I so wanted to love this place. We brought some friends and their kids with us; the area has tons of things for kids to do (at a price, unless your interest lies solely in visiting the beautiful and adjacent Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.) The layout of this resort is lovely, and the golf course is meticulously maintained. However. However.
When we got there, it was warm and rather odd-smelling inside, so I wanted to open a window in the kitchen. I pulled up the blinds and let them drop: the handle for opening the window was encrusted with kitchen grease and general filth. The window had soap spots on it, splashed up from the sink below. So I went to open the dining room window, and the screen fell out. (The other window had no screen at all.) I gave up and let the air conditioner run instead.
At the bottom of the stairs (the units are 3 levels) outside the bathroom, there was water coming up from between the tiles. We thought it was our friends' children having left their wet bathing suits there; this was not the case. The water came up from somewhere below the floor. This probably explains why there were ants in the bathroom. Two different kinds, too. Small brown ones and big black carpenter ants, running in and out of the cracks in the bathroom tiles and grouting. I also saw ants on the dining room table, which rather disgusted me.
The stove has no vent, so if you cook something and it gets smoky, you might well set off a fire alarm. We didn't, but we were quick to open the door and, yes, the dining room window. Another thing about the stove: it's situated such that you can't open the utensil drawer or the dishwasher without first opening the oven door a little.
Watch out when you're washing dishes or showering: the hot water is easily hot enough to cause a painful scalding with just a little movement of the faucet.
The beds are hard, and the pillows are reminiscent of sandbags. The bed coverings consist of a sheet and a bedspread. I'm not too comfortable using a bedspread as my sole blanket, because they are not commonly washed as frequently nor as thoroughly as other bedding. There should be a separate, light blanket.
The chairs are comfortable and there are lots of them. The back of the couch, however, was coming undone; the staples had fallen out, and this part faced the dining room. The carpet is stained and in need of immediate replacement.
So, what was good? Well, the landscaping is beautiful. There's a lovely little vest-pocket park perfectly suited for reading, with two overhanging weeping willows reflecting in a weed-choked pond. There are three pool areas, and they are all good pools. The people we met at the resort, from workers to guests, were all very friendly and neighborly. And the resort is located just outside the Water Gap National Recreation Area, so some great picnic grounds along the Delaware are just a ten minute ride away. If you're willing to explore the area, you'll find a lot to like. It's just not likely that you'll appreciate this resort if you have a unit like we had.
One final thing: they will offer you wifi at the rate of $10 / day, per device. So if you have two laptops and a tablet, that's $30 a day. That's highway robbery.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 400-Acre Pocono Mountain Resort located adjacent to the Delwaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offering one and two bedroom fully appointed villa rentals. Four seasons of activities include Blue and White Lightning all season tubing, Pocono TreeVentures aerial ropes course, Pocono Zip Racer dual 1,000 ft racing zip lines, Fernwood Golf Course 18 hole par 71 golf, Edge of the Woods Outfitters with canoeing on the scenic Delaware River, year-round horseback riding, bumper boats, Wintergreens Patio Grill with live entertainment and summer theme nights, massage, mini golf, video game area, Destination Earth Paintball, skiing at nearby Shawnee and Camelback Mountains, water park packages with Camelbeach, shopping at The Crossings Premium Outlets and hiking at Bushkill Falls - the Niagara of Pennsylvania. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fernwood Pa
- Fernwood Resort Bushkill
- Fernwood Hotel Bushkill
- Bushkill Fernwood Hotel Resort
- Fernwood Bushkill