiling was spotted with rust and what appeared to be mold. See photos. This was all very disappointing -- particularly in light of the very high price paid for these accommodations. If you really want to experience luxury or at least get what you are paying for, I recommend you stay somewhere else. Sorry, sad but true.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

My wife and I wanted to get away for a couple of days so we headed for Tara. Truly a memorable experience - great getaway with lots of charm, great food and a truly warm and hospitable staff that goes out of its way to deliver the ultimate experience. This was our second visit to Tara; the other visit was in the summer. The numerous public rooms feature gas fireplaces creating a warm glow everywhere you look, handsomely offsetting the gracious furnishings and embellished décor. It was quite cozy sitting by one such fireplace looking out onto the well manicured grounds transformed into a winter wonderland by freshly fallen snow. A delicious seven course meal with white glove service which featured a notable toasted walnut soup and a perfectly prepared lamb and lobster dish among other things was the perfect way to spend an evening capped off with expertly prepared Martinis and Manhatttans in the upscale, intimate lounge afterwards. Our room looked like it could have come right out of a plantation. The bed was outfitted with an incredible down mattress topper and luxurious linens. The two person jacuzzi in our suite was in an adjoining enclosed sun porch which was a great way to start and end the day. Breakfast was a delicious event as well. Tara - A Country Inn is an unique experience that melts away the stresses and strains of the rat race we sometimes all find ourselves in. A must try!!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

The rooms are beautifully decorated in a Gone With the Wind theme. When we checked in they had a bottle of champagne, fruit, cheese, and a homemade cookie with our name on it. How nice! The staff is warm and kind, and they do whatever they can to make your stay memorable. The food is delicious, and we recommend getting the package rate with room and meals. This is our third stay. We are making it a yearly tradition for my sister's birthday.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Middle of Nowhere
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

We arrived to a beautiful mansion and were greeted with champagne. We checked into our room quickly and had a nice tray waiting in the room. We did book the package, and everything we ate was delicious. The room was adequate space wise, but VERY hot. The whole house was actually very warm, and we ended up using the ceiling fan and air conditioner in the room. The in-room jacuzzi took an hour to fill since the water was slow and we had to turn it off since it ran out warm water. Our room faced a main road, but it was fine since there were blinds. Nice for a short weekend since there isn't much to do nearby.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank PAERRN
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Mansfield, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

We went for Thanksgiving 2013, and the food was excellent! However, the other two days we were there, our meals were extremely disappointing, the service very slow. The room where we stayed was very dark, no dresser or desk and hard to control the temperature. The air conditioner/heater was very noisy. If you care for television, the units were antiques. The hot water in the bathroom took a long time to come out hot, every time we tried it. The staff was very friendly, the decor was what we expected given the era represented, a beautiful building, in and out. The collection of memorabilia was impressive and tasteful.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

We stayed here for a romantic weekend away! It was a perfect place for the two of us to escape. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Since we had never stayed here before, and there are so many amazing rooms to choose from online, I called to speak to someone about suggestions on rooms. The front desk staff was very helpful with accommodating us and walking me through the reservation. Once we got there, the staff again was extremely helpful and friendly! It was neat to see them all dressed in southern belle clothing. The small touches like turn down service each night, champagne & cheese tray upon arrival, hospitality hour with tea/coffee/snacks, terry cloth robes, large jacuzzi tub, discount at Buhl spa, and gratuity included in the price were amazing!

We took advantage of the package that included the breakfast and dinner each day. It was well worth the money! On Friday night, we ate at Stonewall's Tavern. Outstanding service, food, and drinks!! The next morning, we took advantage of breakfast being delivered right to the room! It was delicious. Then, that afternoon, we drove to Buhl Mansion to get a couples massage. Again, amazing staff and service! That evening we ate at the beautiful Ashley's Dining Room. The 7 course meal was very fancy. There was a live musician who played the violin and baby grand piano that was in the dining room. Nice touch of elegance! And on Sunday, after checking out, we ate at the brunch. Delicious food once again.

We also took advantage of the house/property tour before we left. We enjoyed hearing about the history and information of the property. We liked the fact that if a room was vacant, they left the door open with a small chain in the doorway so that you could see inside. It was nice for getting ideas for a different room in future visits! Wish we could have seen all of them!

The only 2 small downfalls that I can think of are 1) Tara is very close to the main state route in Clark. The side of the house we were on had a lot of traffic noise! We are used to it because where we live, there is traffic noise. But, if you happen to stay, take advantage of the window air/heating unit fan to drown out the noise. 2) The TV in our room, Southern Nights, was small and in an awkward place. We took 2 DVD's with us to watch while relaxing in the room after dinners, but had trouble easily viewing them. The entertainment center was on the side of the bed. So to view the TV, we either had to lay sideways in bed or pull up chairs from the other side of the room and we couldn't see it from the jacuzzi. We saw in other rooms (that were vacant & open) that they had couches and bigger TV's. We will just have to make sure we note that when making a reservation in the future with the staff. I know they will be able to help us find the perfect room!

This is a great place to get away. It has a B&B feel with the personalized touches and hospitality, but it is big enough to still be like a hotel with a little more privacy. We will definitely be going back in the future.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tara - A Country Inn
Address: 2844 Lake Road, Clark, PA 16113
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Clark
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Clark
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inspired by the greatest movie of our time, Gone With the Wind, Tara recreated is in a real sense an embodiment of the Old South. Tara offers you a lasting impression of Southern Hospitality and a chance to enjoy the luxuries of days gone by. Whether a sumptuous gourmet meal, luxurious overnight accommodations or a guided tour, Tara is the ultimate in World Class Country Inns... devoted to guests who expect the exceptional and appreciate the best. ... more   less 
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