... and I found the experience a bit weird: of the eight places that I visited over three weeks in the area, I enjoyed SFI the least. The 'Welcome' was curious, indeed 'odd'. I arrived at 4pm, (Check-In-From Time), & getting no response at the house, sat in the garden for 30/40 minutes: still no hosts, so I tried the front door - which opened - and inside I found an envelope addressed to me which enclosed my final bill and instructions on how to find my room. I had unpacked and showered before the hosts showed up: they had 'gone river drifting/rafting': there was no apology, a bad start...
The room (Amber) was small, and a bit dark/dingy, for one person - and a real sqeeze for two. The bathroom (5 yards down the corridor) was 'shared': the other sharer had 20+ yards, including a flight of stairs, to travel to it. 24 hours after 'she' had departed, the waste bin containing 'female' paper towels/tissues etc., had not been removed. Housekeeping was not great - you could have written your name in the dust on my bedroom and the dinning room window sills: there were honey dribbles on the dinning room floor, (which stuck to my socks, as I had chosen not to use the rather 'tired' looking slippers which were offered in the 'no-shoes' household).
The SFI is set in very beautiful countryside and one, at least, room has fantastic views - two others overlook the car park.
Breakfast - with choice of neither content nor timing offered - 'is at 8.30' - and a communual affair: ok, but shouldn't guests have some flexibility of foods etc.
The proprietors were generous in their offer of free telephone calls, (cell phones do not work), wifi/internet, water and cups of tea etc and Dulaney is most certainly bubbly and enthusiastic etc., BUT my impression was that SFI is run primarily for the convenience of the proprietors rather than the guests - & the cleanliness and standards fall below what I had expected and had been asked to pay for. Pity...
Ask for 'a room with a mountain view'
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28 September 2011
I am the owner of the Silver Forest Inn and was staying at the Inn with friends during your stay. I feel terrible about your experience and invite you to come back as my guest at no cost. Dulaney is no longer the innkeeper and I assure you that the Inn is not here for my pleasure. I like to get out to visit once or twice a year, but for 25 years, it has catered to travelers. Mike Merriman has returned to the Inn as guest chef and host. I know you will find him not only charming but flexible to your needs. Sincerely, Patrick O'Neill
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