We stayed at Sunnybank for a Mushroom Foray and all meals were included for our 2.5-day stay. We loved the old house with all the antiques and other memorabilia. We were too busy to look at all of it, because our mycologist leaders kept us going with three hikes to look for whatever mushrooms were out there, and Elmer and his helpers kept us going with sumptuous and nutritious vegetarian meals.
It's a unique property with a flavor all its own. It may not be for those who must have an en suite bathroom or a room that passes the white glove test. In all honesty, I border on this, but Elmer's place is so amazingly cool, the guests so interesting, and the food so exceptional that some things just can and need to be put aside. The experience seemed a little bit like a house party with amiable and polite strangers that very likely could become friends. My husband, I, and the friend who drove down with us all loved it and want to go back.
There is WIFI, and it seemed to work better in the back part of the house than the front. Since I didn't come here to play with my phone, it didn't matter to me. Frankly, I was kind of glad to be away from "news." Please note, there are areas in which you are asked not to use your phone.
I put "not sure" on housekeeping, because while toilet paper is replenished daily and rooms are tidied and sheets changed AFTER your stay, there isn't a daily vacuum or anything like that. Some of the categories I didn't bother to rate, because this property just doesn't fit into the normal pigeonholes, a refreshing change in my opinion.
We felt very comfortable leaving our things in the unlocked rooms. As expected in an old house, it doesn't have AC, but there are fans when it's hot.
I have stayed here several times while I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. The Inn is a historical building with lots of charm! The rooms are all decorated with period furniture. It was a great get-a-way after a long section hike on the trial.
We really enjoyed the music room with various instruments for patrons to play. The vegetarian food was amazing - best meals ever!
We love old houses with peeling wallpaper, creaky floors, porches and fans in the room so it is a 5 for us. It would be a 1 for someone who wants to use a cell phone, TV, or Internet as these are against the rules. Most people staying are Appalachian Trail hikers and the $6 breakfast is a definite 5. Owner Elmer Hall rings a bell when the food is ready but it's usually 8:30 AM when everyone gathers around the table and introduces themselves before indulging. There is very limited parking (MAYBE 3 vehicles), the 1875 house is not good for handicapped, and there is no AC so if the weather is hot it will just be the electric fan in each room which has only one electric outlet powering the fan and table/pole lamps. Dinner for $12 is available if at least 4 people sign up before 3 PM. Elmer only allows hikers to stay 2 nights.