We needed a break and this place seemed well reviewed so we tried it, the setting itself is lovely, tranquil, in the woods. However in January with not so many visitors they should shut to the general public to avoid this negative review:
1. This place has approximately 45 feral cats wandering around. This was not advertised and my partner is severely allergic, not cool, nor is the smell of ammonia.
2. The cabins are quiet until you get a neighbor, and then you realize how thin the walls are, and you hear everything, they are also very very basic as well. However bed was comfy, and plenty of pillows. Also two robes for the outside hot tub which was also nice.
3. The ice machine was an old broken metal ice machine with a door, and a few bags of ice which were thrown in at the bottom, it stank, the ice was old, smelly and really only good to keep closed good cold, you wouldn’t want to put any in to your drink.
4. The Restaurant. Ok, I appreciate it is hard to keep quality food in a restaurant during the off season, but the fact that they offer a full menu of steak dinners on Thursday including hangar steak, and a full menu on Friday and Saturday which includes a 3 rib rack of lamb for $27, and escargot is a joke. My husband ordered a medium rare hangar steak, it was supposed to be smothered with onions and mushrooms. It was microwaved (that’s all you heard going bing bong all night) grey, overcooked and as for smothered, some sort of gravely smear. I ordered the grilled chicken, it was huge but flavor wise not nice, it must have had every single dry seasoning added to it from the pantry. It was cooked and moist, however very amateur for $12. Vegetables were canned; the home made mash was stale and floury. Everything took almost 1 ½ hours, thank goodness it was BYOB!
The Caesar salad had a caveat – will only make if there are a minimum of 2 guests for $9. If I am a single diner and paying you $9 why do you care? What a ridiculous mandate!
Breakfast was included so we thought we’d try it, only a one hour window in which to do so (0900 to 1000) and so the next morning after a disastrous dinner we thought we’d try it. Hey, it’s free right? Ugghh! A buffet (there was only the 2 of us there). Coffee was self-serve, there was orange juice and milk, 2 open bowls of cereal, a few bits of melon. Under the two heating dish lids were rock hard sausage patties, stale biscuits, watery scrambled eggs (stop it from sticking) and grits. I swear it was the breakfast from the weekend before reheated. We weren’t offered toast, there was no bread and no toaster to make your own toast or bagel, no butter, had to hunt around to find creamer, jelly etc. In other words a waste of time and food. Honestly, for the amount of people staying there (we saw two other couples) they couldn’t cook a la carte? A couple of fresh fried or scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, some toast or coffee etc?
I do appreciate that its hard to run a business with no customers during the off season but they would be better off closing down for the season, or creating an off season menu that would be sustainable for the business and worth the money, fresh and cooked correctly for the customer.
This place has real potential and I’m sure in the summer with camp fires, bbq and a big pool, its busy and possibly a hit, but we won’t be back based on our off season experience.
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