I don't understand how this place could have received so many good reviews. I found Ann to be one of the most unfriendly and rude people I have ever met in my life.
It began when my friend and I, who were enjoying a relaxing weekend in PA, called to see if we could drop our bikes off during the day before checking into our room, as we were attending the Renaissance Fair and preferred not to leave them in the parking lot. After hassling us for about 15 minutes over the phone, Ann reluctantly agreed to let us come by around noon. That was the first sign of trouble.
We arrived to check into our room at 8:15 Saturday night, noting on the website that check in hours were from 4:30 - 9 pm, and not wanting to further provoke our hostess by disregarding the rules. There was a note on the front door from Ann saying that check in hours were 4:30 to 7:30, and she had gone out to run an errand. We waited around, hounded by two farm dogs who were covered with mange. Upon her return, Ann did not greet us, welcome us, or even ask our names, just told us that the hours listed on the website were wrong. She then made a point of saying that while she usually offered breakfast later on weekends, she had an event the next day and if we didn't want breakfast at 8:30 we should go somewhere else. She walked us up to our room and left about 30 seconds later, not bothering to provide any further details on our accommodations.
The room was adequate but the hallway had an overpowering fake flower smell to it. The bathroom smelled of poop, and there was a nasty sign on the wall explaining about the septic system. I discovered that the internet needed a password, and spent the next 1/2 hour wandering around trying to find someone to help me with it. Ann had disappeared and we had no way of contacting her or even knowing where she was. I did not see her, or anyone else, again until the following morning.
We were reluctant to go down to breakfast the following morning, but figured we had already paid for it so we might as well try. Ann was in the kitchen cooking, and once again did not bother to greet us or say good morning. She spoke about two words to us all together as she put food down on the table. As soon as the breakfast was out she left the room and we did not see her again for the remainder of our stay, which was probably a good thing in the long run.
To be honest, her husband Gary tried, and I appreciate that. He sat down at the table with us and we had a relatively pleasant, if somewhat awkward, conversation. The breakfast was decent, but not exemplary. Cobbler made with canned peaches is not really my cup of tea. As soon as we finished we hightailed it out of there as fast as possible.
I honestly don't understand 1.) Why this woman is running a B & B in the first place, and 2.) Why so many people find her delightful. I consider myself a very friendly, easy-going, un-threatening woman. Perhaps she was just having a bad week, but I feel it's fair to warn others that the "rave reviews" posted here may be the exception rather than the rule.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hillside Farm Bed & Breakfast is a farm home in a peaceful rural setting featuring an 1821 pre civil war farmhouse, barn and other buildings. Once a dairy farm, Hillside Farm Bed and Breakfast is still surrounded by one of the largest areas of farmland left in Lancaster County which guarantees a healthy measure of quiet, rest and relaxation. A full, country all-you-can-eat breakfast is served family-style each morning. Be sure to bring your appetite. Snacks are always available. Hillside Farm presently hosts two guest rooms, each with their own private bath, in the Main house. Also offered are two Romantic Get-a-way Cottages, each with a jet tub, fireplace, entertainment center and wet bar. The Stable and the Chicken Coop are perfect for a couples retreat. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hillside Farm Bed And Breakfast Mount Joy, Pennsylvania