The web site made this place sound wonderful and we were really looking forward to a romantic week-end away. We managed to have a good time in spite of the Walden Plantation but if we could have gotten our money back after that first night and gone somewhere else we would have! Where to start? I have stayed at numerous bed and breakfast places which are usually wonderful with little extra touches and wonderful people who run them. The large building you see in the pictures is where you stay and it is just like a hotel. A bedroom and bathroom with a little refrigerator. They had peanut packages on the counter and the fridge was stocked but all of that was to buy - they wanted $2.50 for a small package of peanuts! I have never seen that at a B&B, only at hotels. We arrived a little after 3:00pm which is check-in time. We walked around to the office/dining room building to check in only to find no-one there and all the lights off. We waited around for a little bit and then went walking around looking for someone. The first floor porch around the building had dead bugs and animal poop all around it. When we didn't find anyone, we went back to the office and still no one. We started to walk off when finally a nice lady came out to greet us. She greeted us by the wrong name and didn't know that we had a reservation, but quickly found it. We hauled all our stuff in - Ricardo is right it is a hike by an ugly fountain that has not been well maintained! I wanted to go check out the Llano river so we walked around to the back to see it. It too is a hike and they have this dirt path which like the fountain is not well-maintained. Stickers were everywhere! The river bank on their side is all grassy and weedy and there is no good place to get in. Now across from them, down the road that runs by the property to the other side, the river bank is all rock and dirt and you can just wade right in. Everyone we saw in the river had done this - driven in their car on that road to the other side. We spent 30 minutes getting the stickers out of our shoes with tweezers when we got back to the room. Unfortunately, others had not been so considerate so we encountered stickers in the carpet and in the bath mat! After driving into Llano for dinner, we came back out to relax with a drink and play backgammon. The only place that you can sit at a table is in their dining area or the outside bar area which looks really nice. It wasn't. First, they were playing Christmas music in August and it was pretty loud. I had to ask if it could be turned off or changed and she seemed a little surprised that I didn't want to listen to Christmas music. The table and chairs weren't that comfortable and the bugs were bad so we ended up back in our room sitting on our bed to play. The bed was the best thing in the whole place but we still didn't sleep great because the a/c unit is loud and we could hear everything above us. It sounded like a herd of elephants were in the rooms above us! The shower pressure wasn't great and they didn't replace the used washcloths. The filter basket in the coffee maker in our room was disgusting. Breakfast was good but we didn't stick around for it Sunday morning because we were ready to get out of there and never go back! I booked the stay through a bed and breakfast web site which stated that Walden Plantation is 30 minutes from Fredericksburg but it is not. It is a good 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. Next time, we will stay in Fredericksburg! They obviously spent a lot of money on building the place, but didn't put a lot of thought into it and have definitely not maintained it.
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- Walden Plantation Llano, Texas