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“Beautiful Setting but .....” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Eagles Nest Inn Bed and Breakfast

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Eagles Nest Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #7 of 16 Langley B&B and Inns
Vancouver, BC
Level Contributor
22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful Setting but .....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2012

A group of us (six lady friends in our 60’s & 70”s) rented 3 rooms for 4 nights. We had arrived early just to check out where the Inn was and to hopefully drop off our luggage. No one answered the doorbell so we walked around the place to see if someone was there. We heard a voice from an upstairs window asking us what we wanted. We introduced ourselves and gave our info and were told to come back at 3:30 and that they would rather we not leave our luggage as they were busy and would have to come downstairs. The owners did not introduce themselves or welcome us to the Inn, so off we went and came back at 3:30.
The pros: beautiful setting, nice rooms for four of us (Saratoga & Forest Rooms), good breakfast, good island info
The cons:
1. Terrible room for two of us (Garden Room - sink drained poorly, tiny shower, little clothes hanging space, very dark with noise from the owners rooms above both in the evening & in the morning)). Not light and airy as described on the site.
2. Inflexible rules - every single night at 10:00 pm, Jerry came up to advise us about quiet time. When we said we still wanted to talk, we were told we were disturbing the other guests. We had already checked with the people on the top floor and they were watching a movie. When we told him this, he then advised that “they” (the owners) could hear us over their TV (downstairs and through closed doors). It felt as if we were being treated like children instead of paying guests.
3. Very unwelcoming feel over all
4. Door to breakfast room closed with "Private Sign" on it and no one allowed in room until 9:00 am sharp. That meant no breakfast if you needed to eat earlier. Breakfast felt very formal - coffee served rather than just letting guests help themselves. The two guests in the fourth room had to leave early, so they did not get any breakfast even though their breakfast was part of the cost of their stay. More inflexibility.

I have stayed in many B&B’s in the US, Canada and Europe and have never had to write a negative review (or one this long) as no place is perfect, but this review was written with input from all six of the ladies who rented the 3 rooms. None of had encountered an inn that made a point to say on a note in each room that they start early so are essentially not available in the evenings.

For some guests this might be a good place but, we would not return as we like a more comfortable, relaxed stay.

Room Tip: Garden Room on bottom level is dark and not as the photo shows. Saratoga Room better but non-working...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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LangleyEaglesNest, Owner at Eagles Nest Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 14 September 2012
From the Innkeepers perspective group reservations not reserving the entire Inn are always more challenging for the Innkeepers and sometimes for the guests who are not part of the "exclusive party". For those of you reading this review let me share a little of the behind the scenes of this specific arrival day. We had just had all four rooms depart at shortly before 11:00 am (delightful guests) and all four rooms were checking in. The notes on the reservations indicated that all arriving guests were arriving between 3:30 - 6 pm. No expectations / requests for early arrival.
Really busy: rooms being stripped, laundry to be started and all rooms needed to be cleaned. Jerry was busily mowing 3 1/2 acres and doing clean up out on the acreage to keep things looking nice; as certain chores we can only do on the property when we do not have laying over guests.
I was upstairs in the Saratoga Room with the balcony door open when I hear people walking around out the back; the time was about 11:30 am. I went out onto the balcony and look down below to see folks; some peering face up against the glass into the lower windows. I said Hi, can I help you? NOT what do you want. Then came the explanation that we are checking in today and no one answered the doorbell. I explained I can't hear the bell as I'm up in the rooms cleaning.
Someone said I know we are early and I said yes and I'm afraid today I'm doing all rooms and with the workload won't be able to check you in until 3:30. Then someone mentioned dropping the luggage ....what I recall saying was just a moment I'll come downstairs, open up and you can bring it into the lobby. Then someone said well that's OK it should be in the car shouldn't it? I asked if it was in the trunk and they said yes. I said yes we are a small community and don't have any car tampering issues. You were going to hang out in town have lunch and I assured you we would be ready by 3:30. I know some where in there I said; by the way I'm Joanne.

I'm glad you found some pros: beautiful setting, nice rooms (4 of you were happy) good breakfasts and area info.

The cons: The only thing terrible about the Garden Room is that when you booked your rooms you separated your group and when that was noticed on check in there was an immediate room change wanted. This before even seeing the room. When the room change was not possible as we were fully reserved these ladies were not happy campers. The room pictures are true to the room and there would have been more light if you had raised the louvered blinds; there are two large windows and plenty of lights. The shower is standard sized and the rake for hanging clothes is 3 feet wide. The slow drain was an issue and was fixed the day you brought to out attention. It was actually the stopper that was out of adjustment that was causing the slow down. Additionally, there are no owner's quarters above the Garden Room or any of the quest rooms here at the Inn.
Rules: Yes there are courtesy rules. Quiet time hours are established for the courtesy of all staying guests when there are mixed parties. This is common place even in hotels. We are not inflexible BUT you did not reserve the entire house and since we the Innkeepers could hear you and we are a long way away from the common area we were concerned about the quality of stay after 10 pm for the room above who was not part of your party. You were not asked to leave the area only be cognizant of the noise and asked to to turn the lights out when you turn in. It is our standard and last routine of the day every night at 10 pm to turn out the lights in the common areas that do not remain on all night and remove any dirty items left at the hospitality counter to be cleaned and returned in the morning. When the areas are still being used we ask the guests to turn the lights out when they turn in. Jerry did that each night. We turned in many nights after 11 pm and you were still enjoying the common areas.
The Open Kitchen/Breakfast Room is not a guest area, it is closed and opens at 9 am for the full breakfast service. Since the kitchen is licensed it can not be a guest area by order of the Health Department. I can open and serve guests when the food is prepared and ready for service. This was explained and is also explained in our in-room information found in each room. There are alternative breakfasts available a continental style and early to go which can be ordered by notifying the Innkeeper the night before. I checked with the couple in the room wanting an early start and they preferred coffee that early and indicated they did not need a to-go but thanked me for the offer.
Staying at B & B's and small properties require a little more courtesy than a hotel but the rewards are so much greater. When expecting exclusivity for a large party be sure to book the entire house then you can have special considerations. It is also advisable to make arrangements with your hosts if you will be coming onto the property early to check in or to drop off luggage. That way you can be assured things will be ready and there will be someone there to greet you.
We enjoy our guests and their comfort and experience is of primary concern to us however as small property please give us the time necessary to do the work to be ready for your stay. We've been enjoying serving guests for over 20 years.
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Connecticut
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29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

We stayed at the Eagles Nest for two evenings. While the inn is a bit out of town, the grounds are beautifully kept, peaceful and have a gorgeous view. Joanne and Jerry were great hosts with many recommendations and were a great help. Breakfasts were interesting and tasty. Our room, on the bottom floor, while it did not have a distant water view, overlooked several bird feeders. Paths around the grounds were pretty and there was easy access to other walking trails.
We would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tulip60
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Seattle
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2012

This charming, unusual house near Saratoga Woods (miles of public hiking trails) and overlooking scenic Saratoga passage is a pleasant and memorable place to stay. I loved the NW forest-scene murals they had painted on the oddly shaped (octagonal?) grand living room, and found the furniture in the "Forest" room--made from fallen branches and logs reclaimed in Olympic National Forest--picturesque (if not necessarily comfortable!). The hosts were extremely helpful with the limited 'to dos' of sleepy Whidbey Island, and put together a decent breakfast. It isn't cheap, but if you get annoyed by slick 'come to the woods and relax' money-making institutions, you'll probably be happy here.

Room Tip: The "Forest Room" has a private porch, up a little staircase from the spa deck. I was bike...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank JonathanDean
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Boston
Level Contributor
41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2011

We were very happy with the Eagle's Nest Inn. We stayed in the top room with windows on all sides. There was a lovely view through the tall trees to the Sound, a nice deck and many carvings and statues of eagles. The property is meticulously maintained. The breakfasts were different each day and very special renditions of eggs and pancakes.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TravelLadyBoston
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Palo Alto, California
Level Contributor
220 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2011

The property is lovely and the rooms are well appointed and comfortable. The Eagle's Nest room, where we were, is a bit small and awkwardly laid out, and you can't see much of the bay or mountains beyond from its deck, but with binoculars (supplied by the inn if you didn't bring your own) you can watch the birds at the feeders.

We'd recommend one of the lower, larger rooms. The additional light from the wrap around windows in Eagle's Nest wasn't worth the smaller space. And I'm not a fan of coffee makers in the bathroom (where there isn't much space to begin with).

Upon arriving, we were greeted by the smell of paint. They had just been painting, and were going to paint the next day. We understand that maintenance has to occur, and we know that the season for this isn't long. I'm just not sure you should accept guests on painting days. and I felt we should have been told ahead of time because we really couldn't be comfortably at the inn during the day.

The use of the inn wouldn't have been much of an issue had we found Whidbey Island more interesting. When we found Deception Pass park to be so long to get to, and when we found the beaches and the towns a bit dull.

We also expected to find some hiking trails accessible from the inn itself, and found that you had to drive to any decent ones in the immediate area.

And finally, the breakfast, while tasty, was a bit inflexible. There was a single seating at 9 AM, and we waited for the kitchen door to be opened to let us in. We felt we had to wait for everyone to be served each course before eating it. Jerry served and refilled the coffee, which seems nice, but was also restrictive. Nothing wrong with a pot of coffee on the table to pass around or on a buffet table to get when you want it.

Jerry was helpful in telling us that we should try to leave early for our Anacortes ferry, but then didn't help us speed up our breakfast by giving permission to eat when served or by serving us together.

And finally, and I hesitate to even mention this, no other B&B felt the need to tell us that their day started early and that they'd prefer not to be bothered in the evening.

In summary, we don't see much point in visiting Whidbey Island and we found other Islands to be much lovelier, quieter, with much more to do. Our disappointment was both in the inn and and island.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank AnitaMW
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Los Angeles
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

We stayed at the Eagles Nest for four nights, the first in the Eagles Nest room and the last three in the Saratoga room. We liked the Saratoga better. The main positive of the Eagles Nest room was more windows and more light (the Saratoga is a little dark). However, the Saratoga is more spacious and elegant – overall, much more comfortable.

Jerry and Joanne and experienced, meticulous innkeepers. The inn and the grounds are spotless and extremely well maintained. The appointments inside are clearly selected with an eye to detail and integration. In particular, the amenities in the Saratoga are great. The mattress is first-class. All-cotton linens are a rare plus. It has a huge walk-in closet. The only criticism I have is the window treatments. Because the room doesn’t get much light (too many trees and not enough windows), the window treatments, when open, should completely uncover the window and the French doors to the balcony so more light can come in.

Joanne makes a delicious two-course breakfast each morning. Just like with everything else, she’s well organized and gives a lot of thought to her cooking. I would have preferred that she didn’t add salt to the main dish and let the guests add salt if they wish, but I confess I’m much more sensitive to sodium than the average guest.
Just outside the dining room, there is a rather elaborate bunch of feeders for birds and chipmunks. We saw some rabbits, too. We could see them from our room. It was a great deal of fun watching them all, and occasionally it reminded me of a Disney cartoon, and I expected them all to break out in song. We also saw a deer and her fawn, but they ate the vegetation, not from the feeders.

Overall, it’s a lovely place. Although I gave it a rating of 4, if I could, I’d give it a 4.5.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Bob82
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Chappell Hill, TX
Level Contributor
33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2011

This is one of the best B&B's we have visited. The home is warm, inviting, and in a beautiful location. Jerry and Joanne are great hosts and Joanne's breakfasts are delicious. We loved the view from our room and the bed rated a #10. The property is home to lots of birds and other little critters native to the area which provides lots of entertainment for nature lovers all day long. And Langley offers plenty of shopping for every taste. Be sure to dine at Primo Bistro while in Langley--we ate dinner there both nights!

Room Tip: Ask for the Saratoga room
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank katkit
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Additional Information about Eagles Nest Inn Bed and Breakfast

Property: Eagles Nest Inn Bed and Breakfast
Address: 4680 Saratoga Rd, Langley, Whidbey Island, WA 98260-8428
Region: United States > Washington > Whidbey Island > Langley
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Langley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn with hilltop views of Puget Sound and Mt. Baker is adjacent to a forest wildlife corridor and trail system. Perfect for hiking, biking and birding. Comfortably appointed rooms… upscale yet casual … each its own NATURE retreat. All have private bath, comfortable beds, fine linens, cozy furnishings, in-room-coffee, refrigerators, Flat screen Cable TV, WI-FI, and a deck with view. Full Northwest breakfast, featuring organic and locally grown foods. “Discover the NATURE of Whidbey”. ... more   less 
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Eagles Nest Inn Bed And Breakfast Langley, Whidbey Island, Washington

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